Sunday, 14 February 2016

RSPB Liverpool's own Big Garden Bird Watch 2016


Sparrowhawk
SPECIES
NO’ OF GARDENS/PARKS SEEN IN
TOTAL NO’S OF BIRDS
OF SPECIES SEEN
RANK
BY NO’S SEEN
RANK
By GARDEN
PARKS FOUND In
3
507*
1st
14j
28
85
5
1j
6
8
22 joint
12
28
58
9
1j
7
121*
4
11
16
38
12
5
8
10
21
10
10
18
18
9
18
27
16
4j
12
60
8
7j
3
3
24j
14j
15
169
2
6
1
1
26j
16j
24
41
11
3j
11
21
17
8j
12
64
7
7j
3
8*
22j
14j
3
3
24j
14j
11
55
10
8j
18
37
13
4j
2
1
26j
15j
3
6
23
14j
1
1
26j
16j
1
2*
26j
16j
24
30
15
3j
2
17
19
15j
4
8
22j
13
2
2
25j
15j
15
139
3
6j
25
73
6
2
11
12
20
8j
Moorhen
2
3*
24j
15j
Rg nk parakeet
1
3*
24j
16j
Coot
1
2*
25j
16j
Bullfinch
1
3*
24j
16j
Kingfisher
1
1*
26j
16j
Mallard
1
32*
14
16j
Little grebe
1
2*
25j
16j
Heron
3
3*
24j
14j
Herring gull
2
2*
25j
15j
Pheasant
1
1
26j
16j
Grey wagtail
3
3
24j
14j
Grey squirrel
9
12
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   *Figures – due to park counts included
Coal tit


Thanks to all who sent in their recordings. 
A total of 29 gardens and 5 park areas were scrutinised.

Included in our local count were contributions from 4 buddies out in  Rainford x2, Whiston and Newton Le Willows

Not included in our local count were  2 Scottish garden guest contributions from : 
Shetland with 105 mph winds: 67 starlings, 4 house sparrows. 
And a Snowy St Fillans, Perthshire : Great tit 4, Blue tit 3, Coal tit 3, Dunnock 2, Robin 3, Bullfinch 2, Wood pigeon 2, Jackdaw 7, Blackbird 4, Chaffinch 5, House sparrow 12, Pheasant 1

Once again the weather upset the apple cart for many, saturday being very windy and sunday wet.
Recorders were up on last year, and despite their varying locations, the same bird species were recorded. Rarities tending to be in the parks.  

Selection of comments from our watchers.
‘Sadly it was one of the quietest days in the garden for a while’,
 ‘ The birds were mostly staying away from my garden too’ ,
 ‘ They all decided to stay away despite all the lovely food’ , 
 ‘Mine was pretty pathetic,’  ‘Where did all our birds go?’ ‘ Did they know about the Big Garden Bird watch and went on a go-slow?’
‘No sign of the coal tit who is usually a frequent visitor, or the two nuthatches ditto’
‘ A wet and windy Sunday meant I only saw a solitary blackbird in my back yard.
 ‘Such a mild year, I have had less rarities’
‘ I was thrilled that the Goldcrest and the Great spotted woodpecker popped along while I was counting!’
 After an hour with only 3 birds yesterday I had another go today with much more success’
Got a glimpse of a goldcrest  but it was too short for me to be confident of the ID.’
‘Last week I saw a nuthatch the first new bird to the garden list since 2001 total now stands at 35’
‘It was a quiet hour for us – due to the weather and time of day (rather later than we would have wished but the only time we had available)
I think all the other birds were sheltering from the relentless rain.’
‘Disaster. Saturday the birds left town.  Even the black birds didn't appear for their cheese. Sunday slightly better.
‘The usual gold finches didn't come, probably too much food around in other gardens, neither did the long tails or the woodpecker, but we were thrilled to see a black cap’ 
‘The best show was on Sunday’. 


Remember in a world bereft of birds even a magpie would be welcome!

For those of you who have enjoyed taking part in the big garden birdwatch and would like to record more, please consider joining the BTO garden birdwatch , this will involve you recording your birds every week and uploading them to the BTO. The count includes other nature sightings such as insects & mammals and also records the type of food you put out, more recently they have included your sightings of diseased & dead specimens.



Laura

2 comments:

Adam Mendez said...

Hi, I saw some completely white ducks with yellow bills today in Sefton park. I think they are American Peking Ducks. Can anyone confirm this? I saw 3 today around the lake. I've never seen them before. Beautiful birds.

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