Sunday, 5 May 2019

Dawn Chorus

A bitterly cold morning with a heavy frost and clear skies, 0°. Eventually clouding up and reaching 8°.

Around 30 people made up the group this morning for the Dawn Chorus and included Tony Rayners group that joined us on the marsh.

A somewhat subdued marsh this morning with mainly Sedge Warbler in song and a single Grasshopper Warbler reeling away.

Later good numbers of Reed Warbler singing with approx. 8, and several Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler making up the numbers.

A rather showy Song Thrush singing for some time enabling a few to take photos.

A fly through Kingfisher, a single Swallow, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, a Tawny Owl and Grey Heron were all seen/heard but the Cuckoo was conspicuous in its absence!

By around 07:30 most had decided to call it a day so Alan and myself decided to do another circuit added a few more to the morning’s list with Great-crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw and Swift taking the total up to 47.

Song Thrush (courtesy Alan Dawson)
Photos courtesy Ed Munday

"4 Arches" railway bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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