RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2011

You may have noticed the Ad on members page when you log in.

RSPB have been running this project for 30 years to assess the variety and any significant changes to British bird population.

From it they have found large declines in such birds as sparrows , starlings , thrushes etc and increases in goldfinches for example.

Its free to register simple to complete and take part in . You dont even need a garden an hour at a local park will help recordings.

For more info click the RSPB Ad or go to RSPB.org.uk/birdwatch.

It takes place over week end of Jan 29 – 30 ..would also be interesting to log members recordings here ?

Update of garden birds noted Sunday 30 . 01 .11 2-30 to 3.30pm

Difficult to count Starlings , blackbirds and chaffinches plus numerous sparrows .

Hard to get the whole garden in one shot and then we had some rare visitors a pair of Bramblings male and female and what appeared to be a redpoll a first ever ..

Top photo shows male Brambling amidst chaffinches .

Bottom photo shows female Brambling with what appears to be the red crown of a redpoll on the right of feeder ..apologies for quality dark and misty by this time.

Male Brambling between female and male Chaffinch with House Sparrows

Comments

9 Jan, 2011
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aster said:

Thanks BB I will be doing it.How shall we log our recordings, by a dedicated blog with no other comments ?

9 Jan, 2011
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bulbaholic said:

We have never done the bridwatch, B. Our birds always seem to go on their holidays over the last weekend of January! Now, if it was this weekend we are mobbed, including all the sparrows and starlings that are missing elsewhere.
As RSPB members I suppose that we really should get involved. And I think that yur idea is a good one, to have our own mini census on here.

9 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thanks Aster - not computer literate enough to have a map of British Isles in counties for recordings but if members included results under one page it would be possible to add numbers together and draw up our own regional listings.

Hi Bulbaholic would be great to have your recordings esp due to your location.Thought you might be enjoying a bit of sun elsewhere around that time ?

9 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

Yes bb will be involved as usual. Funny what bulbaholic has written as I found that even just a couple of days either side of the weekend last year ....hardly anything yet just before we had loads.
Will follow what everyone else does to record

9 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Been doing it a few years too LW and found that there were often quiet times we just picked out the most active hour in our garden over the course of the week end or would have missed many visitors.

9 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

Thats what I will do I think

9 Jan, 2011
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bulbaholic said:

We will be home from the sun by then, Bb :-(. Hope to be able to get a blog on here about it.

9 Jan, 2011
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janette said:

Yes Ray .did it last year as well ,but like most ,the time I decided to watch I really never had many vsitor,s .
I,ve been watching them for a while now that I am at home and noted the times when they come to the feeders so that,s the hour I am going to do my watch .....bets are they wont turn up now that I,ve said that .....

9 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Looking forward to your photos Bulbaholic .. sure you ll see some great wildlife too , so envious.Oh and of course theres the Birds in history and art category so plenty for us to enjoy .. after that feel free to relax and enjoy what time you have left lol

Cant imagine them turning down your hospitality Janette , they know when they are well off - hope sparrowhawk behaves itself seem to take an hour or more to return if its been around.

9 Jan, 2011
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janette said:

Never gave him a thought BB .....but if I see him I,ll wait a while to start my count ,not too keen on him taking "my" little birds ,but he has to eat ....

9 Jan, 2011
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hobbit said:

Thanks for the reminder ... I did this for the first time last year ... togged up in warm clothing with a mug of coffee! Very encouraged this morning to see a Bluetit checking out the nesting box ... none last year but perhaps it'll be a 'des.res.' for them this year.

10 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

fingers crossed you get the birds nesting hobbit...once they do they usually return

10 Jan, 2011
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david said:

Many Thanks for drawing my attention to this, Bb. I shall put out a very varied banquet, in the hope of spotting something other than sparrows, starlings and blackbirds. :-)

10 Jan, 2011
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Pen paper camera all at the ready

10 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Aye they do Janette tempting to interfere or shoo them away but if disturbed having caught something only likely to need to return again sooner.

Bluetits start nesting quite early Hobbit ours usually begin in February and have had more than one brood ..as LW says often return and never needed to clean out nest boxes they seem happy to sort it out.Talking of nest boxes .. a good time to put them up now before attention turns to nesting.

Sure you will David our garden full of them too and they are welcome of course but always the chance of a surprise visitor ..looking forward to some photos from that new camera .

Thanks JB .. you can also download and print off a ready made checklist with most popular garden birds in columns .

11 Jan, 2011
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lincslass said:

I`ve had my reminder Bb, feeding daily and raring to go, also been doing it a few years now and do know how frustating it can be when the birds take that particular weekend to stay away, I`m sure they do it to annoy me,lol....

12 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Aye Lincslass...maybe it will be different this year after the harsh winter. Bet all the redwings and fieldfares have gone by then though....lol

30 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Blog update ..waited throughout week end to spot a variety of birds today weather was duller but birds arrived en masse.

