Big Garden Birdwatch - NI

The RSPB have just released the results of the Big Garden Birdwatch for 2011. The results are from the weekend of the 29th & 30th January. In Northern Ireland they have shown that the 10 most common species (in rank) are:
  1. Starling
  2. House Sparrow
  3. Chaffinch
  4. Blackbird
  5. Goldfinch
  6. Blue Tit
  7. Great Tit
  8. Robin
  9. Coal Tit
  10. Collared Dove
According to the RSPB, in NI, the Starling continues to hold the top slot, in contrast to the UK where our second most spotted bird, the House Sparrow, comes first.  Compared to the rest of the UK, in NI, we also have more frequent sightings of goldfinches – ranking fifth as opposed to 8th place across the water.   Gardens here are also far more likely to see Coal Tits, while Woodpigeons, common visitors in other regions, do not even make the Top 10 list here.

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