Before we start with the results, a couple of important confessions.
Firstly, most of the photos you will see here were not taken during the actual birdwatch. As you may know, I had planned on using a remote camera trained on a feeder. The technology worked perfectly, as you can see here:
Perfectly in-focus and clear. Unfortunately, for the hour I had it setup, nothing landed there! The closest I got was this Robin:
So, technology didn’t fail me, the birds did. Which leads onto the second confession…
The count here was initially taken between about 9:25am and 10:25am. But in the ten minutes after 10:25 we had a flurry of birds. So, full disclosure, the count was shifted a little to take those birds in. Not really cheating, still just an hour, and more representative anyway.
As a majority of you predicted in Friday’s poll, the Starlings carried on their dominance of the count, topping the list for the third year in a row. Numbers increased again too, up to 12 this time.
Siskins made a welcome return to the garden last week, and ended up as a shock second place with five individuals (two males, three females) counted. My friendly and confiding female from last weekend was the first bird down after I’d topped the feeders up.
Goldfinches and Greenfinches all made an appearance, though not at peak numbers.
The local Bullfinch pair even made an appearance, always welcome.
Overall it was a very good weekend, with 12 species in the count itself. Within the hour after the count there were also Coal, Long-tailed and Great Tits, along with three Collared Doves.
There was also one really unusual drop-in after the completed count:
Black-headed gulls are numerous around the area, but they do not like to land in confined gardens. They’ll circle from time-to-time when they see food, but they’ve never landed. But as we see here, one young bird from last year had a bit more courage and was amply rewarded.
So, the final count was
Blue Tit 2
All of which adds another series of points to the graph. Will the Starlings continue this upsurge? We’ll see in 366 days time.