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Birdsong breakfast

Sunday, May 3rd 2009

It was a cold and frosty start at 4.30am for the people attending the birdsong breakfast. However, it was well worth the effort as many species of birds were heard during the dawn chorus, Paul noting a total of 37.

Birdsong breakfast group

On arriving at the Field Centre we were greeted by the calls of Tawny Owl, Woodcock, Snipe, Curlew and Lapwing.

Tony, Tom and John each lead a group around the reserve to listen to the chorus which was slightly quieter than expected. This could be due to the cold weather or maybe a decrease in the number of birds. Time will no doubt tell as we embark on another CES season (Constant Effort Site for bird ringing).

Birdsong identified in the middle of the reserve included Willow Warbler, Wren, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Black Cap and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Up on the wet meadow Greylag Geese, Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe were all spotted as the morning mist rose from the pools. A Cuckoo was also heard from the hide.

Before enjoying a freshly cooked breakfast, many people took advantage of the opportunity to visit the local Black Grouse lek. The highlight was a close encounter with a Cuckoo as it flew over our heads whilst calling. The Black Grouse were magnificent and were lekking with a pair of geese in their midst; it was a real treat to watch. Thanks to Tony, John and Tom for sharing their knowledge, to Mathew and Sophie for getting there half an hour early to control the parking, to Pat for providing afternoon cover and to everybody for making the time and effort to support us yet again. Sylvia Broadwith was on top form!


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