After an unseasonally cold, wet and even snowy April you could be forgiven for thinking the last thing on the mind of a Wildlife Explorer Leader would be to set the alarm for 4.30am. However, when the end of April also coincides with the celebration of International Dawn Chorus Day the alarms are set, warm clothes are donned and with binoculars at the ready Leaders head out in to the countryside at the crack of Dawn.
It is a wonderful time of year to make the most of listening and looking for wild birds . There are still only sparse leaves on the trees and good views can also be had of the singing birds, including newly arrived summer migrants like Chiffchaffs and Willow warblers.
This year’s event was held at the National Trust property at Hare Hill. Nearly 30 people gathered to explore the gardens to listen to the Dawn Chorus. With expert guidance on what to look and listen for (plus a couple of stops for games to warm up cold feet and hands) Wildlife Explorers heard a wide range of birds including Blackcap, Goldcrest and Buzzard.
A fabulous barbecue breakfast was prepared with excellent local produce – ciabatta rolls from Macclesfield baker Flour, Water Salt, Bacon from Barrows The Butcher in Bollington and sausages from Teggs Nose Tea Room.
Thank you to everyone who joined us so early in the morning, especially those Leaders who organised and ran our session and the excellent catering team who made sure we were so well fed – a great Dawn Chorus experience was had by all!
Great spotted woodpecker