Hello and Big Garden Birdwatch

Hello. First post so forgive me if I'm not using the correct etiquette!  I started 'inviting' birds into my garden a year or so ago after watching amazing masses of goldfinches on sunflower seeds in my dads garden. I had never even seen a goldfinch before and now I have them and many other species in my own garden. My favourite time to watch them is Saturday morning when I'm not at work with my first cup of tea and total peace! I signed up for the big garden birdwatch online and received confirmation by email but haven't received anything relating to a download or a link to anything I can fill in next weekend.  Can anyone help with this? Thanks. 

  • Hi Nixy

    Welcome to the community from Sheffield.

    Once you have done your bird count making a note of what you see the RSPB will put a link up shortly after so you can upload your results, there isn't any rush to send in your sightings and it is usually best to wait awhile, with the number of people taking part it can be a bit slow uploading.

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  • Did you have a recording sheet from the RSPB to help you ID and record your sighting, if not there is one here to print off.

    ww2.rspb.org.uk/.../bgbw_sheet_2012_tcm9-259825.pdf

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  • Thank you that's really helpful. I was expecting to receive some kind of recording sheet and instructions when I signed up but haven't had anything so will print that off thanks. 

  • In reply to NixyP:

    If you signed up to receive a pack through the post you should eventually get one, not sure if the default option is to download it rather than through the post.

    We usually run a thread for the bird count so we can tell each other what we've seen so you can also pop back on here and tell us your count...

    Please be aware though the birds tend to know the count is on and don't turn up LOL.

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  • In reply to NixyP:

    Hello Nixy, welcome from me up in the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. The counting sheet is all you really need, once you go online you can answer all the other questions there. As Alan has said they really do know when we are counting them! Sometimes many come and maybe new ones while other keep away and as soon as you finish they all appear again, Grrrr. Enjoy here and look forward to reading your posts.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • In reply to Alan.:

    I think ours are planning their weekend away from Essex

    J

  • Thanks for the help everyone. I did my hour yesterday morning 9-10 and was really lucky in that just about everything that ever visits my garden did - including a squirrel! 

  • In reply to NixyP:

    Hi Nixy, there is a thread for adding what you saw, just if you are interested. It gives others a chance to see what birds visits folks gardens.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.