Survey shows which birds like to visit our gardens

A robin
A robin

The most common bird in Northamptonshire’s gardens is the house sparrow, according to figures released by the RSPB.

More than 5,000 people in the county took part in the charity’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch, spending an hour during the weekend of January 24 and 25 watching their garden and recording any birds that made a flying visit.

This year in the Midlands, 1.5 million birds were counted.

The house sparrow remained the most commonly-reported bird, with an average of four in each garden. Blackbirds swooped in at number two, appearing in 90 per cent of all gardens, while the blue tit was the third-most spotted.

The average number of robins seen was at its highest since 2011, helping it climb three places to number seven, its joint highest-ever position in the Big Garden Birdwatch rankings.