Dawn cho­rus de­light for bird­ers

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

BIRD en­thu­si­asts made an early start to en­joy the dawn cho­rus at Hare Hill.

The Ju­nior sec­tion of the Mac­cles­field RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Dawn Cho­rus Day with an early morn­ing walk at lo­cal Na­tional Trust prop­erty Hare Hill.

Birds sing in the early morn­ing to take ad­van­tage of still air so a group of nearly 40 ex­plor­ers as­sem­bled by 6am to be­gin their dawn cho­rus walk. The route took the group around the for­mal gar­dens to the bird hide, up to and around Pis­tol Pond and then back to the walled gar­den.

They heard nuthatches, wrens and robins, and black­bird alarm calls were heard.

At the walled gar­den ev­ery­one honed their senses by wear­ing blind­folds and en­joyed the ‘Sun­rise Sym­phony’ be­fore play­ing a game that demon­strates how dif­fer­ent birds dis­cern oth­ers of the same species from their calls.

Group leader Tina Hanak said: “We can highly rec­om­mend mak­ing the ef­fort to lis­ten to the dawn cho­rus.

“Early morn­ing bird­song is truly in­cred­i­ble at this time of year. It is a fan­tas­tic re­minder that we are part of an amaz­ing nat­u­ral world.”

The ex­plor­ers also en­joyed a bar­be­cue break­fast thanks to do­na­tions from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room, which pro­vided sausages, Flour Wa­ter Salt do­nated cia­batta rolls and Bar­rows Butch­ers do­nated the ba­con.

For more about the Ex­plor­ers go to their Face­book page.

Grace Carter counts the dif­fer­ent bird songs she can hear and He­len Van der Veken tucks into a wel­come break­fast

The group lis­tens out for birds dur­ing their dawn cho­rus walk

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