An early start for the Dawn Chorus walk and thanks to everyone who came. We had 17 early risers on the Cholsey Marsh/River walk and 10 on the Woodland walk.
A little chilly until the sun came up and an atmospheric mist over the marsh and river.
We managed 5 hours on the Marsh walk from 04:30 to 09:30, however not everyone did the 5 hours and people filtered off as and when but 9 of us managed the full reserve walk.
55 species on and around the Marsh, in a cumulative total, not everyone saw everything.
A few worth noting were 2 Common Tern that flew upstream that were unexpected, 2 Kingfisher, 4-6 Reed Warbler and the Cuckoo was early.
List of species on the Marsh walk: Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Blackback Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Cuckoo. Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting & Yellowhammer.
23 species for the Woodland walk - Robin; Dunnock; Wren; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Swallow; Great Tit; Jackdaw; Mallard; Whitethroat; Blackcap; Rook; Collared Dove; Red Kite; Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Moorhen; Pheasant; Yellowhammer; House Sparrow.
Butterflies: (all day) Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.
A few extra species seen thru the day whilst enjoying the sunshine in the garden: Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, House Martin and Mistle Thrush.
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A view of the marsh early on (courtesy Loren)
Gathering (courtesy Loren)
The Cuckoo being mobbed by a Chaffinch (courtesy Loren)
Marsh Marigold ? (courtesy Loren)
The Dexters (courtesy Loren)