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  • website crashed for me yesterday so trying again today

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    RSPB site still down!

    I manage to get though yesterday and submitted my results but after hitting the 'submit results' button I got a massage something like

    'Thank you for submitting your results, the website is experiencing problems try again later'

    So I'm not sure if they have gone through or not!!??

    Like everyone else I have other birds braving the weather this morning but that's the way it goes I suppose. It's absolutely 'lashing' it down here in North Somerset and the strong wind is creating horizontal rain!!  The birds are being battered today but they're still feeding, My female Sparrowhawk is also still passing the feeders every 20mins or so but not managing to catch anything so I wonder if she's young and inexperienced?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    I had trouble with the RSPB website the first time I used it for the count. Since then I've always held back til after the rush. 11pm tonite maybe

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Apart from 2 woodies I've seen nothing this morning, hardly surprising as it is pouring with rain.  What do I do if my usual assortment of birds don't come.  Does the results page ask about weather conditions - I don't remember being asked this before.  It doesn't seem worth submitting just 2 woodies!  Mags  Couldn't do it yesterday as out all day.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    We get lots of dunnocks charley and they're ground feeders so you may be able to identify them more easily that way - they won't be sitting on a feeder! In a previous garden, not far from here, we had a tree creeper who regularly visited which was lovely.

    I also had trouble getting on the site to submit yesterday but it was working later on yesterday when I tried it. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    You just have to submit what you see!

    This does seem a shame I know but I presume that the countries general weather conditions etc come into play at some point.

    I think most on here experience several species that simply don't turn up on the day.

    If you feel it really is a complete misrepresentation of the norm you could put out some more feed and try again in a couple of hours maybe?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    I agree that it's not always a true representation of our gardens. I've only been in this house less than a year and it was quite sterile but over that time I've had a good amount of blue, great and coal tits which were largely absent yesterday. Perhaps the RSPB could organise a more in depth survey for those of us who love to birdwatch in our gardens, so that we could log birds over several weeks or something. I had quite a high robin count because there's a pair who were visiting together several times in the hour. I often wonder how they collate that. The dunnocks come in twos and threes but I can see where they go after they feed so I know it's the same ones. They could be the only dunnocks in the immediate area yet it could appear there are lots, so how do they use that info?

    Did that make sense? I know what I meant! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The RSPB website crashed when I pressed the "Submit" button too but I got an email thanking me for the results so I assume they must have been submitted.

    Lots more birds today than when I counted yesterday - in spite of the rain.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I'll hold off submitting my count too - perhaps we should remind each other in a weeks time in case it gets put on the back burner and forgotten. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    11 greenfinches

    13 chaffinches

    12 goldfinches

    6 blue tits

    7 great tits

    1 robin

    3 blackbirds

    3 jays

    2 collared doves

    2 rooks

    1 magpie

    1 starling

    5 reed buntings



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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