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RSPB Bird Count Winter 2014

This weekend saw the RSPB birdwatch take place. A small but brave group of determined souls battled their way through the lashing rain to DKH Wood and Open Space and attempted to count birds. Not surprisingly there was a disappointing turnout of our avian friends as the rain drove them to find shelter.

Despite this, in the half hour that we faced the weather (from 11 – 11:30am) we did see:

  • 2 blackbirds
  • 2 great tits
  • 1 wood pigeon
  • 3 feral pigeons
  • 2 carrion crows

 Great tit Wood pigeon Feral pigeonCarrion Crow

Not quite the turnout of previous years (2012 results  and 2011 results… we didn’t do one in 2013).

Results from earlier in the day (9:30 – 10:30) in a garden next to the wood were more promising, undoubtedly due to the lack of rain:

  • 2 blackbirds
  • 2 blue tits
  • 1 collared dove
  • 2 great tits
  • 5 house sparrows
  • 2 long-tailed tits
  • 1 robin
  • 1 starling
  • 1 wood pigeon
  • 2 feral pigeons
  • (2 grey squirrels)

 House SparrowLong tailed titRobin StarlingWood pigeon  Feral pigeon

It would be interesting to know how useful the results are for the RSPB when the weather hasn’t been great. Are they able to predict / guess real numbers from these low ones?



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