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December 2013

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Nuthatch on branch

As straight as an arrow !

After the storms that had blasted the north west for a couple of days, the morning of the groups trip to Arrowe Park broke calm and sunny. As we walked towards the 'feeding bridge' we encountered fleeting views of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Tit and a Bullfinch. The lake had good numbers of Mallard and 3 pairs of Mandarin Ducks on it. As ever, the stone bridge where food is left out for the birds (not only by birders but also dog walkers !) proved to be a major attraction with fabulous views of Blue, Great and Coal Tits. However, by far the birds of the day were the Nuthatch that kept coming down to feed on the seeds - despite all of us standing around just feet away!! The views we got of this often difficult bird to see were delightful. A walk up to the cafe for a late breakfast before setting off back to the car park. On the way back the only additional birds seen were a Goldcrest, which had seemed to 'tag on' to the mixed tit flock around the bridge, and 2 Mistle Thrush which flew up into the trees and 'froze'. All in all a good mornings bird watching and a nice way to round off the year.