If any more proof were needed of my sudden interest in bird watching, I present these woefully bad (for the most part) photos taken from my kitchen windows of the garden birds we were counting as we joined in with the R.S.P.B.’s* annual Big Garden Birdwatch which took place this weekend. It’s the world’s largest bird survey and has been running every year since 1979.
I thought of using better photos (i.e. other people’s) but where’s the fun in that?
Watched over by one of the many rooks who roost in our oak tree and fill the fields beyond, we had to count the birds actually landing in our garden for one hour, logging the amount of each species seen at one time, rather than individuals, for more accuracy.
The wildlife charity encouraged people to take part to help “lift spirits” in the latest lockdown, after a survey conducted for the charity revealed that watching birds and listening to birdsong have helped people during the pandemic.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
My favourite – the blackbird – looking right back at you.
I treat my favourites to mealworms – this is the sort of woman I’ve become.
A pair of Collared (Lovey) Doveys
Robin – you knew that though didn’t you!
A Great Tit cracking open a sunflower seed
A Blue Tit feasting on the remains of the peanuts the previous occupant of our house left for the badgers.
A Dunnock who was a willing poser.
Make sure you get my best side.
Goldfinches – the biggest guzzlers of the sunflower hearts.
Long Tailed Tits who always seem to come mob handed.
So while I was inexpertly pointing my front heavy be-telescopiced lens camera out through slightly smeary windows and trying to capture the proof, Mr. Tialys and Miss Tialys the Younger, were noting down the figures. Sometimes it was frustrating because there are often wood pigeons in the garden as well as crows and starlings but none landed within our chosen hour of 10.15 – 11.15 so we couldn’t add them to the survey. Also, we often get loads of goldfinches together at one time, but again, we only saw two at the same time within the hour so that was all we could submit.
We had fun anyway – it was something to relieve the ‘every day’s the same’ feeling I’m thinking a lot of people are starting to experience lately.
So – what was the score for the *Royal Society for the Protection of Birds survey?
The largest amount of each species spotted together that landed in our garden between 10.15 and 11.15 a.m on Sunday, 31st January.
Long Tailed Tit – 8
Rooks – 8
Chaffinch – 4
Sparrow – 4
Blue Tit – 3
Great Tit – 2
Blackbird – 2
Collared Dove – 2
Jackdaw – 2
Robin, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker – 1 of each
We kept the cats indoors!
Are you finding your usual pursuits just aren’t doing it for you at the moment and doing things you wouldn’t normally do to lift your spirits or are you relying on tried and trusted methods.