If you know me at all, you know I'm a bit of a birder and so I am delighted that tonight sees the return of the BBC's Winterwatch programme, this year based up on the Mar Lodge Estate in the Scottish Highlands (field fare, red wing, ptarmigan, black grouse...) providing us all with a chance to get up close and personal with our wonderful native wildlife. Then at the weekend is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch a great way to observe nature first hand in the garden.
If, like me, you regularly participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch only to have barely a bird turn up on the day, then you'll appreciate the following list of some of the birds that have visited the garden over the years but probably won't visit this weekend! For information about birds and local events try the BTO website and the RSPB and good luck with your Big Garden Birdwatch surveys.
female black cap
fledgling blue tit
collared doves with fledgling
long tailed tits
great spotted woodpecker
BBC Winterwatch Programme ~ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012msk2
RSPB ~ http://www.rspb.org.uk/