Tuesday 29th January 2019: Mottram St Andrew Primary Academy

Volunteers and young birdwatchers faced more wintry weather for the Big Schools Birdwatch at Mottram St. Andrew Primary Academy. After a smattering of overnight snow had turned to ice the ground was very slippery and the trainee ornithologists from the Reception and Nursery classes also had to contend with driving sleet.

Despite conditions being far from ideal for a bit of birdwatching children had great fun using their binoculars. We listened out for robins, blackbirds and blue tits and we also heard crows and wood pigeons calling. As well as good views of jackdaws the children and adults were all excited to see a beautiful female sparrowhawk take off from grassed part of the school playground, fly along the hedge and over, into the neighbouring field.

Leaders were very impressed that some of the children had already been doing some birdwatching and had even take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch over the weekend.

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