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Birds In Our Gardens: Feed Them To Keep Them

by: Hans van der Broek
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Big win for small birds as feeders help finch and tit species to thrive. The mild winter was followed by a good breeding season, boosting garden sightings of finches and tits. Finches and tits have enjoyed a golden year, according to the results of this year's Big Garden Birdwatch. These small bird species suffer particularly badly in cold weather but in the past year benefited from a mild start to the winter that followed a good breeding season.
 European goldfinches on a bird feeder.
Photo by Ian West. European goldfinches on a bird feeder. 

Blackbird Sightings In Gardens Were Down. 

The 39th annual Big Garden Birdwatch (the UK, 2019) and more than 420,000 people took part, reporting a total of nearly 7 million birds. The event took place before the freezing weather dubbed the Beast from East arrived, and the storm impact will not be known until later in the year after breeding number surveys are completed. However, the extreme cold is likely to have caused deaths in some populations, at least locally. The icy weather did bring some birds into the UK, with redwings and fieldfares arriving in large numbers, seeking to escape the even harsher weather to the east.

The biggest increase in birdwatch sightings compared to the previous year was for the brightly colored goldfinch (+11%), long-tailed tit (+16%), and coal tit (+15%). In May and June 2017, when the birds breed, the weather was warm, meaning more birds fledged. The autumn and winter were then mild, meaning more survived. Blue tits and chaffinches were also seen more often. Many would die in a freezing winter because they are tiny, said Daniel Hayhow, an RSPB conservation scientist. To have hundreds of thousands of people spend an hour watching the wildlife in their garden isn't only great to see, but it also helps us build up a picture of how our garden birds are doing, which is really helpful.
Sightings of long-tailed tits were up 16% on last year.
Sightings of long-tailed tits were up 16% on last year. 

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Sightings of long-tailed tits were up 16% on last year. The long-term trend seen in the birdwatch data, which began in 1979, shows chaffinches have declined by 55%, but all the tits have increased. The general feeling is that tits can adapt better and take advantage of the resources people provide in their gardens, said Hayhow. As birds that form flocks, they can learn more easily from their peers, he said.

The sweet song of goldfinch success Blackbirds and robins were the birds seen in the highest proportion of gardens, but the number of sightings fell by 18% and 12% respectively this year.

Blackbirds like to eat worms, so in a mild winter, when the ground rarely freezes, they can find food widely and visit gardens less frequently. But the drop in robin sightings stems from a poor breeding season in 2017. The reason is unclear but may, paradoxically, result from too many robins competing with each other for food to raise their chicks.

Sparrows were the most commonly spotted birds, with an average of over four per gardens. More than 1 million were counted, close to last year’s figure. Sparrow sightings have fallen by 57% in the birdwatch's four decades, though the decline has leveled off in the last decade. Starlings were the second most common sighting this year but have fallen by 80% since 1979 when the spectacular murmurations of their flock's form were far more common. Many farmland birds have suffered from changes to farming practices, said Hayhow.
Starling in a tree
Photograph by Dan Kitwood. Starling sightings have fallen by 80% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979. 

Starling sightings have fallen by 80% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979. One species that has inadvertently benefited from agricultural changes is the woodpigeon, which has the ability to breed all year when food is available. Sightings have shot up tenfold since 1979 as the planting of winter wheat became more common, providing shoots that the birds enjoy. Hayhow said the birdwatch results for the tits show garden bird feeders can play an important role in supporting the UK’s birdlife: What we do in our gardens is important and can influence these species' future on our doorstep. People can do something beneficial.
A magpie feeding from a coconut bird feeder in a garden
Photo by Graham Prentice. A magpie feeding from a coconut bird feeder in a Surrey garden. 

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

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Big win for small birds as feeders help finch and tit species to thrive. The mild winter was followed by a good breeding season, boosting garden sightings of finches and tits. Finches and tits have enjoyed a golden year, according to the results of this year's Big Garden Birdwatch. These small bird species suffer particularly badly in cold weather but in the past year benefited from a mild start to the winter that followed a good breeding season. Photo by Ian West. European goldfinches on a bird feeder.  Blackbird Sightings In Gardens Were Down.  The 39th annual Big Garden Birdwatch (the UK, 2019) and more than 420,000 people took part, reporting a total of nearly 7 million birds. The event took place before the freezing weather dubbed the Beast from East arrived, and the storm impact will not be known until later in the year after breeding number surveys are completed. However, the extreme cold is likely to have caused deaths in some populations, at least locally. The icy weather did bring some birds into the UK, with redwings and fieldfares arriving in large numbers, seeking to escape the even harsher weather to the east. The biggest increase in birdwatch sightings compared to the previous year was for the brightly colored goldfinch (+11%), long-tailed tit (+16%), and coal tit (+15%). In May and June 2017, when the birds breed, the weather was warm, meaning more birds fledged. The autumn and winter were then mild, meaning more survived. Blue tits and chaffinches were also seen more often. Many would die in a freezing winter because they are tiny, said Daniel Hayhow, an RSPB conservation scientist. To have hundreds of thousands of people spend an hour watching the wildlife in their garden isn't only great to see, but it also helps us build up a picture of how our garden birds are doing, which is really helpful. Sightings of long-tailed tits were up 16% on last year.  Recommended:  Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy Food In Cities Sightings of long-tailed tits were up 16% on last year. The long-term trend seen in the birdwatch data, which began in 1979, shows chaffinches have declined by 55%, but all the tits have increased. The general feeling is that tits can adapt better and take advantage of the resources people provide in their gardens, said Hayhow. As birds that form flocks, they can learn more easily from their peers, he said. The sweet song of goldfinch success Blackbirds and robins were the birds seen in the highest proportion of gardens, but the number of sightings fell by 18% and 12% respectively this year. Blackbirds like to eat worms, so in a mild winter, when the ground rarely freezes, they can find food widely and visit gardens less frequently. But the drop in robin sightings stems from a poor breeding season in 2017. The reason is unclear but may, paradoxically, result from too many robins competing with each other for food to raise their chicks. Sparrows were the most commonly spotted birds, with an average of over four per gardens. More than 1 million were counted, close to last year’s figure. Sparrow sightings have fallen by 57% in the birdwatch's four decades, though the decline has leveled off in the last decade. Starlings were the second most common sighting this year but have fallen by 80% since 1979 when the spectacular murmurations of their flock's form were far more common. Many farmland birds have suffered from changes to farming practices, said Hayhow. Photograph by Dan Kitwood. Starling sightings have fallen by 80% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979.  Starling sightings have fallen by 80% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979. One species that has inadvertently benefited from agricultural changes is the woodpigeon, which has the ability to breed all year when food is available. Sightings have shot up tenfold since 1979 as the planting of winter wheat became more common, providing shoots that the birds enjoy. Hayhow said the birdwatch results for the tits show garden bird feeders can play an important role in supporting the UK’s birdlife: What we do in our gardens is important and can influence these species' future on our doorstep. People can do something beneficial. Photo by Graham Prentice. A magpie feeding from a coconut bird feeder in a Surrey garden.  Before you go! Recommended:  Farmers Tackle Pests With Flowers And Insects Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about birds in your neighborhood? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.  
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