Trip reports

Dawn Chorus at Northward Hill (Leader Adrian Olsen)

Dawn Chorus at Northward Hill (Leader Adrian Olsen)
Tawny Owl [Mike Langman]

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

On a cold cloudy morning at 5.00 am all three of us set off for a woodland walk to hear what bird song sounds like at this time of the morning. Surprisingly, tawny owl was still up and 'hooting' as the day-light was breaking through whilst cuckoos was calling in the distance at the same time. As we wandered past the cherry orchard and up into the woodland, with a song thrush singing away and the distant nightingales just warming up into full crescendo, the cloudy cold start to the day didn't seem to matter anymore.

The bluebells fill the woodland floor with their fragrant scent as blackcap fill the bushy scrub with their 'jazzy' song. Chiffchaff, dunnock and noisy wrens, great tit, jay and eight singing nightingales were full of song. Not forgetting whitethroat on one side of us and lesser whitethroat on the other side making the morning stroll a delight to behold. 36 species were seen or heard that morning.

Adrian Olsen