Big Garden Bird Watch 2010

Last weekend was the 2010 instalment of the RSPB’s “Big Garden Bird Watch”. The whole family took part on a day that was beautiful for the event, we were joined by a Robin who seemed to enjoy bird watching himself.

Bird Watching

Chilly with a layer of snow on the ground there were sunny spells with occasional snow showers. I installed myself in the orchard hide for a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday. We took our count for the hour from midday on Saturday, which turned out to be a slightly slim period with no Siskin, Jay or Goldfinch turning up. The Siskins did arrive on Sunday, as did the Jay.

Siskin Arrival

So who else was about? Well an abundance of Chaffinches as ever, 29 or more on Sunday morning; along with a solitary Greenfinch. Four species of Tits: Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh.

Fatball Surprise

Song Thrush and Blackbird were represented too:

Snow Table

Various Great Spotted Woodpeckers visited, as did a few Nuthatches. In total we saw 13 species for our 1 hour count and a few  more over the whole weekend. Then of course there’s those on the rest of the farm that we can’t count because they didn’t land in the garden, like Crows & Buzzards.

The food that we had put out was just the normal fair that we offer:

  • Black Sunflower
  • Mixed Seed
  • Grains
  • Niger Seed
  • Fat balls
  • Peanuts
  • Sultanas

We were out of meal worms so I’m afraid a few may have missed their favourite. This little Coal Tit seemed very happy to tackle the Sunflower seed:


Well that was it, a fun BGBW and looking forward to next year.

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  • CE Webster

    February 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I love the pictures. Our count is next weekend and I’m looking forward to it.

  • ann-marie jones

    April 15, 2010 at 4:33 am Reply

    Hi there you have the same name as me and we share the same passion 🙂 Thought I’d emailt o say hi and gorgeous images. Best wishes annie xxx

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