Sunday, 30 December 2012

Daffodils before the years end.....always a good sign!

I was surprised to see the first signs of spring today as a number of Daffodils have began to flower in Sefton Park near to the bottom of Greenbank Lane, wishful thinking I presume!
A pair of Ring Necked Parakeets where squawking away today in the Beech trees at the Greenbank Lane entrance to Greenbank Park, also in the park 2 Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and the GreylagxCanada Goose hybrid.
In Sefton Park dell area another Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 20+ Long Tailed Tits, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets, Treecreeper, 4 Jays, and 3 Stock Dove. Walking towards Aigburth Vale I found Redwings, a Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Whilst walking through the Albert Dock this morning I was surprised to see a pair of Raven around the area, at one time a bird was perched on a Liver Bird (a first for me!), they frequented the area for over ten minutes; moving around the building tops on Liverpool One, Mann Island, and the Dock Road. This may well be a pair in courtship as they are one of our earliest breeders, with birds high up in the Cumbrian fells breeding in February, a breeding pair in the near future may well be on the cards.


Anonymous said...

Always Good to read about your sightings Danny,all the best for 2013. What ever happened to the Ravens that used to nest on the Anglican,and when where they last there.

Andy B said...

I had a wander around Calderstones Park on the morning of Sunday 30th.I didn't see anything unusual but always nice to blow off the cobwebs.
I always find the birdlife on the lake quite disappointing.The only things of note were three male Tufted Duck.
Plenty of Long-tailed Tits around the park. Also the usual Nuthatches and two Treecreepers working their way up the same tree.
Plenty of Chaffinches,Greenfinches and Goldfinches around.
Quite a few noisy Mistle Thrushes and a number of Redwings.

By the way, I was at Childwall Woods and fields just before Christmas. I came across a pair of Bullfinches skulking around some bushes that were on the perimeter of the top field. Their pew call gave them away. Always good to hear and see.

Neil M said...

Tony, i spent a couple of hours around the Anglican looking for the ravens in spring last year but didn't see any sign of them (though there was plenty of other small birdlife in the gardens at the back), but like Danny i've seen them down near the Town Hall/Docks area a few times over the last year. Sparrowhawks seem quite active around Aigburth at the moment, I've seen them and buzzards around Sefton Park and over aigburth road several times lately.