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    • Gers
    • By Gers 7th Jan 18, 1:30 PM
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    RSPB Birdwatch 2018
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    RSPB Birdwatch 2018 7th Jan 18 at 1:30 PM
    27-29 January

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 8th Jan 18, 7:02 PM
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 8th Jan 18, 9:05 PM
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    Iím doing this, you get a 20% off voucher and free delivery.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 28th Jan 18, 1:09 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 1:09 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 1:09 PM
    I did my hours watch this morning and the numbers are well down on previous years
    Probably the rainy weather had a lt to do with it but even so......
    4 starlings
    11 sparrows
    2 blackbirds
    1 robin
    1 dunnock
    1 blue tit
    1 coal tit

    I did think about doing another hour later today but that's not in the spirit of the event.
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 28th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
    I did my hours watch this morning and the numbers are well down on previous years
    Probably the rainy weather had a lt to do with it but even so......
    4 starlings
    11 sparrows
    2 blackbirds
    1 robin
    1 dunnock
    1 blue tit
    1 coal tit

    I did think about doing another hour later today but that's not in the spirit of the event.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    Gosh I wish we only had 4 starlings, I know they are in decline but they are such bullies and my other birdies miss out.

    Doing ours in a few minutes, just loading up the feeders now!!
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 28th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
    At various times this week we!!!8217;ve had 7 long tailed tits in the magnolia, 19 goldfinches in the lilac, 2 male and one female bullfinches n the feeders, plus assorted other visitors of course. What!!!8217;s the betting we don!!!8217;t see owt when we do our hour tomorrow! Missed our slot today.
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 28th Jan 18, 7:36 PM
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    • 28th Jan 18, 7:36 PM
    Having digested the results and compared them to last time, we are better off this year.

    40 plus (stopped because we couldn't count them) starlings
    16 sparrows
    2 blackbirds
    3 robins
    1 dunnock
    4 blue tit
    3 great tit
    2 marsh* or willow tit (can't really see the difference)
    43-45 gold finch (could only count them due to the 20 port feeders)
    2 sisken
    2 magpie
    1 greenfinch
    1 wagtail (pied)
    1 Jay (just at the very end)
    1 nuthatch
    1 woodpecker
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 28th Jan 18, 7:38 PM
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    Cannot edit my post (MSe sort this crap out).

    2 collared dove.
    6 chaffinch
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 29th Jan 18, 11:37 AM
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    Cannot edit my post (MSe sort this crap out).

    2 collared dove.
    6 chaffinch
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    Quote from MSEAndreaís post here

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5785182
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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 29th Jan 18, 11:41 AM
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    Finch central here this morning
    20 goldies
    12 greenies
    2 bullies
    3 chaffies
    5 long tailed tits
    1 great tit
    2 blue tits
    3 blackbirds
    2 woodies
    5 sparrows
    1 wren
    2 dunnock

    Greater finch numbers than last year, but we had more species.
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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 29th Jan 18, 11:50 AM
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    Have generally had loads of birds in the garden this winter, but whenever I do the RSPB birdwatch they disappear!
    • charlie3090
    • By charlie3090 29th Jan 18, 1:34 PM
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    Have generally had loads of birds in the garden this winter, but whenever I do the RSPB birdwatch they disappear!
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    Me too.
    only 1 magpie in my hour of watching yesterday,
    today of course they are all out in force.
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 29th Jan 18, 2:48 PM
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    Think they should do this every three months to get a better idea. Loads of folks saying that weekend of birdwatch they see far less of their regular birds so the results can't give an accurate idea of what is thriving or declining surely.

    Done mine this afternoon once the rain had stopped. A bit better than last year's but nowhere near reflective of what we actually see most weeks
    • Gers
    • By Gers 29th Jan 18, 4:14 PM
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    The starling flocks here have been discouraged from settling on my bird feeders! They do get the message as I put out some food for them near to their roosting hedge instead.

    3 blackbirds - squabbling for the food
    12 goldfinches
    over 20 chaffinches
    over 20 blue tits
    8 great tits
    4 dunnocks
    1 woodpecker
    1 unidentified bird
    and a daily red squirrel.

    The weather here was atrocius, the wee birdies were hanging onto the feeders for dear life. Sometimes the wind was so blustery they couldn't land so I scattered some feed onto the dishes and ground instead.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 29th Jan 18, 5:01 PM
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    Think they should do this every three months to get a better idea. Loads of folks saying that weekend of birdwatch they see far less of their regular birds so the results can't give an accurate idea of what is thriving or declining surely.
    Originally posted by StokieBecks
    It should average out though. For everyone who thinks they saw less than they usually do, there will be those who saw more.
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 12th Feb 18, 9:38 AM
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    I am a bit jealous. I suppose it's because I'm in London suburbia but my list wasn't nearly so interesting. The coal tits did not put in an appearance, and only one of the blue tits visited. Wood pigeons, a collared dove, blackbirds, magpies and crows. But the jays came and so did the wretched parakeets.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 13th Feb 18, 9:14 AM
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    I am a bit jealous. I suppose it's because I'm in London suburbia but my list wasn't nearly so interesting.
    Originally posted by bouicca21
    Don't worry. Despite the rural location, our list was very small and boring this year.

    We're on the edge of heavily-farmed arable land/pasture, and although there are little pockets of interest, including some we've planted, encouraging birds into the garden isn't as easy as we expected.

    We're also 1/4 mile as the crow flies from a valley with woodland and wild places where humans scarcely feature at all. If I were a bird, I'd probably think twice before heading upwards to the open arable fields and pastures where I'd be more vulnerable to the opportunist predators.
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    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5844460
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