Lots of birds tweeting in Abingdon this weekend

January 29, 2012

This weekend the RSPB are asking people to count birds in their gardens as part of a national survey. The winter has been mild so far.  I have read newspaper reports suggesting that as a result birds have not needed to come to gardens for emergency food and that could skew the RSPB survey results.  There are lots of  birds about in Abingdon, but not many come to our garden, but then we have a cat, and so don’t feed them.
Garden Bird Survey
None of these birds were seen in our garden. The chaffinch was near the River Ock.
Garden Bird Survey
A blackbird was nearby.
Garden Bird Survey
Two magpies in the Abbey Gardens.
Garden Bird Survey
Robins are to be heard at regular intervals along the Ock Valley Walk and the Abbey Mill Stream.
Garden Bird Survey
This Kingfisher did not stop long enough for me to get a clear shot but it did rest for a moment by the River Ock before speeding low along the river.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. David  |  January 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Good shots. Well done for getting the kingfisher.

  • 2. Iain  |  January 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    We’ve had a nuthatch and a pair of long tailed tits over here this morning – fish are still asleep in the pond do no kingfishers yet

  • 3. Backstreeter  |  January 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I walked past the Kingfisher again today and only realised once I was past. Turned to look and it flew off. Also some tree creeping birds which could have been nuthatches further on, various tits (great and blue and long tailed) and a spotted wood pecker, and kestrel hovering further along the Ock near the A34.

  • 4. Mary  |  January 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Good photos.

    I had forgotten the Bird Watch. Thank you for the reminder.

  • 5. Jan  |  January 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    So envious of the kingfisher sighting – and a photo, too! But today we saw a pair of nuthatches in the garden for the first time. Why didn’t I run for the camera?!

  • 6. KatP  |  January 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    We’ve had a robin in our garden – very seasonal :-)

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