Sunday 26th January 2014: Big Garden Birdwatch

33 intrepid birdwatchers took part in The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at Jodrell Bank. With dreadful weather forecast the group wrapped up warm and waterproof to take part in this, the biggest wildlife survey in the world.
Leaders Tina, Kat and Ali explained the reasons we do the birdwatch (to help the RSPB monitor bird populations), how to identify and count birds and how to use binoculars safely.
Unfortunately The Arboretum was closed due to gusting high winds so our birdwatch walk centred on walking round the radio telescope. (Both large telescopes were ‘parked ‘ in a horizontal position to protect them from the wind too).
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With views across neighbouring fields we saw crows and lots of wood pigeons. We were delighted to see a flock of 34 redwing, a winter thrush (a migrant visitor from Scandinavia).
Luckily Head Gardener Becky Burns keeps the bird feeders close to the indoor picnic area well-stocked and visitors got great, close views of blue tits, great tits, nuthatches and even a great spotted woodpecker.
As usual with any Birdwatch – the best bird turned up 10 minutes after we stopped recording!
P1120874One of the resident ravens flew across the car park and landed near the visitor centre just as we were packing up (seen on the photo as a small black creature near the top of the structure!)

Thank you to everyone who supported our event.



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