Volunteers spent a bright, sunny morning with the Nursery and Reception classes at Terra Nova. The children regularly feed the birds and as well as window feeders an impressive collection of different seed and peanut feeders were hung in the trees along with fat balls and fat-filled half coconut shells.
After learning a little bit about the different kinds of garden birds and how to use binoculars safely we were ready to begin our birdwatch. Children were very careful not to look towards the sun with their binoculars.
Almost immediately a nuthatch appeared, boldy hopping on the floor amongst the leaves. Blue tits, great tits and coal tits flitted about taking advantage of the bird feeders and robins found vantage points on the fences. Reception spotted a dunnock singing beautifully from a bush near the meadow gate.
At the very end of the birdwatch an incredible three buzzards soared over the meadow and nursery got great views of the patterned wings of these magnificent birds of prey.