Saturday, January 23

All birds will go into hiding next weekend!

Next weekend the RSPB Big Birdwatch will take place. This means that all birds in your immediate area will go into hiding.

For the past 30 years the RPSB have been asking people to spend an hour on a particular weekend counting the birds that they see in their garden or nearby parkland. This helps the RSPB determine which species of bird is thriving and which is struggling and then to focus their activities appropriately.

You can carry out the count in the comfort of your own home by just watching the birds from your window and counting the highest number of birds of each species you see at one time during the hour that you are watching.

If your knowledge of garden birds is a bit shaky the RSPB even provide identification sheets and an online bird identifier to help.

If you prefer you can also join one of the bird count events that are being held all over the country.

We have taken part in the count for several years now and each year it seems that on Birdwatch weekend the birds make themselves scarce so we are preparing for a weekend when the bird feeders remain full and the fat cakes unpecked.

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  1. I love to watch the birds from my window so I will be sure to pick an hour next weekend and see if they all disappear!!

  2. Let me know how you get on - it's a pity they didn't do the count in the snowy weather. The RSPB do say though that a report of no birds is also helpful and I suppose many birds will have beed badly affected by the terrible conditions that we had especially if people haven't fed them.


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