Perhaps it was fleeing from a dog who was not on a lead.
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Well spotted and it's always nice to find some new or odd behaviour.
They do look a bit out of place but Moorhens do go up trees of their own accord sometimes although personally I've only seen them do it when they can climb the tree as opposed to fly up it. There is often one or even two up a tree at my local reserve. Don't ask me why they do it though. Perhaps they just enjoy a change of view occasionally!
In reply to Nigel O:
Well spotted Caroline, not the most obvious place to find a Moorhen ! I'm only 15 mins walk from Tatton Park so I'll keep an eye out for tree climbing Moorhens next time I go lol
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In reply to HAZY:
We have a number of Moorhen on the River Skell that seem to spend a lot of time in riverside Willow trees as well as hanging on feeders in nearby gardens.
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