To:KOS update Usher Tony <>
Sent:31/03/2020 20:31
Subject:Knutsford Nature News #6
Please send any sightings or observations to me via email or text.

emails -  or

texts also ok to 07710 508 544.
Tuesday 31st March 2020.
Bob Groom's confined to barracks at the moment but promises us some warmer weather by the weekend.
Chilly again - Min 4C Max 9C - and for next few days but a sudden leap to 17C is promised for Sunday. Can't wait!
Len Mason doesn't have the internet but rang me this morning from Mobberley SQ where he was really chuffed to be hearing and watching his first Chiffchaff of the year. Also there 2 pairs of Linnets and a pair of Long-tailed Tits. I went down later in the day, Len's Chiffchaff and the Linnets were still there and from across the fields the croaking of a Raven.
Maria Freel is lucky enough to live within the Grounds at Tatton and is able to get out and about in the evening when the staff have returned home.
Hi Tony,
In absence of Darren, I thought I’d send you some sightings.  A very active green woodpecker can be heard calling. Sightings of grey heron, moorhen, coot, Canada geese, great crested grebes, mallards on Melchett mere.
A cormorant was spotted flying overhead. Also witnessed a large group of about 40 fieldfare near that area at 7pm.
In the gardens the usual blue tits, great tits, coal tits, nuthatch, dunnock, blackbird, wood pigeon, pheasant, jays, magpies, jackdaw, carrion crows and buzzards. Goldcrest are also in the evergreens daily. There are also mallard and tufted ducks, mute swans and a little grebe on the Japanese garden pond.
Thanks Maria, just the job.
Maria has set up a facebook group called "from the bird feeder" Darren is a bouncer Moderator! click here
Jude Halman is racking up the miles on her new knee, 5 miles but all in a day's work for a member of the K&VR Ramblers!
Corner Cottage, Moss Lane,   Tabley

Doing our usual 5 miles this morning, similar walk to Geoff and Sheila
but saw Bob's Tree Creeper where we met him the other day, nothing
else just the usual, but more bird song than other day's.

We do this walk as not many stiles and gates also fewer people, weekends busy with
bikes and children, otherwise surviving well.

Take care and keep safe.
Cheers Jude, a pity we can't be doing the Rostherne CBC this Spring.
The Blamires, Geoff and Sheila have started a lockdown list, perhaps we should all do that - first to 100!

This afternoon we did the same walk as yesterday. Nothing much to report eg 2 Egyptian Geese were still around (though different field), Lapwings displaying (2 places), no Fieldfares seen today, but 2 Chiffchaffs heard in the ‘usual’ places.

I thought I would count the number of species seen yesterday and today during the walk = 38. When I added extra species seen in our garden over 2 days was 6, so 2-day total = 44. Then I thought I might as well count up how many species seen since lockdown, ie just walking from home, grand total = 51 species. Not too bad!!

Derek's not ventured too far yet - you can't rush these things, we've got plenty of time!

Nothing much for you today,  Dunnocks copulating on bird spa and I think they are nesting behind spa  Blue tits looking at two nest boxes 3 Robins in garden, 2 squaring up to each other one posing tail up looking  very aggressive. All the usual stuff - Chaffinches, Blackbirds male and female Collared Doves, Woodpigeons, Carrion Crows, Magpies, House Sparrows, Nuthatch, Goldfinches and Long tailed Tit, Coal tit. Better than I thought when started typing. All in garden.

Not been off the ranch at all today  to busy changing  furniture round and cleaning  in the lounge, or is reception room 1 or parlour or TV room take your pick and then putting grow bags in greenhouse.

Thanks folks let's try and keep this going!