Bird Blog 3: RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2019

Posted by Amy Fenn on

This coming weekend, January 26th to the 28th, the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch takes place!

Now in its 40th year, the annual birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden to help the RSPB build up a picture of how our feathered friends are faring at this time of year.  

It is the world's biggest bird survey and regularly attracts hundreds of thousands of participants!

The results from people counting birds in their gardens, helps to provide an essential snapshot of the UK's birds each winter. 

 

How do you take part I hear you cry? Well, simply spend time watching the birds in your garden or local or woodlands over the weekend. Using the RSPB's website you can record the birds you see, or use good old fashioned pen and paper, just count the highest number of birds you see and record your numbers. Just be careful not to count the same birds again and again as this will skew the numbers. 

The house sparrow and starling have been the most spotted birds in the survey in previous years, sadly however, the average numbers seen have nose dived. The average numbers of sparrows or starlings you expect to see these days has reduced to 3 or 4 as opposed to 15 or more 30 years ago.
 
In 2018, a total of 6,764,475 birds were counted, what an incredible amount!! Topping the charts were Sparrows, cheeky, chirpy and generally noisy, closely followed by starlings and  blue tits.
The beautiful Long Tailed Tit (a.k.a Flying Lollipops) has moved up a place from 2017-2018's count, lets hope they leap up the charts this year. I have plenty of them in my garden this time of year, and as they feed as a family, these lovely birds, with their 'Pip Pip' call, are a joy to watch.  Don't forget to listen out for your nocturnal birds too, Owls and Nightingales. You never know, you may even see one in your garden! 

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