15th January 2018: Rainow Primary Big Schools Birdwatch

The first Birdwatch of the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers’ Big School Birdwatch campaign was Rainow Primary School. Volunteers have been visiting the school each January to help with the Birdwatch for more than 10 years and have recorded interesting changes in the birds that visit the school.

The 2018 session started with an introduction explaining how wildlife explorers learn about nature and the environment. The class then identified the Top 10 Garden Birds in Cheshire (from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2017). Leaders were really impressed by the excellent bird identification knowledge of the class.

The class split into two groups for the practical part of the morning. While half of the class counted the birds outside in the school grounds, the other half took advantage of the proximity of the school conservatory to the bird feeding station. As well as counting the different birds visiting the feeders, students also made garden bird calendars to take home.

Luckily both groups avoided the torrential downpour later in the morning, escaping with a walk in light drizzle that certainly didn’t discourage the singing robins and dunnocks.

The final bird list showed a slight increase in the number of species from last year and including jackdaw, blue tit , great tit and blackbird. The best spot of the morning was a goldcrest – a first in 12 years of Birdwatches at Rainow. Everyone had great close-up views of this gorgeous little bird.

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