Saturday 27th January 2018: Big Garden Birdwatch, West Park, Macclesfield

With a wet, cold, dreary day for our Big Garden Birdwatch event we didn’t hold out much hope for many attendees or many birds. What a surprise we had! With a team of around 20 eager birdwatchers we set off to record the bird life at West Park in the centre of Macclesfield. In the end we were very lucky with the weather and the hour of our birdwatch was perhaps the best of the morning.


We saw lots of blackbirds in the play area, including two having quite a scrap. Smaller birds were flitting in the trees – including coal tit, blue tit and great tit. We were accompanied for much of our walk by a flock of tiny long-tailed tits, twittering away.


Undoubtedly the best spot of the session was a dipper. A dumpy brown bird with a white chest that bobs up and down near the water’s edge. We were lucky to observe the bird’s bobbing behaviour for quite a while. Tina even did a little impression!


On a couple of occasions we spotted goldcrest– although these were probably different birds, the methodology of the survey means we can only count one. They are amazing, confiding , little birds and we all got great views. Oliver came up with perhaps the best description of the goldcrest that we spotted – a ‘tidgy’ bird! Appropriate for the smallest bird of the morning.


A big Thank You to all of the volunteers and participants for supporting our special morning.
Thank you to West Park Café for offering our birdwatchers the chance to ’go large’ on their hot drinks – everyone appreciated the chance to warm up after our walk!

DON’T FORGET YOUR BIRDWATCH RESULTS COUNT – THEY PROVIDE THE RSPB WITH A SNAPSHOT OF BIRD POPULATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY – PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT THEM.

Bird List
Blackbird 8
Blackheaded gull 1
Blue tit 4
Carrion crow 6
Chaffinch 1
Coal tit 1
Dipper 1
Goldcrest 2
Goldfinch 2
Long tailed tit 13
Magpie 5
Nuthatch 2
Pied wagtail 1
Robin 2
Woodpigeon 3

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