This is the weekend of the annual RSPB wild-life watch. The idea is that each watcher sets aside an hour, settles down – with a cup of tea of course – and proceeds to count the number of birds seen.
In actual fact, you record the maximum number of each species recorded.
It gets quite exciting near the end of the hour – here is the result for Dalamory.
- 2 Dunnocks
- 4 Coal Tits
- 3 Great Tits
- 2 Blue Tits
- 14 Sparrows
- 1 Robin
- 10 Chaffinches
Not a great survey, but then it is a very cold and wet January afternoon. On a spring weekend there would easily be double or treble that number, plus the sparrow-hawk (ever hunting,) several collared doves, flocks of siskins, a pair of blackbirds, a wren, a couple of goldfinch and maybe a woodpecker or two. In the autumn we were also treated to 3 female pheasants plus their accompanying colourful male minder.