As I write this blog the big day is nearly here and at last I managed to do a Christmas birdwatch in our recording area. The morning started off well with a Mute Swan (probably a local bird from Harold Park) flying E over Caldene fields. A total of 32 different birds were recorded with an excellent count of 11 Bullfinches observed feeding in both Raw Nook Nr and TH beck. I also found a nice flock of 18 Linnets at Caldene fields, a species that appears to be showing slight signs of recovery. Sadly no Greenfinch were recorded at TH Beck.
A Tawny Owl was calling from RN Nr on 17/12 the same day as 42 Pink footed geese flew S over CFs
Received a report from Chris at Oakenshaw who had a Ring necked Parakeet in his garden on the 11/12. He photographed the bird so it will be interesting to see if it is the RNP locally named ‘ Matilda ‘ who spent last winter in the Low Moor area but has not been seen this year so far.