RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Wardsend

RSPB and FOWC committee member Elton Beale spent an hour at Wardsend Cemetery today as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. Here’s what he found.

This weekend has been the RSPB’s Garden Birdwatch. The idea is you record the largest number of each species of bird seen in a 1 hour window. So for instance if you see 2 blackbirds, then 10 minutes later you see 1 and then a group of 3 a few minutes later you would record the total as 3. Anyway, I decided to monitor not just my own garden, but also spend an hour at Wardsend (half an hour bordering the river, the other half hour in the old part of the cemetery up to the railway line. The list of species/ numbers seen within the hour were as follows:-

3 Magpie,

2 Carrion Crows

1 Blue Tit

7 Long tailed Tit

2 Mallard

2 Wood Pigeon

3 Greater Black Backed Gulls

1 Peregrine Falcon

1 Grey Wagtail

2 Great Tit

2 Robin

1 Blackbird

2 Moorhen

1 Buzzard

Elton’s sightings of a wide variety of birds in just one hour along with recent sightings of kingfishers, dippers, cormorants, heron woodpecker and starling murmurations is further confirmation of Wardsend Cemetery’s role as a haven for wildlife. Look out for this year’s nature events and guided walks on our website, Facebook and twitter.


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