Sunday, 30 January 2011

Big Garden Birdwatch pays off

Waxwing in the garden this morning: a first for my Big Garden Birdwatch efforts.
Having started taking part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch with the children when they were younger, I've maintained it as a late January tradition. This morning's count, from 8.10-9.10am, included almost all of the expected species, but with one notable addition: Waxwing! Just a single bird showed up in the timed period, though five were on view from the study window later in the morning.

This wintering male Blackcap, first seen in December, also put in a welcome appearance in the beech tree.
In order of appearance, here's the complete list of species and maximum numbers seen in/over the garden this morning - at 18 species, a one-hour record:

Redwing (1), Carrion Crow (2), Blue Tit (4), Blackbird (1), Great Tit (2), Black-headed Gull (3), Robin (1), Chaffinch (2), Magpie (3), Goldfinch (7), Starling (2), Woodpigeon (7), Blackcap (1 - male), Waxwing (1), Herring Gull (3), Jay (1), Feral Rock Dove (1), Kestrel (1).


  1. Nice list there Dominic - Oh for a Slaty-back on that list :-)

    Congrats on the Waxwing...

  2. I'll just have to make do with the Slaty-backed on my patch list instead ;_) Just finished writing up my account of that bird for March's Birdwatch, which goes to the printers at the end of the week



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