13 people met for this joint MNA / RSPB walk, starting from Liverpool Central or Overpool Merseyrail stations. Only one Liverpool RSPB member, but several of the MNA regulars have dual membership. Two or three others were MNA members on their first outing with us. It was a warm, mostly sunny day.
Birds – as well as the expected woodland species we noted Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (heard by all but seen briefly by only one of us), both a male and a female Bullfinch at different times, Grey Wagtail on the stream, many Chiffchaffs calling. The most surprising was a flock of 17 Waxwings which we saw in flight. They had been reported at the Ranger Station by another walker earlier in the day. (We left some MNA leaflets there.) The leader’s total for the day was 29 species of birds.
Butterflies – Small White, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, several pairs of Orange Tip and one pair of Speckled Wood. 7 species.
Only one mammal species, a grey squirrel in the trees.
Plants included Wood Anemones, Lesser Celandine, native Blubells just coming into flower, the very poisonous Hemlock Waterwort and the uncommon Town Hall Clock Adoxa moschatellina.