Wakey wakey! Dawn walk proves great time to ex­plore

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

VOL­UN­TEER lead­ers from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers set their alarm clocks for 4.30am to take part in their an­nual dawn cho­rus event.

For the third year the lo­ca­tion was Lad­der­stile Farm in Bosley – al­low­ing a walk through wood­land down to the banks of the River Dane.

This time it was held on a beau­ti­ful sunny morn­ing with fields over­laid with strands of mist.

Leader Martin James gave an in­tro­duc­tion to the dif­fer­ent bird­song Ex­plor­ers might ex­pect to hear and wildlife ex­pert David Tol­l­i­day helped the group iden­tify those calls as they walked through the early morn­ing dew.

The group spot­ted house spar­rows, col­lared doves, swal­lows and pied wag­tails flit­ting among the build­ings.

Black­birds, song thrushes and wrens sang con­stantly and ev­ery­one got good views of black­caps and long-tailed tits.

Goldfinches were singing in the hedges on the way back.

The walk ended with a bar­be­cue break­fast, with lots of com­pli­ments on the de­li­cious ba­con butties – made from ba­con kindly do­nated by Bar­rows Butch­ers in Bolling­ton.

Leader Tina Hanak said: “Break­fast al­ways tastes so much bet­ter out in the fresh air, es­pe­cially with such an in­cred­i­ble back­ing track of bird­song.

“Thank you to Rose and Peter Brock­le­hurst for host­ing our event at their won­der­ful farm.”

Dar­ren Mayer

●● Binoc­u­lars at the ready as a bird is spied at Lad­der­stile Farm in Bosley

David Wil­son

●● Macclesfield Wildlife Ex­plor­ers on their dawn cho­rus walk

Dar­ren Mayer

●● Kirstie Boyd and Natasha James en­joy a well earned ba­con butty

Some of the birds spot­ted on the walk – a house spar­row (left) and a wag­tail, both pho­tographed by Martin James

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