We counted the birds at Myers Croft Beck, Craven Street, Bremner Street and the Memorial Garden, all patches of land we have worked on, on 30th-31st Jan, a very cold, rainy weekend. We didn’t see any birds at Bremner Street. At Craven Street we saw 2 blue tits, 2 woodpigeons and 3 blackbirds in an hour. At Myers Croft Beck, near the entrance to the allotments, we saw 9 blackbirds, 3 blue tits, 1 sparrow, 2 magpies, 1 robin, 3 woodpigeons, 1 crow and 1 wren in an hour. At the Memorial Garden, 5 blackbirds, 1 sparrow and 3 pigeons were spotted. There are more birds in these little overlooked scraps of land than you might think, particularly blackbirds which seem to be everywhere.
We also counted birds in our gardens, and between us spotted 14 different species, including a pheasant, lots of blackbirds and pigeons, and most of the other common garden birds.