31 January 2011
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch #BGBW
A lovely hour on Sunday afternoon, listening to Radio 4's GQT whilst watching intently out of the window with recording pad to hand, a big mug of tea in the other and a slab of fresh fruitcake in the vicinity. Our results are: Chaffinches we lost count after 20 (they just won't sit still long enough!); Greenfinch - 9; Goldfinch - 7; Blue Tit - 3; Coal Tit - 4; Great Tit - 3; House Sparrows - 3; Dunnock - 1; Blackbird - 2; Siskin - 8; Starling - 2; Wood Pigeon - 1; Collared Dove - 2; Song Thrush - 1. Notable absences, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Tree Sparrow and Brambling. Most surprising though is that none of our Robins showed up and the numbers of House Sparrows and Dunnocks were significantly lower than only a hour or so before. Perhaps the rampage of Labradors at 15minutes in had something to do with it!