Birds bounce back

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GARDEN birds are bouncing back in Northumberland after a difficult winter.

Findings of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch show that bird species which suffered in the harsh 2009/2010 winter have largely recovered.

In Northumberland, sightings of long tailed tits were up 86 per cent on last year’s survey, while coal tit recordings went up 29 per cent.

Thousands of people who took part in the survey were also lucky enough to see waxwings, which come to the UK from Scandinavia every few winters.

The county’s most common birds were house sparrows, followed by starlings, chaffinches, blackbirds and blue tits.

Northumberland youngsters taking part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch found the blackbird the most common visitor to their school grounds, followed by blue tits, house sparrows, chaffinches and carrion crows.