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Birdwatch reveals sparrow is most common visitor to Fife gardens

The Goldfinch was seventh in Fifes list and has moved into seventh position in Scotland as a whole.  Pic: Andy Hay (RSPB images).

The Goldfinch was seventh in Fifes list and has moved into seventh position in Scotland as a whole. Pic: Andy Hay (RSPB images).

 

Over 3500 residents in Fife helped to count a range of species as they took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

The event took place over the weekend of January 25 and 26, with people across the country taking part by counting birds in their gardens and local parks and reporting the results to the nature conservation charity.

The most common garden visitor in the Kingdom during this year’s count was the house sparrow, which appeared in nearly 71 per cent of participants’ gardens.

Starling, blackbird, chaffinch and blue tit followed close behind rounding off the top five.

Nearly 40,000 Scots took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year and the top five in Scotland featured the same species as in Fife, although they were in a different order.

One species that benefits from a bit of extra help is creeping up the rankings.

Goldfinches, brightly coloured garden visitors, retained seventh position in the Kingdom’s league table and moved up to number seven in Scotland as a whole. Just 10 years ago, goldfinches were in 15th position in Scotland.

Leianna Padgett, of RSPB Scotland, said: “We know from the sheer number of people who take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch that garden birds are incredibly popular.

“They are a joy to watch and many people go to real efforts to provide extra food and water throughout the winter months.

“During winter, and at other times of year, birds benefit from extra food and water and a safe place to shelter and make their home.

“Gardens provide the ideal space for these visitors.

“It’s fantastic to see goldfinches continue to climb the rankings. They are adaptable, friendly garden birds and great examples of birds that can flourish with our help.”

This year, for the first time, participants were also asked to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens, including deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads, to help build an overall picture of how important our gardens are for giving all types of wildlife a home.

This information will be analysed and results will be revealed next month.

Scotland’s Top 10
1. House sparrow
2. Chaffinch
3. Starling
4. Blackbird
5. Blue tit
6. Woodpigeon
7. Goldfinch
8. Great tit
9. Robin
10. Coal tit


Fife’s Top 10
1. House sparrow
2. Starling
3. Blackbird
4. Chaffinch
5. Blue tit
6. Woodpigeon
7. Goldfinch
8. Robin
9. Great tit
10. Dunnock


To find out more about Birdwatch visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

 

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