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Birdwatch Bulletin

Birdwatch Bulletin

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017. On Sunday 29th January between 2-3pm, we took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, with two teams of volunteers and members of the public at different sites in the abbey grounds. One team was in the wildlife area and the other in the orchard.

The weather was somewhat inclement to say the least, or more to the point it was absolutely pouring with rain! However we did see some birds and the results breakdown are as follows:

Robin – 5
Blackbird – 21
Dunnock – 9
Wren – 3
Blue Tit – 4
Great Tit – 10
Long-tailed Tit – 3
Chaffinch – 8
Pied Wagtail – 2
House Sparrow – 14
Magpie – 1
Jackdaw – 2
Carrion Crow – 9
Wood Pigeon – 18

A total of 109 birds across 14 species.

Whilst the number of species and the total number birds was low, especially when compared with the data from last year's count – it by no means reflects on the bird population and diversity of species in the abbey, given the weather conditions were not at all favourable in the least I feel the results were quite respectable. We did not record any of the following species which are to be found in the grounds on most days at this time of year: Starling, Redwing, Fieldfare, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldfinch and Goldcrest.

The damp and mild weather has continued this week with only the odd respite and occasional glimpse of the sun. Early flowers are still very much in bloom – snowdrops being the major attraction flora wise at the moment. Crocus are starting to flower and Yellow Aconite is prevalent in certain parts of the Abbey, The first Primroses are starting to appear and the Daffodils will hopefully be in flower in a few weeks.

Insects are still conspicuous by their absence and I eagerly await the first butterfly of 2017.

That's all for now, till next time...

Mark Huntington.



Added: 7th February 2017