An early morning stroll (6am start!) on the Hill with Ed Drewitt listening and looking for birds and other wildlife.
On a cloudy morning from the Field we started by going into the woods down the steps that had just been rebuilt by BTCV as part of our Stepping Forward Project. We were surrounded by bird song, with Ed using his bird song pen to help us distinguish the different songs. A wren could clearly be seen near the top of one of the silver birch trees. Moving on to the Hill we saw herons flying overhead looking for food for their young on the nests at Eastwood Farm.
Moving round the Hill we saw and heard a range of birds including meadow pipits flying high overhead on their way towards Scotland for the summer. Towards the end of the walk we had a good view of a green woodpecker that perched in a tree near the allotments. These spectacular birds are often seen feeding on ants in the grassland on the Hill.
Seen Overhead or flying by: Heron; Herring gull; Meadow Pipit; Goldfinch
Seen and heard: Green woodpecker, Wood pigeon, Great tit, House sparrow, wren, crow, magpie
Heard: Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Willow warbler, Blackcap, Robin, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Blue tit
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