Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

Once again we find ourselves around the time of next RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.  This is a great way to get people involved in wildlife and in return RSPB gets a shed load of useful and sometimes fascinating data on what birds are happy and thriving this winter.

Rumours have been spreading about the lack of bird activity this year, and fears have arisen that this suggests our birds have struggled to survive.  But this is not the issue! In fact the lack of activity on garden feeders is because this winter has been particularly mild and birds have had an abundance of food, therefore not relying on our additional contributions, so don’t fret!

There is still definitely some activity around and lucky for me this weekend tied in perfectly with the testing of my new lens for my DSLR camera.  Here are my observations on just one mid-morning viewing, and just a few shots I managed to get at the time – pretty chuffed if I’m honest!

  • Goldfinch x1

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  • Great tit x2

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  • Blue tit x2
  • Greenfinch x1

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  • Magpie x1

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  • Wood pigeon X2

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  • Robin X2

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  • Dunnock x1

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  • Song Thrush x1

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  • Black bird x2

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  • Collared dove X1

If you managed to get a good look this weekend at what was going on on your feeders, then do submit your observations on the RSPB website here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/

As an extra help to bird conservation – when watching the birds in your garden, be sure to look out for any diseased birds.  British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are looking for this data, hoping to get and idea of how serious the situation is for our beautiful garden birds.  It is vital that you regularly clean you feeders to prevent the spread of disease.   Read this article for more information: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenprojects/10579589/Public-urged-to-look-out-for-diseased-garden-wildlife.html

Good luck everyone and happy twitching!

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About wilsoemi

A 1st Class Biological Sciences graduate, with a Masters degree in Conservation Biology. Dedicated to nature and conservation, with over three years voluntary experience in environmental and conservation charities and NGO's. Currently working for the World Society for the Protection of Animals and volunteering for London Wildlife Trust.
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