Saturday, 20 February 2010

Wagtails and Buzzards

Andrew B tells me that this morning a Pied Wagtail in fine plumage was very confidently making its way amongst the shoppers in Sandbach town centre; these birds are beautifully bright and tame - unlike the dozy pigeons on the roof of Debra! Elsewhere, a walk along the Environment Trail revealed no special sightings apart from (on the thin coating of snow) a large number of rabbit tracks which were mostly quite small, suggesting that a lot of little rabbits had been around during the night! A little way off the Trail, however, it was a different matter. A visit to Filter Bed Wood, an area to which our A ROCHA group has permission to pays study visits, found the wood quite difficult to negotiate due to recent tree falls. The stream was high, with the buds of the first Golden Saxifrage just begining to appear along the water's edge. The snow in the wood was little touched apart from the clear prints of a wandering Fox that had walked nearly the wood's whole length (Fox prints are similar to dog, but no dogs visit here). The wood's relatively impenetrable nature is great for shy birds which fly from there to visit nearby gardens. A beautiful cock and hen Bullfinch looked great in the morning sun, as did a Nuthatch and various Tits. The shy Jays could be heard but not seen, and at the corner of the wood, the Jackdaw colony was in noisy and protesting residence around the trees in which they doubtless nest. But the most piercing sound came from a magnificent Buzzard which was reluctant to fly and circled when it did, mewing loudly around what will very likely be its nesting site later in the season. For obvious reasons I will not say exactly where I think this could be - George