Thursday, 12 April 2012

Dawn chorus at Noddle Hill

 We joined a Yorkshire Wildlife trust event early this morning to witness the spring dawn chorus at Noddle Hill. Even as we got in the car, Blackbirds and Blue Tits were already singing in our street. The morning was fine, luckily the drizzle had stopped by the time we got there. The dawn chorus was well underway at Noddle Hill: Blackbird, Robin, Wren and Great Tit singing at 5:30.
More and more birds joined in as we walked through the reserve, including the recently arrived summer migrants Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.

We had good views of a pair of Roe Deer, which we had previously heard barking.
Our highlight was a Barn Owl, which we saw twice hunting on the reserve at the same time a Kestrel was hovering.
The cute factor was provided by three pairs of geese with goslings, which seems a bit early to me.
Thanks to Helen Holford and Tony Martin from YWT for a wonderful morning!

 My poor record shot of a barn owl
Pair of Roe Deer on the fields
A view of the reserve
Greylag family
The cute goslings

Bird list

SpeciesCountBreedingOptional Details
Barn Owl
1
Blackbird
Present
S
Blackcap
Present
S
Carrion Crow
Present
Chaffinch
Present
S
Chiffchaff
Present
S
Collared Dove
Present
S
Coot
Present
Dunnock
Present
Great Tit
Present
S
Greylag Goose
Present
FL
Kestrel
1
Lesser Black-backed Gull
1
Linnet
Present
Magpie
Present
Mallard
Present
Meadow Pipit
Present
Moorhen
Present
Pheasant
Present
S
Red-legged Partridge
2
Robin
Present
Skylark
Present
Song Thrush
Present
S
Starling
Present
Tawny Owl
Present
Willow Warbler
Present
S
Woodpigeon
Present
S
Wren
Present
S
Number of species28

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