Register for Big Garden Birdwatch 2014!
Hi Ben, I'm already registered and raring to go !! stock-piling freshly made raw pastry and off to the seed/nut store in a couple of days to get new supplies lol
I am being sent to Beijing with work that weekend... Can I do an hour on the 28th instead?
Not a problem at all John R.
Great stuff Hazy!
I will be stock piling for our birds. I tried the recipe in the magazine last week, and the starlings loved the lard/seed mix.
hi ben,we have got fully stocked up as allways,the female woody is already showing her face so that's good news.looking forward to the bird count again.
I have at least two Song Thrushes and two Redwings in my garden and see them often. What if I don't see them on the day? They're both on the Red List so it's important you know they're around. I also have Long-Tailed Tits but they're shy and I usually see them only when it's very cold.
Sounds good everyone, lets hope for an interesting weekend!
With statistical analysis the time period is important as, when you consider the number of participants, the actual rarity of the birds you see will be taken into account.
For example, house sparrows may be common, so a greater percentage of participants will see them. However a woodpecker should be less common and less recordings will be made in the 1 hour period.
Also birds move around thus counting the number you've ever seen in your garden does not give a fair indication of how many birds there actually are.
I hope this makes sense, sorry my explanation is a bit poor!
I have taken part in the BGBW for the past two years. One of my greatest pleasures is watching the different birds that visit the feeders in my garden. I work in a primary school (teaching assistant) and last year I had a casual discussion about birds with a class of Year 2 children and I was surprised how many of them were interested, or became interested after I told them about the RSPB and the BGBW.
So this year I thought I would get even more children involved, early enough for them to get organised before the survey takes place ie. start putting food out for ten days or so before next weekend so that they are more likely to get a bit more "traffic".
I did a short assembly in front of 180 children, with little video clips of different garden birds, information about feeding and the importance of continuing feeding in winter once you've started, and things like that. They each took home a letter explaining all this to the parents with the internet link to the Big Garden Bird Watch so I'm hoping you will have a bigger response than ever from the Reading area next weekend!
Everywhere I go around my school children are excitedly telling me that their parents are buying seed or about a particular bird they've seen. It's brilliant!
Good luck with the birdwatch another thing you can do to involve the kids if you have the facilities and that is to make uncooked pastry just lard plain flour and a splash of water, the birds love it.
Thanks for this Alan, I didn't know the birds like this so much. I will make some today and try it out. I could have a go with my class perhaps this week, dependent on timetabling! Can you tell me, if we make this, do we have to keep it moist or can it be allowed to dry out before the children get it home?
Many thanks for the suggestion.
I make a batch every evening for the next day, i make that much i use 250g lard, about 750g plain flour, and around 750g finely crushed peanuts and general bird seed and that makes around 7-8 balls just a bit bigger than a Tennis ball, i then put them in plastic bags and leave them overnight in the fridge but they will last for two or three days, you don't need much water to make it bind and so long as it doesn't stick to your fingers you should be ok.You can then either put it in a feeder or just stick it on the branches of a tree/bush.
Have a read here Hazy is our pastry queen lol http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/chat/f/2542/p/98059/677733.aspx#677733
And this is mine www.rspb.org.uk/.../666370.aspx