Sunday, 11 May 2014
Dawn Chorus Walk
Last year we had 14 attending the dawn chorus walk. This year it was only six but I failed to advertise in either the Gazette or the Thornbury Magazine. Hopefully a few more people will manage to prise themselves from the arms of Morpheus next year.
The weather was kind which made it an extremely pleasant morning. We started just before sunrise and the blackbirds and robins were in full voice. In fact it was too noisy to distinguish other birds at first.
But as we moved round the site following the route of the self-guided trail (leaflets available just inside the entrance) we heard at least 18 different species of birds including the following: wrens, chiffchaffs, herring gulls, great tits, blue tits, blackcaps, song thrushes, wood pigeons, collared doves, stock doves, a tree creeper, goldcrests, crows, a pheasant, dunnocks, greenfinches and a 757 high overhead (identified by Geoff).
We also admired some of the wild flowers in bloom and enjoyed the view from the top, across the River Severn.
We were home for breakfast before 7.00 am after an uplifting start to the day.