Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers RSPB Phoenix


RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Sunday 25 January 2009
PIKELOW FARM, School Lane, Marton, SK11 9HD.

Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers joined around half a million people all round the country
to take part in this year's RSPB nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch.

Wildlife Explorers gathered at Pikelow Farm and spotted the following incredible array of bird species in one hour of birdwatching:
(NB Numbers are most seen at any one time.)

Mallard 46 Dunnock 2
Blackheaded gull15Magpie2
Tree sparrow12Mistle thrush2
Blue tit8Pheasant 2
Grey partridge8Robin2
Great tit7Brambling1
Chaffinch 6Bullfinch1
Goldfinch 6Great spotted woodpecker1
Long-tailed tit6Herring gull1
Greenfinch5Kestrel 1
Blackbird4Lesser black-backed gull1
Buzzard4Nuthatch 1
House sparrow4Red-legged partridge1
Mute Swan4Redwing1
Coal tit3Reed bunting1
Collared dove3Song thrush1

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
Big Garden Birdwatch has now been running for 30 years and in that time more than three million Big Garden Birdwatch hours will have been clocked up. The survey has made a major contribution to tracking garden bird numbers over the winter.

Over the last 30 years, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was first to alert the RSPB to massive declines in song thrush numbers. The song thrush was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979. In 2008, its numbers were less than half those recorded in 1979.

The survey has also shown the the alarming declines of the house sparrow and starling and increases in collared dove and wood pigeon numbers.

Visit The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch website for more information and to submit your results online.