Big Garden Birdwatch Results

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results came out today.

The top ten birds were:

  1. House sparrow
  2. Starling
  3. Blue tit
  4. Woodpigeon
  5. Blackbird
  6. Goldfinch
  7. Great tit
  8. Robin
  9. Long-tailed tit
  10. Magpie

The top two birds are the same as the top two birds we saw when we did our Big Garden Birdwatch. We saw 25 house sparrows and 10 starlings. Our third most was the collared dove, which isn’t even in the top ten. We saw 6 collared doves. We saw all the birds in the top ten when we did our Big Garden Birdwatch.

The Big Garden Birdwatch has been going on since 1979. That’s 41 years! It’s important because doing it every year helps to show changes in the numbers of birds coming into gardens. Although house sparrows and starlings are still the most commonly seen birds the number of them has dropped down quite a bit since 1979. House sparrows have dropped by 53% and starlings have dropped by 80%. I think that’s quite sad. We help starlings and house sparrows in our garden by giving them bird food and we’ve put a house sparrow nest box on the front of our house.

4 thoughts on “Big Garden Birdwatch Results

  1. Thanks for the information, Joey. I don’t get as many starlings as 30 years ago. However, in the autumn, just before dark a lot of starlings gathered in the sky and headed west. Not a murmeration but an enjoyable sight.

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  2. Hi Joey, good to know you’re doing the birdwatch. We don’t get so much variety here in the city but there’s always birdsong along the back lanes to make us feel more connected to the natural world. We’re also members of Worcestershire wildlife trust which sends us really interesting magazines.

    Hope you and your family are staying well.

    Jan & Bob (Bob is your dad’s uncle)

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  3. We saw eight out of the top ten birds in our own Big Garden Birdwatch but strangely, neither of the top two – house sparrows or starlings – ever seem to visit our garden.

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