Bright and Early With the Birds – Week 3

Birdwatching at Ogston Reservoir

It was a chilly but bright morning for our last bird watching session this year. The low sun made it tricky looking out of some of the hide windows but the children knew not to look out of these with their binoculars. We had hoped that a Kingfisher might come and perch on one of the branches overhanging the ponds around the hide, but it waited until later in the day to visit when we had gone! However, we did manage to add 4 new species, bringing our total count for November to 36.

25 different birds were seen today (new species in bold):

Coot, Moorhen, Black-headed gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Reed Bunting, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Blackbird, Redwing, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk and Carrion Crow.

Children, I’ve really enjoyed taking you bird watching, your enthusiasm shone through! As well as thanking Ogston Bird Club for letting us use their facilities, I would also like to thank the parents who got up especially early so that their children could take part in this activity! Our next bird watching event will be ‘The Big Schools’ Birdwatch‘ at the end of January. We also hope to visit Ogston Reservoir again in the Spring.

Previous reports: Week 1Week 2

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