Barn Owl
Blackbird
Blackcap
Black-headed Gull
Black Redstart
Blue Tit
Brambling
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Coot
Crested Tit
Crossbill
Cuckoo
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Fieldfare
Garden Warbler
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Goshawk
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Grey Partridge
Grey Wagtail
Hawfinch
Herring Gull
Hoopoe
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Whitethroat
Linnet
Little Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Tit
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Nightingale
Nuthatch
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Quail
Raven
Red Kite
Red-legged Partridge
Redpoll
Redstart
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Ring-necked Parakeet
Robin
Rook
Sand Martin
Serin
Short-eared Owl
Siskin
Skylark
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Tawny Owl
Treecreeper
Tree Sparrow
Turtle Dove
Waxwing
Whinchat
Whitethroat
Willow Tit
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Yellow Wagtail
Yellowhammer

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Early Bird Survey - 2007

Observers were asked to get into their observation position before "first light" (i.e. when it was light enough to be able to see the birds, usually about an hour before sunrise) on one morning between Saturday 15th and Sunday 23rd December 2007 inclusive, and then record the order and time of arrival of individual species at their garden feeding stations.

Of the 19 submissions received, 2 were invalid - the invalid surveys were duplicate submissions.

Coverage

The regions (the Counties and Districts included within the Regions are detailed here) that provided the most submissions were South east England, Central Scotland, Yorkshire and the Humber and West Midlands. The Channel Islands, East of England, North East England, Eire, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, North West and South Scotland and Wales provided none.

Most of the gardens (82%) were in suburban areas, a similar proportion to last year.

Habitat Definitions

Regional Coverage
Habitat

Early Bird

This year your observations show that the Blackbird was still the most common early bird, arriving within 2 minutes of first light in 9 gardens. The next most common early bird was the Robin.

First Bird

Species Average Time After First Light
Blackbird 22 minutes
Robin 24 minutes
Magpie 47 minutes

 

Arrival Times

The average time after first light that each species arrived at feeding stations is given in the table below. Unlike in past years, Blackbird appears at the top of the list, followed by Robin, which is exactly what is expected.

Species This Year
Blackbird 22 minutes
Robin 24 minutes
Great Spotted Woodpecker 29 minutes
Dunnock 34 minutes
Blue Tit 41 minutes
Magpie 47 minutes
Wren 48 minutes
Chaffinch 54 minutes
Coal Tit 55 minutes
Starling 55 minutes
Blackcap 56 minutes
House Sparrow 58 minutes
Goldfinch 59 minutes
Great Tit 59 minutes
Collared Dove 62 minutes
Wood Pigeon 64 minutes
Greenfinch 67 minutes
Jackdaw 69 minutes
Song Thrush 78 minutes
Nuthatch 79 minutes

Other species that were observed arriving at the feeding stations included: Jay, Pheasant, Ring-necked Parakeet, Siskin, Brambling, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Feral Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting and Rook. The arrival times for these have not been included in the analyses because they were reported in only one or two gardens.

Conclusions

Generally, Blackbirds and Robins are among the early birds, the same result as in past years years.

A very big thank you to everyone who submitted their observations to the survey.


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
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