Sunday, 31 January 2010

Absolutely typical

Tall Small and I spent a very lovely hour this afternoon engaged in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which we're going to count towards her Brownie Wildlife Explorer badge. She had the binoculars out and the bird spotting book and coloured in her little counting squares with great enthusiasm.


My favourite part was the two minutes where we opened the windows to hear the birdsong as well as watching the birds - there's something shamefully decadent about sitting right next to a hot radiator with your head hanging out in the freezing cold air watching goldfinches and greenfinches fighting over the birdfeeder while a squirrel pinches all the robin food.


So I was telling her about how I have regularly seen two robins close together in our tiny garden this week, and also that we have a wren hiding in the honeysuckle, but did they show their beaky little faces? Not until five minutes AFTER we had stopped recording our counts. I swear they did it deliberately.

Anyway, that's what we did today - did you?

22 comments:

  1. we have a lovely pair of robins and some jenny wrens and i just love watching them first thing in the morning!

    xx

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  2. Bloomin birds! They had walkie talkies and KNEW when you'd finished.

    We didn't know about the birdwatch! We had a busy one though - Anglesey Abbey for a frosty walk and some lunch, flute practice at a friend's (???? I haven't said or written that for fifteen years or more), lots of painting for the tots and I actually managed some housework. This evening though, I sat or my derriere and watched reruns of SATC. Not so busy.

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  3. Silly birds, they should have known to turn up sooner!
    We didn't do it, although I will say that having looked out of my garden windows on and off over the last 7 months that we've been living here, all I've ever seen in our bare little patch of grass has been the occasional cat.... Must try harder?
    x

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  4. Worryingly, there was a fox in my garden today. Not good news when you keep chickens. Weirdly I forgot to let them out into the garden (in my haste to go embroidering!) maybe it was a sixth sense...

    I have a lovely robin who comes up really close when I'm out in the garden and hedgesparrows like investigating the eglu too.

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  5. Each year I think to myself 'we'll do that next time' and each year, I forget. Which is possibly just as well, with 2 cats and shaky bird identification skills. I'm not sure the RSPB would want us.

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  6. What a lovely way to spend some down time on a Sunday. We had robins (not quite as cute as the British ones) nesting in a hedge less than two feet from our lounge window last year. It was quite a thrill for the children. More beautiful I think are the cardinals against the snow here. Anyhow, we spent most of the day curled up in front of the fire today with shockingly awful temperatures outside....!!!

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  7. How lovely that you have birds around in the winter! It's still much too cold here for any birds -- except there are lots of Canadian Geese hanging around. Your bird count sounds like so much fun!

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  8. we did it too. on Friday I saw SIX goldfinches, yesterday, one............ I suppose the snow made them grumpy and they wouldn't come out to play.....

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  9. There's a bird count thing o'er here, too, but not until February...Wait! It's after midnight, so I guess it IS February! Sheesh. Well, anyway, I am a bit deflated because (a) it's too soon for robins here and (b) we don't get a pretty chart on which to record our findings. For that matter, your robins are cuter, too. (Sticking out my lower lip and stomping off to bed now...)

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  10. Despite our best efforts we didn't spot a thing, yet on a "normal" day we have Robin, Blue Tits, Jenny Wren, Dunnock and of course Pigeon, still it was nice to do. Jane x

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  11. Bother, I meant to do it and forgot! With the snow the birds weren't around much yesterday, hopefully snuggled up warm somewhere.

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  12. We had a baking day and a visting day.

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  13. I so agree about leaning out of centrally heated windows! It's wonderful! x

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  14. I know nothing about birds apart from they fly and lay eggs, so we would have been completely useless at it.

    Also we have a dog who actively discourages anything from crossing our 'airspace'. Our garden is a dead zone.

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  15. We had a National bird watch day to count the birds in our city gardens. It was so much fun, lots of red robins and almost no sparrows.

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  16. We only seem to have magpies and parakeets, which might be just as well, as I probably couldn't identify many others! K x

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  17. I've possitioned a bird feeder on a garden wall so i can watch the birds from the sofa. I need to get one of those posters so i know what i'm looking at. In fact, i probably still have my eye-spy book in the loft!
    X X

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  18. Hi! Thanks so much for popping by my blog. The swap is great, isn't it?! The best part has been meeting new bloggers. I shall definitely be back here. A x

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  19. So I'm not the only one developing 'twitching' habits?! I had a finch and a sparrow for the first time yesterday - hooray, something different from blackbirds, collared doves and wood pigeons!

    x

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  20. awww that is such a sweet thing to do together :)

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  21. Oh, that's sweet - making good memories! But not so nice of the birds to be so illusive ;-).
    As I was driving to work the other day, I saw a bluebird fly in front of me - brilliant blue & so beautiful -- a real treat.
    Blessings,
    G

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