Monday, 4 May 2015

Noddle Hill Dawn Chorus

We were greeted at Noddle Hill by a very lively dawn chorus, with 14 species singing by 5:00 am. The moon was out, and the sky mostly clear and it was surprisingly mild. As usual this time of year, warblers were aplenty, with Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge, Reed, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler all singing. A Song thrush provide amusement by imitating some watch alarm, which confused us for a while, a house alarm and raptor calls, a Sedge Warbler wasn't much behind, with a spot on impersonation of a Goldfinch and a wagtail. We soon surprised a Roe Deer in the scrub. He seemed curious and reluctant to move away. We counted five roe deer in total, including a female, and two males that appear to chase each other playfully in a game of tig. Dark clouds appeared, followed by a cooler breeze and a glowing, giant rainbow. At the same time a Little Egret passed by. Robert spotted a Barn Owl, which we saw quartering the reserve most of the time we were there. The breezy, rainy day yesterday might have forced it to feed in the day time. After a very short drizzle, the sun came out again. A Skylark sung its song, and a distant Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed. After three hours walking around the many paths of the reserve and a total of 40 species it was time to go home for breakfast.

Roe deer.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat with stormy clouds behind.
Whitethroat and Linnet
A short fight between the whitethroat and a sedge warbler
Record shot of Little Egret. 
Water Crow-foot
Barn Owl

Barn Owl
Reed Bunting
Bird List
  1. Barn Owl
  2. Blackbird
  3. Blackcap
  4. Blue Tit
  5. Bullfinch
  6. Carrion Crow
  7. Chaffinch
  8. Chiffchaff
  9. Collared Dove
  10. Coot
  11. Dunnock
  12. Goldfinch
  13. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  14. Great Tit
  15. Greenfinch
  16. Grey Heron
  17. Greylag Goose
  18. Kestrel
  19. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  20. Lesser Whitethroat
  21. Linnet
  22. Little Egret
  23. Long-tailed Tit
  24. Magpie
  25. Mallard
  26. Moorhen
  27. Pheasant
  28. Reed Bunting
  29. Reed Warbler
  30. Robin
  31. Rook
  32. Sedge Warbler
  33. Skylark
  34. Song Thrush
  35. Starling
  36. Swallow
  37. Whitethroat
  38. Willow Warbler
  39. Woodpigeon
  40. Wren

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