It’s that time of year again when we are all asked by the RSPB to spend an hour watching and counting the birds in your garden and then submit the results via the website or snail mail.
I feed the birds year round and am often rewarded with a wide variety of visitors. Long-tailed tits, Black Cap, Chiffchaff, Pheasant, Moorhen, Yellow Hammer and Sparrowhawk are the more unusual ones.
Every year on the last weekend of January, I make sure the feeders are full to overflowing with seeds and peanuts, sultanas are scattered and a fat cake is in the feeding cage, then, I wait.
Usually, my regular visitors disappear off the face of the planet, just for the weekend that I’m trying to count them, but this year they were more cooperative and I can submit a count far more representative of my normal garden bird activity.
Don’t forget to do yours!