Rain it poured down during pre-walk time,
But on stroke of ten, the weather turned fine.
Thus Team Tuesday happily met in the dry,
Ready to view whatever flew by.
Loop of the Mersey soon came into view,
Upon its waters we saw birds that we knew.
Thus ‘Tufties’ and Goldeneye were airily noted,
Then upon basin water Pochard floated.
The climb up to path, which skirts bed number two,
Had a chorus of song, from the usual crew.
Thus Robin, Wing fluttering, Dunnock plus Wren,
Once more ensured our list would easy make ten.
The pathway I admit was a mud-strewn disgrace,
But we paused to note a Dabchick water displace.
Then air filled with notes, as a Song Thrush did sing,
Whilst flitting right past were some flighty Redwing.
Access to bed three, the bridge did provide.
Steady steps then soon led to South Hide
Views over reedbeds, where Teal took flight
And gave such pleasure in gaining this sight.
Then rapid move past carpets of Snowdrops divine,
As onward to Hide Morgan we took a bee-line.
Steps climbed, more views of wildfowl were taken
And happily Shelduck and Shoveler weren’t mistaken.
We then checked the feeding stations on each side,
These brimming with seed the reserve does provide.
Moorhen and Magpie took seed off the ground,
Then up went the cheers as Brambling was found.
Our viewing was backed with a symphonic sound,
For the air filled with BHG’s on their breeding ground,
More Schoenberg than Shubert, I really must say,
Informing their audience that spring’s on its way.
A decision was made to roam about three,
Thus all gathered together and soon followed me.
Winter seed-crop added Redpoll to list of day,
After which, ‘off piste’, we happily wandered away.
Once views of bed four were taken by all.
We returned to path with homebound footfall,
A Willow Tit sang its song ‘sue-sue-sue’
With this Woolston farewell bid to the TT crew.
Bird List (MH)
1. Mute swan
2. Canada goose
9. Tufted duck
11. Great crested grebe
12. Little grebe
14. Common buzzard
17. Common snipe
18. Black-headed gull
19. Lesser black-backed gull
21. Great spotted woodpecker
25. Song thrush
27. Long-tailed tit
28. Blue tit
29. Great tit
32. Carrion crow
33. House sparrow
39. Reed bunting