Thursday, 31 March 2011

Bird Count (2): March 2011 ~ and 2011 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

Birds seen and noted in March 2011, mostly in South Wales, UK


In case you are interested in numbers (some of these are approximates) ...

Carrion Crow (42)   |    Tern (30)   |    Rook (12)   |     Shelduck (11)   |    Long tailed tit (10)    |    Chaffinch (9)   |    Black Headed Gull (9)      |  Wood Pigeon (8)  |      Magpie (7)  |   Blackbird (6)    |      Blue tit (6)   |   |   Mallard (6)  | Dunnock (5)   |   Lapwing (5)  |   Coot (4)   |    Pintail (4)  |    Sparrow (4)   |   Great tit (3)   |  Wren (3)  |    Buzzard (2)  |    Gadwall (2)   |  Great Spotted Woodpecker (2)   |   Greenfinch (2)   |   Little Egret (2)   |  ChiffChaff (2)  |  Robin(2)   |   Nuthatch (2)   |   Red Kite (2)   |    Siskin (2)   |   Starling (2)  |  GreyHeron (1)   |   Tufted Duck (1)   |  Sparrowhawk (1)   |  Moorhen (1)   |   Curlew  (1) |  Pheasant (1)


  • March 2011: other observations include a Grey Squirrel, a Rabbit, several Common Toads, Toadspawn, Bumblebees (I must learn more about the different ones), approximately 12 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies, a Common Quaker Moth, Snails, an Ant and a Ladybird (still to be identified from my photo).

One of my most appealing first hand observations was of a 'dancing' Blue tit, trying to impress (or reach?) its reflection in the large wing mirror of a 4x4. The display lasted for quite a number of minutes (I was sitting in the dentist's car park), with the bird flying off every so often, only to return for another attempt at showcasing its performance. I didn't have my camera with me at the time, but you can see a similar scene here from The Daily Mail, February 2008.  

Do take a look at the 2011 results for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (and here).

You might also enjoy my 'Pick of the Month' photo choice on 'The Lizard Naturally' blog ... utterly adders!

3 comments:

leavesnbloom said...

I wish I had the time to be able to bird watch more. The antics some of the birds have been doing in my garden have been really interesting to watch recently.

Jeremy said...

Never seen a Blue Tit doing that, but have seen a Pied Wagtail.

Mary said...

Looks like you saw lots of birds and had a very good count.