The Big Garden Birdwatch

by Helen Hooker January. 28, 2018 1030 views
The colours in this starling's feathers are glorious, yet in most lights they simply look brown!

The colours in this starling's feathers are glorious, yet in most lights they simply look brown!

The last time I participated in the RSPB’s Big Bird Garden Birdwatch was way back in 2011 – somehow work has always got in the way since then. I got up early this morning and spent an hour watching the bird activity in our garden. As in 2011, Lucy came and joined me, sitting at the living room window watching our feathered friends with interest. In the end she decided she’d had enough and went outside to check out her territory in our neighbours’ garden instead.

The colours in this starling's feathers are glorious, yet in most lights they simply look brown!

The colours in this starling's feathers are glorious, yet in most lights they simply look brown!

As I watched the birds I took lots of pictures. The light was truly awful, with no sign of sunshine, so I was shooting against the odds. Of the 158 photos I took only these three come anywhere near being worthy of publishing. I was pleased with the starling though as what little light there was brought out the colours in its feathers.

We had bluetits nesting in our bird box last year but it seems the local great tits are interested in taking up residence this year.

We had bluetits nesting in our bird box last year but it seems the local great tits are interested in taking up residence this year.

Ultimately I came spotted quite a variety of birds, and I now need to upload the numbers to the RSPB website so the national statistics can be collated. Here’s what I saw:

  • 4 Blackbirds
  • 8 Goldfinches
  • 2 Bluetits
  • 1 Magpie
  • 2 Bullfinches
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Wood Pigeon
  • 1 Great Tit
  • 1 Robin
  • 1 Greenfinch
  • 1 Starling

It’s a pretty good representation of the birds that regularly visit our garden – thank goodness they all turned out when it mattered!

28 January 2018

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Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 2 months ago

awesome captures, you have inspired me to get back into bids Helen

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Helen Hooker Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank Pete! I'm afraid these aren't my finest as the light really wasn't on my side but I'm hoping to have some better ones later in the week as I'm planning another visit to Rainham Marshes. I'm looking forward to seeing your bird photos in due course!

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Scribe 3 years, 2 months ago

The air is soaked in birdsongs, beautiful, gentle, lovely bird songs serenading sweet souls to join in their songs of life. XOXO

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Scribe 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

A starling in winter, that's a surprise! Starlings are in Austria migratory birds.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

That's interesting - we have them all through the year here. Their murmurations in the winter are amazing, although I've only been lucky enough to see a couple so far.

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