Cheadle Hulme Junior School
Big Schools Birdwatch
Wednesday 30th January 2013

Big Schools Birdwatch at Cheadle Hulme Junior School
Despite the sunshine our birdwatch at Cheadle Hulme Junior School
was cold and very windy.

We started by looking at last years Big Schools Birdwatch results for Cheshire.


The weather may have deterred the small birds from visiting the fantastic array of school bird feeders.


But we still managed to spot a good range of larger species like wood pigeon,
carrion crow, jackdaw and magpie.


Along with the 56 black-headed gulls on the field we also saw
a common gull and a lesser black-backed gull.


At one point, a sparrowhawk circling overhead scattered woodpigeons and tiny birds from the feeders
as the potential prey flew to cover.

Children in different groups kept tallies of the birds they spotted at one time
- gathering data to be used in a homework task for that evening!


The favourite spot of the morning was probably the beautiful goldfinch seen on the nyger seed feeder.

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