January, 2013


We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's magic moment: how was your birdwatch?

    How was the Big Garden Birdwatch for you?

    What did you see? Starlings were my star bird - two of them in fact. The buggy nibbles put out in my garden were clearly irresistible this pair - it's just a shame they didn't bring the rest of the flock that was circling round overhead (which obviously I didn't count!).

    Anyway, I've picked this great image of a shiny, iridescent starling munching its way through a whole string of fat balls for today's Monday moment.

    As well as the starlings, four greenfinches, a blackbird and one blue tit graced my garden - which I think is not bad for a tiny patch of grass, a few plants and a couple of well-stocked feeders.

    Starling on fat balls. Photo by Ray Kennedy (www.rspb-images.com).

    This is one of thousands of images available on RSPB Images - why not see if you can find an image of the birds that visited your garden this weekend? Trust me, there's some crackers.

  • There's more than one way to get involved with Big Garden Birdwatch!

    Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way to get away from your computer and reconnect with the wildlife outside your door/office/local park for a few hours. 

    However, that doesn't mean we want you to abandon your computer forever.

    In fact, we'd love you to share with us your Birdwatch tips, tricks and bird identity puzzles on our Big Garden Birdwatch group. We've also got fun polls and quizzes running on over on Facebook and Twitter.  

    We'd also love you to share your photos with us: you can either join us on Instagram, or share your photos with us on Flickr. Just tag your pics #birdwatch to ensure we don’t miss them!

    Could you be a winner?

    Are you on Pinterest? So are we, and we’ve got a whole board dedicated to the big event! And when you re-pin from our board, you’ll be entering yourself into our competition for a chance to win one of five Big Garden Birdwatch survival kits. For more details check out the terms and conditions

    And finally, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Daily Telegraph this weekend for your chance to collect Kate Humble’s Guide to 100 Birds of Britain - a free, two-part CD and booklet.

  • Monday's Magic Moment: birds on a feeder

    We're gearing up for Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend.

    I hope many of you get to see sights like this great action shot from RSPB Images during your watch. 

    A gang of blue tits on a feeder. Photo by Ernie Janes (rspb-images.com)

    However, even if you see none, please still let us know - it's still really important information.