Big Garden Birdwatch 2008


There has been some excellent information about birds posted recently. This coming weekend, January 26-27, 2008, is a big event in the United Kingdom for birdwatchers and everyone interested in birds, nature and the earth we all share.
Jodi at Blooming Writer,

http://bloomingwriter.blogspot.com/

and Shirl at Shirl’s Garden Watch,

http://blog.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/

have made the invitation for those of us in the US to join in on the bird count. The instructions can be found at the website of the organizer of this event:

RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/index.asp

I hope as many will participate as are able. All it takes is one hour of watching and recording the birds you see in that hour. The RSPB website has lots of good tips, although their bird list available for downloading is mostly European birds, quite a different lot than our backyard visitors. If you don’t have any birds where you live, go to a public park or recreation area to do your recording. A simple birding book, such as the Peterson guide can help with identifying the ones you aren’t sure about. Including the kids will make for a fun and worthwhile family adventure. It might even instill a lifelong love of nature in the wee ones.
It sounds like the information you obtain can be left as a comment on Shirl’s blog. Let’s load her comment form up with our bird counts.
Ready to count and load,
Frances

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6 Responses to Big Garden Birdwatch 2008

  1. chuck b. says:

    I think all my daylight hours are spoken for this weekend, but I will try to participate.

  2. shirl says:

    Fantastic, Frances 😀

    It would be great to add bird counts from outside the UK to my results post and then people from the UK will be able to share in the birds that visit your gardens too! Brilliant – thanks for the links 😀

    Comments can be left in my post ‘What birds will you see?’ for anyone who takes part 😀

  3. jodi says:

    It’s great how things can snowball; thanks for doing this Frances. Now, I just need the weather to warm up a bit because it’s down to nearly 0 F here…not fun for birds OR bloggers. 🙂

  4. Frances says:

    Jodi…It is a pleasure to help get the word out for such a worthwhile pursuit. Sorry about your cold, that is too cold for this gardener to go out, even bundled up.

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Of course I will be watching the feeders this weekend anyway so I will definitely post some numbers for Shirl.

    The Indiana Audubon feeder count just finished today for this month. There will be another counting period next month. It is fun to see how the numbers change over the years. Also to see what birds show up and which ones don’t.

  6. Frances says:

    Lisa…I would love to join in any counts in the US also. Can you lead me to any sites to check out for more local counts?

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