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.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

House sparrows overtake starlings as most spotted garden bird in Northern Ireland

Marie Louise McConville
29 March, 2018 01:00

House sparrows have overtaken starlings as the number one bird spotted in gardens in Northern Ireland, according to the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now in its 39th year, the annual Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden, helping the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) build up a picture of how they are doing.

Following the survey in January, which saw 420,000 people take part around the UK - 15,000 of whom were in Northern Ireland - it was found that there had been a surge in sightings of goldfinches, long-tailed tits and coal tits, and other smaller garden birds.

House sparrows remain at the top of the UK-wide Big Garden Birdwatch rankings with more than one million sightings throughout the weekend.

In addition, it was found that house sparrows have knocked starlings off their perch for the top spot in gardens across Northern Ireland.

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