On Saturday Paul and I went up to Knutsford for a few days of birding/wildlifeing with Hazel and Mike. Over the few days we went to lots of different places and I took LOTS of photos. Sadly I didn't have room in the bag for a landscape lens so I can't show you any scenics, just the wildlife. Probably the best way to handle this is to do a day-by-day breakdown. So day 1, which was very breezy and sunny - we arrived at Macclesfield at about 9.45 (yes, it was a very early start from Sevenoaks) where H and M picked us up and whisked us straight off to the wonderful Woolston Eyes.
This is a rather special reserve. The land's owned by the Manchester Ship Canal Company, and the reserve is managed by a very committed and organised group of volunteers. The habitats include woodland, meadowland and a nice stretch of reedy wetland with shallow bits for the waders. It's permit-only but we went as H&M's guests. The early arrival was with a view to catch the ringers who are here each Saturday morning before they pack up, which we did, but they had nothing to show us - too windy for much little-bird movement. So we wandered round and visited the hides instead.
We went back to H&M's frankly amazing house after that, and spent some time in their amazing garden, photographing the many birds that come to sample the array of bird foods that H&M generously provide. I'll put the garden pics in the next post, as that is otherwise a bit thin on photos. In the late afternoon, we walked to nearby Tatton Park and made a leisurely circuit of the main lake there.