The big garden bird watch..



This weekend has been the RSPB

Saturday was bright and sunny, but we were out for the day so I was doing my, one hour watching to day.
The morning light was very dull, the sort of light that sucks the life out of any photo..
 the feeders were filled and all photos were taken through the kitchen window!

Luckily I had most of my birds in that normally visit the garden, one year I only recorded one Blue tit in the time I had picked !!!!

From the photo of this Wren (can you see it) you can see the conditions were bad and in normal   circumstances none of these photos would have graced these pages...









The last bird to spot was a Coal tit , to fast to get a photo...
so here's one I made earlier.



So in total I had 11 species of birds in the garden.

HOW DID YOU DO.......

Happy Hunting
Amanda xxx

Adding the birds from the garden brings my total birds photographed to


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    1. Thanks Gill that is a good count...
      Amanda xx

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  2. We had 17 different species - we spend an inordinate amount of time looking through the windows and watching the birds brings so much joy with their antics - we have had lovely bright sunshine over the weekend - so it was no hardship doing the Bird Watch this year and husband has been practising with his telephoto lense so hopefully got some good shots.

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    1. Wow 17 that's good, look forward to seeing some photos..
      Amanda xx

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  3. Haven't totted all mine up yet, but my max number of one species was 15 Sparrows (thank God they all turned up!). Not as bright here today either and yes, I managed to spot your wren- just :o) xx

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    1. Thanks CT, 15 is a good number..did have a few missing that I normally get in the garden during the day, but happy with the 11 I got.
      Amanda xx

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  4. I completely forgot this was going on. However, I do know that my usual suspects were in the garden this morning - the blackbird actually taps on the window to be fed! Oh and I spotted the wren :-) Have a great week x

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    1. Thanks Chel, never mind there is always next year, how sweet to have the Blackbird tapping on the window..
      Amanda xx

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  5. I thought about taking part but just couldn't fit it in. You did really well to get so many in an hour - it would probably take me the whole day! I think I would have got the same species as you except for the coal tit. And there would have been lots of great tits. I must be more organised next year so I can take part. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, you probable get more birds than you think, if I had not been watching I would have missed the Wren and not known it was visiting the garden.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Not a bad count Amanda. I didn't actually do it. This bird counting, I'm not so sure its very representative of what's actually out there. I think there are many rare birds out there somewhere, but as there are only so many of us watching and or photographing them they just don't get seen at all.

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    1. Thanks Roy, it's just a snap shot of what's going on, I only had 5 Starlings come into the garden at anyone time but there was a large flock of about 50 flying round, as well as the Gulls..the bread on the shed roof did not entice them in so they were not counted, so at the end of the day the data they receive is not true to what is really out there, but the data does help to see how the birds are doing.
      Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, it was nice just to stop rushing round and watch the birds for a hour..
      Amanda xx

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  8. I didn't do it this year but know from looking out the window it would be mostly Blue Tits, some Great Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, who is all over the peanuts right now. You did well with yours and your photos are not bad at all for through a window! xx

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  9. Oh, how fun! I like the way you have them framed with the "instamatic" film. Great shots!

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  10. I love the way you have recorded your sightings Amanda.

    Sparrows are up here....Starlings are down.

    Had a visit from the Sparrow hawk whilst doing the count, so that was a bonus :)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, we had a Sparrow hawk visiting the garden a lot last year, it would sit on the fence outside the kitchen window, not seen one so far this year.
      Amanda xx

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  11. It seemed very quiet while I was doing my hour, 12 species, and some of my regulars didn't show - but very entertaining Great Tit and Blue Tit squabbles - I love your Starling picture

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, have had a lot of Great tits in but they seem to have moved on now, 12 is still a good number..
      Amanda xx

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  12. That's a good count Amanda and the photos turned out well. The count here was low this year - only 9 species and as it was so sunny and I would have been taking pictures into the light I "cheated" a bit and used old garden bird photos!!

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    1. Thanks RR, it's never just right when you want it to be, garden been much busier with the cold weather.
      Amanda xx

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