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Saturday, 24 January 2009
Every year, the RSPB collects data from a national garden birdwatching event. If you're in the UK, you still have time to join in - you just need to devote an hour before the end of the weekend to monitoring the birds which land in your garden.
We live in a beautiful corner of the Cotswolds so I have high hopes for spotting interesting garden visitors - I always hope one of the woodpeckers will come along during the counting hour, but alas not yet.
So, I made my way from bed (where I've spent the last three days) to the bedroom windowsill which has a pretty good view of the front garden.
We also set up the camera at the window. Still haven't decided which telephoto lens to buy, but I thought I might still get something. What actually happened? I pressed the button to take a photo, the clicking scared off all the birds, and I realised it would spoil the whole experiment if we tried to take photos. Bummer. So no photos to go with today's post, sorry - just images 'borrowed' from the RSPB site. I'm going to have to figure out whether I can make the camera take photos more quietly!
Today, we saw: a blackbird, a jay, a magpie, a nuthatch, 3 great tits, 2 robins, a dunnock, and a female chaffinch.
Incidentally, the RSPB bird guide website is great - click on either of the pictures to see the entries for those birds, or just browse through. It even has clips of the bird song.