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.
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.
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.
|Species||Average Time After First Light|
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.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||29 minutes|
|Blue Tit||41 minutes|
|Coal Tit||55 minutes|
|House Sparrow||58 minutes|
|Great Tit||59 minutes|
|Collared Dove||62 minutes|
|Wood Pigeon||64 minutes|
|Song Thrush||78 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.
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.
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