As proposed in parish magazine nature notes, I have put together a plan for a dawn chorus walk. This will entail meeting at the Village Hall car park at 5.30am(!) and then heading south along the River Ash to Lordship Farm, across the road to the golf course, up to Caley Wood and then over the course before ending up wandering down Chapel Lane. Roughly 4 - 5 miles walk, probably taking 2.5 - 3 hours in all.
April 19th (Saturday) is the proposed day. All are welcome but to gauge numbers and not leave before some turn up it, would be helpful if you emailed me to let me know that you would like to participate. Experience not necessary, although a pair of binoculars would be useful for viewing the singing birds. I anticpate a 35 - 45 long species list, with recent arrivals being the highlight e.g. warblers and hirundines.
If the weather is appalling due to persistent rain then there is little value, or enjoyment in the walk. If this is the case I shall re-schedule. Just out of interest, May 4th is National Dawn Chorus Day, where I shall be out again.
Looking forward to meeting some villagers for the walk on the 19th. Keep me posted.
Useful site : http://www.rspb.org/wildlife/birdguide/name/a/index.asp Click on the following birds to become familiar with their song. Check chiffchaff, willow warbler, common whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap and the more common species of tits, finches and thrushes.
I have uploaded a few photos above, namely chiffchaff,willow warbler (can you spot the differences?) blackcap, common whitethroat, garden warbler to aid identification. Hope it helps.