Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

We took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. It is an annual event where thousands of people across the country spend an hour recording the birds visiting their garden. 

We signed up a few weeks ago and received a pack through the post to help us with our Birdwatch, including a spotting chart, record sheet, year planner (going up on the wall very soon), recipes for treats for watchers and birds alike and even a sachet of ground bird friendly coffee to enjoy. 

Here’s some of what came in the pack. 

On Saturday I put the recipes to use, making biscuits for us and bird cake for our Avian friends. 

The biscuits are delicious, oaty with sunflower seeds for extra taste. I’ll definitely make these again, maybe with dried fruits or nuts as an alternative to the sunflower seeds on occasion. 

The bird cake recipe gave a choice of using lard or suet. I had suet leftover from making Christmas pudding so I melted that gently and added bird seed and grated cheese, then pressed into a plastic cup and some cupcake cases as I had leftover mixture. 

Sunday morning and I was up early checking the bird feeders were topped up and hanging the bird cake. The plastic cup worked well, the emergency cup cake case ones not so well as the cake fell out and onto the floor. I’ll pop them out again in a fat ball holder once the cup cake is gone. 

Sunday afternoon and we sat down to record the birds in our garden. Coffee made and biscuits to snack on. 

It was a grey and damp day, and our watch started slowly, the first birds to visit were a woodpigeon and a magpie. 

Over the course of the hour the following birds visited: 

  • 1 magpie
  • 1 woodpigeon
  • 2 robins
  • 2 blackbirds
  • 2 great tits 

It was good to see pairs of birds visiting, we’ve already seen our regular pair of blue tits checking out the nest box. Sadly the didn’t visit during our Birdwatch, although they did later that afternoon. Nor did our pair of visiting dunnocks, but at least we had some birds visiting. 

I submitted our results today and got this fab little chart from the RSPB. 

Did you do the Birdwatch, how did you get on? 

6 thoughts on “Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

  1. Sally Hawkins

    Mmmm – biscuits look yummy! We had a handful of long-tailed tits swoop down onto our feeders yesterday, in spite of the best efforts of our resident robin to chase them off….. xxx

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