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Garden Birdwatch 2017

Posted in birds, garden, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags on 29 January 2017 by bramblejungle

Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

Another RSPB annual birdwatch, and no major changes here despite periods of abnormally cold/wet/dry weather  (click the graph for full view in Flickr). Sadly there’s no sign of waxwings, and the woodpecker that’s been visiting almost daily since October has presumably found better things to do as Spring approaches.

Still here

Luckily the local sparrowhawk didn’t appear during the count.

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)


Garden birdwatch 2016

Posted in garden, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 31 January 2016 by bramblejungle

Annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch again (search the blog for “birdwatch” for previous years’ results).
Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Click the image for full view with key

As usual an hour’s counting, even at the same time of day each year, can only produce a limited picture: starlings, coal tits, long-tailed tits, goldfinches etc come and go during the day and may or (more often) may not show up on cue. The real story will emerge when the RSPB collate the results from half a million or so gardens.

The good news is that the resident house sparrows are still here; the effect of this unusually warm winter probably won’t be evident till next year, when any changes in breeding patterns and over-wintering survival can be seen.

Garden birdwatch 2014

Posted in garden, oxfordshire, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 25 January 2014 by bramblejungle

Big Garden Birdwatch 2014
Time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch again. The sparrow colony (I counted 14, but there may have been more) is doing well, and 5 starlings turned up, plus a couple of jackdaws and a goldfinch. The chaffinches, greenfinches and great-tits that are usually here must be in someone else’s garden today!

Garden birdwatch 2013

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, wildlife with tags , , on 26 January 2013 by bramblejungle

Sparrows and starlings still here, but no finches at all. The count was supervised by a red kite (I probably shouldn’t have counted it).

Big Garden Birdwatch 2013

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