Cuerden Valley Park 09-04-09

Well after our second attempt at leaving home, (having turned back at the first outing after spotting several black rain clouds and heading back to change) we set off with our 2 Border Collies in tow (or was that us).
Heading up the A49 out of Bamber Bridge, past the Stags Lodge car park we saw the usual Blue and Great Tits, Magpie, Carrion Crow and Blackbird.
Heading into the main part of the park via the A49 car park we headed over the M6 bridge and turned right passing through the grounds of the Sue Ryder Home. Plenty of birds around hear most of them being very vocal but as we had dumped our binoculars because of pending rain and being urged on by two very energetic dogs we found identifying half of them a slight problem. Woodpigeon, Blue and Great Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Wren, Carrion Crow, Jay, Greater Spotted Woodpecker were sighted around the grounds.
Down towards the main path through Cuerden and up into the woods usually brings plenty of sightings but it was very quiet here tonight apart from a passing flight of around a dozen Swallow there was only chaffinch, the odd carrion crow and the usual Tits on view. There is usually a flock of about 150 Jackdaw roosting at this time (had seen them earlier in the week) though nothing around tonight.
While resting for ten minutes by the main Lake we saw the usual Mallard and Canada Geese along with a pair of Great Crested Greebe, 2 Coot, 3 more Swallows and the illusive Grey Wagtail (called so as every time I point my camera it takes flight).
Heading home we saw more Canada Geese and Mallard on the pond on the grazing field in front of the Sue Ryder Home.

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