This weekend heralded the arrival of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch for 2016, and just like last year, I was thrilled to be taking part again. I decided to do my watch at a later hour than the previous years' and while I was a little hesitant about the numbers of birds I might see, I wasn't too disappointed!
(Apologies if any of these photos are a bit grainy - some were shot behind a window!)
A carrion crow, a house sparrow and the female blackbird.
In the hour I managed to spot herring gulls, carrion crows, blackbirds, starlings, jackdaws, a wren, a robin, a wood pigeon, a collared dove and lots of sparrows.
A curious blackbird, a herring gull looking for the best moment to swoop and the same jackdaw enjoying some bread.
I was glad I managed to spot those species alone, as the weather was at best, drizzly. There was a fine mist in the air during the morning and it was fairly chilly too, but still the birds come out of hiding and were eager to snatch bread, bird seed and even do a bit of foraging in the hedgerows whilst I was watching.
The male blackbird, a house sparrow and a carrion crow.
My highlight of the watch was this adorable robin that stuck around for the whole hour!
The same lovely robin.
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and if you took part in the birdwatch this year, how did it go? How many species did you spot?
Spotter sheet, robin postcard, identity chart.
Enjoy the week ahead!