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Old 12-07-13, 02:12 PM
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My pleasure Woody. Enjoy your garden birds!
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How are peoples garden bird watch going, which is your top bird for your garden ? Mine is the Blue Tit recorded 118 times out of 126 weeks of recording followed by the Woodpigeon.
Recorded my first two Collard Doves this week in the garden since 2012 which was great to see.
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Old 03-05-15, 04:11 PM
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Dunnock is the top bird species in my garden. The rate is 589 out of 604 weeks observed!

Lovely news with your Collared Doves Martin. March 2012 was the last time I recorded C Doves in my garden. The same year as yourself, I wonder if they are making a comeback? I will let you know if I see one (usually they are in pairs) in my garden.
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Old 03-05-15, 07:23 PM
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A lovely bird the Dunnock to have at the top of your list, a lot of weeks observed. The Collard Dove came back to day.
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How are your BTO Garden Birdwatch's going. Have any others joined the survey apart from Judith. Woody and myself?

I've just completed 2 years.

I have Jackdaw as the only 100% visitor in all the weeks I have observed, followed by Collared Dove, Starling, Chaffinch and Goldfinch on 99%.
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Hi Ian,

Interesting to see your top birds - 've just got to 138 weeks on the Garden Birdwatch.

Havent got any species at 100%, top birds are rook at 98%, magpie and blackbird at 96% and then robin, jay and woodpigeon all at 95%.

At the other end of the scale are woodcock, pheasant. kestrel and chough at 0.5%.

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Old 14-12-15, 02:18 PM
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Hi Ian,

Interesting to see your top birds - 've just got to 138 weeks on the Garden Birdwatch.

Havent got any species at 100%, top birds are rook at 98%, magpie and blackbird at 96% and then robin, jay and woodpigeon all at 95%.

At the other end of the scale are woodcock, pheasant. kestrel and chough at 0.5%.

Steve
Species that I've only seen in my garden once in the 2 years are feral pigeon, redwing, chiffchaff, lesser whitethroat, black redstart, redpoll, and lesser black back gull. Also whilst I've had plenty of house martins zooming around, only once did a pair settle in the eaves prospecting for a nest site.
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Thought I'd resurrect this thread. It's 4 years since I started doing the BTO Garden Birdwatch. I wondered how are you other Garden Birdwatchers doing? Going well I hope.

Total species to date: 45

Highest reporting rates: Goldfinch 1.00
Starling 0.99
Collared Dove 0.98
Jackdaw 0.97
Chaffinch 0.96

Latest garden ticks: Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush

I think Black Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat were probably the ones that I was most pleased with, and of course the Leucistic Carrion Crows.

My Garden List (actual birds in the garden not including flyovers and seen from):

Black Redstart, Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redpoll, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Siskin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

The most species seen in the garden in a single week is 26, though the average overall is 15 species per week.
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Good to see this thread resurrected Ian. It is an enjoyable 'pastime' if that is the correct phrase to use and of course useful data not only for the BTO but for ourselves too. You have some great species counts!

I am now in my 15th year! It is hard to think that I started in 2003, time passes by so quickly. I still find it enjoyable watching and listing each week and extremely exciting when I see a species that rarely visits such as a Great Spotted Woodpecker or Nuthatch!

Total species to date: 93 (this includes Mammals and Insects etc)

Highest reporting rates:
Dunnock 0.97
Woodpigeon 0.97
Blackbird 0.95
Robin 0.90
Blue Tit 0.89

Latest garden ticks: Herring Gull and Grey Wagtail

The most species seen in the garden in a single week is 24, an overall average 12 per week.

A Black Redstart and/or Lesser Whitethroat would be a great addition, well done with yours Ian!
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15 years! Well done Judith. I enjoy watching and listing too and find it exciting when the less frequent visitors appear, and especially if a new garden tick presents itself.

I'm concerned that things might not be so good in the future, the local council want to build on the field behind my house, though they intend to leave the area immediately behind the house to go to scrub so it might not be too bad. It will probably mean that we will lose the Grey Heron, Little Egret, and Barn Owl which occasionally visit the field and also the winter visit of Redwings. The hedge at the opposite side of the field will be partly removed, though the 3/4 tress will be left intact (I hope!). The services in the village struggle to cope as it is, so the 75 dwellings they intend to build will create enormous pressure, especially on the roads. Anyway, time will tell.

Fat balls and sunflower hearts are being consumed at an enormous rate at the moment - but it's worth it!
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