We are so lucky to share our garden with so many birds. Out of all the houses we've lived in (and our friends and family will be the first to agree that we've been quite nomadic so far!) this has been the most diverse in terms of the wildlife living here and in the surrounding area. We live in the countryside and there is a reservoir a short walk away, which I think helps in terms of the local biodiversity. If you want to attract more wildlife into your garden, make a pond - so say the experts - and I'm inclined to agree. All wildlife needs water, and even a small sink pond, like the one I made in Spring last year, is enough to increase the life in your patch.
The tally of bird species in our garden in the year that we've been living here so far is pretty good, and I've managed to photograph most of them. The ones I haven't (treecreeper, wren, dunnock, magpie, long-tailed tit, goldcrest, greenfinch, marsh tit, and collared dove), well, they're on the agenda for this year :-)
Bird species seen (in no particular order, with photographs where available) :
And yet to photograph:
Not bad! And because quite a few of them are regular visitors, I've learned to recognise some of them by their calls and songs, so I often hear them before I see them: 'birdwatching with your eyes closed' - which also happens to be the title of a great book by Simon Barnes.
Will you be taking part in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch this coming weekend? I certainly will be - hoping to tick off most of the birds above! I look forward to hearing if you take part and which birds you spot!
"Why take part? Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That's why it's so important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live. All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January counting the birds in your garden. It's that simple! The more people involved, the more we can learn. So, grab a cuppa and together we can all help to give nature a home." - RSPB