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07 Mar 2018
RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Blue 250wLast Friday morning, ten intrepid explorers made the arduous early morning journey into school, to take up position at 8am in LS7 to view the birds as part of the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch.  Earlier in the week, the Eco girls had made bird kebabs (no, not kebabs made of birds, but tasty kebabs with treats to entice the birds to come into our garden).  Dr Molyneux brought her telescope and two pairs of binoculars, and Grace also brought her binoculars too.  Without putting the lights on, we gently opened the blinds and waited to see what, if anything, would turn up to the bird feeders.  We had a big poster of the kinds of bird we were likely to see, and we had a large number of books about birds to browse through, while waiting.  Dr Molyneux said, “birdwatching is all about patience, and knowing what to expect, before you see a bird” and we had lots of opportunities to practise our patience before we started to see some birds.

We had to identify birds quickly, and describe exactly where they were, so others could have a look. The first bird we saw was a robin, and then it was a dunnock (or hedge sparrow). We had to record the largest number of any species that landed on the ground, not keep a running total.  This was because it might be the same two birds that kept coming back and we wanted to be accurate.  The birds did not particularly like the food we put on the bird feeders we made, but the grey squirrels did.  We will keep putting out bird seed and fat balls, but maybe not do the bird kebabs again, as we were just feeding the squirrels.

We saw a grey wagtail, which is not grey, but has a yellow chest.  Dr Molyneux entered our results in to the RSPB website and printed them off for the display.

This is what we saw:

1 pied wagtail, 2 robins, 2 wood pigeon, 2 great tits, 1 grey wagtail, 2 house sparrows, 1 jackdaw, 2 magpies, 1 chaffinch, 2 coal tits, 1 dunnock, 1 feral pigeon, 2 blackbirds, 2 carrion crows, and 7 goldfinches.  Sorry, no partridge in a pear tree!

Lower School Eco Group and Birdwatchers

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Book Fair in Lower School Library

Rugby at Murrayfield - Scotland v England

Sledging

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RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Chinese Performance - Lasswade

Model United Nations Conference

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Under 13 Scottish Schools Lacrosse

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