Twitchers out in force for big bird watch

Bicester Advertiser: Jack McEwan at the RSPB's Otmoor reserve Jack McEwan at the RSPB's Otmoor reserve

AMATEUR ornithologists were out recording bird sightings for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday.

The largest wildlife survey in the world has been held every year since 1979 to monitor bird populations in the UK.

Thousands were expected to take part, including Marston’s Jack McEwan 11, at the RSPB’s Otmoor Nature Reserve.

House sparrows were the most sighted last year in Oxfordshire, with an average of four spotted an hour.

The threatened starling, second in 2004, was fourth.

The wood pigeon was one of the few species to be thriving.

Sightings showed it rising from eighth to fifth, up 800 per cent since the survey started.

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1:10pm Mon 20 Jan 14

morrismac says...

Twitched too early, I'm afraid. The Big Garden Bird Watch is next weekend, 25th and 26th of January.
Twitched too early, I'm afraid. The Big Garden Bird Watch is next weekend, 25th and 26th of January. morrismac
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