Friday, 29 April 2011

Todays big event!

As the sun rose this morning 14 people met in the National Trust car park at Presthope to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the dawn chorus. Led by Martin George from CJ's Wildbird food we wandered through the woods, stopping occasionally as he pointed out to us which birds we could hear. Blackcaps, Blackbirds and a Pied Flycatcher were amongst the species that we encountered early on, all staking a claim to their particular territories.
We then headed out along the top of Lea Quarry, this offered a different habitat and with it different species. Willow Warbler, Linnet and Whitethroat were all encountered before we headed back into the woods to visit the bird hide. The feeders at the hide are much quieter now than they were just a few weeks ago as birds are busy nesting and there is more natural food about. We heard Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest as we headed back towards the car park, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative few hours and i hope to be able to repeat the event next year.
Full list of species seen/heard
Blackcap,
Blackbird,
Song Thrush,
Pied Flycatcher,
Wren,
Martin talks to the group.
Robin,
Goldcrest,
Linnet,
Raven,
Jackdaw,
Mallard,
Great Tit,
Blue Tit,
Nuthatch,
Whitethroat,
Jay,
Magpie,
Dunnock,
Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler,
Carrion Crow,
Pheasant,
Wood Pigeon,

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