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Subject:Knutsford Nature News #5
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Monday 30th March 2020.
Just intermittent glimpses of the sun today but the wind has dropped significantly. Minimum 1.2C at 04:30am rising to 10.9C by 1pm.
A little more "action" at Mobberley SQ today. A Grey Heron was sharing the middle pool with the male and female Mandarin. New on the scene two singing Chiffchaffs whilst overhead small groups of Starlings heading north with LBB Gulls going west.
Nice to hear from Dave Butterworth today - Usual birds here , bullfinches, goldfinches and too many magpies!

Also seen Comma, Peacock, Small tortoiseshell and Brimstone in the garden, is this about the same as everyone else?

The Hon. Sec seems to have sent Mrs. Brookes out onto the streets again!

Taking advantage of depleted traffic I took a stroll down Northwich Road early evening. The M6 Services rookery was extremely active with an estimate of 25-30 nests; some old & abandoned but about 50% being new-build. On returning I noticed that all the hedges belonging to Tabley Hill Farm have been cut leaving good, level, broad tops that would be ideal for yellow hammer spotting - fingers crossed!                                       Mrs. Brookes

Just up the road from us Jayne Davies is keeping to the local Mobberley lanes and even has a hedgehog in her garden. We've never had one here Jayne and we're only about 100 meters apart.

I’m continuing to take a daily walk round the Mobberley lanes and footpaths. Over the last couple of days I’ve seen lapwings over the fields, and a red-legged partridge out for a walk along the path in front of me. It was good to see that it was taking social distancing very seriously, every time I started to catch up with it, it put on a burst of speed to get a bit further ahead, before eventually wandering off into a field.

In my garden, blue tits appear to be taking up residence in my nest box. Chaffinches, goldfinches, greenfinches, robins, blue tits, jackdaws and an occasional house sparrow are all visiting my feeders, and it was great to see that a hedgehog had put in an appearance in the garden when I checked  my wildlife camera today.

A comprehensive summary from The Blamires - thanks Sheila but what was that smaller Gull?

This afternoon I ‘spotted’ a Pied Wagtail perched on a neighbour’s TV aerial – singing! Then later we did our ‘usual’ walk down Warrington Road (via letter box) to Mere Corner lights, turned left along the ‘old’ A556.

Before the new roundabout there were 2 Egyptian Geese in one field, next field with a pond were 2 Coots, 1 Mallard, then over the roundabout the next pond had 2 Moorhens (1 on nest), 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylags, 3 Mallards. Then another field with 2 Lapwings displaying. All this within a few hundred metres! Up to Tabley Church with the 7 Rook nests (a lot of activity there). Up Swains Way where a farmer was ploughing a field with up to 100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls plus just 1 smaller gull, plus loads of corvids. Quite a sight. Further on there were some trees with Fieldfare and Starling – when they all took off we counted c150 with at least 50 Fieldfare. No Redwings. Then turn left on to Tabley Road, continued past cemetery, up Green Lane.

Turned up Moss Lane – no sign of Chiffchaff though it was late and very cold. The small pond opposite the fishing pond held pair Moorhens, Then about 30 Fieldfare landed in the trees and flew off – had to assume they were part of the larger flock seen early on. Continued Moss Lane, back to Mere to post the final batch of March Bird News – so all CAWOS members should receive their copy very soon if not already!!!  8.2km J

No report from Tatton today from Darren Morris, he's been up to other things!