Its the weekend of the RSPB Garden Birdwatch held every year in January. I've been taking part in this for years now - ever since the children were little.
I counted birds for an hour yesterday and managed 14 species - about average. As always there are always a few of the regular visitors that don't visit during the hour - I think everyone encounters this :)
Great Tit 1
House Sparrow 8
Wood Pigeon 3
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 2 (noticed them for the first time this year starting to check out one of the nest-boxes)
Feral Pigeon 1
Long-tailed Tit 3
No signs of the Fieldfare today - its looks as though now its much milder it has moved on so glad I didn't leave the Birdwatch until today.
I started the Birdwatch with the overly ambitious idea of trying to photograph the birds I saw. I soon gave up on the idea as I was spending too much time trying to take photos instead of watching birds! Also, the birds are really too far away for the 70-300 lens.
Here's a few I took at the beginning - just a few record shots!
Cheviot at its very best
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