Saturday 25th January 2020: Big Garden Birdwatch – West Park, Macclesfield

Nearly 50 keen family birdwatchers gathered in West Park, Macclesfield to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Part of the largest wildlife survey in the world, the Big Garden Birdwatch involves spending just one hour recording the largest number of different species visiting your garden or local greenspace. This year the Birdwatch weekend took place over the 25th and 26th January with many thousands of households and groups expected to take part recording millions of birds nationwide.

Our birdwatching walk took us on a circuit of the park where we were able to watch out for birds in different habitats. Highlights were flocks of goldfinch and long-tailed tits in the tops of the trees and  on the ground a foraging mistle thrush and even two robins getting territorial and having a bit of a scrap.


Bird List


Blackbird                                              3

Blackheaded gull                                 7

Blue tit                                                  3

Bullfinch                                               3

Carrion crow                                        1

Chaffinch                                             3

Coal tit                                                 1

Collared dove                                     1

Feral pigeon                                       3

Goldcrest                                            1

Goldfinch                                            7

Great tit                                               3

House sparrow                                   1

Jay                                                      1

Long-tailed tit                                     8

Magpie                                               12

Mistle thrush                                      1

Nuthatch                                             2

Robin                                                  2

Sparrowhawk                                     1

Treecreeper                                       1

Woodpigeon                                      6

Wren                                                  1

Our final list recorded 23 species with the highest number of an individual species being 12 magpies. Thank you to all of the families that came along  – even the youngest bird spotters made a significant contribution to our survey and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying looking for the different birds in the park.


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