Wildlife fans are up for the dawn cho­rus

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

YOUNG wildlife en­thu­si­asts set their alarm for an eye-wa­ter­ing 4.30am to hear how birds her­ald a new day.

The Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers headed out to Hare Hill at the crack of dawn in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Dawn Cho­rus Day, and with ex­pert guid­ance, were able to iden­tify a range of birds, in­clud­ing a black­cap, gold­crest and buz­zard.

Group Leader, Tina Hanak, said: “It is a won­der­ful time of year to make the most of lis­ten­ing to and look­ing for wild birds. There are still only sparse leaves on the trees so good views can be had of the singing birds, in­clud­ing newly ar­rived sum­mer mi­grants like Chif­fchaffs and Wil­low war­blers.”

“A fab­u­lous bar­be­cue break­fast was pre­pared with ex­cel­lent lo­cal pro­duce - cia­batta rolls from Mac­cles­field baker ‘Flour, Wa­ter, Salt’, ba­con from Bar­rows The Butcher in Bolling­ton and sausages from Teggs Nose Tea Room. We would like to thank ev­ery­one who joined us so early in the morn­ing, espe­cially those Lead­ers who or­gan­ised and ran the session and the ex­cel­lent vol­un­teer cater­ing team who made sure all the bird­watch­ers were so well fed.

“Hare Hill has proved to be an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence

“This won­der of na­ture - a mag­i­cal Dawn Cho­rus was en­joyed by all.”

●● Dawn Cho­rus at Hare Hill with the RSPB wildlife ex­plor­ers Pic­tures by Dar­ren Mayer

●● Leader Martin James won the silly hat com­pe­ti­tion

●● Wildlife ex­plor­ers Scott and Kirsty Boyd

●● Fun and games in the walled gar­den

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