Many different birds have been seen in Willersey
Firstly a big thank you to the 54 people who gave up an hour of a recent weekend to take part in this year's Big Garden Bird Watch,
creating an opportunity to compare our village bird sightings with results from 2022. Even reporting sometimes disappointingly low numbers -
“If I'd only counted last week....” - is still important in giving a broad picture; and perhaps the birds you might normally have seen will
have popped up in another person's garden survey!
This of course is only a field study snap shot, but nevertheless a fun way of taking an interest in one aspect of the wildlife in our own gardens.
Willersey's Birds in Numbers.
- A total of 1008 birds were seen, only slightly down on 2022.
- The greatest number reported once again were Goldfinch with 159 (15.8%).
- Followed by House sparrow with 126 (12.5%) and then Blackbird with 109 (10.9%).
- Interestingly, 93% reported seeing a blackbird and 77% mentioned a robin, perhaps two of our most common and much loved garden birds.
- Greenfinch numbers sadly seem to suggest that we may be following the national trend with numbers down from 33 last year to just 18 reported this year.
There were of course other birds not included in the survey which showed up - with these being perhaps the most noteworthy:-
20 blackcaps, both male and female, 12 wrens, 3 fieldfare, 3 pied wagtails, 2 green woodpeckers, 1 greater spotted woodpecker, 1 yellow wagtail, 1 brambling,
1 siskin, 1 bullfinch and with garden visiting raptors too: kite 2, sparrowhawk 1 and buzzard 1.
37 different species were recorded in our survey - 6 more than last year.
You were invited to take part in the Willersey garden bird watch for 2023, by downloading, printing and completing this form.
You could also find ready printed copies at 19 Collin Close, 2 Nash Road, 13 Badsey Lane and on the Village Hall noticeboard.