Archive for January 26, 2013

Big Garden Birdwatch 2013

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Birds, Natural History

Is it just me or does it happen to everyone. No matter what has shown up in the days before the birdwatch day, it is conspicuously absent during the count. I was struggling for Magpie and Jay, 2 of the commoner birds in the garden until the closing minutes. Maybe they do it just to wind me up! Having said that the female Greater Spotted Woodpecker made an appearance together with a Collared Dove which is not common in garden. There was also an unusually high number of crows altogether in one tree.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos) 24
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 2
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia) 24
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus) 3
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri) 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major) 1 Adult Female
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica) 4
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone) 29
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus) 3
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris) 1

Note: Its not just me! – Ian Stewart was complaining of the same Big Garden Birdwatch curse on London Bird Wiki