A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Sunday, 26 January 2014
RSPB Garden Birdwatch
Its the weekend of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - the largest garden wildlife survey in the world when people spend an hour counting birds in their gardens and submitting the results to the RSPB.
Last year almost 600,000 people participated recording more than 9 million birds in 290,000 gardens.
I spent an hour yesterday morning counting birds in my garden - thank goodness I didn't leave it until the afternoon when we had hail, thunder and lightning!
I managed to see 12 species (a bit lower than usual - 14 species is about the average count). Everyone always comments how species seem to stay away during the hour they are watching and then maddenly re-appear 5 minutes after the survey has finished!!!!! but I was lucky yesterday in that the female Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker both made an appearance.
This is what I spotted during the hour:
Blackbird x 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Blue Tit x 3
Wood Pigeon x 3
House Sparrow x 3
Robin x 2
Dunnock x 1
Great Tit x 1
Goldfinch x 1
Blackcap x 1
Magpie x 1
Carrion Crow x 1
Its a great way to spend an hour, especially if you have young children, helping science and having fun at the same time!
Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Some of the photos above are archive garden bird photos - the light was awful yesterday for photography)
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.