Tuesday 28th January 2020: Ivy Bank

Our Birdwatch morning at Ivy Bank was a morning of contrasts – the weather went from cold and damp to snowy and then bright sunshine in a matter of minutes! Luckily the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of keen birdwatchers in Year 1 and Year 3.

After a brief introduction to the Top 10 garden birds from last year’s Birdwatch (with some fabulous name guesses  – including my favourite for a goldfinch …… a loyal finch) and some tips on binocular safety , four different classes took it in turns to head outside.

Getting to grips with using the binoculars was great fun and children were amazed at the good views they could get of distant birds, high up in the trees and on the rooftops.

Everyone was delighted to see a large charm (flock) of goldfinch feeding in the alder trees and a robin singing his heart out from one of the hedges.

Several groups were treated to great views of a very confident blackheaded gull striding across the playground and a colourful jay on the far side of the playing field. In total we saw more than twenty species.

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