It was very damp and misty and, at first, I thought I wasn't going to get anything at all. I had heard some bird song when I left the house to fetch the paper but no sign of any birds landing in the garden.
While I was doing my birdwatch, I was amused by the starlings that perched just outside the garden. I wasn't so happy about the magpies that frightened the little birds off.
So here are my numbers for this and a few previous birdwatches. This year, during a spell of record breaking wet weather, we had fewer species than previously but we had greater numbers of individuals thanks to our starlings boucing back from last year's poor showing.
Saturday, 29 Jan
Sunday, 29 Jan
Saturday, 26 Jan
Saturday, 25 Jan
|Start time||8.45 am||8.45 am||9.07am||8.50 am|
|Weather||dull, icy||cold, bright||damp, misty|
|No of species||12||11||10||6|
|No of individuals||30||26||15||20|
If you are reading this on the weekend I wrote it, you can still fit your hour in. Just spend an hour noting the birds that land in your garden or other patch of ground and submit your results using the RSPB website.