This site took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden BirdWatch (BGBW) and some of the staff kept a keen eye on their bird feeders during lunch and spotted some of our favourite garden birds - Robin, Blue tits, Great tit and a Goldfinch.
Urban birds can be surprisingly resourceful and can be present in low numbers in places with minimal habitat. Salford has benefited from having the railway line near, as these can act as wildlife corridors in heavily built up areas.
If you offer the birds some food using a seed feeder or bird table keep this within easy reach for them, with just a hop from a bush or tree as the birds then feel safer and less vulnerable to predators and are more likely to use your feeder. Goldfinches are one of the species that are doing well and coping with changes in the environment and climate. They are generalists and well adapted to take advantage of bird feeders.
If you’d never seen the bird before you’d wonder why this bird is called a Goldfinch, with its distinctive red and black face, but it opens up a beautiful fringed, fan of golden feathers when you see one fly away.
RSPB’s BGBW is all about monitoring using your observations in citizen science to work out what is happening nationally to bird numbers so we can spot when a species or suite of birds is in trouble. If you would like to find out more, visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/
In these strange times, whilst we all need to stay home and stay safe, take time to watch the birds in your garden, put up a feeder and find the enjoy in bringing wildlife closer to you.
CEMEX have been partners with the RSPB for over 10 years, working together to help wildlife at their sites is just one aspect of the partnership.
Image credit: Tim Melling