Big Garden Bird Watch 2019

This is the 5th year I’ve taken part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. It’s been interesting to look back at the last five years results and notice any changes that have occurred.

This morning was a drizzly, cold, dark morning which didn’t help with the photography. I tried to do the BGBW at the same time as I have in the past, 9am to 10am.

Firstly the decline of finches to my garden is the most obvious. I used to have quite a few Goldfinches and Greenfinches visit, but I rarely see them land or feed in my garden any more, although the good news is they haven’t completely disappeared as you can see from the photo, a large flock flew over this morning and I regularly see and hear huge numbers of them in the next door field.

I rarely see Greenfinches anymore and very few Chaffinches.

One big success is the number of House Sparrows that have returned to my garden, a few years ago we knocked down a garden wall and replaced it with hedges, I’m hoping as the hedges grow more birds will find shelter in them. It’s great to hear their constant chatter.

The Great Spotted woodpecker didn’t show this morning, but he has been around this week.

There are plenty of things people can do to encourage birds into their garden including feeding them, providing a bird bath, planting insect friendly plants, planting shrubs, trees, hedges or fruit trees (if you have space) and stop using pesticides.

The birds in my garden definitely prefer the feeders that are closer to a hedge or shrub than the ones out in the open as we are sometimes visited by the local Sparrowhawk.

bird garden bird watch chart


Bird Garden Bird watch
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Robin 1 1 1 2 2 2
Blue Tit 4 3 18 7 8 23
Great Tit 4 2 4 2 12 2
Long tailed tit 2 10 1
Coal Tit 2 1 1 2
House Sparrow 4 6 6
Dunnock 3 1 3 2 3 4
Wood Pigeon 2 3 2 4 4
Collard Dove 1 1 3 2 4
Jackdaw 2 5 6 3
Magpie 2 2
Crow 2
Chaffinch 1 1 2 3
Goldfinch 1 24
Green Finch 6 1 2
Blackbirds 2 3 3 3 3 2
Wren 1 1
Great spotted woodpecker 1 1 1
Redpoll 1
Pied wag tail 2



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. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. 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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5 Responses to Big Garden Bird Watch 2019

  1. Good spike in blue tits! Good to get a long tailed too. I’ll be fitting mine in tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Do you not get any starlings?

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  2. A good variety coming in. I rarely see the green finches anymore. I know disease has hit them the last few years. Hopefully see a recovery. Like you planted some hedges to bring the birds in.

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  3. shazza says:

    Oh wonderful. I have just submitted mine , though living in a town with a small back yard, my visitors have been in a much smaller number than yours. I had 3 house sparrows, 2 bluetits, 1 blackbird and 1 super messy starling. πŸ™‚ I’m visiting my sister who lives in a more rural area tomorrow and we’re going to do an hour there too. Love your pictures especially the robin. πŸ™‚

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