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 - 2009

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 Sunday 20th and Sunday 27th December 2009 inclusive, and then record the order and time of arrival of individual species at their garden feeding stations.

Of the 7 submissions received, one was invalid. There were no submissions from outside the British Isles.

Coverage

The region (the Counties and Districts included within the Regions are detailed here) that provided the most submissions was South-east England.

Most of the gardens (83%) were in suburban areas, a similar proportion to last year, but again there were none representing urban areas.

Habitat Definitions

Regional

Habitat

Early Bird

This year your observations show that the most common early birds were Robins and Blackbirds, arriving between 12 and 15 minutes after first light. These are the same species as last year but arriving sooner after first light.

Early Bird

Species Average Time After First Light
Robin 12 minutes
Blackbird 15 minutes
Starling 17 minutes
Carrion Crow 34 minutes

Arrival Times

The average time after first light that each species arrived at feeding stations is given in the table below. Carrion Crow and Robin were the earliest birds, though Robins were reported by more people.

Species This Year
Robin 12 minutes
Blackbird 15 minutes
Carrion Crow 17 minutes
Magpie 25 minutes
Blue Tit 29 minutes
Dunnock 31 minutes
Starling 34 minutes
Marsh Tit 37 minutes
Wren 40 minutes
Chaffinch 40 minutes
Goldfinch 42 minutes
Collared Dove 44 minutes
Great Tit 46 minutes
House Sparrow 50 minutes
Greenfinch 59 minutes
Long-tailed Tit 61 minutes
Coal Tit 64 minutes
Great Spotted Woodpecker 66 minutes
Jay 67 minutes
Wood Pigeon 74 minutes
Song Thrush 88 minutes
Nuthatch 100 minutes

Conclusions

Generally, Blackbirds and Robins are among the early birds, the same result as in past years years, though they seem to have been earlier this year than in past years.

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


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
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