We took part as a family last weekend on Sunday 29th January and spotted 22 species which was amazing and we all thoroughly enjoyed taking part, my son was delighted to be chosen to do the Birdwatch at school and commented that “It was the best lesson of the week and could he do it every week!” Don’t worry if you missed taking part as this is something that you could do for fun anytime throughout the year.
There were a couple of unusual birds that my son wanted to add to his Schools Birdwatch results, these being a Trumpeter Swan and a Black Swan they can both be found on the River Ribble at Ribchester next to my sons school but although he could see them from the window they could not be included as they were not actually in the schools grounds. The Swans are part of a growing collection of birds that are usually about and include a large number of Mallards and now a ‘friendly’ Canada Goose, all the birds are fed every morning by a devoted local lady usually about 9am, so when they hear the children arrive for school they all start to gather on the river bank in anticipation.
The Trumpeter Swan is native to North America and the Black Swan to Australia so we are not sure how they got here but we are privileged that they have and hope that they will stay.
So please keep feeding the birds, you never know what you might encourage into your garden.