A couple of days ago I did a second bird survey of the winter at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Blakenhall Moss reserve. I have to do one survey for November/December and another for January/February but if I have the time, I plan to do one per month (and the same for the Trust’s Bagmere reserve).
I recorded 28 species on this visit, which brings the total for the winter surveys so far to 35. The Marsh Tits were present, unlike the first survey, and a flock of around 30 teal was still at the site. Following the removal of the majority of the trees from the site and the raising of the water levels, to return it to its former moss state, the recorded bird species has changed with wetland birds now adding to the woodland species still present on the site.
The cold, bright and frosty morning made for a very atmospheric walk through the remaining areas of woodland around the outside of the site. The flooded woodland looks almost like a mangrove swamp.