Sunday, 18 January 2009

Rare bird reported

An entry in the bird sightings log at Sandbach Flashes (which also logs other local sightings away from the famous Flashes) indicates that a rare Marsh Tit has been visiting a garden bird feeder since December in the Bechton Close/Old Mill Road area (near Post No 10 of the Environment Trail), with the last recorded date being 9th January. Marsh Tits are rare in this area and are easily confused with the similar (also rare) Willow Tit and possibly the common Coal Tit. However, the bird was reported by an observer who regularly watches Willow Tits at another local site, so the identification must be presumed correct. It probably visits the gardens across the bypass from Offley Wood, and could well be seen again - watch out! - George