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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

There's a new bird in the garden

Well not new exactly! The results of the RSPB's latest Garden Birdwatch are out and the big winner is the Long Tailed Tit which makes its first appearance in the top 10 since the survey started 30 years ago. Apparently twice as many LTT's were seen this year compared to last.

This doesn't surprise me as my gut feel is that there are a lot more LTT's about this winter. The RSPB reckon that this is due to mild winters and birds adapting to the use of Garden Feeders - something you see at the feeding station at Amwell.

1. House sparrow (3.70)
2. Starling (3.21)
3. Blackbird (2.84)
4. Blue tit (2.45)
5. Chaffinch (2.01)
6. Woodpigeon (1.85)
7. Collared dove (1.44)
8. Great tit (1.40)
9. Robin (1.36)
10. Long-tailed tit (1.34)

The number in brackets represents the number of birds per garden.

All the birds showed an increase in recorded numbers with the exception of the starling. The Goldfinch fell out of the top 10 but showed an increase in recorded numbers.


Tricia said...

I've also seen many more about this year - so it's now official. Good news it is too!

oldcrow61 said...

Great news. Always good to hear that the bird populations are on the rise.

KAZ said...

We get them all (close to the city) but never a sparrow.
Very upsetting.