Blue Tit bird box – babies flown the nest

Our baby blue tits have all flown the nest within a 30 minute period on Friday morning. The last bird required a bit of encouragement from the parent birds and a video of the last one leaving the nest is below. Good luck little birdies!

RSPB Big Garden bird watch

We decided to take part in the BGBW this year, so today at 11am we set about recording the max number of each particular type of bird we could see in our garden.

Just 5 minutes before we started we had a pheasant (Mr grey head) in the garden, but he wondered off before the count began.

Our results were interesting!

Black Bird 3
Blue Tit 4
Chaffinch 3
Collared Dove 2
Dunnock 1
Goldfinch 4
Great spotted woodpecker 1
Great tit 3
Greenfinch 3
Long-tailed tit 10
Magpie 1
Robin 1
Sparrow 6
Starling 9
Black Squirrel 1
Grey Squirrel 2

 

We knew we had two local grey squirrels as we have a squirrel feeding box and happened to see two in the garden last week. It was great to see them again this week. But we were exceedingly surprised by the appearance of the black squirrel at the same time!

As for the number of long tailed tit – we just happened to have a mob arrive all at one time. They stayed on the apple tree for a few minutes, eating the fat ball and peanuts, then left.

Just need to upload the results now, but the RSPB results page seems to have crashed.

Looking forward to next year’s survey now.