RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Pikelow Farm
Sunday 29th January 2012

Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers gathered at Pikelow Farm in Marton
for our annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

To start our 2012 Big Garden Birdwatch event our Junior Leaders gave a super introduction
highlighting the TOP 10 garden birds seen in Cheshire last year,
and some of the birds we might see on our walk around Pikelow Farm.
Leaders were astounded by the excellent birding knowledge shown by some of the younger explorers
- they correctly identified birds like Brambling and Tree sparrow from their pictures.


On our walk, despite bitter cold conditions, we used binoculars and telescopes to identify
a range of small birds at the various feeding stations dotted around the farm.


We also counted the large numbers of birds on and around the trout pools.

Pikelow Farm - Big Garden Birdwatch Results

Blackbird3Long-tailed tit1
Blue tit5Magpie1
Coal tit3Moorhen7
Collared dove1Mute swan2
Great spotted woodpecker1Siskin1
Great tit3Tree sparrow10
House sparrow7

Towards the end of our walk, we lifted one of the corrugated iron sheets that David Taylor places around
for small mammals to shelter under, and we all got good views of a tiny shrew scurrying for shelter.

After the walk, there were lots of sheets featuring different birds to colour.


As we are promoting The RSPB campaign, Save Birds of Prey we made a huge collage of a Red Kite.
By using birdseed we were able to replicate the stunning plumage of this amazing bird.

By this time we were ready for some refreshments.
Hot cross buns, cakes, biscuits and warm drinks helped keep the cold at bay.

Thanks to David and Ann Taylor for the use of Pikelow Farm
for our 2012 Big Garden Birdwatch event.