Now that we are in the survey period for MYNC 2012, (not got involved yet - have a look here), we thought we'd ask how the survey had gone if you have already taken part, if not, when are you going to do it???
This year you have between 2-10 June to take part in the survey so there is still plenty of time to find an hour where you can sit and enjoy the wildlife in your garden!
We have had quite a few house sparrows in the garden,a along with the starlings & young & blackbirds.
Thanks for the reminder Ian.I completed two surveys today, the first in my garden and the second on the banks of a stream about a mile up the road where I walk daily. I also saw 2 swifts in a location where I have never seen them before, so this has also been recoded on the swifts site.
I've been lucky with my count as i've got Blackbird not only with young in the garden but also collecting food, a Robin also collecting food as well as a youngster in the garden, got plenty of Goldfinches,Greenfinches,Starlings (all bringing young in),Collared Doves and Woodpigeons, and a good flock of House Sparrows among others.
Our best was a pair of Bullfinch with 2 recently young.
Ill complete it later today.
The rooks jackdaws and magpies have basically taken over the feeders with the odd pheasant also on the scene
Wish i was doing it now, i've got Eight young Greenfinches on the feeders
I'm planning on doing my survey on saturday morning, hoping the wind calms down a bit though! Looking at the other featured wildlife in our survey this year I think the hedgehog is the only one we get in the garden, although I have not seen a sign of one yet this year...that might explain the super abundance of snails!
Thankfully i'm still getting three Hogs, they make a brilliant sound in the Hog station.
I did mine this morning. Inevitably I only got half as many starlings as usual (I usually lose count at around 30!) but most of my normal species did appear - blackbirds (and young!), blue and great tits, robins, sparrows and a dunnock. In the last 5 minutes our friendly neighbourhood crow arrived, being tormented by magpies - and finally, a delightful pied wagtail! Lovely.
Typical. A beautiful goldfinch has just appeared and is happily feeding amid the starlings and jackdaws - I wish it had appeared earlier!!
Shhhhsh Clare keep quiet and cheat :-)
Managed an hours surveying on saturday morning from 9 am, only four species were countable (about average for the garden) but this did include a fledgling spadger and at least 7 starling juv's! The male blackbird was in and out and had 7 swifts feeding overhead. Had an unwelcome visit from the neighbourhood cat (a big ginger unit with no tail!), he saw me watching and legged it thankfully and the sparrows returned soon after along with their new addition!
Must submit the results now! Link here for the results submission page
I did mine between 9 - 10 am Sunday morning. Garden very active. 15 species in total including one Rose-ringed Parakeet, otherwise just the usual suspects. Results have been submitted.
Did you throw a bit of chicken down TJ?