The results were more or less similar to those I've recorded during the week ( Blackbird 1, Song Thrush 1, Robin 1, Greenfinch 3, Chaffinch 4, Goldfinch 3, Reed Bunting 4 ). Not many I admit , but the house is a bit isolated and has only two "apologetic" bushes.
And, yes, to the hawk eyed, this was a photograph taken a couple of years ago, in April, when the daffodils are out!!
So, what were the highlights of this modest list. I can't but be amazed at the speed at which Reed Buntings can move through an area of tussocks in a largely unkempt garden. Quite remarkable! The other welcome aspect this winter has been the renewed regular appearance of Greenfinches after a long absence given their numbers plummeted.
Whilst I avidly read the regular Blogs of Martin Harper (RSPB ) I thought the recent entry, underpinning the scientific integrity of the results of the BGBW, was a bit unnecessary. Incidentally, I think you need to think again on your conclusions re the increase in Blackcaps!! Increasing presence in winter due to climate change and more people putting food out in winter....... really! The evidence appears to show ours move off southwards, as has been the case perennially, and part of the Central European population moves westwards. It is these birds that appear in our gardens in winter, a fact ably demonstrated by ringing returns!!
Nonetheless, congratulate yourselves RSPB at involving so many people in the depths of winter in an exercise that
- involves so many of the population on a single weekend,
- undoubtedly benefits birds at the height of winter,
- hopefully leads a proportion of participants to feed birds regularly,
- adds support for the conservation of birds generally.
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