My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

I spotted this House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in my garden during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2022.

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 2022 – 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!  What could be more wonderful than taking time out to spend an hour watching a Goldcrest foraging for insects?

This Sparrow has such a sweet little face. Pictured during my RSPB Bird Garden Birdwatch 2022.

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?

If you’re considering taking a walk in the country or taking up a spot of bird watching but aren’t sure where to go, here’s a link to all the RSPB reserves.  Why not visit a snowdrop garden and take a Birdwatch in the garden?

Hello Sparrow!

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is undoubtedly my favourite event of the year.  I look forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch all year long – I’m already eagerly anticipating the Birdwatch next year!

This year, my plan was to take a Birdwatch on Friday and post my results in the morning as a lovely Birdwatch reminder for anyone reading, but unfortunately I was too busy with work to take part on Friday.  My next plan was to take a lovely Birdwatch early on Saturday morning and post my results before lunch, but after spotting a frog by my wildlife pond, instead I was caught up in urgent work that needed to be carried out before any amphibians started mating (this work is still in progress but I will post a pond update very soon).  So instead I’ve taken my Big Garden Birdwatch today.  I hope that you’ve been able to take your own garden Birdwatch and hope that you’ve had a lovely weekend.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 information

An action shot of a House Sparrow feeding!

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 is again a three day event for 2022.  This year, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 will cover the weekend of Friday 28th January 2022 and Saturday 29th January 2022, as well as Sunday 30th January 2022.   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.

How to accurately count the birds you see during your birdwatch

Currently my bird feeders are filled up with mixed seeds, including: sunflower hearts, split maize, red dari, wheat, flaked wheat, sunflower seed, naked oats, and flaked naked oats.

If you’re taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022, remember to only count the number of birds you see at the same time – this is so that you avoid just counting the same bird over and over.  For example, I spent a lot of my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 observing one or more Dunnocks.  I spotted a Dunnock under my bird feeders; then later on I watched a Dunnock perching on my Wisteria branches, and another time I found a Dunnock in amongst the Hedera helix in my garden.  I only ever saw one Dunnock at once, so I counted one Dunnock.  However, if I had spotted two Dunnocks at the same time, I would have counted two; otherwise I could just be counting the same bird over and over again, which wouldn’t give an accurate reflection of the number of birds in my garden.

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

I spotted this female Blackbird during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2022.

Today I took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022, watching birds outside in the garden from my window.  This morning, during our hour of birdwatching, we saw the following birds:

  • 15 Sparrows
  • Four Magpies
  • Two Robins
  • One Blue Tit
  • One Blackbird
  • One Pigeon
  • One Dunnock

I’ve really missed seeing Long-tailed Tits this year.  I adore Long-tailed Tits and used to see three pairs in my garden but this year I’ve not seen any.  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.

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 ache to be able to spend more time with birds and nature.

I hadn’t seen a single Sparrow in this garden for meany years. Last year, a flock of Sparrows arrived and Sparrows now visit my wildlife pond and bird feeders several times a day.
I now enjoy seeing Sparrows in my garden every day. We have put up a Sparrow nest box to help the birds find somewhere to nest.
Currently my bird feeders are filled up with mixed seeds, including: sunflower hearts, split maize, red dari, wheat, flaked wheat, sunflower seed, naked oats, and flaked naked oats.
I spotted this Dunnock (Prunella modularis) during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022.
Aren’t bird feathers beautiful? This is the back of a pretty Sparrow that I spotted during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
I often see this Dunnock on the ground underneath my bird feeders. During my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch he hopped onto my frame.
I spotted this Sparrow during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022.

Bird food

These are my main bird feeders. The two feeders with the rain shields were a wonderful Christmas gift from two of our best friends. These feeders only provide food to small birds, if a Magpie or another larger bird (or a squirrel) lands on the perch, they will trigger the spring mechanism which closes the door and prevents the visitor accessing the bird food. The other two feeders I have provide food for all visitors.

Currently my bird feeders are filled up with mixed seeds, including: sunflower hearts, split maize, red dari, wheat, flaked wheat, sunflower seed, naked oats, and flaked naked oats.  We have four large bird feeders, which we need to fill up more than once a week.  This bird food is very popular with the birds that visit my garden.  Due to concerns around avian flu, our bird feeders are in use until they are empty, when they are cleaned and dried before being swiftly filled up again.

Important information about birds

Here’s another picture of this sweet and gentle Sparrow that I saw during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022.

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 2022, 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!

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 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.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 submitting your results

I spotted this House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in my garden during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2022. Isn’t he handsome from the back?

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.

My Earlier RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 Results.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 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.

For gardening advice for February, please click here.

For my Calendar of Snowdrop Garden Openings, please click here.

To see a list of snowdrop nurseries, please click here.

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