January 30-31 is the weekend of the Big Garden Birdwatch when the RSPB urges us to spend an hour recording the birds we see in our gardens or parks. Full details at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Locally in recent years, robins have continued to be in evidence while other once-frequently seen garden birds have declined.
Starlings seem to be as numerous as ever.
Blackbirds (female above, male below) are in decline among songbirds.
|Thrushes have become a rarity in local gardens.|
Chaffinches are also seldom seen in town gardens compared with years past.