Forget mid-winter blues
Count the birds from your window
The BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH
will soon be here...
You probably already know this is happening and are all prepared with binoculars, cups of tea/ coffee and seats by the window - this is just a reminder.
THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH is taking place at the end of this week on:
Friday 29th January
Saturday 30th January
Sunday 31st January
(just one hour on any of these 3 days)
TO TAKE PART go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
You will need to sign up with the RSPB, and you can join in from your garden, balcony or park for one hour between 29th and 31st January.
There's also a guide to download and an identification chart to help you.
All the information is provided on how to make the count
Later you can send in your findings so that these can be added to the big overall count.
Ronnie Hek has kindly provided some of his lovely photographs of birds which he took in his garden in Norham, which I hope will inspire us .
On the left is a Greenfinch
and on the right, a Nuthatch
and this - the aptly named Gold crest
and below a Goldfinch
Why does the Big Garden Birdwatch matter and how can taking part help?
This is the 42nd year that the survey has taken place. It helps us to find out what is happening to garden birds.
Are some birds increasing or decreasing over the years?
Why are these changes happening?
Are there differences in different parts of the country?
The Birdwatch has collected the information for different counties in the country.
Here are the top 10 Birds found in gardens in Northumberland in 2020.
(BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH 2020)
Northumberland’s Top Ten Birds
1. House sparrow
3. Blue tit
8. Great tit
This is coming to you from the Norham Natural Environment Group - we would like to thank Ronnie Hek for the photographs he has allowed us to use here.
Let us know if you have recorded any unusual bird visitors