This weekend RSPB held their annual Big Garden Birdwatch. A nationwide wildlife (primarily bird) survey that is participated by half a million people. This year we got involved. Undeterred by the rain, our ranger team spread out across the estate, sitting at some of our many feeding stations to carry out the count.
In the one hour, we recorded 17 different bird species. This included the tits – blue (Cyanistes caeruleus), great (Parus major), coal (Periparus ater) and crested (Lophophanes cristatus); dunnock (Prunella modularis), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), siskin (Spinus spinus), yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), robin (Erithacus rubecula), treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), carrion crow (Corvus corone), raven (Corvus corax), blackbird (Turdus merula), great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) and red kite (Milvus milvus). Our most abundant was the coal tit, of which we had 7 on a feeder at one time!
A great survey all in all – it was just a shame that it wasn’t over a week-long period as our rangers have spotted tawny owl (Strix aluco), otter (Lutra lutra), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), jay (Garrulus glandarius), snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), ptarmigan (Lagopus muta millaisi), red grouse (Lagopus lagopus), kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in the past couple of days.
If you participated you have until the 18th of February to submit your results here! We’d love to hear how you got on – let us know your results in the comment box below.