It’s the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend! For those of you who are thinking ‘the big garden what what?’, there is still time to get involved! The RSPB set up this nationwide project to map bird sightings in our back gardens for those who have them, or our local parks, to get a bigger picture of trends within bird populations.
Have you noticed more small birds in your garden? Missing a few old friends you’ve not seen in a while? You don’t have to be a bird watcher or a wildlife nerd to help out. This is the place to get involved and make a difference.
My Big Garden Birdwatch
So, it didn’t get off to a great start. I’d filled up my bird feeders, scattered some choice treats out and about (dried fruit and mealworms no less!), and no one turned up! I know it’s been a miserable weekend, but not even my trusty starlings got involved. So I decided to tie in my dog walk round my local park with a birdwatch, and I wasn’t disappointed!
Now, my local park, Tremorfa Park, hasn’t got the best reputation in Cardiff. Google it and you’ll see stories about gang attacks, complaints about the litter; a general bad reputation. But in reality, a lovely breath of fresh air in an urban environment. I visit the park at least once a day and I dream of ways of making it more wildlife friendly, getting the community involved and getting rid of all that darn litter (it’s unbelievable). Hopefully one day I can help some of these things happen!
But for now, I appreciate it for what it is, a variety of natural habitats in an inner city space, facing a little bit more adversity than a more well funded park, but full of wonderful wildlife!
As you can see, I saw a pretty good smattering of our classic garden birds. Most of these I saw whilst awkwardly standing at the end of someone’s back garden with lots of lovely trees filled with bird feeders. The bluebirds were out numbering everything else here, making most of the feeders filled with seed.
As I carried on to the more open part of the park, there was a large group of Starlings (can you tell from my chart?). They were making the most of the rain soaked ground, full of creepy crawlies to keep them going in this miserable weather! The starlings were also joined by some corvids, though they were mainly interested in eating some sick off the path. Living in an inner city area never gets old.
Above you can see the nationwide results, it’s great to see some parallels between local trends in my inner city park and what others see in, well, probably a bit more ‘wildlife friendly’ areas. It really shows the resilience and the adaptability of our garden birds.
Did you get involved? What were your results, did you see anything unusual or exciting?
For more information on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch click here.