Big Garden Bird Watch

Counting the birds on our plot for one hour a year is something we just do. It is always a bit of a disappointment in that birds we see on a regular basis just don’t turn up in our chosen hour. But this time there were a couple of finches seen that we rarely see although neither would be classed as uncommon. We saw greenfinches and a bullfinch and they don’t often get entered on our return to the RSPB.

It has to be said that I seem to have a problem when I patrol our area to count the birds. It seems I’m not allowed to do it alone. Our ever friendly cat accompanies me.

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There he is. Yes, we are lucky and have a pasture field as well as a garden.

I got in amongst our fruit trees – often a good spot for birds, but not when this one takes up a dominant perch.

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Even in the garden, near the house, an area where I expect to see sparrows by the quite a few, goes quiet as the cat seeks a good vantage point.

But I did see house sparrows in some quantity. I counted eight of which four got in one photo.

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The house sparrow is often a neglected species. They are regarded as dull and ordinary but in truth we are lucky to still see them in numbers. And they do have beauty as well.

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OK, there are no bold bright colours but the feather markings are still quite striking.

It isn’t easy to get photos on a bird count. You need to spot, recognise and record and then turn attention to a camera – by which time the bird has probably moved on.

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4 Responses to “Big Garden Bird Watch”

  1. Marie Lough Says:

    Ambitious try! I enjoyed your story – and photos!

    • locksands Says:

      Probably half a million or more people here in Britain counted the birds they saw for one hour during the weekend. It isn’t ambitious – you just count birds!

  2. fodrambler Says:

    Sparrows are doing well here too, I am on a farm, they don’t seem to do so well in town. I agree it is frustrating that birds that you always see suddenly disappear when you start the survey and as for taking photographs, I had to put my camera aside, if I was taking pictures then I wasn’t counting. It is a real fun thing to do though, I enjoyed it 🙂

    • locksands Says:

      Always fun! We’ve done it for years now. We are lucky to have enough space for us to have to walk around it. We’d get a different count if we did it whilst having lunch, watching the bird feeders.

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