The RSPB "Make Your Nature Count" Survey

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Did anyone else participate in this last week? I waited until the last day (Sunday) to spend an hour on the look-out for birds and other wildlife, as I knew that I would be in the garden belonging to friends, and would possibly see a great diversity of species.

In a tree overhanging the garage roof, a great deal of screeching drew my attention. Someone was, obviously, very hungry.

“You can yell until you’re blue in the face – get your own grub!”

Other birds I spotted during the hour were:- 2 Goldfinch, 1 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Magpie, 1 Woodpigeon, and 1 male Pheasant.

The Rhododendrons were buzzy, too. Managed to count 5 bees together at one time. Other insects spotted in the given hour were:- 1 Cabbage White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Ladybird (5-spotted), 2 Large Red Damselflies, 2 Common Blue Damselflies and, of course, 1000s of “midgies”.

Large Red Damselfly

It was, indeed, a very interesting hour, well worth stopping for and taking a closer look around. :-)

Comments

15 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Hi David. We too waited until the weekend to do the count at home but as Saturday was a complete washout with heavy rain and hail settled for Sunday too !
Saw the usual array of birds visiting...blackbirds and their fledglings galore...plenty of tree sparrows...house sparrows...and three fledgling bluetits.
A Brimstone butterfly passed through but did not land..plus around four different bee species going mad for the hedge woundwort which surrounds the pond. (The leaves smell foul but the bees love it..so it stays) !! Also found a young toad lurking in the borders....and in the pond spotted a pond skater !!
No doubt there was much more going on that we never even saw or was aware of....but the cold north easterly which quickly set in was a bit off putting !

15 Jun, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Saturday was a complete washout, wasn't it? Lovely feedback on what you did see in your own garden areas, Bb. As you say, what else could have been discovered, given more time, and better weather? Great list you got, however. :-)

17 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

David....very impressed with your "turnout"...especially the lovely Red damselfly......beautiful pic . Suppose you had to count the midges...ouch..but after all they are wildlife...lol.
Did our count with the kids on Thursday...club day.Noted 6 different species of bees busy pollinating the pea and broad bean veg,They all got quite excited about this !! Then along came a Speckled wood butterfly and a Red Admiral.A Woodie was lurking in the background..obviously waiting for all to disperse ! The "piece de resistance" was a huge fat slug hiding beneath a brick which had been holding down a fleece ! LOL ! Well..it is wildlife after all !!!

18 Jun, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Would have been easier to count any bitemarks, Jane, but, Thank Goodness, they don't seem to like my blood much. :-))

Sounds like the wildlife was happy to make an appearance for the children. Sounds like it went well, and was gr8 fun. I would have been especially interested to see the Speckled Wood. 6 different bee species! I can't get beyond 2! The slug certainly counts, too, in my book. Gr8 stuff! :-)

18 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

It was fun David...and the kids didnt know what to do with the slug so...shh..it was chucked over the fence into the next door neighbours garden ! At least they didnt want to squish it...a no no with me...Lol...

18 Jun, 2011
Dipper
david said:

I couldn't have despatched it either. Used to launch them over the fence with a tennis racquet.....sshh, I won't tell if you won't. :-)

18 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

LOL !! Thank goodness Im not alone David...

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