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March 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

If you go down to the woods ......

The trip started off in a rather surreal fashion - as we arrived at the Country Park we were faced with a giraffe and a large Peppa Pig (.... ask your grandchildren if you dont know !) walking casually through the car park. Fortunately we hadn't gone mad, they were entrants to a fun run in the park !! As luck would have it the run was in a different part of the park so the birds were left largely undisturbed. First port of call was Budworth Mere with a wonderful collection of duck including Shoveller; Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Pochard and a single female Goosander together with up to a dozen Great Crested Grebe. A variety of tits and finches visited the feeders infront of the hide with the best of the birds being a number of lovely Coal Tit. Walking through the forest we heard distant woodpeckers and obtained good views of several Great Spotted Woodpecker as well as a number of Nutchatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Long tailed Tit. We could hear Green Woodpecker calling but they were always too far away to see. The calls of Buzzards followed us through the wood and many birds were seen lazily soaring over the tree tops, usually being chased by corvids. A party of 4 Jay moved through the trees, their colourful plumage contrasting markedly with the deteriorating light due to the increasing low clouds. A quick visit to Haydn's Pool hide was well rewarded with a Green Sandpiper (an unexpected and very welcome find); 4 Snipe, a Peregrine, Teal, Lapwing, a Stock Dove and a Little Grebe. Walking on to Neumann's Flash gave us further views of a variety of wildfowl but they were all fairly distant. Did we see Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ? No. Are we down hearted? Well maybe but we did have an excellent day with plenty of variety of birds !