Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sounds of the Dawn Chorus.

It is 3am and I am already heading out in the dark to join an annual event, the 'Dawn Chorus' walk at Bookham Common.

With a few street lights glowing in the dark it is likely that I'll hear Blackbird and Robin on my journey BUT what other species might I hear before the dawn light appears? Possibly a Tawny Owl calling and maybe a Nightingale singing.

If you check back later on Sunday I will add a list of the species both heard and seen.  FAB. 

The walk commenced under a windless, clear, star spangled sky with the temperature hovering just above freezing point and didn't get much warmer over the ensuing three hours! Strangely the first species I heard was Canada Geese some 20 minutes before the walk started.

38 Species recorded by me in memory order. [H = Heard only; F/O = Fly over]

Canada Geese, Blackbird, Robin, Song Thrush, Wren, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Carrion Crow, Pheasant [H], Bullfinch [H], Common Whitethroat[H], Herring Gull (F/O), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Coal Tit [H], Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Heron (F/O and on nest), Cormorant (F/O), Jay, Kestrel, Nuthatch, Skylark [H], Sparrowhawk, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush.

The cold temperature definitely reduced the volume of the chorus that I have previously experienced at this location and this also probably accounted for several expected species failing to get on the list e.g. Tawny Owl, Treecreeper and Nightingale although one was heard by the leader a few days ago. I will endeavour to revisit on a much warmer day and compare the outcome. FAB.


  1. You can always rely of the Robin to sing loudly. Great shot.

  2. There is an incredible place to have a walk. Lots of different kinds of birds! I got 4 new birds today shortlist more.

  3. how in the world could you remember all them in order. the robin is beautiful.

    1. Felicia. It's called exercising the brain! By just reliving the walk later I can usually recall what I saw or heard when and where. Long term memory is another issue ... lol.

  4. I thought: the blackbird is the first. Geese! I love the sound of the geese. But the blackbird's song is more melodic.

  5. Quite a collection of birds despite not catching the owl/Nightingale, it's a great time of year to make a early start to the day!

  6. That is such a great shot...
    Thanks for sharing

    All the best Jan

  7. Gorgeous capture of the sweet robin!


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