Ea­gle-eyed pupils count play­ground birds

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

The Blackbird re­mains the num­ber one play­ground bird, ac­cord­ing to re­sults from the RSPB’S Big School Birdwatch. The sur­vey, part of the RSPB’S Big Gar­den Birdwatch, in­volved pupils and teach­ers count­ing the birds in their play­grounds dur­ing the first half of spring term this year, dur­ing which the vast ma­jor­ity of schools re­ported the Blackbird as num­ber one bird. Star­lings came a close se­cond, with Wood­pi­geon mak­ing the top three for the first time this year, jump­ing three places from num­ber six in 2015, and knock­ing the House Spar­row from third place. This was de­spite a rise in the num­ber of House Spar­rows recorded. An­other high-flier was the Her­ring Gull, get­ting into the top 10 for the first time. The re­sults give a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into how bird species are us­ing school properties, as well as help­ing to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of both bird­ers and con­ser­va­tion­ists. To read more go to rspb.org.uk/school­swatch

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