Well done to those who got up early and came on the Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday 19th May. At 6:00am it was fairly misty on Marston Marshes but this cleared to give a nice sunny morning and a very pleasant walk. Peter Walton, who led the walk, was very knowledgeable about birds and pointed out the calls of the different birds on the marsh. Forgive me for not remembering the names of all the birds but Peter has since provided below a list of all the 38species of birds seen or heard . We learned a lot about their calls and habits. We finished the walk with bacon rolls and tea/coffee served by volunteers from the 34th Norwich Scout Group. Thank you Peter Walton for leading the walk and thanks also go to Peter Phillips and team from the Scouts for the early morning catering.
From Peter Walton: These are the birds we recorded on the walk in ‘systematic order’ – 38 different species. Those heard but not seen are in brackets.
Mallard 2 drakes, Grey Heron 1 imm, Moorhen 1, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Stock Dove 2, Woodpigeon 4 (1), Collared Dove 3, Cuckoo (1),
Swift 2, Green Woodpecker (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Magpie 1, Jay 1, Carrion Crow 3, Goldcrest (1), Blue Tit 2 (2), Great Tit 3 (3),
House Martin 5, Cetti’s Warbler (1), Long-tailed Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1 (1), Blackcap (3), Garden Warbler (1), Whitethroat 1 (2), Grasshopper Warbler (1), Reed Warbler 1 (2), Wren 1 (16), Starling 6, Blackbird 2 (5), Song Thrush (1), Mistle Thrush 1, Robin 4 (3), Dunnock 3, House Sparrow (3),
Chaffinch 1 (5), Greenfinch 3 (2), Goldfinch 1, Reed Bunting 3
Here is a photo of some of the early risers at the start of the walk.
Our next guided walk is on Sunday 23rd June at 2:00pm when Peter Walton will tell us about the butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers on the marsh. Details on other Marston Marsh activities organised by EVRA can be found on the Marston Marsh Activities page.
Chris Stebbing – EVRA Vice Chairman