BIG Garden Birdwatch 2018

For the past five years I’ve been participating in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Over the years I have seen fluctuations in bird numbers and species. This year before the count, it had been the poorest showing of birds in a long time. I don’t know whether this is due to the goldfinches being scared, yes you read that correctly, scared of the seed I bought for them from Haiths? Or whether it’s due to being a mild January, where there’s more abundant foods elsewhere? Either way when I came to sit down with a cup of coffee in hand I wasn’t expecting much of a show. However the birds had other ideas!

This year, the only day I could fit in the hour long bird watch was Sunday, between 12.10pm and 1.20pm. While a enjoyed a relaxing lunch, I gazed out of the window to where the bird feeders were all topped up!

I didn’t have to wait too long for the first visitors, the starlings, who in turn bring a cascade of flocks of goldfinches and pigeons. My tally for the hour was as follows.

  • 8 starlings
  • 10 goldfinches
  • 9 pigeons (featuring a prima donna display from the rescue pigeon, Hoppy)
  • A swift visitation by 1 dunnock
  • An equally brief visit by 1 blue tit


The yarden this winter has generally attracted two blue tits, but the other was no where to be seen. I have spotted a visiting robin on most days, (which the dunnock could have chased away), and two great tits have visited occasionally. On Friday last, I saw what was either three long tailed tits, or wagtails, they stayed all too briefly for me to ID them!

So, there you have it, my tally for 2018’s Big Garden Birdwatch. I wonder what species I’ll see in 2019?

What species did you record if you participated?

Thanks for reading,

Christine x


9 thoughts on “BIG Garden Birdwatch 2018

  1. I deliberately planned to do my bird watch between half two and half three as this was when I the female great spotted woodpecker was visiting!

    I think I had my best birdwatch ever! It was almost as if the birds had rehearsed their grand entrances!

    The male great spotted woodpecker came in first, and I hadn’t seen the male since the Woodpeckers had started visiting again. The female also came in a bit later.

    We also had 3 blue Tit’s, 2 wood pigeons, 1 magpie, 1 coal tit, 1 robin, 7 house sparrows, 1 collared dove, 1 starling, 2 blackbirds, 1 goldfinch, 1 great tit, 2 long tailed tits and a Dunnock!

    Basically everything that normally visits all came within the hour 🙂

      • I was expecting that to happen to be honest! Especially as our garden is very small, so every movement I made with the binoculars was a very small one so not to scare anything off!

  2. I’m quite jealous that goldfinches visit your yarden. 😊 This was our first year participating and we counted 10 starlings, 8 sparrows, 2 blue tits and 1 blackbird; we normally have double the number of sparrows but I suspect they might’ve been wary of the starlings that were drawn by the extra food we put out.

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