Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 1, 2016

Café Twitch’s big garden watch 2016

Once a year, the RSPB organises a Big Garden Watch, where we dutifully record all the birds that fly into our gardens in an hour over the weekend towards the end of January. Last years results are here.

So armed with a camera, feeding table freshly stocked with seed, Café Twitch yielded the following.

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Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

These are big birds for the table, and they use their size to intimidate the other birds.

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Next, Collared Doves, who seem altogether more cautious than their bigger cousins.


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Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Coming down in size (but not timid at all!) a female Blackbird.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

And finally, a Chaffinch.

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

All these birds appeared in the top ten recorded in last year’s national survey. We get far more birds than this at Café Twich, though they don’t keep to the hourly reservation for this year’s survey.

The thrushes started singing at the beginning of January, but almost as soon as they started, they stopped again as the weather turned cold. They haven’t restarted as of yet. If I’d missed hearing the first song this year on January 5th, the date would be pushed back by about a month. Maybe the bird that started singing over a month ago was just practising…


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