July 2 -July 30
The highlight has already been mentioned but Peregrine Falcon!!!! What a garden tick!!!! A female bird crossed a garden on Mona Road on 16 July – also the 100th Hook Watch day.
Despite the smallish number of gardens taking part (5-10) we clocked an amazing 30 species. Back to normality however with Wood Pigeon taking top spot from House Sparrow with Blackbird and Magpie coming in close third. Great to see Sparrow rising to the top.
Numbers were quite low for many species with all of the Tits at 10 or below and Greenfinch and Chaffinch at five and under (but with Goldfinch up at 13).
Our other raptor was Sparrowhawk but only one sighting during the month.
It’s really nice to see Swift being seen every week although in much smaller numbers than in previous years. Wren is also struggling and surprisingly Starling only had nine records.
Of our scarcer species Stock Dove is still present in certain areas and Grey Heron put in a surprising appearance as did a very rare species for Garden Watch – a Green Woodpecker!
2022 Month by Month comparison
|1||Wood Pigeon||Wood Pigeon||Wood Pigeon||Wood Pigeon||Wood Pigeon||Blackbird|
|2||Blackbird||Blackbird||Blackbird||Blackbird||Blackbird, House Sparrow||Wood Pigeon|
|3||Blue Tit||Blue Tit||Blue Tit, House Sparrow||Blue Tit||Blue Tit||House Sparrow|
|4||Magpie||Great Tit, Magpie||Magpie||House Sparrow||Magpie, Robin||Blue Tit, Dunnock, Magpie|
|5||Robin||Dunnock||Starling||Robin||Starling||Carrion Crow, Robin, Starling|
|6||Dunnock||Goldfinch, House Sparrow||Dunnock, Goldfinch||Magpie||Feral Pigeon||Goldfinch, Great Tit|
|7||Great Tit||Carrion Crow||Jackdaw||Goldfinch||Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit||Jackdaw|
|8||House Sparrow||Chaffinch, Jackdaw||Carrion Crow||Dunnock||Carrion Crow||Feral Pigeon|
|9||Carrion Crow||Collared Dove, Robin||Robin||Great Tit||Jackdaw, Swift||Wren|
|10||Goldfinch||Feral Pigeon, Starling||Great Tit||Carrion Crow, Starling||Collared Dove, Wren||Collared Dove, Swift|
|4||Carrion Crow, Dunnock|
|7||Feral Pigeon, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Robin|
|9||Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Wren,|