Sparrow pips blue tit to be most popular garden bird in the south

Daily Echo: What's the most popular bird in your garden? What's the most popular bird in your garden?

THERE’S a new winner in the battle for sky supremacy.

The house sparrow is the most-spotted bird in Hampshire gardens in the 2014 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (BGB).

More than 15,000 people took part in this year’s event, and it’s all change in the top five since last year.

The sparrow flew into the top spot from second place in the 2013 survey, knocking the blue tit off its perch.

Meanwhile, the starling is at number three, with the blackbird falling to number four and the woodpigeon completing the top five.

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Richard Bashford, BGB organiser, said: “This was always going to be an interesting Big Garden Birdwatch as the winter has been so mild, and we wondered if it would have a significant impact on garden birds.”

Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: “Many garden birds rely on us humans for help. During winter, birds need extra food and water, and at other times of the year, as well as sustenance, a safe place to shelter and make their home can really give them a boost.

“Two of the species that moved up the rankings nationally this year, blue tits and goldfinches, are adaptable, friendly garden birds and great examples of birds that can flourish with our help. If we put up a n e s t b o x , leave out some food or let our gardens grow a bit wild they’ll be among the first to take advantage.”

But it’s not all good news for bird-kind as many are on the UK ‘red list’, species that are dropping in population since Birdwatch began in 1979.

Sparrow numbers have fallen by 62 per cent, while starlings and song thrushes have dropped by 84 and 81 per cent respectively.

The RSPB has launched the Give Nature a Home campaign, urging people to provide places for wildlife in their gardens, whether it’s growing pollen-rich plants for bees or building nestboxes for birds.

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7:48am Thu 27 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Blackbirds are friendly but you can't beat a pair of Great Tits.
Blackbirds are friendly but you can't beat a pair of Great Tits. Brite Spark
  • Score: -3

7:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Best bird...........th wife.
Best bird...........th wife. townieboy
  • Score: -3

8:08am Thu 27 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

townieboy wrote:
Best bird...........th wife.
Somebody else's wife's better
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Best bird...........th wife.[/p][/quote]Somebody else's wife's better Zexagon
  • Score: -9

11:12am Thu 27 Mar 14

KSO16R says...

Can't beat a pair of tits? What about the 3 making the first comments on here.
Can't beat a pair of tits? What about the 3 making the first comments on here. KSO16R
  • Score: 7

11:44am Thu 27 Mar 14

robich says...

The most common bird in my garden is the Magpie and unfortunately none of the smaller birds stand a chance as the Magpies destroy their nests and eggs and kill the smaller birds.
The most common bird in my garden is the Magpie and unfortunately none of the smaller birds stand a chance as the Magpies destroy their nests and eggs and kill the smaller birds. robich
  • Score: 1

11:57am Thu 27 Mar 14

loosehead says...

we have sparrows,blue tits,great tits,blackbirds & the rats of the sky Pigeons.
we get a once a year visit from a goshawk & I live in Lordshill oh we also get Robins.
we have sparrows,blue tits,great tits,blackbirds & the rats of the sky Pigeons. we get a once a year visit from a goshawk & I live in Lordshill oh we also get Robins. loosehead
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

good-gosh says...

Some people get muddled with identification. My wife thinks I am a golden goose.
Some people get muddled with identification. My wife thinks I am a golden goose. good-gosh
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Crows and Yaffles sometimes.
Crows and Yaffles sometimes. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

4:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

KSO16R wrote:
Can't beat a pair of tits? What about the 3 making the first comments on here.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, brilliant
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: Can't beat a pair of tits? What about the 3 making the first comments on here.[/p][/quote]HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, brilliant Zexagon
  • Score: 1

10:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Crows and Yaffles sometimes.
Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts.
What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Crows and Yaffles sometimes.[/p][/quote]Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts. What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

11:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Crows and Yaffles sometimes.
Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts.
What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup?
European Green Woodpecker, seems to like a visit to next doors trees.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Crows and Yaffles sometimes.[/p][/quote]Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts. What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup?[/p][/quote]European Green Woodpecker, seems to like a visit to next doors trees. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Crows and Yaffles sometimes.
Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts.
What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup?
European Green Woodpecker, seems to like a visit to next doors trees.
You may not have seen but you probably heard it
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=mGKOgi9e
FGU
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Crows and Yaffles sometimes.[/p][/quote]Sorry Osp,gave you a thumbs down by mistake,must have been cos I was still laughing at the first three posts. What's a yaffle by the way,is it something you have with maple syrup?[/p][/quote]European Green Woodpecker, seems to like a visit to next doors trees.[/p][/quote]You may not have seen but you probably heard it https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mGKOgi9e FGU OSPREYSAINT
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