Monday 14th April 2014: Family birdwatch

 

A great day for a family bird walk at Tegg's Nose Country Park with help from our friends at Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers :-)

Photo by Ranger Martin James

 

Volunteers from RSPB Wildlife Explorers joined Cheshire East Ranger Martin James to run an Easter holiday Family Birdwatch at Teggs Nose Country Park.
 
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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.
 
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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:

Birds:
 
Wood pigeon
Goosander
Tree creeper
Wren
Chiffchaff
Great tit
Blue tit
Coal tit
Robin
Chaffinch
Carrion crow
Jackdaw
Nuthatch
Pied flycatcher (?)
Blackcap
Willow warbler
Mallard
Tufted duck
Moorhen
Bullfinch
Swallow
Buzzard

Canada Goose

Flowers:
 
Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage (Martin’s favourite!)
Dog Violet
Dog’s Mercury
Cleavers
Dandelion
Gorse
Herb Robert
Wood Sorrel
Bilberry
Lesser Celandine
Bittercress
Blackthorn
Hawthorn
Cuckoo Flower
Marsh Marigold
Ivy
Cow Parsley
Forget-me-not
Greater Stitchwort
Groundsel
 
Other:
Squirrel
Badger track
Bumble bee
Hoverfly
Peacock Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Marble galls on oak
White snail
Dock leaf beetle
 

 

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