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.