Some of the youngest birdwatchers we have seen in 2017 took part in the Rainow Pre-School Big Garden Birdwatch.
At the start of the session children learned how we identify birds by listening to their calls and looking at their colours.
Everyone wrapped up warm to go outside. Some of the children had brought their own binoculars from home. The whole group learned how to use binoculars safely and to be especially careful not to look at directly at the sun or walk along when looking through them.
Despite the cold weather it was very bright and the children saw a wide range of birds. As well as blackbirds, blue tits and a robin the group were treated to seeing a 29-strong parliament of rooks and a flock of 33 starlings.
Appropriately in a village named after them, we also saw a pair of ravens, kronking as they flew overhead.
Thank you for a lovely morning Rainow Pre-school.