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7th April 2012 - Sparrow is Still Number One PDF Print E-mail

The results of the nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch survey carried out earlier this year have just been published and the most commonly seen garden bird was the house sparrow – an average of four birds were recorded in nearly two thirds of UK gardens.

BGB is the world's largest bird survey and has been running for over 30 years. It gives an annual snapshot of British bird life and has been very useful in identifying trends in the fortunes of our resident species. Some species such as House sparrow and starling appear to be in long term decline, whilst others, such as coal tit and goldfinch seem to be faring rather well.  

For the record, the ten most seen birds in Welsh gardens are; house sparrow, blue tit, starling, chaffinch, blackbird, great tit, robin, goldfinch, jackdaw and magpie.

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Comings and Goings

As you read this,more migrants are arriving at our shores. Swallow, whitethroat, willow warbler, an early cuckoo, garganey and osprey have all been reported recently and there are still fair numbers of redwing and fieldfare that have yet to head off to Northern Europe after spending the winter here.

Keep up to date with the latest arrivals at www.gwentbirds.org.uk

City Wildlife Care

I've got a surefire way of keeping tabs on which birds are breeding locally... I just contact Mike and Cath at City Wildlife Care and see what species of young bird they have recently rescued. At present they have wood and feral pigeons, collared dove, robin and blackbird, plus a few tawny owl chicks which were found.

If you come across a young bird that you are concerned about, please leave it alone and get some advice from City Wildlife on 07794 179 207 – or visit www.citywildlifecare.org.uk   

Birdwatching Walks

There is a smashing guided walk coming up on Saturday 21st April, when the lovely Verity Picken will be leading a three hour stroll from Llantrisant to Llanllowell. This is an excellent birdwatching area (the last time I went there I saw curlew, marsh tit, yellow wagtail and tree sparrow!) and I'm sure that Verity will show you all the local hotspots.

If you would like to join in please meet at the car park at Twyn Square, Usk at 8.00am.

Argus readers are particularly welcome to come along to all the events featured in this column. Walkers should remember to bring boots and waterproof clothing, refreshments and binoculars if you have them.

For more details visit www.gwentbirds.org.uk or give me a call on the number below.

Change of Date

Would readers please note that the walk at Collister Pill, originally scheduled for 14th April, has now being rearranged to take place on 23rd June

Keep in Touch

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