NABU gives the all-clear: more winter birds again

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The interim results of the eighth national "Hour of Winter Birds" shows: The past winter with the very small numbers of birds was evidently an exception. "Most of the species reported similar numbers at the hour of winter birds this year, as compared to the long-term average," says Leif Miller, Federal Director of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU). "The very small bird numbers from the previous year were thus an outlier and fortunately did not repeat themselves." However, the number of registered winter birds per garden in the long-term trend is slightly declining. "According to the results so far this year, almost 39 birds have been spotted per garden, compared with 46 in the first census of 2011, but last year there were only 34 birds," says Miller.

The reports collected so far show the effects of the mild winter on the train behavior of some subcontractors. "As in the previous year, starlings and tusks stayed with us more, and actual migratory birds such as wagtails, black rots and Zilpzalpe were reported significantly more often than usual," said NABU bird protection expert Marius Adrion. "Due to the mild winters of recent years, these species are increasingly able to successfully winter in Germany, but at the same time, titmice, finches and jays were not deterred from migrating from the north and east, but mild weather alone is not enough The number of winter birds in the gardens can be predicted, and factors such as the supply of tree seeds in the forest and the weather in other parts of Europe also play a role. "


The great tit is our largest species of titmouse. Males and females hardly differ in tits, in the great tit however, the male is slightly stronger colored and has a wider black belly strip

The house sparrow is again the most frequently reported bird with an average of 5.7 specimens per garden. The great tit (5,3) has again reduced the distance to the tip. This year, she has won the title of the most widely used species. In 96 percent of all gardens and parks, she was spotted, displacing the blackbirds as the previous frontrunner.

The number of participants is once again set to record a record: by 9 January, 80,000 participants have reported their sightings from over 50,000 gardens and parks to NABU and its Bavarian partner LBV. The current bird count is still in full swing and the evaluation of the messages received by mail is still pending. In addition, the "School Lesson of Winter Birds" will take place until January 12th. The final evaluation of the results of the "hour of winter birds" is scheduled for the end of January.
Observations can be reported online until January 15 ( or by post (NABU, hour of winter birds, 10469 Berlin).


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