Friday, 31 October 2014

Greenacres revisited and an invitation

Nipped into Greenacres this morning 
Emma woods Burial grounds

What a lovely serene place this is, and being enhanced all the time; today the grounds staff were busy planting out an orchard – to the left of the main drive in front of Emma’s Cottage, good news for the local wildlife.  I’m also told they have 2 new owl boxes to put out, pending RSPB advice and assistance on best places to situate.

On arrival I stocked up their bird table and went for a stroll. The first thing you notice as you head out is not necessarily what you see but what you hear, Grace wood was alive with the calls of long tailed tits, 

Long tailed tit in spring - Laura
intermingled were also the voices of nuthatch, robin and blue tit. On closer inspection you could see these pretty lollipops flitting around the trees and hedges.

No sign of the squabbling kestrels I’d seen in September, in fact no raptors in the hour I was there, just plenty of jackdaws, crows and wood pigeons flying over. Never mind at treat was in store, ‘Redwings’, I must have seen well over 100 fly over Grace to Emma woods in several flocks, some stopped to feast on the shrub laden berries on the woodland boundary, before moving on across the fields towards the East Lancs Rd. What Splendid birds these Scandinavian thrushes are, with their distinctive rusty red markings under their wings - often heard before seen, especially of an evening during migration.
Redwing in winter - Laura
In the grounds of Emma woods, there was plenty of other bird activity, blackbirds and robins, coal, long tailed, blue, great and coal tits flitting through the trees & hedgerows. Nuthatches were in good voice and clearly visible wandering up the tree trunks. A wren was searching through a log pile close by. The best was to come though a call alerted me to a gt spotted woodpecker hopping around the branches above, then a familiar waggy flight drew my attention to the small pond in this area of the wood, here a grey wagtail was skimming over the surface, great birds to watch a while.  
Tree sparrow  Andy Hay -RSPB

Leaving the woods and heading down the path towards Emma’s cottage, the well established mixed hawthorn, elder hedge was attracting more blackbirds, robins, tits, redwing and I’m glad to report - the tree sparrows.

Additionally Chaffinch, pied wagtail and collared dove around the cottage grounds.
Back to the office to pick up some info on the forthcoming Christmas craft fair, a pleasant little excursion to a special place. 

Come along and support  the local Willowbrook hospice, pick up a chrissie pressie!  all whilst doing a spot of  secret bird watching!

Willowbrook Craft Fair Sunday 02/11/14
Blindfoot Road, Rainford, St Helens
WA11 7HX

Doors open 10:00am – 2:30pm

Lots of stalls:

Anime, Hand made jewellery.
Dawn Jackson glassware.
Novelty Nicknacks - stocking fillers?
Angel creations,  bookmarks and cards
Vintage & artist creative photography cards
Willowbrook Hospice Merchandise and Tombola (
Hazles gifts & Non stoppers supporter group  (100% profit to Willowbrook)
Andrea brown Crafts
Bab-b bunting and vintage crafts
Sweet treats
Cake delights by Karen – beautifully baked cakes
Bill Chester Wood turning
Namaste healing, incense and candles
Charlwood crafts
Ann’s woolly crafts, knitted goodies
St Helens soroptomist club, knitted poppies

Staff from the Tartan Tea rooms, Rainford will be selling soup, sandwiches and refreshments throughout the day.


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