After a dismal try at counting birds on Friday lunchtime when they decided they didn't want to appear to be counted, I can't blame them the weather was vile, we sat down with coffee and biscuits on Saturday morning not expecting to see many birds again. How wrong we were.
Here is the list of birds we saw during the hour.
Goldfinch - 13
Wood Pigeon - 1
Robin - 2
Great Tit - 1
Chaffinch - 1
House Sparrows - 8
Blackbirds - 6
Bullfinch - 1
Blue Tit - 1
Dunnock - 1
Not a bad count at all. I was concerned to see just one blue tit as they usually come as a pair and feed off the fat balls. I was hoping that the Bullfinch would appear and about ten minutes after I'd mentioned him there he was! We probably saw two dunnocks but as I wasn't sure about the first one we only recorded one. There were a lot more sparrows in the hedges but we couldn't count them all, the eight I saw together on top of the hedge as they moved upwards to avoid a cat walking below.
Of course after the count we were visited by a song thrush, three long tailed tits and also two Crows, not quite enough for a murder - the collective name for crows.
Below - not a bird, of course, but Mabel from across the road.
All photos were taken through glass, so not entirely crystal clear. The photo of the crows is from the wildlife camera taken early in the morning before we collected it from the garden after breakfast .
I tried a couple of times yesterday afternoon to submit my list and finally managed to access the site about 7.30p.m. in the evening. I expect lots more peole were joining in this year as the event has been well advertised. Goldfinches were my top bird, followed by house sparrows.