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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch





Our Wildlife Explorer Junior Leaders introduced the event with a short presentation
on the Top 10 Garden Birds and other birds that we might see on our Birdwatch.
(Some of our youngest members were really good at identifying the birds).





We set off in two groups to watch the birds in possibly the most amazing bird-friendly garden in Cheshire!




There were incredible numbers of birds at all the feeding stations and lots of water birds on the pools.



The hardest part was counting such a lot of birds in one go!




After our birdwatch, inspired by the incredible birds we had seen,
we painted our favourite birds and coloured pictures.
Some of us even had garden birds 'tattooed' on our faces in face paint!




We also made a giant collage of a Tree Sparrow made entirely from different bird food.





Tree Sparrows are a red-listed species of high conservation concern and nationally have shown huge decreases in population in recent years.



Luckily, thanks to the efforts of farmer David Taylor,
the Tree Sparrow has had a safe haven and shown a great recovery in numbers at Pikelow Farm.
There are now estimated to be well over 100 birds resident at the farm. (We only saw 30!)
Our Tree Sparrow will be recycled into food for real Tree Sparrows when the seed,
sunflower hearts and peanuts are used to re-stock the feeders at Pikelow Farm.


Thank you to everyone who supported our event.

Did you take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2011?
Please remember to enter your results online or send off your form to the RSPB.

  BGBW 2011 Birdlist Group A Group B Highest
  Blackbird 4 2 4  
  Black-headed Gull
1 1  
  Blue Tit 7 8 8  
  Bullfinch
2 2  
  Buzzard 1
1  
  Chaffinch 2 2 2  
  Coal Tit 3 3 3  
  Collard Dove 19 2 19  
  Coot 2 3 3  
  Crow
4 4  
  Dunnock 1 2 2  
  Goldfinch 3 5 5  
  Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 1  
  Great Tit 3 4 4  
  Greenfinch 6 3 6  
  House Sparrow 4 1 4  
  Jackdaw 1
1  
  Jay
2 2  
  Lapwing
1 1  
  Long-tailed Tit 8 1 8  
  Mallard 103 123 123  
  Moorhen 5 7 7  
  Mute Swan 2 2 2  
  Nuthatch 2 2 2  
  Pheasant
1 1  
  Robin 1 1 1  
  Siskin 6
6  
  Song Thrush 1
1  
  Sparrowhawk
1 1  
  Tree Sparrow 30 30 30  
  Woodpigeon 3 16 16  
  Species 23 27 31  
  Total Birds 217 230 271  

Volunteer RSPB Wildlife Explorer Leaders were on hand to safely manage the event,
to explain how to use binoculars and 'spotting telescopes' safely,
and to help with bird identification.