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Big Garden Bird Watch takes flight

People are invited to count the birds in their gardens. Credit: ITV Border

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is asking people from Cumbria and the South of Scotland to get involved in this year's Big Garden Bird Watch.

The survey takes place this weekend and requires people to spend an hour counting birds in their garden.

Around half a million people took part last year, counting more than seven million birds.

You can get involved, and see how many birds have been counted so far, here.

Starlings on pylon could serve 'social function'

Our cameras captured thousands of starlings on an electricity pylon in Workington.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said a lot about starlings and their activity is still a bit of a mystery, but resting on the pylon before they go to roost probably serves some sort of social function and is part of their daily routine before they settle down for the night.

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Top 10 most spotted birds in Cumbrian gardens

The RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch results are in.

Almost 5,000 Cumbrians took part in the national study which looks to monitor bird populations across the UK.

The top ten most spotted birds in our region are:

  • Number 1 - House Sparrow
  • Number 2 - Chaffinch
  • Number 3 - Blue tit
  • Number 4 - Blackbird
  • Number 5 - Great tit
  • Number 6 - Goldfinch
  • Number 7 - Starling
  • Number 8 - Coal tit
  • Number 9 - Jackdaw
  • Number 10 - Robin
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