Kettleshulme St James School
Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Big Schools Birdwatch at Kettleshulme School
Leaders, Teachers and Children braved cold, snowy conditions for the
Big Schools Birdwatch at Kettleshulme St. James!

We talked about why it is important to know how the numbers of birds in our school grounds are changing and found out that the Top Birds from the 2012 Big Schools' Birdwatch were blackbird, starling and woodpigeon.

We used binoculars and a telescope to look for birds. We spotted a fantastic array of species including colourful chaffinches and redpoll, a bullfinch and the winter visitors redwing and fieldfare.



The group were transfixed when a flock of goldfinches took off and flew above our heads.



The children had lots of fun listening to collared doves calling 'United, United' like football fans!




We were also treated to a dunnock singing beautifully at the top of a tree.



Thank you Kettleshulme for a lovely morning birdwatching!

Volunteer RSPB Wildlife Explorer Leaders were on hand to explain how to use binoculars
and 'spotting telescopes' safely, and to help with bird identification.