RSPB BIg Garden Birdwatch 2022. πŸ¦‰

Hi fellow Bird Nerds. πŸ˜‹ Did anyone join in with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend? This year I had my most successful bird count in my little back yard, though sadly no pictures to prove it. My home tally was ~

House Sparrow 3

Long Tailed Tit 3

Blue Tit 1

I was really pleased that I actually had 3 Long Tailed Tits visit this year. They do appear occasionally but have never showed up on such an auspicious occasion as the Big Garden Birdwatch.

The following day ( Sunday) I joined my sister and family for their Birdwatch. As they live in a rural area adjoining fields and woodland , they do get a variety of birds ( and mammals) to the feeders.

Nuthatch.
Grey Squirrel.

Unfortunately my laptop is really playing up at the moment and I wasnt able to upload all the photos I took. 😦 So only a small selection of what we saw is included here.

Great Tit.
Robin.

Armed with brews, biscuits and binoculars , my sister, niece and I spent a happy hour jotting down our feathered friends feasting outside. They were joined by a pair of Grey Squirrels. We were joined by a feline companion.

Biscuits sustain us for the hour. πŸ™‚
Chief Birdwatcher.

There was a flurry of activity on the fatballs. We counted 12 Long Tailed Tits all at once! Other diners as follows. Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin, Chaffinch & Wood Pigeon. A Pheasant, Song Thrush, a Hare and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were spied in the adjoining croft.

Blackbird.
Nuthatch.

What visits your Garden in the Winter Months?

38 thoughts on “RSPB BIg Garden Birdwatch 2022. πŸ¦‰”

  1. Since the HA took down all the trees and hedges four years ago I don’t really have any visitors in my back garden, just a few sparrows in the front and that’s it. It sound like you got a good tally at your sister’s though, and a hare as well πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, impressive counts! And all those long-tailed tits. I did the count and for the first time saw local goldfinches brave it and take food. It’s almost like some birds have twigged this is the weekend to visit us all, be counted, and get bumper garden buffets

    1. That’s wonderful that you saw goldfinches. I actually haven’t seen any this year. But was very happy to see the Long Tailed Tits both at mine in a small town and my sister’s in the countryside.

  3. It is such a good occasion to get children connecting with nature. Next year the school where you work should do one with the pupils and cont all those Sparrows!

    1. They should! The school does actually get a surprising amount of birdlife. It’s built round a gardened quadrant and I’ve seen Bullfinch and Greenfinch before. There are lots of crows , jackdaws , gulls and pigeons of course. There is one white carrion crow. πŸ™‚ And a couple of mallards come to the little pond area every year. Ducklings arrive. But never seem to survive the crows I think. 😦

  4. I mainly have seagull and blackbird in my garden. I do sometimes have a couple of magpies coming in the garden as well.
    If you like boardgame there is an amazing boardgame call Wingspan. The idea is to collect birds to have points. We love playing this game.

  5. Our count was 2 Woodpigeons on the bird table, and one female Blackbird drinking from the bird bath. I’m jealous of your long-tailed tits, under-rated birds that I think are rather lovely.

  6. We didn’t do it this year. We did it last year and have realised that for some reason it’s just dontvfeed in our garden over the winter. Spring and summer is a totally different story. Our winter feed always ends up just sitting there till it rots. We do have a flurry of activity as the starlings and blackbirds strip the Rowan of its berries but that’s about it till nesting time for us πŸ˜€

  7. Hi that is a good list! People have only been doing the garden bird count for 10’years organised by the
    LPO (which was inspired by the RSPB ) here in France but this year it has really taken off.
    We saw the usual suspects and A sparrow hawk, so I am pleased.

  8. Lovely to have two different counts and to see all the wildlife on the second one. How magical to see a hare as well as all the lovely birds. We had three LT tits during our count too:)

  9. I have seen nothing for a whole hour for the last two years as the count coincided with atrocious weather. I had a good count this year with 1 Dunnock, 12 House Sparrows, 2 Starlings, 5 Rooks, 4 Jackdaws, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Robin and 2 Collard Doves. I remember one year we had a Bullfinch, weirdly I have never seen one in our garden since.

  10. I love seeing what you have come on the Bird Watch & think I should join in too, so I can post what I’ve had in the garden on the other side of the world for you. Your photos are great & glad you all enjoyed the day with wildlife as well. Oh, we have a hare in our neighbourhood at the moment & a friend commented she’d seen him on our lawn too when walking her dog. Take care & hugs.

  11. The nuthatch is so sweet. I don’t do too bad if I pretend the trees on the side of the drive add my garden! Robins, blackbirds, sparrows, Great tits, a wren, magpie, wood pigeon. So hoping I can improve the front garden this year. My apple trees have arrived to be planted next year.

  12. Wonderful, Shazza. I/we keep meaning to do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch every year, but are too busy/disorganised to get round to it. It’s a fabulous initiative. I’m with you on ‘After Life’ from your previous post, btw – though could have done with cutting some of the more offensive language – it added nothing to what was otherwise a beautifully observed and brilliantly written drama/comedy.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Hopefully you can manage the Birdwatch next year, though you may be out and about on your travels. πŸ™‚ I get what your saying about Afterlife, I don’t think I noticed the language after a while though, must have got acclimatised! I have a friend who when I first met her Dad, I was really shocked at how many swear words he could get into a sentence. My friend hadn’t even noticed until I was like ‘ Wow your Dad’ . She now has a family of her own and when her father visits, out comes the swear box!

      1. They don’t keep still long enough. I leave it to Becky. You’d have laughed this afternoon. A flock of flamingos took off overhead and I was so busy gazing after them that I completely missed the shot.

      1. Can’t blame them, love peanuts too.
        We have Jays, they do have a little blue on them but not as much. They like acorns and bury them to find later in the Winter. They are quite shy but do like to cackle at you from the trees. I am yet to get a photo of one!

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