The Birdwatch at Kettleshulme St.James was set against one of the prettiest backdrops we have ever had at a Big Schools’ Birdwatch. The school grounds and surrounding countryside had a thick covering of snow, under bright blue skies and glorious sunshine. Perfect conditions to look for birds.
After an introduction covering bird identification, survey methods and the safe use of binoculars each class spent time outside looking for and counting birds. The very first bird spotted was a starling – we got great views with the telescope – the sunshine highlighted the gorgeous green and purple tones of the bird’s plumage.
As well as small birds in the bushes surrounding the playground, like blue tits, great tits, dunnocks and robins the groups spotted birds in the trees, feeding on ash keys including goldfinch, bullfinch, greenfinch, siskin and brambling.
One of the students even spotted a kestrel, a bird of prey best-known for hunting from a hovering position. The total number of species spotted was 17 – a great result for our birdwatch.
Our volunteers had a wonderful afternoon with the students and staff from Kettleshulme – it was lots of fun sharing our session with so many enthusiastic young birdwatchers.