|Always ensure fresh water is available|
The birds will appreciate it.
Frozen water like this is easily melted or by placing a
saucer of fresh water on top - it's easy to provide for
The Big Garden Birdwatch, first took place in 1979 for younger members of the RSPB. It wasn't until 2001 that adults were asked to take part - yes, I know, I'm a bit late at coming to the party - but better late than never, eh!!
The purpose of this event is to count the garden birds visiting our gardens during a specific weekend - the weekend of 26/27 January, this year and for 1 hour only. So pretty easy to fit in for most lifestyles.
So, how do you do it? You count each separate species of birds in your garden at one time - that way you don't record the same bird more than once! It's important that you only record the birds 'in' your garden - not those flying over. Mind you, what about the ones sitting on the fence!!
I've been making sure that I can id all the birds that regularly visit my garden and yesterday, after clearing the footpaths of snow and ice - I had a little practice run! Although snow was on the ground - it was a fresh sunny afternoon. It's not often I get a chance to sit down and do nothing for an hour! In my garden, the birds just generally go about their business whilst we are in the garden, and that includes the cats and the dog! I do make sure that the cats (3 young boys) wear bells on their collars and we have very few casualties!
If you would like more information on the birds - please follow the links!
These are the 3 most common birds that visit my garden.
House Sparrow (passer domesticus)
Easily recognisable by it's blue eye mask
|Getting ready to go!|
|Hanging from a peanut feeder|
hooked inside a Weeping Willow
I will be doing a follow up blog on the less abundant bird species visiting my garden - so please come back soon!