# Saturday, April 09, 2011

If you like me participated in the Big Garden Birdwatch then you might be interested in this article. It looks at the results of the birdwatch which found small birds have actually increased in numbers despite the harsh winter. Findings of goldcrests have doubled whilst long tailed tits have increased by a third and coal tits have increased by a quarter. Some other results are listed below but it certainly looks like encouraging news for songbirds. We are lucky to have lots of different types of birds in our garden, and I try to encourage them by leaving out bird feeders and leaving some wild areas for insects.

House sparrow - 4.2 birds per garden in 2011, rise from 3.8 in 2010

Starling - 3.9, up from 3.1

Blackbird - 3.3, stayed the same

Blue tit - 3.2, up from 2.6

Chaffinch - 2.4, up from 2.2

Wood pigeon - 1.9, stayed the same

Great tit - 1.6, up from 1.4

Goldfinch - 1.5, up from 1.3

Robin - 1.5, stayed the same

Collared Dove - 1.3, stayed the same at 1.3