Volunteers from RSPB Wildlife Explorers joined Cheshire East Ranger Martin James to run an Easter holiday Family Birdwatch at Teggs Nose Country Park.
Lots of summer migrants (some having travelled thousands of miles) are starting to arrive in Britain at the moment and the rich array of different habitats at Teggs Nose attracts many of these amazing birds. The group heard Blackcap and Willow Warbler and got excellent views of one of the many singing Chiffchaff. For many of the birdwatchers it was also chance to glimpse the first Swallows of the year, returning here to breed after wintering in Africa.
Spring flowers were out in force and Leader Frankie was able to tell us lots about the folklore associated with species like Cuckoo Flower and Lesser Celandine.
The warm sunshine also encouraged lots of butterflies to take to the air and sightings included Peacock and Orange Tip.
Teggs Nose is a fabulous place to enjoy wild birds and nature at any time of the year but a visit in spring really does reward you with lots of interesting natural history.
ID List for today’s event:
Pied flycatcher (?)
Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage (Martin’s favourite!)
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Marble galls on oak
Dock leaf beetle