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March 2011

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Nuthatch on branch

Bogey Bird !

Never has a single bird frustrated a group so much! Our hunt for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker goes on after a fruitless visit to Marbury Country Park. Despite several birds having been calling in the days preceding our visit, we saw none. This may have been due to the wet and cold conditions we encountered on our arrival and for much of the morning. However, John Gilbody (a volunteer at Marbury), was able to show us 2 roosting Tawny Owls which proved remarkably difficult to see even when you knew exactly which tree they were sitting in. Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits and treecreepers proved to be in abundance - with the wood at one stage ringing to the sounds of several Nuthatch calling! Several of the group were lucky to see a Kingfisher flying low across Great Budworth mere. The mere itself had Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveller plus numerous Sand Martin hawking low over the water. On the far bank we could just make out 3 Pink Footed Geese amongst the Canada and Grey Lags. With the cold weather conditions migrants were scarce but we did hear, and see, several Chiffchaff. Several Green Woodpeckers were heard but unfortunately none were seen. From one of the hides a Snipe showed us just how good its camouflage was by standing on the edge of the water across from the hide yet being incredibly difficult to see! With John's intimate knowledge of the Park we managed to catch up with the resident breeding Ravens. Just as we prepared to leave the sun came out .... ! Our thanks go to John for his kindness in taking us around this wonderful country park, telling us about the work the rangers and volunteers have been doing to make the park better for wildlife as well as providing us with many interesting stories about the history of the park.