WHERE WERE THEY WHEN IT COUNTED?
Ok, this isn’t about robins, but one does feature in this post and I just liked the title!
At the end of January I took part in the RSPB Garden Watch and sat for an hour counting the birds that came into my garden. You might remember that not one single bird touched down in any part of my garden, or on any tree in my garden during that entire hour. Well, perhaps it’s because the days are getting slightly longer, or we had a couple of sunny days last week, although the end of the week was bitterly cold, but yesterday my garden was thronging with them. I didn’t sit for an hour, but over about an hour, every time I looked out of the window there was something else there – either on the feeders, in the trees and shrubs, or pecking on the ground.
I had at least eight blue tits (probably more, but I counted eight together at one point), two song thrushes, two wood pigeons, three great tits, one long tailed tit, two siskins, a robin, a female blackbird, two collared doves and one parakeet.
Yesterday was the first time I had seen a parakeet actually in our garden. Usually they just pass by, but this one was sitting in a tree. This morning as I started to type this, there were two of them sitting in a tree. I’m still not used to their ‘voices’- they don’t seem to fit in with the other birds. Our native garden birds mainly chirp and tweet, but the parakeet squawks and sounds much harsher. I tried to take photos of it, but it’s through a window (if I’d opened the door to go out, I thought it might have flown away) and on zoom, so it’s not great.
This is what one really looks like
I quite like seeing them, but they are becoming a bit problematic now. They are taking over the best nesting sites in our local park/woodland and the native bird population is declining. In some parts of the south of England they are talking about having to cull them so that our native species do not die out. That does seem a bit drastic, but I’m not sure what else can be done. We don’t wan’t to lose our other birds.
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