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.