Wildlife fans are up for the dawn chorus
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