I’m a country girl so always have been interested in the plant and animal life around me – not keen on some, like mice and the moles that ruin my lawn. I’m trying to fill some gaps in my knowledge of birds and so I have been doing the garden bird watch for a few years. this last weekend was the one when we were all to spend an hour logging those birds that landed in the garden. They seemed a little quiet – I think they were put off by the cold temperatures. It isn’t easy to be sure which are which so I added to me research in various ways.
There is an ipod applet – well 2 – Birds of Britain and Birdwatch log – the latter is free but the former seems a more complete applet with multiple images and sound bird calls to help identification and the ability to record them as spotted with a date and using your location.
There are quite a few good video resources too – after all these birds don’t stay still as long as you’d like and sometimes you catch the way they move more easily than the colours of feathers – especially of the little brown dart about birds.
From good old Aunty http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildlife
And loads on you tube – for example http://youtu.be/uF7N6Ya8-9I
RSPB has a good identification site and the big garden birdwatch has a link