My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 in my New Garden!

I’ve Moved to a New Garden!

There have been so many unexpected changes in my life over the past four months.  I was so very grateful for my old cottage and garden, my lovely neighbours, and fantastic local community; I didn’t have any plans to move, but then a larger level garden was spotted and we wondered if we could try to stretch ourselves to make this our home.  There were so many times I thought our plans would fall through, but amazingly here we are with a new garden and lots of exciting plans, hopes, and dreams!  We’ve only just moved in; we’ve both got bad colds, we’ve yet to unpack, and we’re still waiting for our broadband to be connected.

I’ll show you more of my garden when I’ve got my broadband up and running, but today I am relishing the opportunity to discover what birds are here visiting my new garden.  I’d love you to support the RSPB and join me in taking the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch from your home, or garden, allotment.  Alternatively, why not take a Big Garden Birdwatch from the pub window or whilst out on a walk?

Blue Tits are such pretty birds. I enjoyed watching Blue Tits in my old garden; I’m glad I’ll get to see these dear little birds now I’ve moved.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023

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 2023 – 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 or observing a Wren hopping around outdoors?

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?

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 is one of the friendly Robins I saw during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 information

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 is again a three day event for 2023.  This year, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 will cover the weekend of Friday 27th January 2023 and Saturday 28th January 2023, as well as Sunday 19th January 2023.   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

If you’re taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023, 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.

This Robin was very brave and perched on a shrub just outside the window where I took my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023

Today I took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023, watching birds outside in the garden from my window.  This morning, during our hour of birdwatching, we saw the following birds:

  • Seven Starlings
  • Six Blue Tits
  • Four Crows
  • One Blackbird
  • One Robin
  • One Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • One Great Tit
  • One Magpie
  • One Pigeon
  • One Dunnock

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.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is one of my favourite events of the year! I love woodpeckers, so I was very happy to see this Greater Spotted Woodpecker from my window.
I only spotted one Great Tit during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.
Here is one of the two Dunnocks I observed whilst taking my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.
I spotted this House Sparrow in the hedge, during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.
I spotted this Blackbird with a few white feathers. This is caused by a genetic mutation condition called leucism. The blackbird is fit and healthy.
Blue Tits are often seen in my new garden. I spotted these Blue Tits during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.
I watched 7 Starlings during my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 at my new garden. I find Starlings rather comical at times and very endearing.
This is one of the Dunnocks I spotted during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023. I had a friendly Dunnock in my old garden who was often hopping around on the ground. This garden has more grass and so these birds are more visible.
Here’s another Robin I spotted in my garden whilst taking my Big Garden Birdwatch 2023.
I spotted this Great Spotted Woodpecker up in the tree during my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2023. I love woodpeckers, so I was very happy to see this bird.
Aren’t Blue Tits beautiful? I love birdwatching and relish taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch every year.

Bird food

Due to concerns around avian flu, our bird feeders are in use until they are empty, when they are cleaned, disinfected and dried, before being swiftly filled up again.  I’ve not unpacked my bird feeders yet, but I have put out these suet filled coconut halves, which are proving popular.

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 2024, 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 2023 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 2023 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.

My Earlier RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 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.

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