Not the nicest day here in the islands yesterday for sitting out in the garden to count birds, especially for wimps like me, so I sat by the kitchen window instead while the gales raged outside. This was because of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which was over this weekend, encouraging people to record the birds they see over an hour. This is the 35th year of the Birdwatch and the results allow them to monitor numbers and trends and hopefully come up with some ideas to put things right. The starling, for example, is down 80% since the Birwatch began - and although we usually see lots of them here, not one showed up yesterday. The poor birds who did were clinging to the feeders for dear life before disappearing to find somewhere sheltered to hide. Can't say I blamed them!
I didn't see any rooks yesterday, and attempts to sketch the sparrows swinging wildly on the feeders were hopeless. My fault, not theirs! So here's a recent sketch of a rook instead. I'm very fond of rooks.
The only interesting visitor was a pheasant - a few years ago we would never have seen any of these here, but now they are a regular occurrence. They are pretty, but absolutely rotten gardeners.