Friday, 26 January 2007

RSPB Garden Birdwatch

Juvenile Blackbird on Clothes Line (RSPB photo)More clothes pegs! They must be the In Thing. This graphic is to remind UK readers that this weekend - 27 and 28 January - sees the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is an excellent way of monitoring the status of our garden birds. You don't need to don your winter woollies and go tramping round the countryside. You don't even need a garden. A balcony or a window box will do. Just put out some birdseed and watch what turns up in one hour. You don't even need to watch for an hour. So long as you're facing your garden, you can read a book or surf the web and your eye should be drawn to any movement on your bird table. Write down the name of the bird and how many there are. Can't tell a wood pigeon from a blue tit? Don't worry. Click the title link and visit the RSPB page which shows you photos of the birds you're likely to spot. Tip for complete duffers and illegal immigrants: if it's got teeth, grey fur and a bushy tail, it's a bloody squirrel!


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