If you took part with a birdwatch you can submit your results here. All results will be collated and the RSPB usually publish them during middle/late March. For my count, the Big Garden Birdwatch recording sheet was printed and waiting. A new montage image was also sitting waiting. Too organised perhaps?
Yep… Saturday was spent on an unexpected trip. Sunday went by watching a tennis final, moving a nestbox and sorting out some wiring. Time slot available for my bird count hour… 3.50-4.50pm! Due to the lateness of the hour I think gold stars are in order for the birds that made an appearance…
The montage above shows photos, from my garden, of the birds featured on the recording sheet. It shows at a glance which birds could have visited during my count. The illustrations were screen grabs from the sheet as these birds have never visited my garden. The Blackbird, with the biggest gold star, took top spot in my garden this year.
Other birds that I might have seen (not on the sheet) include Siskins, the Tree sparrow and the Sparrowhawk. I suspect I’m not the only one who counted fewer species and numbers than on a usual day. I’ve enjoyed seeing the results of other bloggers counts over the weekend.
So which nestbox was moved? Well, on collecting links for a previous posting mentioning this count I discovered that perhaps my new camera nestbox (hidden in my pergola) may just get unnoticed as the flight path wasn’t open enough.
You can also see that the entrance will now face my arbour
giving great views from there should this box be used.
With frozen fingers, we moved it to the location I had originally considered, still on the pergola, on an outside pillar which you can see above. Much ivy had to be cut away to reveal an area so that the box could be attached but I will allow much of it to grow back as long as the birds can get easy access to the entrance and we have access to the roof for cleaning and the camera.
Positioned facing a tree I am hopeful this nestbox will get noticed now. However, to increase the odds I plan hanging peanuts in a seed feeder from one of the higher branches via an ‘s’ hook. This has been very popular with the blue tits especially over the cold spell we’ve had. Around lunchtime today a new record of 8 Blue tits visited my garden feeders!
Coming back to this nestbox design I have to say I am slightly concerned about the floor. As you will see in the montage above it has gaps along its length. Now, it is possible that the manufacturer intended these to allow ventilation below the nest... but on the other side I do wonder about vulnerable very young chicks getting cold. After watching a female Blue tit inspect our other camera nestbox I also wonder what she’d make of these gaps. I hope we get a chance to see.
I’m guessing that everyone with a nestbox in their garden is watching for new activity at them now. Even without a camera inside you can still see and hear stuff too. I do hope this year will be a good one for yours… fingers crossed :-D
All photos above were taken by me in my garden. The nestbox ones were taken on January 31st 2010.