Last weekend was the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016. The Little Robots and I joined in, watching the birds for an hour on Saturday afternoon and counting the highest number we saw of each kind.
The boys really enjoyed this on previous years and this year was no exception. We were running a bit low on bird food, we had some seed but the Starlings had eaten the last of the suet block the day before so I was wondering if we had some other items they’d like. I remembered reading something in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch pack and sure enough found a list of foods you could put out. The Little Robots thought it was very funny that birds might like to eat cheese!
We laid on the floor by the patio door and kept a look out for birds. Our little robin friend paid us a visit. I think he (I’ll call him a he but it’s hard to tell with robins!) might be living in the bush in our garden. He’s always sitting in it and flying over to the feeder when he’s hungry.
We saw a blue tit visit the neighbours garden, they only ever visit hers, I never see them in mine. Mr Blackbird popped along and we saw him on Sunday too, dancing about in the rain. The blackbirds are the only birds I ever see so happy to hop around in the rain. Three house sparrows stopped by, a collared dove and five, huge woodpigeons flew around over the tops of the houses. No sign of the Starlings, they only come for the suet block and that had run out. I got another one yesterday and there was around 10 of them fighting over it this morning!
Yesterday, Little Robot and I sat down and entered our results into the RSPB website. He liked counting up the lines on our tally chart and helping me put the numbers in. The website asks if you spotted any other wildlife too…badgers, foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs… Unfortunately, it’s just birds in our garden. I’m always slightly jealous of people who get other garden visitors, well except my parents with mice that invaded their kitchen, I could quite happily live without seeing those!