Monday, 28 January 2019

RSPB Garden Birdwatch: results

Here's a list (in no particular order!) of the birds recorded in or over Hemblington Church yesterday. The numbers and variety are quite impressive, given that the church is on a hill surrounded by arable land: the hedgerows and Poplar trees that surround the churchyard and a small copse of mixed mature deciduous trees immediately to the south are probably contributory reasons. Additionally, the Friends of Hemblington Church maintain ten or so suet. seed and nut feeders around the churchyard: these were visited continually during the two-hour watch.

Somewhat surprising were the low numbers (or absence!) of some usually numerous species such as Wren, Collared Dove, Robin and Blackbird: I assume the hard weather has driven many of these into gardens. When I refilled the suet feeders last week there were lots of Fieldfares in the trees, but none today: no Yellowhammers this year either...

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