It seems a long time since I was out in the sunshine, so this morning when I woke to a blue sky, I went to Bagmere to do the final Winter Bird Survey for site this season. After all the miserable weather and the dark mornings and evenings, a bit of sun can really lift the spirits.
Whilst the sun was shining, the wind was close to being too strong to allow me to do the survey. However, when I got down into the shallow bowl in which Bagmere sits, it was sheltered from the worst of the wind and I could more than easily hear all the birds in the surrounding area.
There wasn’t a great deal of bird activity and I didn’t get a particularly great list of species. Unfortunately, willow tits were again missing from my records; after seeing them at Bagmere last time out there, I hoped I’d get them again. Some nest boxes were put up for them last year and hopefully these will encourage them to breed. The breeding bird surveys at Bagmere and Blakenhall Moss (both Cheshire Wildlife Trust reserves) start again next month, so I’ll soon see!
Not long after returning home, the clouds came across and it started to pour with rain and hail – usual service had resumed!