Wildlife Diary: Recording birds

Watching garden birds is pleasurable but the records of what you see can also contribute to scientific research explains volunteer Caroline Steel

This is a really good time of year to watch what's happening with birds in the garden. I'm hoping to find where some are nesting before the leaves come out on the trees and make it even harder to follow what's going on. 

As a response to Coronavirus, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is opening up its Garden Birdwatch to all for free (there's usually a charge to cover the cost of processing data) - so I'll be sending in weekly records. There are details on the BTO website.

Sitting by the window gives me time to practise with my new camera. I'll try to get a good picture of all birds using my garden in due course. These are far from great, but the birds wouldn't stay still. Plants are easier!

The Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI) have also launched a Garden Wildflower Hunt. It may be of interest to some to look for the wildflowers ("weeds"?) in your garden, on your balcony, in that planter by your front door... Again, there's details on the BSBI website.

I’ve had a quick stroll around the garden and noted 60+ species without trying hard!

Blackbird (c) Caroline Steel

Blackbird bathing in the pond

Collared dove (c) Caroline Steel

Collared dove

Great tit (c) Caroline Steel

Great tit

Wood pigeon (c) Caroline Steel

Fat wood pigeon

Starling (c) Caroline Steel

Starling