Getting ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch

On 30th and 31st January the RSPB Bird Garden Bird Watch takes place.

You can order a pack from the RSPB website. It is a great way for you to help the RSPB by recording all the birds and mammals in your garden.

Our bird feeders have been very busy lately, full of Blue tits and Great tits and at around half past three every afternoon a zephyr of Long Tailed Tits arrives. First I can hear their high pitched call before about 10 to 12 of them appear all trying to squeeze on to the fat ball feeder at the same time. The slightest noise sends them in to the hedge, for them only to reappear moments later.





One of the Great tits looks like it has ticks or avian pox but he is feeding well and is very good at keeping any other birds off the feeder.


We have three pairs of Collared doves that are often in our garden. I have noticed recently that one of the doves has what looks like a broken tail, it holds its tail off to one side and has difficulty flying.  The Collared doves nest in conifer trees and can have up to five broods in a year. They can live up to ten years old.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Getting ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch

  1. Grampy Dave says:

    Really enjoyed your latest photos. Well done you!


  2. I love the sounds of an approaching Long-tailed tit flock, definitely a winter sound in my mind, great set of photos today, the close up of a collard dove head especially, that red eye 🙂


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