Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hilly Fields Dawn Chorus walk

Over a dozen insomniacs joined Chris McGaw of Rivers and People Project for this dawn chorus stroll around the park, and we were well rewarded.
Some of the 5am insomniacs

Full moon over the Nature Reserve
As we made our way towards the Nature Reserve we had a glorious full moon in front of us and the rising sun behind.
Sun rising over Lewisham
We heard Wren, Blackbird, Woodpigeon and Ring-necked Parakeet in the Nature Reserve but the most notable was the Blackcap.

Later, on the road past the school we stopped to admire the Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, a Chaffinch and also heard a Dunnock.

Chaffinch beside the school
On the west side of the North Fields there was a flock of 10 Magpies then, beside the cricket pitch with some Woodpigeon were a pair of Stock Doves and, on the hillside behind them, three Mistle Thrush.

We are all very grateful to Chris for this morning's wonderful walk and look forwards to another next year.  Let's hope the proposed cafe will be open in time for a welcome cuppa then!
We saw or heard 20 species this morning, for a complete list click below:
Blackbird (3)
Blue Tit (1)
Carrion Crow (3)
Chaffinch (1)
Goldfinch (5)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit (2)
Greenfinch (2)
House Sparrow (1)
Long-tailed Tit (4)
Magpie (10)
Mistle Thrush (3)
Ring-necked Parakeet (5)
Robin (1)
Starling (2)
Stock Dove (2)
Woodpigeon (4)
Wren (1)
Figures indicate birds seen by me, others in our party may have seen a different number.
Stock Dove
Blackcap male


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