Six on Saturday: 6.2.21-Garden Birdwatch results

Last week we carried out our Big Garden Birdwatch for the RSPB. As expected I didn’t end up with all the birds we have visiting. With several trees having been taken out next door but one it has affected how many birds are coming in. It was also a very windy wet weekend so I think some of the birds will have been sheltering. But I still like to keep the log each year to give me a long term record of how the garden is doing. For the week after we’ve had far bigger numbers visiting but that is how the birdwatch goes. I reckon every school locally set the birdwatch as part of their home learning so the birds have been well. I took a few photos along the way. They aren’t my best as I was shooting through the glass as I didn’t want to disturb the birds. But they illustrate which we see a lot of.

1. House sparrows

Normally, I get both dunnocks and house sparrows but only the house sparrows came in during our watch so that was all I included. These enjoy the ivy hedge that runs behind our garden. It provides plenty of thick cover to flit in and out of.

2. Blackbirds

We are getting many blackbirds in currently. They mainly feed from seed left out in the ground feeders and from the apple tree in a neighbours garden. But they will also dig around in the borders for food.

3. Collared dove

We have seen a lot of the collared doves and wood pigeons dominating the feeders currently. At times they can become a bit of a deterrent for some of the smaller birds which is part of why I keep some feeders in the mass of lilac where they can’t fly.

4. Blue tit

The blue tits had been in and out in the run-up to the birdwatch but were absent when it came to the count. The great tit did show, however.

5. Wren

The wrens have been visiting a lot and coming along the honeysuckle on the fence right up to the house. However, they are very speedy hopping around so I’m struggling to get a photo in focus. Here it is hiding behind a plant label.

6. Gulls

We get gulls in most days, usually sitting on the shed. At the moment they are not getting as much fish and chips so they are being a bit aggressive and have broken a few feeders shredding them open.

I’m hoping my number continues to grow as the garden establishes. The climbers are gradually taking over the fence giving birds more cover. I have a number of plants that provide food for birds. So with any luck, my garden should be able to counter the loss of trees along the street. I have finished my isolation period after recovering from Covid. I’m still a bit tight of breath but I am feeling a lot better. Not planning much gardening right now but should get back into it soon. For now, I’ve got 10 more plant profiles to write up for my RHS. It’s been a bit rushed finishing the current propagation assignment after covid. But almost all done. Hope you are all keeping well.

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28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 6.2.21-Garden Birdwatch results”

  1. I didn’t even bother this year. It was so wet and windy last weekend that all the birds here were hunkering down somewhere. We get a lot of wrens too, lovely little birds, but boy do they move quickly! Just don’t get one in the house! What’s the most popular food you use? Other than suet. I know most birds love the suet.

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    1. The suet is pretty much the most popular right now. The fat balls, both the bought and homemade ones going down well and easy to replenish. The sunflower seeds are getting nibbled a lot. I don’t bother with nyger anymore as just goes mouldy.

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      1. I don’t buy niger either, it was so messy. I find the soft bird food goes mouldy quickly too and clogs together. I bought a mixture this year, instead of the usual sunflower hearts, but it isn’t as popular and the dropped seeds sprout quickly. I think I will go back to the hearts, even though they are more expensive.

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  2. Lovely to have some birds for the ‘six’! We just installed three feeders on our balcony and have had incredible joy out of them – all the tits (and one lone robin singing for a mate!)

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  3. You have summed up all the birds that I can see here (also except the seagulls that I don’t have at all in my garden or around because I’m too far from the sea: 60 km). I have a lot more blue and black-headed tits, greenfinches, robins, wrens and also crows and magpies.

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  4. Glad you are getting better. I have been throwing away feeders full of niger seed for a while now, yet the goldfinches will be heard singing happily on the television aerial on the roof. I wonder why they have “gone off” the seeds. You had a good selection of birds.

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    1. I find the niger gets used for small periods of the year. It is loved when they go for it, but more often than not it rots. So I’ve stuck with the sunflower seeds. They attract a wider variety of birds. Not as popular with the goldfinches I love, but they at least get eaten.

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  5. I’m so glad you are recovering from the virus. I enjoyed your bird list, since those are the birds I identified when we lived in England. I’ve forgotten many of them now, but I still have the bird guide book I bought 40 years ago.

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    1. Yes, we get some migrate in while others go to warmer climes. I’m keeping my eye out to see if the colder weather brings the fieldfares into the garden. I saw a few locally around Christmas but not been in my garden since the beast from the east.

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  6. Tracking wildlife sightings over time as one’s garden establishes is a fabulous idea. I’m sure the growing numbers are incredibly encouraging of your efforts to build a garden that supplies the shelter, food, water necessary to sustain these birds and others.

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  7. I too am glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better. I enjoyed reading about the chocolate and cornflake nests you made with your little girl. I passed it on to our children with infant school kiddies. We have wrens in the trees here that appear when you call for them. In Friesan language (my husbands) they are called tomke’s which translates as little thumbs.

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