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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Dawn Chorus Walk - Sunday 7th April 2019 - 06:00 to 08:00 It was dark and quiet when we left the house. But by the time we met up with Tom Forward at Ridley's Court the dawn and the bird chorus was really starting. Tom was soon in full flow too. Pointing out the songs; imitating the birds and showing us what they looked like on his tablet. Soon we were up to speed with: Great Tits (teacher teacher); Nuthatches (loud whistles); Greenfinches (wheezes and sneezes); Collared Doves (I don't know) and Woodpigeons (I really don't know). We walked through the gardens and around the lake hearing and seeing different birds all the time. The two adult Egyptian Geese were out together. We had hoped that one of them had been at a nest with eggs or babies. But maybe not? One of the two Great Crested Grebes was still sat on their nest. It should be time for their young to emerge soon. We had super close views of Wrens singing their hearts out just above our heads. We extended our route along the stream in Gratton's Park and were rewarded with: Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Treecreeper (we always find them with Tom) and a Green Woodpecker. There were spreads of Wood Anemones and the start of the Bluebells. On our way back through the park we were still finding additional birds. Many thanks: to Tom for his brilliant guiding and entertaining teaching; to Ian for organising the walk and keeping us safe and to Alan for his support and encouragement. We all enjoyed it very much and hope to do it again next year. A full list of the birds seen, some 35 species, is in the Bird Table .