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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Sunday 19th April 2020 - 06:00 to 08:30 Sadly our Dawn Chorus Walk planned for today was a victim of the lockdown. Thank you to all those who supported the event and helped in the preparations. Let us hope that we can do it again next year. To mark the occasion Chris and I did the walk on our own in splendid isolation. We almost beat all the dog walkers which in itself is a joyous experience well worth savouring. We did check as we started that no one else had turned up in expectation. It was cloudy and misty as we set off. But soon the sun rose over the clouds and it was a glorious sunny spring morning. The dominant songs were those of the Wrens and the Blackbirds . There seemed to be Wrens everywhere and so close and so loud. As we moved nearer the lake there were several Blackcaps singing clearly. The three Egyptian goslings are now like gangly teenagers almost as big as their parents. The two Mallard ducklings are growing and, hopefully, are big enough to survive now. The Great Crested Grebes are hanging around near their nest but it seems to be a half-hearted affair. A couple of days ago we had good views of Treecreepers in the wooded area - but not today. We extended our walk into Grattons Park. The birds we saw only there are marked "gp" in the bird list. There were several more Blackcaps , a Chiffchaff and Wrens . I wonder how many more birds we would have found if we had had the expert guidance of Tom Forward? A full list of birds seen is given in the Bird Table .