January 2016: King’s School – Victoria Park

Pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 at King’s Junior Division took part in Birdwatching sessions at Victoria Park during a bright and sunny morning. Based on the bandstand, pupils used binoculars and ID sheets to help them count an impressive number of different species.

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Blackbird   2
Blackheaded gull   4
Blue tits   4
Carrion crow   8
Chaffinch   3
Dunnock   1
Goldfinch   4
Great tit   1
Jackdaw   14
Magpie   4
Mistle thrush   1
Nuthatch   1
Pied wagtail  1
Redwing   2
Robin   1
Treecreeper   1
Wood pigeon   26
Wren   2

Interestingly Blue tits were observed checking out nesting opportunities and lots of the birds in the park were in full song. This probably reflects the fact that we have been experiencing a particularly mild winter.


During lunch hour back at school Year 4 took part in a drop-in Birdwatch in the school grounds. The weather was beginning to change and was getting stormy so the  bird list was a little more modest, however, the children got great views of a skein of 27 Canada Geese flying over, 2 Robins, 1 Blackbird, 2 Carrion crow and 1 Wood pigeon,

Flying over: Blackheaded gulls 3, Canada Geese 27


Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers would like to thank the pupils and staff for hosting a 2016 Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

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