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Learn about common garden birds

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What’s the Idea?

Discover more about the common garden birds that you’re likely to see around you and in your garden.  This is a great way to get yourself outdoors.

What’s the story

I was sitting in my garden last week enjoying the rare UK sunshine when I noticed several birds visiting the trees at the bottom of the garden.

Are these common garden birds I wondered?

Before I never really paid them any attention.

The different sounds they make, the colours and the way they flew were fascinating.

I decided to Google search the description of each one I saw.

People should do this because…?

All Year Round

No matter what the weather or time of year you can get involved.

Birds will visit your garden in the peak of summer to the dead of winter.

Various bird species at different stages of their life will visit each season.

Spring: Nesting and migration time

Summer: The eggs have hatched and young birds are taking to the skies.

Autumn: Different species of birds will be noticeable

Winter: Discover how the common garden birds find food in the snow.

Low cost / Free

No travel costs required.

No expensive equipment needed.

Of course, you can buy some things such as feeders, reference books, scopes etc.

Or, you can just do what I did and use my phone to search the info.

Good for the mind!

The simple pleasure of watching these winged creatures come and go is therapeutic.

Spotting the common garden birds in your garden can help alleviate stress, boredom, and anxiety.

A perfect past time to help us get through the current crisis.

You Become Hooked

Once you decide to take the leap into bird-watching it will become a passion for life.

You won’t be able to go to anywhere without trying to spot a bird.

Soon enough, you will be able to identify the 19 species of common garden birds.

Get the kids away from their screens!

As difficult as that may sound!

Bird watching can open up a love of nature and the outdoors for a child.

 Learning about common garden birds is a great past-time for the family.

This is an activity that’s both fun and educational.

How do you do it?

The good news is, it’s easy to get started.

You can learn about common garden birds completely free!

All you need is an internet connection and a keen eye.

A few pointers on what to take note of…

  • Location of bird
  • Size
  • The colours of feathers and body parts (beak, claws etc.)
  • The difference in size compared to other birds
  • Activity (perching, feeding etc.)
  • Part of a flock or alone?
  • What sound did the bird make?

The experts refer to the answers as the birds’ topography.

Use a notepad to sketch what you see.

Taking notes in your smartphone is a good idea when out and about.

You can also take a photo and sketch it later if you like.

Don’t worry about too much detail when first learning though, a general description is fine.

Joining a bird watching Facebook group is a good idea.

More experienced bird watchers will be able to offer advice.

If you want to pursue the hobby further you will be able to find a local bird-watching club.

A great way to make new friends and meet like-minded people.

You can attract birds to you garden by building a birdbath bowl or a birdfeeder and watch from your bird hide.

Stuff you may need

  • Birdfeed
  • Binoculars

For the more advanced:

Links to other stuffer pages

Join the Big Butterfly Count and save the planet

Build a bird hide for bird watching

Build a Birdbath Bowl

Links to other articles on the web

https://www.lovethegarden.com/uk-en/article/19-common-british-birds-you-can-find-your-garden

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/birdwatching/

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/25/birdwatching-from-your-garden-the-wildlife-travel-drama-on-your-doorstep

Links to other videos on the web

Links to apps

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citydroid.birdsofbritain&hl=en_GB

Links to books

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