Official British Bird Spotter for Knowsley Safari, Daniel Canning has been at it again using his expertise and love of wildlife to help us monitor the native British birds visiting the park during March, 2016. 12-year-old Daniel has been working with us here at the park for over 6 months, spotting and snapping shots of the amazing species that visit our various habitats.
Have you been taking part in Backyard Safari? If so, perhaps you’ll spot some of the many birds Daniel has, right in your own garden!
I have had a good birdwatching year so far, but I still have a few things I am really hoping to see this year. For example, I really want to see a Tawny Owl. I have seen all the other British breeding owls apart from the Tawny, which is the commonest too! Also I want to see birds like Garden Warbler, Red Grouse, Nightjar, Sanderling, Scaup (a type of duck), Arctic and Long-Tailed Skuas (seabirds), Little Tern and lots more. I have also noticed that Spring is (nearly) here! I have seen Avocet back at their breeding grounds, heard a Chiffchaff singing and have seen on the internet that Sand Martins, Willow Warblers and Swallows have all been seen. Not long ‘till the Swifts arrive…
So here are the sightings for the beginning of March:
Wild Trail: 6 Blue Tits, 3 Great Tits, 6 Long-Tailed Tits, 4 Coal Tits, 3-4 Goldcrests, 10 Lapwing in nearby field, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Wrens, 4 Robins, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Chaffinch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Mizzy Lake: 3 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, 10 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard (flying over), 1 Grey Heron, 10 Black-Headed Gulls and 3 Mute Swans.
1st Part of the Safari Drive: 40 Canada Geese, 3 Buzzards, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Oystercatchers, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 30 Lapwing and 1 Robin.
2nd Part of the Safari Drive (by the lions): 1 Nuthatch, 3 Song Thrushes, 1 Wren, 1 Common Buzzard and 5 Redwing(!)
3rd Part: 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Common Gulls, 4 Lapwing, 3 Pheasant and 7 Mallard.