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24th/25th January Great British Bird Watch

lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
edited 1. Feb 2015, 07:11 in Community Chit-chat archive
I'm reminding everyone (as I do every year) that if you can spare an hour of your time this weekend why don't you join the Big Garden Bird Watch?

All you have to do is sit for an hour where you can see your garden, or go to the local park and just count the maximum number of bird species that land there over the course of an hour (in trees counts as well as on bird tables and, of course, on the ground). For example, if three sparrows land at the same time in the hour the answer is three. If one sparrow lands, flies away, then two sparrows then the maximum number would be two …..see what I mean?

If you go onto the RSPB website, link below, you can download a form that helps you to identify and carry out the survey. Then you just submit your results on line.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/how-to-take-part/

It's great to do with children and grandchildren or just on your own.

Hope you get a chance to join in.
Love, Legs x
'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'

Comments

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for your reminder, Legs, I will sign up. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • theresaktheresak Posts: 1,998
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for that - seems a nice way to spend an hour, watching the garden.
  • barbara12barbara12 Posts: 20,857
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Linda I was thinking about you when they mentioned this for the weekend..we have put up more bird feeders this year so here hoping for a few more..xx
    Love
    Barbara
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,992 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I shall give it a go, Legs.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks everyone the more the merrier! :D

    Love,
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • frogmellafrogmella Posts: 1,115
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'll be doing it to, Legs! Mr F always tells me it isn't a competition but I am always disappointed when the usual 20 goldfinches all disappear!

    We miss you on the book club, btw, legs! :D
  • migmig Posts: 7,145
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Have signed up . Mig
  • appleroseapplerose Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm doing it. Not sure exactly when. I'll have to let the dog out in the garden for a while, then put the bird food out and keep the dog in as the birds and the dog argue about whose garden it is. :lol:
    Christine
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello fellow bird watchers,

    Mr Legs has just loaded the bird table ready so I'll report back later!

    Hope the dog helps Applerose. :lol:


    frogmella wrote:
    I'll be doing it to, Legs! Mr F always tells me it isn't a competition but I am always disappointed when the usual 20 goldfinches all disappear!

    We miss you on the book club, btw, legs! :D


    I know what you mean Frogmella we have a good variety of bird visitors until we do that one hour of National Bird Watch then all we get are wood pigeons and blackbirds! (I blame John up-the-road for the bird-banquet he puts out compared to my paltry peanuts and niger seeds! :wink: )

    (PS I'll have a look at the Book Club thread as I used to get some decent suggestions for a good read from there.)

    Love,
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • appleroseapplerose Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Doing mine tomorrow. Hope I get a few birds. Didn't have a single one last time. Will be locking the dog in the house. Unless I can quickly teach him to round up the birds instead of chasing them. :lol:
    Christine
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Well, I spent my hour gazing out of the windows and not a great deal happened compared to usual events - I wonder if someone in my locality put out a veritable feast to tempt more visitors? I had my usual seeds, a winter bird mix and suet balls and recorded one blackbird, two robins and a fat wood pigeon who picked up their crumbs. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • migmig Posts: 7,145
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    It was the same in my garden i blame the kids up the road. Mig
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Same for me ....a million wood pigeons .....or was it 9? 2 blackbirds, 2 magpies and 1 robin!!

    Today, all the tits are back and even the wren ....traitors!

    Love,
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • appleroseapplerose Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    At first when I put the food out, there was nothing. I thought someone else had put out better food than I had but after about quarter of an hour, most of my birds landed. 2 blackbirds, 4 sparrows, 2 blue tits, 13 starlings, a crow and a wren. All that was missing was a wood pigeon and a robin. Much better than last year when not a single bird landed or even flew past.
    Christine
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Sparrows and starlings you lucky thing Christine and the wren is my favourite little bird plus I can definitely say that all the wood pigeons were at my house! :roll: :lol:

    Love,
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • pot80pot80 Posts: 109
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    If you enjoy recording birds in your garden why only do it on one day in the year? I record mine mine weekly and send the counts into the BTO - (The British Trust for ornithology). All done on line so no bother with paper and going to the post. Their magazines are very informative as are their identification videos. Give it a go !
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,369
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for this Pot80, it's worth knowing.

    Love,
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
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