With Reece’s team playing away the last few weekends and work being busy there’s been no time for any birding, though every Saturday morning I take a walk up to Cuerden Valley Park with the dogs for an hour or two. I also trek up there most evenings but with the nights having drawn in all I see is the odd restless corvid at the large roosting spot and the sound of the resident Tawny Owl.
Today was quite dry but having the dogs with me its not always easy to follow up on some of the woodland calls but there was plenty to be seen none the less.
Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie and Jay made up the corvids and it was unusual not to see Rook feeding in the fields amongst the sheep. Tit flocks included Long-Tailed, Great and Blue, nothing out of the ordinary as hard as I looked (I have seen Goldcrest here but not this year so far). Chaffinch were in numbers as well as a single flock of Goldfinch. Robin and Wren scattered across the park the latter heard rather than seen. The Lake didn’t pop up any surprises with 2 Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and a single Canada Goose. Also near the lake feeding amongst the pine trees were a flock of 30+ Siskin, close by in the woods were 2 Nuthatch and 2 of the 3 Greater Spotted Woodpecker that I saw on the walk around.
A home match tomorrow so fingers crossed we’ll be out tomorrow afternoon even if it’s only to find the Willow Tit reported in Preston over the last week or so