Over 3000 Fifers watch the birdie

House sparrow remains the most common bird in Fife
House sparrow remains the most common bird in Fife

Almost 3500 people in Fife were among more than 43,000 across Scotland to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this year.

More than 632,000 birds were counted in Scotland as participants spent an hour counting the birds in their garden over the weekend of January 24 and 25.

House sparrows took the top spot in the Kingdom.

And across the country this species stayed at the top of the rankings, while starlings moved up one place to second and chaffinches moved down a place to third.

Both robins and tree sparrows saw big climbs in the top 20.

Robins moved up three places to number six and were Scotland’s most widespread garden bird after being seen in more than 91.4 per cent of gardens.

Tree sparrows are now perched at number 16, their highest position for 10 years.

Coal tits took the biggest tumble in the top 20 falling from number nine in 2014 to number 13 in 2015.

Keith Morton, species policy officer at RSPB Scotland said: “It’s great that so many people took part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

“Both house sparrows and starlings, the top two birds in our 2015 results, are red list species, and so your results help us at RSPB Scotland to paint a picture of how they and other birds are faring over winter.”

“Big Garden Birdwatch helps us understand some of the trends in bird numbers.

“However, a decline in ranking in one year doesn’t necessarily mean a cause for concern. For example warmer weather overseas might explain why some of our winter visitors aren’t so plentiful in the Birdwatch results this year.”

“Gardens are important to our wildlife all the year round. Birds need a reliable source of food so once they know to find it in your garden they’ll keep coming back.”