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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2018, 02:04:05 pm »
We’ve just been out for lunch , so starting our hour at 2:30.

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2018, 03:56:58 pm »
5 sparrers and a collared dove.

That was an hour well spent.

 :-\

Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2018, 05:49:10 pm »
Ours was a pheasant and two wood pigeons , might have had something to do with the 25mph winds but none of the many normal birds were showing themselves  :(

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2019, 08:25:25 pm »
2019 edition this weekend.

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2019, 01:17:19 pm »
2019 scores.

Chaffinch3
Blue tit4
Blackbird1
Robin1
Goldfinch16
House sparrow6
Carrion crow2
Herring gull1
Magpie1
Coal tit1
Great spotted woodpecker:) 2nd year in a row!
Feral pigeon6
Wood pigeon1

No dunnocks  ???


IMG_9610_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2019, 04:24:10 pm »
I had a go at this just now.
Something that's not at all clear from the RSPB website is what birds you're supposed to count. Is it just the ones that are on the ground or perched in your garden or do you count ones that are flying around that you can see and identify further afield. In my garden that's a huge difference. Anyone got a clue?
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2019, 04:26:12 pm »
Not the ones flying around. Just the ones which are in your garden, as you say on the ground or perched.

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2019, 04:37:36 pm »
Not the ones flying around. Just the ones which are in your garden, as you say on the ground or perched.
Ta. Shame they couldn't mention that.
Zero then, as opposed to a few hundred.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2019, 04:43:43 pm »
I can't help thinking that if it's not clear then others will misunderstand and thus render their results somewhat worthless.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2019, 04:46:24 pm »
It used to be clear. Have to confess I've not looked at the instructions for years, but it always was 'in the garden' and explicitly not 'flying over'.

ETA
I've just checked the website as well and you're right that it doesn't mention what counts. Sigh.

I can't help thinking that if it's not clear then others will misunderstand and thus render their results somewhat worthless.

I suspect the results are a bit rough and ready anyway. Our local RSPB group used to do a similar exercise, but you kept a tally over a whole weekend and just ticked species with no record of the numbers. I got some people at work to join in and their responses were, in some cases, interesting. As in, if you did see what you thought you saw there would be a queue of twitchers all up your garden path!
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #35 on: January 26, 2019, 04:53:09 pm »
It says:
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Count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds.
[edit] I see we crossed.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2019, 06:44:30 pm »
But what if you see 3 male sparrows, then later see 3 female sparrows? You clearly have at least 6 individual sparrows in the garden.

Though yes, it has to be fairly simple anyway, to allow the general public to take part. If you want to do more detailed surveys, you can send your results to other places. eg BTO or Ebird. They have options to include flybys etc.

Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #37 on: January 26, 2019, 06:52:40 pm »
We count the obviously different genders separately - not sure I can tell with sparrows, but blackbirds are easy for instance.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #38 on: January 27, 2019, 11:07:42 am »
I emailed them and they replied:
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Thanks for your email. Sorry it wasn't clear from the website - the request is to only count birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. This helps with bird identification as well as providing a greater level of accuracy with counting.

Thanks for raising this. I've taken note to make this clearer on our website in future.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #39 on: January 27, 2019, 12:44:14 pm »
I emailed them and they replied:
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Thanks for your email. Sorry it wasn't clear from the website - the request is to only count birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. This helps with bird identification as well as providing a greater level of accuracy with counting.

Thanks for raising this. I've taken note to make this clearer on our website in future.

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2019, 01:05:12 pm »
Results entered. The website appears to be creaking a bit!
The 'best' spot, which was by MrsC, not me (we watch from two different rooms to cover as much of the garden as we can as it's an awkward shape), was a fieldfare on the garage roof.
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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2019, 11:01:17 pm »
A bit of crappy charty stuff for teh lolz: http://www.pinniped.plus.com/birdwatch/index.htm

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Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2019, 11:35:01 pm »
8 sparrers, 7 pigeons.

I’m beginning to see a theme here.

Re: Big Garden Birdwatch
« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2019, 10:38:38 am »
Seeing as how we have a feeder on the back patio, and it was a cold day Monday, we did quite well with the usual suspects, tho some of the rarer visitors were missing - no wrens or greenfinches. And surprisingly no ring-necked doves or magpies. But we had hedge and house sparrows, blackbirds, starlings, great spotted woodpecker, blue, great and long-tailed tits, chaffinches, blackcaps (new this year) goldfinches, robins, wood pigeons, pied wagtails, and a thrush (unusual in our small garden).
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