Watch the birdie
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.