My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020

I saw this Robin today, whilst I took my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020

If you’re in need of some time out, a delightful and quite simply enchanting activity that you can take part in this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 – spending a restful, restorative hour watching and counting birds.  I love birds, wildlife and nature.  I adore taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, it is one of my favourite events of the year!  What could be more wonderful than spending an hour watching a Goldcrest foraging for insects?

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a marvellous activity to share.  You could snuggle up by the fire and count the birds that you see from your window, or you could wrap up warmly to count birds in the park or at your allotment.  Why not join a birdwatch at your school or college, or during your lunch break at work?  The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is a lovely activity to share with your friends and family, or to undertake by yourself – what could be better than spending an immersive hour surrounded by birdsong?

This Dunnock remained here on its perch for a little while, as I took my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch today.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 information

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 is again a three day event for 2020.  This year, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 will cover the weekend of Saturday 25th January 2020 and Sunday 26th January 2020, as well as Monday 27th January 2020.   You’ll find lots of information on the RSPB’s website, including an online counting tool complete with timer, and a fantastic bird identification chart, with clear pictures of birds, to help you identify all of the birds you see during your birdwatch.

I saw this Robin today, whilst I took my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

How to accurately count the birds you see during your birdwatch

If you’re taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020, let me provide a quick reminder to only count the number of birds you see at one time – this is so that you avoid just counting the same bird over and over – so if you see one Robin, then he disappears, and then you see another Robin, you still count one.  But if you see two Robins at the same time, you count two.  Otherwise you could just be counting the same Robin over and over again, which wouldn’t give an accurate picture of the number of birds in the vicinity, at the time!

Blue Tits are such beautiful birds. These dear little birds are great allies to have in the garden, as Blue Tits feast on aphids, caterpillars, and other insects that feed on plants.

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020

Today I joined some friends to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.  We spent a very special, happy hour together counting birds.  This afternoon, during our hour of birdwatching, we saw the following birds:

  • 3 Blue Tits
  • 1 Great Tit
  • 1 Coal Tit
  • 1 Robin
  • 1 Dunnock

Dunnocks are well camouflaged, their feathers are shades of brown and grey. These birds often pick up the fallen seeds beneath the bird feeders, where their colouring blends into the tones of the soil.

These coconut shells are filled with a mix of suet and seeds; they’re a super food that attracts many garden birds. Avoid suet balls that are wrapped in a plastic mesh, as these can hurt birds’ tongues, as they feed. If you’ve purchased the plastic covered suet balls, just remove all the plastic before you put them out for the birds.

I spotted this Blue Tit during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

I saw this Great Tit today, whilst I took my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

Robins are confident birds. They often stay close to me while I’m in the garden, skipping in to pick out worms from the soil, as we lift carrots, garlic, parsnips, and other plants.

I enjoyed taking this birdwatch, but I was rather disappointed not to see any Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinches, or Mistle Thrushes, during the count.  To date, the best RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch I’ve taken was back in January 2017; if you’re interested, you can see my photographs of my 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch, via this link, here.  Although it wasn’t the best birdwatch I’ve taken, it certainly wasn’t the worst!  I enjoyed watching all of the birds I spotted today.

I have so much love for garden birds.  I find birdwatching is an uplifting and heartwarming activity; it’s very relaxing and inspiring – every year I wish to spend more time with birds and nature.

Important information about birds

As well as being a wonderfully restorative, interesting, and engaging activity to take part in, the records made by those taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are so important.  Everyone that completes the the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and submits their findings to the RSPB is contributing vital data, which enables the RSPB to understand and learn more about what birds are present in Britain during January 2020, which birds are frequently seen, and which are not commonly found, or are absent.  Please don’t forget to pass the results of your birdwatch onto the RSPB, it only takes a moment!

I spotted this Dunnock during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 Results

The results from the Big Garden Birdwatch reveal what birds are present in our gardens at this time of year, and give an indication of how the birds in our gardens are managing this winter.  There’s also the chance to provide the RSPB with records of migratory birds and other birds that sometimes fly to Britain to spend the winter, or that stop off in the UK on their journey to another country, where they will spend the rest of the winter months.

I saw this Blue Tit today, whilst I took my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 submitting your results

If you take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, don’t forget to submit your results so the RSPB can evaluate the findings and learn more about the distribution of birds across the United Kingdom.  To submit your results, click here to visit the RSPB’s website, where you can also sign up to be an RSPB member, simply by clicking here.  The RSBP have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch complete with their answers, which you can read here.

These coconut shells are filled with suet and seeds, they’re a popular food for most garden birds.

I wish you a very special and relaxing, restorative weekend, surrounded by bird song; there’s no better way to re-charge your batteries!

PS: Don’t forget that even if you have a very busy weekend, (or if the weather is bad in your area) you could always take a very special lunch break on Monday, and take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 then.  It’s not too late!

Here’s a Coal Tit I spotted during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

Here’s a Great Tit I spotted during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020.

Earlier RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch 2019 Results

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 Results.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 Results.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 Results.

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One thought on “My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020

  1. Barbie Carson

    January 26, 2020 at 4:58pm

    I sat in my garden for an hour counting the birds for the bird watching this weekend
    now after searching, I cannot find where to send my results!

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