For the last post before the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I give you the Bullfinch. Like many other birds in the garden, we’ve seen them before but this year we seem to have a resident pair (you can tell the difference because the female doesn’t have such a bright chest). They’re attracted to the garden by the sunflower seeds but, being biggish birds, they have a problem getting into the feeder which is protected from the grey squirrels by a mesh.
We don’t really want these in the garden because they attack the flowerbuds and so might affect our apple crop. However, they do add a splash of colour.
This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Sometime we will sit and count birds for an hour or so. For those of you who are not aware, the Birdwatch is a regular survey of birds in Britain, the idea being to count the number of each species seen in a hour any time over the weekend. Its a good way of getting youngsters interested in birds and nature from the warmth and safety of your own sitting room.
Why its held in January I don’t know and the number of birds seen is as much affected by the weather as anything else. So whilst this week we have seen quite a few different birds, if the weather is unkind over the next couple of days, the count will be low.