Well, here we are at the end of Lockdown #2 and we're bringing back another Back Garden Bird Race to keep you entertained.
It's cold and dark now in Sussex but it's not as cold and as dark as the countries to the north and the east. Birds are being pushed to Sussex as the escape the freeze in their search for food.
During this bird race look out for winter thrushes. You may see Redwing and Fieldfare but don't forget the Blackbird hopping around by the bird table could have come from Norway too.
(Don't forget to watch James Duncan's webinar this Tuesday afternoon all about Winter Thrushes. Register here )
Redwing (and Blackbird) photographed in a Sussex garden this week by Michael Howard.
Good luck! - and look out for those Waxwings!
The Back Garden Bird Race
Throughout the darker days of the Covid-19 pandemic our weekly Bird Race event gave a lot of people a reason to step out into the garden or stare out of their window and get away from the bleak news.
We asked people to note down every species of bird seen or heard from their garden or window between 10-11 on a Sunday. For many it provided a vital distraction during these challenging times and became the only fixture in a week where the days started to merge into one. It also gave us all the chance to enjoy our local wildlife, learn some bird i.d. and take part in a group activity while locked down in our homes.
We'll be running the monthly Bird Race again this Sunday (29 November) - same time (10-11) and same rules apply (see our Bird Race page here)
Everybody is welcome to take part - whether veteran Bird Racers or first timers. I'll dust off my Back Garden Bird Race t-shirt and will be racing live, as usual, on our Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Table Facebook page.
You can join us there or leave your bird lists in the comments section below this blog (before 1pm please). I'll write a new blog post with the results and post it on Sunday afternoon (in the 'News' section of the SWT homepage)