Our second Birdwatch at Victoria Park took place on another dry, crisp morning. Even before the children arrived there were signs that this was going to be a promising session. Leaders were greeted at their vantage point in the bandstand with a nuthatch calling, then promptly flying into view and checking out one of the park nestboxes. There was a small flock of redwings sifting through leaves on the lawns (which gained in numbers as the morning progressed).
Three groups of children from the King’s School Junior Division walked over to the park for consecutive sessions identifying and counting the birds. The children used binoculars and identification sheets to participate in the Birdwatch, part of the largest wildlife survey in the world.
Everyone saw large numbers of wood pigeon, blackbird and chaffinch and we were treated at one point to great views of foraging redwing (11), a migrant member of the thrush family.
Thank you to The Friends of Victoria Park who have been feeding the birds through January in preparation for our sessions.