Meet at 9:30 by the Cabin or car park.
If you are new to Birds - This is a prime opportunity to get help with I.D. of the species on the reserve. A lot of newcomers do pick up new species when they visit the feeding area, Jays for instance, a bird a lot of people just don't get in their gardens.
Don't be shy! this is aimed at people new to "Bird watching" to help them see a good selection of species & help them with Identification & any other questions they may have!
All experts welcome too!
What will you see:
When you arrive at the Cabins, you will get one set of birds around the feeders there - What we call the regulars. Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Great, Blue, Long Tailed & Coal Tits, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin. Carrion crows & Magpies will be lurking around & Jays may be in the area.
At the other Feeding Station. Again, Great, Blue, Long Tailed & Coal Tits, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, almost a guarantee of Jays close up, after peanuts are put out! Bullfinches will come down at some point & Reed Bunting are a possibility. Siskin may arrive, Nuthatch may come down, & G.S. Woodpecker may be nearby.
Out & about: As we walk around we may come across the large siskin flock on site which may have a few Redpoll in with them, we should find G.S. Woodpeckers around with a possibility of spotting a Green Woodpecker or at least hearing one. Buzzard, Kestrel & Sparrow Hawk are around & if really lucky a Red Kite may cruise over. Tree Creepers could be seen, as well as a Kingfisher, Goosander, Cormorant, Teal, Mallard, Black Headed Gulls, Heron, Redwing, Fieldfare & on better years a Waxwing or two has been through the reserve.
These are just an idea of what can be seen on a walk round - So come along & see what is about on the day & what else may be visiting the site in that I haven't mentioned above.
Good boots or a pair of Wellingtons for the muddy sections & a pair of Binoculars would come in handy! Warm waterproof clothing, gloves hats etc. Telescope if you got one!
If you fancy staying after (weather permitting) bring a packed lunch which you can have whilst you warm up with a nice cuppa after the walk. Then you can have another walk round by yourselves or sit at the feeding station & watch/snap the birds there. Maybe get some practice in ready for the Photography Day.