The weekend of 24-25 January 2015 is the UK’s “Big Garden Birdwatch”. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has been running these bird surveys for 36 years now. This is my first year.
These are the instructions.
1. Watch the birds in your garden for one hour.
2. Make a list of the birds that land in your garden, not those flying over.
3. Record the highest number of each species you see at the same time, not the total over the hour.
4. Send your list to RSPB.
Last year the top 10 species were: house sparrow, blue tit, starling, blackbird, woodpigeon, chaffinch, goldfinch, great tit, collared dove, and robin. Click here if you want to take part this year.
I was out in the garden on the drumlin today, so I have a pretty good idea of the birds I’m likely to see in the Big Garden Birdwatch. The feeder brings in blue tits, coal tits and robins. And it’s hard to imagine a whole hour going past without a blackbird or magpie flying in.
The birds didn’t take much notice of me today. They can’t have known just how excited I was to try out a new lens and tripod for my Nikon D90. My first day ever taking photos with a tripod – and it was great. I found the lens (Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm) surprisingly heavy, and the aluminium tripod (Manfrotto 055 with ball head) surprisingly light.
I will report back at the weekend with the results of my Big Garden Birdwatch. My main problem may be the other member of the household who is keen on birdwatching.