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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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The 'Big Garden Watch': How you can get involved

For people living in built up areas or those looking to get out into the wider countryside the RSPB are organising events over the weekend of the 25th-26th of January.

Visitors to Whinlatter Visitor Centre in Keswick and Grizedale Visitor Centre in Ambleside on those days will be able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch there as well as learning how to attract more wildlife into their gardens and how to identify the wildlife they see in them.

There will also be an event at Leighton Moss on the 18-19 of January.

You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 and find out more information about events near you at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.

Top 10 species spotted in Cumbria

  1. House Sparrow
House Sparrow Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Chaffinch
Chaffinch Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Blackbird
Blackbird Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Blue Tit
Blue Tit Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Starling
Starling Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Great Tit
Great Tit Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Coal Tit
Coal Tit Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Jackdaw

  2. Robin

Robin Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
  1. Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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