Blackbirds 30 +
Starlings 50 +
Rooks 6
Wood pigeons 4
Collared doves 8
House sparrows 12
Tree sparrows 4
Dunnocks 3
Chaffinches 25
Greenfinches 2
Blue tits 3
Great tits 2
Long tailed tits 6
Coal tit 2
Brambling 2
Lesser Redpoll 1
Robin 1
Wren 1
Goldcrest 1

30 Jan, 2011
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bulbaholic said:

Impressive list, Bonkersbon. We onlyy had the ine tit all w/e. That's a lot of Blackbirds, they will have the plant labels out in no time :-(

30 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Lol Bulbaholic...after the winter we ve had they are welcome to the labels...as hardly a plant left !!

Ps following youre comment re bramblings and chaffinches I ve posted a photo showing the 2 together ..quite a difference when seen side by side.

30 Jan, 2011
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bulbaholic said:

Very clear picture, bb, thank you.

30 Jan, 2011
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david said:

Didn't expect too much from my 30'x18' garden, which is very close to a large town centre, but these were our results from our watch, 3-4pm today:-

Starling (23)
House sparrow (24)
Blackbird (1 each of male and female)
Robin (1)
Blue tit (1)
Chaffinch (1 each male and female)
Woodpigeon (1)
Herring gull (2)

30 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thats a good list for a town garden David esp for sparrows and starlings which are reported to have become much reduced in numbers , despite the sparrow being the most commonly seen.

Aster made a good point wondering whether everyone could tell the types of sparrow apart and suppose that could include dunnocks ( although not a sparrow some may assume it qualifies under old name of hedge sparrow ) as we ve often had questions here asking for ID.

30 Jan, 2011
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littlewren said:

thats one heck of a list BB great photos too....wow to have a redpoll,brambling and goldcrest ....I should be so lucky ...lucky...lucky
As BB said David that is a great count for being near the town....

30 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Lucky you too LW..with your yellowhammers and siskin ! Think its been a good weekend all round !!

30 Jan, 2011
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hobbit said:

Right, that's it, I'm moving further North! Almost in the English Channel here, very disappointing amount of birds in the garden on Saturday 8.30 to 9.30, just 1 Blackbird, 2 Robins, 2 Bluetits, 2 Collared Doves, 1 huge Woodpigeon and the usual 'chancers', i.e. Seagulls and Blackheaded Gulls.
The highlight of my garden birdwatch was to see a Bluetit chipping away at the bird box hole, been doing that for about a week now.

30 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Its only one day out of 365 Hobbit..and that bluetit looks like its makng itself at home ready for the Spring.Sure the warmer weather will bring lots more activity to your garden !

30 Jan, 2011
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hobbit said:

That's exactly what I needed to read! : o ))

31 Jan, 2011
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deida said:

Here is my list from Staffordshire(semi rural )

2 Chaffinch
5 Blue Tits
4 Great Tits
1 Coal Tit
2 Robins
4 Dunnocks
28 Sparrows +
1 Wren
1 Sparrow Hawk
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Blackbirds
5 Doves
3 Woodpigeons
30 Long Tailed Tits +
60 Redwings +
2 Goldfinches
7 Magpies
50 Starlings +
5 Carrion Crows

2 Bull Finches visited me last week.

BB you have a lot of Blackbirds in your garden..no wonder feathers are flying ..lol

31 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

What a remarkable list Deida esp that great flock of redwings .. how wonderful for you .Strange you dont have many chaffinches or blackbirds as often recorded as some of the commonest.

Our windfalls almost all gone now and blackbirds looking disgusted even though we buy apples in now cant get them by the tree load ..

We have a few long tailed tits that visit late as does the goldcrest so delayed timing of count so they could be included but nothing like the number you get.

We have a visiting sparrowhawk but the garden empties pretty quick when usually he visits .. so didnt include in our list , shame about the bullfinches a beautiful bird we often get mistle thrushes and a song thrush but no sign this week end.

31 Jan, 2011
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deida said:

BB with our garden overlooking fields..my list could go on and on
Buzzards,Herons,Gulls, Flocks of Crows/Pigeons,Ducks,Canada Geese, flocks of Goldfinches..
but I have only counted my garden visitors..

Forgot Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush..

31 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

You seem to have a great location Deida judging by your lovely photos .. lol talking of goldfinches I forgot to include them ! how could I ? Probably due to the little visitor I thought was a Redpoll it certainly seemed to have a red cap rather than a red face and didnt look like a goldfinch.

31 Jan, 2011
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deida said:

Yes it is so exciting seeing a new visitor that we almost forget our regulars..lol
Not seen a Redpoll neither,but they seem to be widespread in the uk.

31 Jan, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thanks Deida .. love to include it on the list but not sure it was one as never seen in our garden before and thought just may be wishful thinking I ve posted a question to see what others think.

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