Sunday, 2 February 2014

Barnacle Geese at RSPB Saltholme


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Glossy Ibis at Billingham

During last week a Glossy Ibis had been seen flying over RSPB Saltholme and was subsequently re-located on the Allotment Pools at the back of the reserve. Yesterday, the bird had flown to a flooded horse's paddock alongside Belasis Avenue in Billingham. Despite, trying yesterday I was unsuccessful and so went back this morning.

The weak sunlight was shinning directly into our eyes, but the bird was showing well, happily feeding along the muddy margins.  




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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

During the weekend of 25 - 26th January 2014, the RSPB nationally encourages the population of the UK to count the number birds visiting gardens over a one hour period. I have always taken part in this survey and so here are my results for Saturday 25th January between 12 noon & 1 pm.

Blackbird 1
Blue Tit 2
Chaffinch 1
Coal Tit 2
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 5
Great Tit 3
Greenfinch 1
House Sparrow 7
Starling 4

As a comparison, I also repeated the survey the next day on Sunday 26th January between 09:26 am and 10:26 am.

Blackbird 2
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 12
Robin 1
Starling 4
Feral Pigeon 1

Garden Birdwatch - Week Starting 26/1/2014

Feral Pigeon 3
House Sparrow 12
Goldfinch 9
Greenfinch 2
Chaffinch 1
Hedge Sparrow 2
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 3
Great Tit 1
Robin 1
Starling 3
Blackbird 2
Woodpigeon 2
Collared Dove 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts, Fat Balls & Suet
Water

Mammals: Wood Mouse & Fox