The majesty of the dawn chorus

22 Apr

Having checked the weather forecast a couple of days ago, I booked to join an RSPB Dawn Chorus walk at Westonbirt Arboretum meeting at 4am.

What a wonderful experience especially being lead by someone (Matt Brierley of the RSPB) who can add so much insight and knowledge to whats going on just before dawn and as the various birds start to join in the chorus.

As dawn approaches different birds join in – usually it’s the Robin‘s which start but on this day it was the crow family – Rooks and Jackdaws. Soon after the Robins started followed by the Blackbirds and Thrushes. The occasional vocal Pheasant  has hanging around as were Muntjac Deer sounding just like a dog barking. Tawny Owls could be heard in the distance.

More birds then start to join in such as the Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.

It was fantastic to be out at that time of the morning. It’s not something which is particularly easy (getting up at 3.15am) but absolutely well worth it.

So it got me thinking – how about a dawn chorus walk in Sherston – either the 13th May or the 20th May. Meet at 4am opposite Tubbs Elastics. It will be dark and cold so come dressed for it and no dogs please. Let me know either via a comment on the blog or via email – geoff_carss@hotmail.com. It will be dependent on reasonable weather!!

And thank you Matt for getting up so early and providing us all that insight when all sensible people were tucked up!

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5 Responses to “The majesty of the dawn chorus”

  1. Dave Chadwick April 27, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Lots of warblers singing this morning at the Cliff – all the usuals Blackcap, Willow Warlbler, Chiffchaff but also a Sedge Warbler. Heard my first Whitethroat yesterday and saw a couple of Meadow Pipits in the fields.

  2. sherstonwildlife April 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Hi Dave, Excellent – now that Whitethroats are here

  3. Nick Holland May 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Just emailed whitethroat pic to you!

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