Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

It’s that time of the year when we find an hour of a weekend to count the birds in our garden. I’ve been doing this, across various properties, for a number of years now. This will be the first year since I moved back to York, so hopefully the first of many!

If you don’t know how to do it, there are instructions HERE on the RSPB website.

It’s pretty easy, you just sit for an hour (I’d suggest either around 9am or 3pm as that’s when birds tend to be more active) and count the maximum number of each species you see. So if you see three blue tits on three occasions, that just counts as one. Three at once, that’s three.

I am hopeful of a really good year this year, as we’ve been inundated with Siskins for a week now. But the BGBW curse usually strikes and the birds magically disappear as soon as you start counting! You can see my disappointing results from last year HERE.

Will we see anything unusual this year? Who knows! We’ll see this weekend.

I can only urge everybody to take part, as the more data we provide, the more useful the results are.

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I welcome thoughts, comments and questions, so please feel free to share anything at all. Thanks, David

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