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October 2010

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Adult male siskin on feeder

Feed the Bird Event

We are having our annual 'Feed the Birds' event at Wirral county Park, Thurstaston Visitors Centre, Station Road, Thurstaston on Sunday 31st October from noon to 4.00 pm. As always we have a varied and exciting afternoon planned. Come and talk with us about how and what to feed the birds in your garden. Meet some 'wriggly' creatures and have fun making your own simple feeder to take home with you. The emphasis is on having fun .... so come down and enjoy yourself.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

The cold strong wind did not extinguish our enthusiasm for bird wartching.

Whilst the sun may have been shinning, the easterly wind which came down off the moors was cold and strong. The water of Hollingworth Lake looked more like the sea, with waves racing across the lake surface with ever increasing speed. Those birds that ventured on the lake, like the Goldeneye, Pochard and Tufted Duck bobbed up and down making seeing them all the more difficult. Small birds were hardly seen at all, the wind blown trees and bushes crashed from side to side making observation of anything virtually impossible. We did manage to catch up with a Barn Owl - admittedly a tame bird in the visitors centre ! Despite the poor weather Hollingworth looks like a place that could turn up good numbers of birds although perhaps on reflection we were a month or two too early. After a cup of well deserved tea and a bacon butty, we decided to call in at Pennington Flash on the way home. The sun still shone and the wind had dropped considerably, making the bird watching all the more pleasant. Up to 30 Great Crested Grebe were on the lake and we managed to locate a winter plumage Black necked Grebe - a good find by Stan Davis. Gadwall, Shoveller, Pochard and Tufted Duck were all seen although we unfortunately missed the Red necked Grebe that had been seen earlier in the day. The onsite feeding station is very well stocked and was a major attraction for a large number of the commoner finches and Tits but we did also have wonderful views of the more elusive Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Long tailed tit and the beautiful Willow Tit - with Pennington Flash being one of the best places locally to see this rarer tit. It is a testament to this site that despite there literally being hundreds of people milling around enjoying the early October sunshine, we had views of many good birds and enjoyed an excellent couple of hours wandering around.