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Spring is here!

Posted by: Jenny Middleton
Posted on: 17 May 2017
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Birds, Native Species

We're always delighted to see young, enthusiastic nature lovers here at the park! One of our regular visitors is Daniel Canning. He might be young, but he's an expert in birds! He's shared his springtime experience below to help others get involved too! Here's what he has to say...

 

Spring is here! With the Buzzards displaying, Robins and Goldcrests singing, and the Grebes and Gulls acquiring their summer plumage, it’s a great time to get to Knowsley Safari to see the birds! When I visited, the sun was shining down on the Wild Trail, and the Robins were singing away in the Fairground and on the trail. I spotted several different species of gull, like Black-Headed Gulls (some of which were starting to get their chocolate brown hoods- not black funnily enough!), Common Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, and 2 species of Grebe which were the Great Crested Grebe (also acquiring its summer plumage) and the Little Grebe.

Spring is a great time to see birds, with summer visitors starting to arrive around the end of March, you could see some migrant birds that have overshot their destinations as they have returned from warmer climes like Africa. You could, if you are lucky, see birds like Hoopoes, Bee-Eaters and Osprey flying over, or even landing somewhere near you! I saw an Osprey fly over my house last spring, and also saw a Little Gull fly over. There are also the usual spring migrants like House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows, Wheatears and Chiffchaffs to look out for next month.

 

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Sightings:
Mizzy Lake:
20 Black Headed Gulls
3 Little Grebes
1 Great Crested Grebe
10 Tufted Ducks
1 Cormorant
4 Coots
1 Moorhen
2 Common Gull
2 Canada Geese
1 Herring Gull


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Wild Trail:
2 Goldcrests
3 Robins
2 Chaffinches
2 Mallard
3 Blue Tits
2 Long-Tailed Tits
1 Nuthatch
3 Wrens
1 Treecreeper
Lots and lots of Jackdaws (as per usual!)


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Safari Drive:
(not much about when I visited)
4 Buzzards
4 Shelduck
2 Mallard
4 Greylag Geese
2 Pied Wagtail


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