Trip reports

St Ives Estate, Bingley

St Ives Estate, Bingley
It's a goldcrest! (Paul Barrett)

Sunday, 5 May 2019

What does a person do at 7am on a chilly Bank Holiday Sunday? Well, twenty seven hardy souls joined local birding expert, Mark Doveston, on a Dawn Chorus Walk around the St Ives Estate in Bingley.
Mark's expertise in identifying the wide variety of birdsong that was heard this morning was invaluable. Being able to identify a bird BEFORE seeing it meant that we were able to sight birds that we would otherwise have missed, such as a redstart. Throughout the walk, he gave us insights into how to identify the different bird songs.
However, as the spring progresses, birds become increasingly more difficult to see because most trees, hedgerows and bushes are now covered in thick foliage. As a consequence, about a third of the birds that were identified were not sighted.
A tawny owl put in an appearance before the walk had even started and we were treated to a prolonged view of a little owl towards the end of the walk. We had hoped to hear the distinctive spinning-coin call of the wood warbler, but they have yet to arrive on their migration. Many people's first cuckoo of spring was heard in the distance.
Birds seen and heard: blackbird, song thrush, wood pigeon, tufted duck, goosander, swan, mallard, swallow, coot, moorhen, Canada goose, carrion crow, blackcap, bullfinch, redpoll, magpie, lapwing, goldfinch, goldcrest, chaffinch, mistle thrush, little owl, redstart, jackdaw, long-tailed tit, wren, coal tit, nuthatch, greenfinch, willow warbler, dunnock, chiffchaff, cuckoo, pheasant, great tit, curlew, garden warbler, stock dove, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl.
Mark will be undertaking further walks around St Ives this year. Check the link below: