Belfast Telegraph

Small birds are high flyers as numbers in Northern Ireland gardens soar

By Rebecca Black

Small birds have emerged king in Ulster gardens with a reported increase in their numbers this year.

The latest results from the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch reveal a surge of small bird sightings in Northern Ireland.

House sparrows, starlings, chaffinches, goldfinches (up two places from last year) and blue tits are the five most commonly spotted.

Birdwatch, held over the last weekend in January, encourages people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden, helping the RSPB to build up a picture of how they are doing. In Northern Ireland, almost 15,000 people counted more than 100,000 birds.

Joanne Sherwood, RSPB NI Director, said: "This is true citizen science with real benefit as it helps us to understand what's happening to our favourite garden birds."

The house sparrow remained at the top of the overall UK-wide rankings of the most commonly seen garden birds with more than one million recorded sightings.

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