Young Robin - taken 2009 in back garden - Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


When was the last time you actually watched wildlife in your back garden?

Today? Last week? Can't remember? In today's modern world, we are finding it increasingly difficult to relax and take time out from work or family. This blog is to remind you all of the free entertainment that we can enjoy each and every day - WILDLIFE!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the RSPB's Garden Birdwatch survey - unfortunately I can't do it as I now live in Ireland, even though I have TOLD my mum to do it in the UK!!

Over here, Birdwatch Ireland carry out a similar thing which lasts 13 weeks running from early December through to the end of February, which I've been participating in.

So far today, the following have all landed and/or fed in our garden:-

2 Robins
4 Great Tits
4 Coal Tits
4 Blue Tits
7 Blackbirds (I've never had so many in the garden!)
2 Song Thrushes
2 Dunnocks
6 Chaffinches
6 Long Tailed Tits
2 Magpies
1 Jackdaw
1 Rook
1 Grey Squirrel & 1 Rat
(okay I know the last 2 don't count!)

There's still a couple of hours daylight left so I'm still hoping for the Siskin or the Greenfinches to come back.

I'll post the list that my mum does over the weekend so I can see the differences between her garden (which has no grass, is landscaped with a few ferns & has lots of cats in the neighbourhood) and mine (which backs onto a small wooded area, plenty of cover & trees etc).

Hmmmm wonder which one will have the most birds?
Not that I'm competitive or anything!


Warren Baker said...

I'd do well to get a Rook in my garden Sharon, whilst songthrush and long tailed tits are very seldom seen.

Enjoy the garden!

Bob Bushell said...

I thought that if we all got together, and the whole world could on one or two days, we could a big big big gardern watch.