It’s the RSPB British Great Garden Birdwatch this weekend. You pick an hour then record the highest number of each bird species which lands in your garden at any one time. You then record the numbers on the RSPB Birdwatch page. RSPB then use the data to monitor the population sizes and distribution of birds in the UK. For example the surveys have highlighted that Starling numbers have dropped by 81% since 1979. Clear time for action.

Well I hope that my Birdwatch goes better than last year. On the Saturday I picked my hour and sat down with a cup of coffee. In one hour my extensive bird list was as follows

1 Squirrel…

Couldn’t believe it not one pigging bird. So I tried again on the Sunday and yes the Squirrel was back but at least I got some birds this time.

78 thoughts on “Birdwatch

  1. Lol. “Not one pigging bird.” Pigging–I’ve never heard that expression before. It must be British. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love those interesting cultural sayings. Bird watching…why don’t I think of these thungs!? I don’t know how to relax anymore. I could learn a thing or two from the English. Do you say English or British? I always get confused by this. Tea and bird watching. Thatโ€™s what I need more of. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Sorry, for some reason today is a rambling on sort of day.

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      1. Three hummingbirds frequent my backyard. When the trees regrow the finches should return. I sometimes hear a flick of parrots but they don’t land here… they prefer taller trees. People a few blocks over get geese but I’ve only heard them once. Some kind of small birds at night. An occasional hawk. Crows. And tons of seagulls passing overhead (I’m 2.5 miles from the ocean).

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  2. Hello Gary. While I can think of fewer time wasting things to not get paid for than sitting and counting birds, I am interested in how your son takes to tasks like this? How does his asperger’s affect his ability to do repetitive or focused tasks? Thanks. Hope you get a bird, I would flip you one but that is considered rude even when trying to help. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Ž Hugs

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      1. Hello Gary. Sorry to bother you with such questions, just trying to learn and understand. I am always amazed at how hard you work to help and protect your son, and stunned at the difficulties your son faces while the powers that be are not doing everything possible to assist both of you. Hugs

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  3. Speaking of bird watching, we had a bird visit our feeder that does not exist in the Birds of North America guide book. We sent it to the Audobon Society, but they had no idea what it was. We tried to put it on an ornithology website, but you had to categorize it, and no one knew what category to put it in. We have but one picture of it, and I would love to find out if anyone anywhere knows what it is, but I have no idea how to add it to a WP comment. Any ideas?

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      1. It was, and still is, but we have no idea what the bird is, and that is sad and frustrating. It is about 8″ to 10″ tall, a body kind of like a fat raven but with a vulturish head and a grosbeak beak, definitely a seedeater. The talons were at least 1.5″ long, maybe for grasping thick branches.
        Got any ideas?

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  4. Given the backyard menu I provide for the birds I might have a half dozen squirrels hanging around wishing they were winged creatures so they could get more than just the “crumbs that fall from the table.”
    My best count was 23 mourning doves.

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  5. A friend gave me a lightweight birdhouse covered with birdseed for Christmas. I usually feed birds via natural habitat because I hate the weeding and squirrels that bird feeders bring. In our subdivision, the white tailed deer sail over the fences to nibble at bird feeders also. I put this little house out on a snowy day last week. I had so much fun watching the birds share the space. I saw many black-capped chickadees, a tufted titmouse, a female cardinal catching what fell on the ground, and a common flicker. It’s really been a while since I’ve taken the time to watch the birds. Glad you took the opportunity.

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  6. There is a birdwatch on in Belgium this weekend as well. We are intending to give it a go tomorrow although, if we let the cat out, I suspect that our count will be as low as yours ๐Ÿ˜‰

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