Saturday 26 January 2019

Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch! This annual event run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) encourages people in the UK to sit and watch their garden birds for one hour and then send their records to the RSPB to help them put together a picture of garden birds across the country.

You can still take part even if you don't have a garden and today Crafty Green Boyfriend and I walked along the Water of Leith to Saughton Park where we joined other members of the Park Friends group in a birdwatching hour.

These are the birds we saw in the park during that time:

mallard (2), blackbird (2), woodpigeon (3), bullfinch (5), magpie (2), carrion crow (1),

goosander (13) (the male and female goosanders are shown below, the female is the one with the brown head).

robin (1) this photo is of a robin we saw along the Water of Leith rather than in the park

black headed gull (18), herring gull (2), pied wagtail (1), starling (1), blue tit (1) and dunnock (1).

Also lovely to see this cheeky grey squirrel

and plenty of snowdrops


Sackerson said...

I'm afraid we've forgotten to do this this year. I think we usually seriously underestimate birds. To be able to fly is an amazing thing that makes me feel pretty stupid in comparison, being a mere human being.

Lowcarb team member said...

Well done on the bird-watch.
I did enjoy seeing all of your bird/duck photographs.
The cheeky squirrel was cute and I love to see snowdrops.
Super post :)

All the best Jan

Sandy said...

Nice photos. I am not seeing much here but blue jays and crows right now. Love the snowdrops!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That’s such a great thing, the more people can get involved in noticing bird life and helping out as citizen s ientists the better.