We spent Monday morning in the NNHS squares hoping to add to our year list. We started at a Local well known site for Peregrine Falcon and we didn't have to wait too long before a pair put in an appearance. The weather was poor and heavy snow was falling so we didn't hang about but decided to take shelter at a site we have seen Marsh Tit and Green Woodpecker before. The snow continued to fall and we gave it half an hour but had no joy with either species - a good excuse to come back !
Next we headed to the Cholmondeley area in the hope of Brambling. There is a spot where a local gamekeeper has large seed hoppers in the field and is always my go to place for finches. As soon as we arrived we could see the surrounding hedgerows were not going to let us down and we quickly added Tree Sparrow (20) Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting to the year list but no Brambling. This is unusual as in previous years we have always seen them there, but with another site a short drive away we weren't worried. We never fail to see them at Moss Wood on the Cholmondeley Estate but again, after 2 hours trapsing around the Mosses not a Brambling to be seen. We did record 4 Crossbill (two pair) and a flock of Siskin which had 9 Redpoll in with them, so not a total loss. In total we added 10 species to our year list which now stands at 71.
Thanks to NNHS member Peter Atherton for the first Two Photos