It was the Siskin’s fault.


Raw day, which brought in two Redwings and two fine male Siskins into the garden at Dempsey Towers – enough to encourage me to get out and have a spin on the Withins and Plex, but by the time I was out there the rain/sleet mucky stuff had set in to create a classic dank mossland winter afternoon.
Not much to be seen apart from wet and miserable Kestrels, wet and miserable Peregrines and Buzzards and a large flock of Linnet, made up of about 80 birds, which although a bit distant, were undoubtedly wet and miserable too.



Everything was grounded and drenched, with the exception of a few groups of Pink Feet.
Called into Sands Lake at Ainsdale on the way back, which was still partially frozen and playing host to a very wet and miserable young Grey Heron.


3 thoughts on “It was the Siskin’s fault.

  1. The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Merseyside than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (January 30-31)
    Now in its 37th year, the Big Garden Birdwatch helps to provide valuable information about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter and create a picture of how our garden wildlife is doing.
    With more than half a million people across the UK expected to take part this year, it’s a great event for all ages and it couldn’t be easier to join in the fun. Simply count the birds in your garden or local park for one hour over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and tell the RSPB what you see.
    And for the third time in the event’s history, participants are also being asked to log some of the other wildlife which snuffles and settles in their gardens and local parks, including badgers, hedgehogs and red squirrels.
    To help you prepare for the Big Garden Birdwatch, there are plenty of events taking place in Merseyside this January – from discovering how to attract more wildlife into your garden to gaining tips on how to identify the creatures which live on your doorstep.
    Go along to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands on Saturday 23 January between 11 am-3 pm to make a tasty bird cake which you can take home and hang in the garden to attract our feathered friends. RSPB staff and volunteers will also be on hand near the reserve’s bird feeders to offer advice about what to feed garden birds during the winter months and help you brush up on bird identification skills in time for the Big Garden Birdwatch. The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover costs of bird cake materials. Normal reserve entry charges apply for non-members. For more information call 0151 353 8478 or email
    In the build-up to the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, head to Sefton Park’s Palm House on Sunday 24 January where members of RSPB Liverpool Local Group will be on hand to share plenty of tips and advice on how to make sure your Big Garden Birdwatch is a success. The free drop-in will run from 12 pm-4 pm. For more information, call 07831 352870 or email
    Or head to Port Sunlight River Park, Wirral, on Saturday 23 January between 1 pm-2.30 pm to make bird feeders to help attract visitors to your garden ahead of Big Garden Birdwatch. On Sunday 24 January, between 9.30 am-11 am, you can pick up handy tips on how to prepare for the survey (please bring binoculars)
    During Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, RSPB staff will also be on hand at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, on Saturday 30 January, and Eastham Country Park, Birkenhead, on Sunday 31 January to share hints and tips on making the most of your Big Garden Birdwatch.
    Visit for more information.
    To register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 and request a pack, please visit


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