Trip reports

Eastham Country Park

Eastham Country Park
frogs -Laura bimson

Saturday, 15 March 2014

A visit to a popular local nature reserve on the banks of the Mersey. And what a way to start by observing a gt spotted woodpecker on one of the feeders at the visitor centre, where it stayed for several minutes. The feeders naturally attract many other species, and were visited by coal tit and nuthatch amongst others. The ubiquitous grey squirrel was there as well, feeding off the bounty of food available. The country park is mostly woodland, with a golf course on one side and the Merseyside estuary on another. After lunch, by which time the tide was receding enough to expose the shoreline and sandbanks, we were able to observe a good variety of estuarine species.

Due in part to the relatively mild winter wee have had, common frogs were active in the small pond by the visitor centre feeders. During the walk in the woodland part, we observed a magpie with no tail; it appeared to fly around without difficulty. Overall an enjoyable visit on a better than forecast March day.
At total of 28 species were seen
Gt spotted woodpecker, gt tit, blue tit, chaffinch, robin, nuthatch, coal tit, blackbird, long tailed tit, dunnock, goldfinch, wood pigeon, magpie, crow, jay, redwing, curlew, herring gull, wren, black backed gull, redshank, mallard, lesser black backed gull, cormorant, oystercatcher, bar tailed godwit, dunlin and greenfinch.