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Big Garden Birdwatch 2010

This year from 8:15-9:15 Sunday morning. Very cold, hard frost overnight; bright, sunny, cold morning. Lots of birds flying around or over or sitting on trees in adjacent gardens: two blackbirds on nearby adjacent chimney pots, a pair of magpies flirting with each other, a crow, a robin which sat on a top twig for about 20 minutes with its breast glowing in the sun, pigeons, and numerous gulls.

But the official tally is one pair of blue tits and one (female) blackbird. The tits dropped in to the mirabelle plum tree in the first five minutes, and then moved on. They (or some other couple who looked just like them) came back to hang out in nearby trees for most of the next half hour, and finally came back into my garden to  hang out in several trees and under the hedge for a good 20 minutes, so they gave good value. I didn't get a good look at the blackbird, who swooped in, perched very briefly on the top branch of the cherry and swooped off again, but I can't think of anything else that would have been that size and brownish and doing that kind of thing in my garden at this time of year, and although the blackbird couple who'd been flirting on the chimneys had moved on it was quite likely they were still somewhere close.

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Caroline M

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