Watch the birdie

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Gar­den­ers have a chance to help as­sess the for­tunes of our gar­den birds, writes

Alot of peo­ple are go­ing to be do­ing a lot of bird-watch­ing this week­end as part of the RSPB’s an­nual Big Gar­den Bird­watch. The aim of the event is to help form a com­plete pic­ture of the for­tunes of gar­den birds. Last year, the top three to be spot­ted were the house spar­row, blue tit and star­ling.

This year, how­ever, that cheeky chappy at num­ber two could well miss out on even a top-ten place be­cause blue tit num­bers ap­pear to have taken a ham­mer­ing dur­ing last year’s wet sum­mer. Nor­mally dur­ing the new year, hordes of th­ese cheer­ful lit­tle birds flock to Bri­tish gar­dens.

And while they are wait­ing their turn at the bird ta­ble, many will do the gar­dener a favour by rum­mag­ing around and re­mov­ing any juicy in­sect pests (and their eggs) they find. The birds are famed for their skill – they can cling to frag­ile

STRUG­GLING: Blue tits may have rea­son to be blue after tak­ing a ham­mer­ing from wet weather.

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