With the temperatures rising and the snow now gone, it's not surprising that bird activity in the garden this morning for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was much less than of late. The Fieldfare was a no show (last seen yesterday morning) and yesterday 3 Greenfinches visited the sunflower hearts but not today. The final tally between 08:15 and 09:15 was: 1 Collared Dove (a garden mega!!!), 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit and 4 Ring-necked Parakeets.
I've not recorded a single Starling this winter and I've never recorded House Sparrow in my garden in 13 years! Both of these reflect national declines (Starling down 80% since 1979 and House Sparrow down by 66%!) Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Woodpigeon are all on the up though, and we usually get around 10 Woodpigeon in the garden. Find out how others have fared on Twitter here.
Afterwards it was back up to the nerve centre of British natural history, the Natural History Museum, for the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, oh, and a coffee or two!
Weather: Overcast (7 oktas), moderate SW wind, cold, wet and lots of rain overnight.