Garden Birds – RSPB Birdwatch

Every year I sit down for an hour or so at the end of January and do the Garden Birdwatch for the RSPB. This year I did it again and (as always seems to be the case) the weather was windy and cold. The number and varieties of birds in my garden always seem to be fewer than almost every other day around the actual time I choose.

This year we’ve been better at feeding the birds but its the first time we’ve done the count since we got rid of the pond over the summer (the pond had gone even more stagnant than usual and had killed off all the tadpoles and snails and we decided enough was enough and so filled it in). Anyway, this meant that the birds in the garden were focussed nearer to the house and really only around the seed and suet feeders.

What did we see:

  • Blue Tits
  • Great Tits
  • Long Tailed Tits
  • Goldfinch
  • Woodpigeons
  • Robin
  • Dunnock
  • Crows

What have we seen since:

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker;
  • Green Woodpecker;
  • Blackbird;
  • Thrush;
  • Nuthatch

I assume that either it was too windy or the birds came but at different times. Its tempting to increase the numbers seen to reflect what appears in the garden but that’s not what one is supposed to do