COUNTING BIRDS IN THE GARDEN TODAY
At some point today, for an hour, I am going to sit with a cup of coffee, a pen and a piece of paper and count the birds which visit my garden. This is for a survey organised by the RSPB to see how birds are doing across the UK. The Society has been carrying out these counts for years, and there is now concern that some species of birds are declining (particularly house sparrows and starlings). They hope that the results of their ‘Birdwatch’ weekend will help them to take steps to halt the decline.
There’s not much evidence of a decline in house sparrow numbers round here, though. They are nesting in our roof gutter, and our neighbour’s, and raised at least three broods of chicks each last year!