Armed with my binoculars, a cup of tea, some toast and my recording sheet printed off the BGB website, I shut myself in the dining room with the curtains slightly ajar to avoid being seen by the birds. I say 'shut myself in' because we have two cats who were under strict orders not to be let out of the house or in the dning room for a hour or else I would see nothing.
The weather was good having warmed up considerably since the below freezing temperatures of yesterday and the sun frequently broke through the light cloud cover. Here's what I recorded:
- Greenfinch - first time this year
- Bullfinch - first ever recording in my garden
- Coal Tit (2) - first time this year
- Blackbird (4)
- Starling (4)
- House Sparrow (4)
- Blue Tit
- Wood Pigeon
- Skein of Pink-footed Geese (200+)
- Collared Dove (2)
- Gull - probably Black-headed (14+)
After an hour the session was over and so I logged on the BGB website and submitted my recordings online. I didn't take any photographs today as I was too busy counting and recording. The cats can go out now!
Update: I went out for a walk later along the Tyldesley Loopline footpath near my house and also saw Coal Tits, Blue Tits, House Sparrows, Goldfinches, Robins, a Bullfinch, a Chaffinch, Magpies, Collared Doves, Woodpigeons and five Redwing. Not a bad day's birding on my local patch.