Having had a great rehearsal with the Mottisfont Singers, and been part of the Café Culture session on Tuesday I managed to get an early night as getting up to make dawn recordings gets earlier and earlier as the days lengthen. So up at 4am and out at 4.30. Just enough light in the sky to turn it dark blue. Before I left where I was staying (on the southern edge of the estate) I could hear skylarks singing, very high – and in the dark, my first of the year!
This time the dawn recording was going to be in the Duck Grounds. It has been two weeks since the last recording and there are new voices in the dawn chorus. These are the summer visitors, birds that winter in Africa. I noticed that on this occasion they sing after the native birds (Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Wrens and Robins) have done their stuff. I’ve still to listen to all the recordings made and to identify everything on them, but amongst the highlights were Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in song, Skylarks (in the field next to the Duck Grounds) and a Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was first heard on the estate about 10 days ago, and I think I managed to get it calling. Once the recordings have been sorted, highlights will be installed in the nature room or the gallery.
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