… in my Perthshire garden that is. The time slot was on the early side yesterday at 8:15am-9:15am. Blackbirds, Blue tits, a Robin and a Dunnock appeared as expected. However, I did think it was a bit early for the Finches but for once the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch pulled out a surprise!
Quite unexpected during this early hour, Siskins, Goldfinches & Chaffinches jostled for position at four feeders with sunflower hearts. It was a tad tricky counting with the light still low. If a wren managed a visit round my small pond then I missed it completely – we’ve had a regular visitor there.
I’m delighted that our regular male Sparrowhawk was having a Sunday lie in during my count although I’m a little disappointed that the Male Brambling we’ve seen recently didn’t join our early mixed finch group. That would have been the icing on my birdcount.
This morning the Siskins were back at the feeders and as I wasn’t counting I got my video camera out to share a flavour of the activity at my feeders during my birdcount yesterday morning….
For those who can’t view my videos the stats for my 2012 count read as: 10x Siskins, 6x Chaffinches, 5x Goldfinches, 4x Blackbirds, 3x Blue tits, 2x Robins, 1x Great tit & 1x Dunnock. That was a species count of 8 which I think was pretty good for an early January morning.
The usual suspects that were missing from my count were the Coal tit, House Sparrow, Wren, Woodpigeon and recent invasions of Starlings. So that’s it for another year. Now, I need to submit my results.
March (mid-end) is usually the month the RSPB announce their results. I guess 600,000 birdcount submissions take a bit of time to collate and sort! I wonder if Siskins will make it into the Top Ten UK Birds for 2012 – could my garden feeders actually be trending for 2012. A fun thought :-)
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in January 2012.