The rules for eco-birding
I mentioned on last week's show about eco-birding, so if you'd like to have a go here are the rules:
1. Only record different bird species seen or heard
2. You cannot leave the confines of your garden/house/flat
3. Must be within a 24-hour period
4. Remember to use windows/skylights too
I bet you'll be surprised by what you'll identify. Have a go and let us know what you got by posting a comment below.
Just to get you started, below is a list of what my friend identified from a small garden in the middle of Southampton. Just goes to show you don't need a country estate...
House sparrow, robin, dunnock, blackbird, blue tit, great tit, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, jay, wood pigeon, collared dove, stock dove, jackdaw, rook, magpie, sparrowhawk, black-headed gull, starling, herring gull, goldcrest, grey wagtail, feral pigeon, song thrush, mallard, mistle thrush, crossbill, chiffchaff, carrion crow, common buzzard, meadow pipit, long-tailed tit, swallow, kestrel, coal tit, lesser black-backed gull, cormorant, pied wagtail, great black-backed gull, common gull.
Total: 40 seen between 7.30am - 1pm and 3.45pm - 6.30pm