Saturday, January 27, 2007

Big Garden Bird Count day

Did my count first thing(ish). Chaffinch scored just under the 100 and there were plenty of Yellowhammer about (5 at once under the feeders). Brambling were sadly absent and only a few of the 150 Redwing came and sat in a garden tree. Fieldfares were flyovers so they didn't count. It was in the afternoon that more interesting things arrived with Common Gull up to 1,500, a Siskin on the nyjer feeder (first since the autumn on the feeders), Great spot on the peanuts and (possibly new from the garden) a Peregrine spent 10 minutes buzzing the other side of the dale.

4 comments:

BSUMNER said...

Thats not a garden, its a nature reserve. BS

Alastair said...

That is the aim - a little one though. It's about a small footie pitch on a steep hill. However, the view is good, can see clear across the dale and up to the head of it. From the top of the garden it is possible to see the about 500m short of the A169 - can't quite see the sea though, need to get on the moor to do that, so Gannet and Guillemot are going to be tricky.

BSUMNER said...

Sounds like a birders paradise. BS

Alastair said...

I do spend a lot of time in and around the garden. At the moment bird food is a major investment, with feeders emptying in a couple of hours ...