The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in the UK is on 24-25th January 2009. It takes just one hour on either of those dates to observe which birds actually visit your garden. It can be a rewarding pastime as you get to see which birds really do visit your garden (not those which fly over) and how many of each species there are. What is wanted is the largest number of each bird at any one time. Full details can be found on the RSPB site - link on the left side of this blog. Also they have a downloadable, printable sheet to help in identifying the common species and to mark their numbers.
A group of Greenfinches visiting the bird table - the mesh is to keep out the greedy larger birds such as collared doves, pigeons and rooks.
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