As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results for Staffordshire swoop in

More than a million eyes took up the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch challenge of 'seeing things through the eyes of a bird' this year, witnessing some exciting and interesting changes among our most popular garden birds.

In excess of 585,000 people across the country spent an hour during the weekend of 24 and 25 January watching their garden and recording any feathered friends that made a flying visit - close to a 100,000 increase on 2014; 7,823 people took part from across Staffordshire.

This year in the Midlands, 1.5 million birds were counted. The house sparrow remained the most commonly-reported bird, with an average of four in each garden. Blackbirds swooped in at number two, appearing in 90 per cent of all gardens, while the blue tit was the third-most spotted bird.

Overall more than eight-and-a-half million birds were spotted, making it another bumper year. Refreshingly, sightings of every bird that featured in this year's top 20 increased on the numbers recorded in 2014, apart from the three finches; chaffinch, goldfinch and greenfinch.

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