Big Garden Bird Watch Results
I had hoped to make a joyous post about all the beautiful birds that I spotted this past weekend when I did my conservational duty by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Having noted a considerable increase in feathered friends over the winter I was ready for some stunning results. After a seemingly wasteland of bird species, with just a local robin, blackbird and wood pigeon group coming to my feeders, this winter had been very exciting. I saw a tiny wren flitting amongst the wigelia. A black cap cock bird visited several times over Christmas, nibbling his way through the bright purple callicarpa berries. A pair of robins started visiting, whilst the wood pidgeon numbers rocketed. I saw great tits and blue tits more frequently, and long tailed tits visited for the first time. Finally, in a moment when I nearly ended my days with a blissful smile on my face, a flock of 50 or so waxwings descended to snack on next door’s crab apples.
So, with piping hot tea, scarf, mittens and camera at the ready I settled down for the hour. Nothing in the first five minutes. I adjusted my timing and decided I’d start the hour on the first sighting. Another 15 minutes and nothing. Minutes went by, and by…..and by with nothing. And after waiting for over an hour not a single bird entered by garden or even flew over it. I’d seen a single robin that morning on the feeder, but for the entire Big Garden Bird Watch I had not a single visitor!
I was going to post some pictures of the successful bird spotting, but alas, I have nothing. Instead I’m just going to post some pics of birds that have been seen over the years in my garden!! Did you have any luck? I hope more than I did!