Sunday, 26 January 2014

Big Garden Cock-up . . .

Meant to do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch yesterday but it all went tits up. My own fault really, didn't bother to count first thing (peak period) as I intended to put some cheese and raisins down later as a bit of encouragement, but went to the shops and forgot two essential ingredients (Cheese and Raisins) and by then it started to rain quite heavy so didn't bother as nothing was coming in to feed anyway.
Weather this morning was even worse, but as I spent most of it in Shibdon Hide watching basically a Ruff and some Lapwings it didn't really matter anyway.
Home again and it eased up a bit so took advantage of the break in the weather to do the count, with the following results :

Goldfinch 14
Chaffinch 5
Blackbird 3
Wood Pigeon 3
Dunnock 2
Magpie 2
Siskin 1
Robin 1

Not a great total, tits notably absent, and the local house sparrow troop could be seen in the trees over the way but never ventured into our side hedge where they normally congregate.
Also not long after I finished I noticed the female Brambling on the ground under the feeder, polishing off crumbs. Sod's Law.

There's always next year.
  

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