Today we went to Jodrell Bank near Manchester. It’s a discovery centre, but one of my friends said there is a lot of birdlife there, including green woodpeckers. Around the area of the massive telescope, we were amazed to see a pair of peregrines diving around and we thought they were after the jackdaws that were flapping around. There were some feeders out and we saw a nuthatch on them. We walked to the bird hide and saw a green woodpecker! It is only the second sighting I’ve had in my life. They have a strange laughing call and love to eat ants. We saw it a few more times flying around, enough to confirm its identification but not close enough to film it. Just then, I thought I heard the a siskin and when we looked into a tree, we saw a pair of males sitting there. There call is a lot less melodic than that of other finches. We went into the hide. There were tits on the feeders and a pair of long-tailed tits came in as well. To our surprise, there was a redpoll (which after looking up ID proved to be a lesser) hopping around feeding. I got a couple of good films of it. The lesser redpoll is apparently the only redpoll to breed in the UK, whereas common and Arctic redpolls are winter visitors.