BIRD WATCHING AND NATURAL HISTORY
We meet every month. Lifts are usually available by prior arrangement for members without transport. (Please phone or email the previous weekend.) Additional visits to coincide with RSPB and other special events.
We are a friendly group, with no pretence to being expert and decidedly not twitchers - this is Birding & Natural History for the Moderately Interested. We enjoy combining our sessions with a good pub lunch over which we can discuss the morning’s events.
For this month’s field trip the group decided to revisit RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands. On this trip the weather was somewhat improved from last month’s storms so enabled us to see much more of this excellent reserve. Some 30 species of bird were recorded with a count of approx. 70 plus Avocets that have returned to The Wirral to breed and once again a Marsh Harrier was seen quartering the reed beds. From the second hide we observed a number of Grey Herons flying from the wooded area to the reed beds and returning with nesting material to construct their nests in the woodland. We also had very close views of some small water birds called Little Grebes, these were gracefully diving beneath the surface searching out morsels of food. Quite a time was spent looking at a rather large flock of various types of duck which helped the group identify the differences between dabbling and diving ducks, a useful exercise which should help in identifying solitary ducks in the future.
For next month’s trip we will be visiting Neumans Flash near Northwich, date to be confirmed.
contacts: David Chandler or Enid Peters
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