THEATRE OF SONG

The dawn cho­rus is a thing of beauty, as one man’s early-morn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence tes­ti­fies

Bird Watching (UK) - - Songbirds Dawn Chorus -

JONATHAN WIL­SON

ACH STEP IS a chal­lenge, as I clum­sily slip and slide over the mud­died ground on the well-trod­den path down to the woods. Bleary-eyed I look to my wrist and the watch reads 04.37. Stars still twin­kle in the indigo sky above. It is cool, fresh and mist hangs in the air. Still­ness sur­rounds me as I perch on the gnarled stump of a once mighty oak. My binoc­u­lars hang loosely around my neck as I sit alone lis­ten­ing, re­ally lis­ten­ing, wait­ing for it to be­gin.

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