I keep glancing out of the window at the birds in the garden – many of them are on bird feeders and fat balls. There is often a good selection of Goldfinches, House Sparrows, Great and Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbirds and more. One of the ‘more’ at the moment is an occasionally-seen male Blackcap.
‘Pretty good’ I think to myself, and then I think ‘I wonder whether they’ll all turn up for Big Garden Birdwatch on 25-27 January‘.
Garden birds seem to have an uncanny knack of making themselves scarce just when you want to note their numbers down
But the scientist in me, lurking still, also thinks ‘Well, negative data, and small numbers of birds, are every much as valuable as huge flocks’ – and they are.