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PostPosted: 26/01/10 13:51 
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http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/

Another year already Image


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PostPosted: 26/01/10 14:27 
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I hope I have a better result than last year.  There was hardly anything happening the hour I spent watching in 2009.

I also plan do some serious birding on Saturday morning at the hide at Lower Farm Thatcham.  The ice should have well melted by now.  Regardless, I will attempt another Birdwatching Year diary.  See how many different species I can identify over the next twelve months.  I'll post my results in Wildlife.

Roy

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PostPosted: 30/01/10 12:07 
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Don't forget its this weekend.

Iv'e put a load of bird food on my lawn ready for the off and four massive  Woodpidgeons
have devoured everything.

Micky

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PostPosted: 30/01/10 13:55 
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Did mine at 11:30 to 12:30, not a tit in sight!!

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PostPosted: 01/02/10 23:03 
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Did mine yesterday between 10:30am and 11:30am.  Not a great deal, but it was good to see a Blackcap.

Here's the list:-


Woodpigeon x 1

Collared Dove x 2

Robin x 1

Dunnock x 1

Blackbird x 2 (pair)

Song Thrush x 1

Blackcap x 1 (male)

Great Tit x 2

Blue Tit x 3

Starling x 5

House Sparrow x 10 (We have a sparrow roost in tree in the bottom corner of the garden)

Chaffinch x 1

Roy


(Edited with numbers added)

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Did mine yesterday between 1 and 2pm as we prepared the Sunday roast , luckily the kitchen sink gives a full view of the back garden . A few regulars were absent but still a pleasing result .

Blackbird  x  9
Blue tit      x  4
Chaffinch  x  5
Coal tit     x  2
Collared dove  x  2
Dunnock  x  3
Goldfinch x  5
Great tit   x  2
Greenfinch  x  3
Long tailed tit  x  1
Robin      x  2
Starling   x   1
Woodpigeon  x  2
Song thrush  x  1
Wren        x  1
Greater spotted woodpecker  x   1 

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PostPosted: 02/02/10 10:27 
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1x blackbird
2x woodpidgeon
1x coaltit
1x bluetit
1x collared dove
1x robin
1x magpie

and a Heron that doesn't count.

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Had some gulls, jackdaws, crows and a Red Kite fly over but they didn't land in the garden.Image

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PostPosted: 03/02/10 11:11 
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Hi chaps

Glad to see it's not just me that the birds desert on this weekend every year! January tends to be one of the best months for birds in my garden and every year I have all sorts out there in the week leading up to the BGBW. Then come the appointed weekend everything disappears!

My list was:
Blackbird x 1
Blue tit x 2
Great tit x 2
Dunnock x 1
Wood pidgeon x 2
Robin x 1
Redpoll x 3

Strangely no Goldfinch this year although a few are out there most days, the Redpoll have become pretty much resident since the first spot over christmas, in fact there were 3 out there about 10mins ago.

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PostPosted: 29/03/10 12:26 
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The 2010 Big Garden Birdwatch top 10;

Position Species  Average per garden
1 house sparrow  3.77
2 blackbird  3.28
3 starling  3.13
4 blue tit  2.58
5 chaffinch  2.19
6 woodpigeon  1.91
7 robin  1.49
8 great tit  1.39
9 collared dove  1.33
10 goldfinch  1.29

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/results/

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PostPosted: 29/03/10 12:51 
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Thanks for the update Roy.

 I remember as a kid living in London we only noticed Sparrows in our gardens. 

Micky

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Anyone do this weekend's Garden Birdwatch?  I only realised it was happening when I saw it on the front page of the Telegraph on Saturday.

I've been feeding the birds these last couple of months and there's quite a few regulars, but come the birdwatch weekend, they disappear!

Pretty dismal result yesterday:-

Robin x 1
Blue Tit x 2
Great Tit x 1
Robin x 1
Starling x 1
House Sparrow x 4
Woodpigeon x 4
Collared Dove x 2
Goldfinch x 1
Magpie x 2

No Dunnock, Chaffinch or Greenfinch about.  Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and some Gulls in the sky. 

However, there was a chicken in next door's garden.

Roy



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PostPosted: 31/03/11 18:34 
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This years Birdwatch results have just been published. http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9441000/9441321.stm



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The results are in: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/results.aspx
Here's the top twenty......pop pickers....not 'arf!

1. House Sparrow
2. Starling
3. Blackbird
4. Blue Tit
5. Chaffinch
6. Woodpigeon
7. Great Tit
8. Goldfinch
9. Robin
10. Collared Dove
11. Long-tailed Tit
12. Dunnock
13. Magpie
14. Greenfinch
15. Coal Tit
16. Feral Pigeon
17. Jackdaw
18. Carrion Crow
19. Song Thrush
20. Wren

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is here again this weekend.  With low temperatures forcasted there should be more activity on the feeders than there was last year.

Here's the link: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/?gclid=CMDgj8T1760CFYPc4AodDX3Ssw

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PostPosted: 28/01/12 12:32 
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It seems the garden birds have disappeared this winter  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16743212


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PostPosted: 29/01/12 18:29 
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Your not wrong there Mickey, my feeders have not been so full for ages now, mind you the wife managed to get some rather poor pictures of a Sparrow-hawk the other day, that may have something to do with it.

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Funnily enough the birds in my tiny garden are emptying my single feeder really quickly at the moment (mixed seed)  I know relatively little about birds, and have only just bought a feeder and a couple of books from my local garden centre (Way over priced, as you would expect Image)  Talking of which, I am looking to buy a bird table and more feeders shortly....where would you guys advise I go for sensible prices on that sort of thing, and of course the food? (Chesham,  Amersham, High Wycome, Watford, Hemel hempstead....that sort of area if poss)

Birds I have positively identified in my garden in the last couple of days (I think Image) are robins (there always seems to be two pairs locally) small manic flocks of long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits and some finches..gold or green I think, wood pigeons, the odd wren....some birds that look like sparrows but aren't, and not a lot else. I have barely seen a starling around here for what seems years, and yet during the autumn I saw loads of them picking up scraps around bus stops and the like in Watford town centre (about 12 miles away), though even they seem to have gone now. Also, I have not noticed many blackbirds or thrushes in the garden this year. Mind you...the cats outnumber the people round here, so perhaps those particular birds have wised up Image  

Cheers, Dave.

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Hello Dave and welcome.  Thanks for your post.

Meanwhile, I didn't bother with the garden birwatch this weekend.  I have two feeders and they've hardly been touched these last two weeks.  When I looked out a couple of times over the weekend, all I saw was a pair of woodpigeons, a sparrow and a blue tit.

However, when I went fishing Sunday, there were loads of birds.  As the BBC website link Micky put up said, there must be lots of natural food about, so no need for birds to visit artificial feeding stations.  Well, not in my garden anyway.

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PostPosted: 30/01/12 21:31 
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Dave, don't buy your seed mixes form the the garden centres, it is one of the most expensive methods of buying them. I buy a 25kg sack of seed mix from a wholesaler and they deliver for around twenty quid.

I use these guy's quite a lot, not just for feeding the birds, i use several of their mixes for carpet feeds for carp, tench and barbel

http://www.holdenscountry...uk/shop/37/109/index.htm

I will let you work out which ones LOL

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