One of the highlights of January, for me, is always going to be The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. What could be better than spending an hour watching and feeding the birds, counting our garden visitors and then letting the RSPB know, all in the name of citizen science?! I enjoy it at least. While I did have a much lower count than previous years (which is a little worrying) it was good to do, and it helps the RSPB with monitoring the bird population so it’s good all around!
I did my birdwatch on the Sunday this year as the forecast was much clearer and I managed to get some nice photos while watching the sunrise and listening to the dawn chorus as the rest of the world woke up – it was lovely. By the time I was done, the weather kept its promise, with clear skies and sunshine, with a crisp chill in the air. Standing in the sunshine, it was so warming and comforting, so I’m glad I stuck to my plan and waited as I was umming and ahhing whether or not to get it over and done with on the Saturday instead, but these rays of sunshine reminded me it was a good decision!
The few birds I did spot had shiny feathers, looked bright and healthy and were chirping away in the sunshine. I know for a fact that the house across the road’s hedge is full of sparrows, so even if I only saw 1 today, I know they’re around the corner, hiding! There’s plenty of food and water in the garden for them so I know I’ve tried to help as much as I can, and the resident robin returned once again, who I was overjoyed to see!
Unfortunately that was as close and as clear as I could get, but look how cute he is!
So, this year I spotted starlings, seagulls, jackdaws, crows, a sparrow, a blackbird and our resident robin, and those were my visitors for this year! So I thought for this Photo Friday it would be fun to share my photos from the morning during and after the birdwatch as a fun way to round off what’s been a busy and long week!
The lovely, resident blackbird that happily posed for me.
These three juvenile seagulls were sunning themselves on the roof as the sun rose.
The starlings all hanging out together.
One of the very shiny carrion crows.
And two more of the starlings, because they’re one of my favourites, and delightfully chirpy.
Finishing the birdwatch off with these sunny scenes was not a bad way to end the morning either, and even though there weren’t as many feathered friends visiting this year it was fun and the sunshine was the cherry on top!
And for a tiny bit of good luck I brought my lucky blackbird with me to watch the birdwatch 😀 The best thing about this little toy is that when you press its chest, it sings the blackbird’s call!
If you took part in the Birdwatch this year are you happy with your results and What was your favourite bird to count?
Linking up with Jen for Photo Friday.
Hope you all have an amazing weekend!