18 January 2012

Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK


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I'm so excited
I just registered to participate in the next RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
over the weekend of January 28 and 29

I feel just one dot more English :)

I'm instructed to grab a pen, download the bird ID sheet, 
and spend an hour watching the birds in my backyard

And get this - 
They invite me to grab a cup of tea, a favorite biscuit {cookie}, and put my feet up (!)
as I note how many bird species are seen in my garden {not flying over} within an hour

The kids are enthusiastic, getting our bird feeder stocked and ready

With the results, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds {RSPB}
gets a snapshot of bird numbers in each region

Last year over 600,000 people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch in 2011
counting over 10 million birds

Bird Counting Sheet (partial)

House sparrows have been the most counted bird for the last eight years, 
with an average of four seen per garden

In 2011, starlings were number two, and blackbirds took third place in participating gardens

Want to join me? 
Get more information on the RSPB website

Fancy butterflies? 
The public will participate again in the biggest butterfly count in the world this summer
See details of the Big Butterfly Count here

{ tweet, tweet my birdies! }

42 comments:

Felicity said...

This is absolutely fantastic and I'm going to investigate if there's a similar program in Australia.

As for the butterfly watch - I'm in!

Happy day!
xx

beetree said...

That will be so much fun! We have a lot of birds in our yard...we get a pair of Orioles that come every spring. They are so beautiful- it's always exciting to see them. :) Hope you have a lot of visitors!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a cool project! Can't wait to hear how many birds you spot.

TexWisGirl said...

i think getting the kids involved is a great idea!

RachelM said...

i think this is such a great idea, i love it!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How neat! One of the things I remember best about being in England was the profusion of song birds ~ lovely.

Robynne's Nest said...

That sounds like fun Laura. When I found out I was moving to England, I announced that I was going to be a 'twitcher'...hubby just shook his head...and of course it hasn't happened. Apparently the really nutty twitchers fly around in helicopters and have been know to swoop down upon a village green, following the report of a particular bird species being sighted!! Have fun and watch out for those cheeky Robins! Robx

Joyce said...

How fun!

flowers on my table said...

Good for you Laura, you are a 'game bird'!! We don't have many birds call as Sparky our Westie barks at them! Love Linda x

Iota said...

But you won't spot any beautiful red cardinals, will you?

I Dream Of said...

Oh, what a lovely weekend project and how wonderful to get better acquainted with the birds in you own backyard! Enjoy!

Great Scott said...

My 3 year old is absolutely crazy about birds! She knows an astonishing number of bird names - far more than I do - and plays this cute "Bird Bingo" game that her grandmother got her from a Botanical Garden. I will head over to the site you mentioned and may just join. Sounds fun!!

ann said...

Good luck on the bird count. I like the tally sheet. Interesting to see the different birds, isn't it? We participated last year in the Audubon Society's backyard count. Be sure to share your results.

lizzybradbury said...

What a good idea! At the cathedral near where I live we regularly get the RSPB out watching the Osprey's that nest in the belfry!

Lizzy x

Susan Kane said...

What a wonderful project! Will you let us know the results? I wonder if there is something similar here in San Diego??

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Cool idea, don't you think?! I hope there is something similar in Australia for birds and butterflies. Let me know :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen an oriole, and I always have so much trouble spelling that word. Gold star to you for being able to (I confess to looking at your spelling).

Happy Homemaker UK said...

We're hoping it is a sunny day with lots of 'visitors'!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

They can't wait

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Me too :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I wish there was an app that would tell us what we are hearing - many new to us here

Happy Homemaker UK said...

That term is new to me :) Really?! I would think the helicopter noise and 'wind' would scare the birds away.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Cheeky Robins :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

My dog does too - his tail wags like crazy - I think he just wants to play with them and wishes he could fly (don't we all)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

How lovely are they! No, but no sweet English Robins in the US. So there :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love the handy ID guide to help us learn :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Our kiddo taught us 'cassowary' at an early age, also fascinated at an early age. Go figure :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Cool, I didn't know Audubon did that. Great idea, isn't it?

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, that is too cool

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I hope there are results - its been rainy and cold. But I will publish what we have :) We always have pigeons, interestingly.

Jenny Woolf said...

This is such a good idea. I would participate except that I seem to have some kind of problem with identifying things, not just butterflies and birds but also the neighbours! these days I tell people I meet for the first time not to be offended if I walk past them in the street.
the low point came when I walked past my husband in the street! :)

I actually think it must be something in my brain, maybe stemming from always having had bad eyesight and not wearing glasses, perhaps I just don't expect to be able to see things or something. Weird. Anyhow good luck with the count, the RSPB does such good work. Have you been to any of their reserves? that might be the next step....

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I do that too when I don't wear my glassess - I feel like such a dingbat! I haven't been to any of the RSPB reserves - I think they manage the wetlands south of London? It is on my list along with the Thames Barrier - fascinating stuff.

Anonymous said...

marion (in south america !)
Yikes I am a Brit and you are doing stuff in sunny UK that I didnt even know existed. It's so cool and you will def get brownie points for this deal. I love how much you are enjoying England

chelle said...

what a wonderful thing to be a part of! Enjoy!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Hi Marion, I love brownies - haha ;) It is unbelievable how much there is to do here!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I agree ;) Thank you!

Pondside said...

We have a flower count here in February, and everyone gets into it. Your count sounds like a great thing to do with kids.

Jo said...

What a lovely idea! I might look for something similar in Aus, as I am often unsure of what bird are called. I heard the other day that there are no actual crows here... news to me. I am always fascinated when people can identify things like bird calls, tree species, the names of cloud types. Happy bird watching
Jo :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I know flowers better than birds, so that would be right up my alley ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, that's so interesting about the crows, or lack thereof. I don't know the names of many birds either; I think this will help :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You are more English than me now- I've never done this!! But it sounds so fun. I bet my children would love it too.

Sarah

EnglandTripTips said...

Birdwatching is surely fun. Being familiar with them and where they go will let you see the important roles they play not only in the garden but to our environment. Enjoy! Englandtriptips.com