Wild bird enthusiasts across the West Midlands are being urged to dig out their binoculars to identify the region's most common feathered friends.
Last year, 10,448 people in the region took part in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch and organisers hope to top that tally this year.
The world's biggest garden bird survey asks residents to record the highest number of each bird species seen during the space of an hour in their back garden.
The aim is to find out which birds are the most common visitors to gardens and if any breed is struggling.
Nationally 400,000 people contribute across the UK by counting six million birds in 210,000 gardens.
House sparrows were the most common bird in West Midlands gardens, with an average of 3.5 spotted in an hour.
Blue tits came second, with an average of 2.9 and starlings third with 2.4. An average of 2.3 blackbirds were identified.
Nationally, the starling - beaten to the UK top spot in 2005 by the house sparrow - has seen its numbers plummet from 15 per garden to an average of 4.3, a decline of 71 per cent.
The house sparrow, with an average of 4.8 per garden, has declined by 52 per cent since 1979 when an average of ten birds were seen.
The survey has been scheduled for the weekend of January 28-29.
A spokeswoman for the RSPB said:"Big Garden Birdwatch is great fun and is an ideal activity for the whole family."