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Dawn Chorus walk - 14 May

Sunday 14th May 2017

FoSOC's first 'Dawn Chorus' walk, held in conjunction with Southampton Natural History Society, was jointly led by Phil Budd and Surender Sharma. With a 4.30 am start it attracted four others (including Bryn and Lyn Jones of FoSOC) and took in the Old Cemetery and nearby areas of the Common in equal measure. The birdsong chorus started with Robins and Blackbirds and grew to include Song Thrushes, Great Tits, Wrens, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, more Wrens, a Blue Tit, Greenfinches and some melodious Blackcaps. And some more Wrens, of course. Bryn spotted a Tawny Owl and we were treated to bonus views of both Common Pipistrelle and Noctule bats before hearing Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, and also a likely Firecrest (heard by Phil). Once on the Common, as well as the wildfowl on the ponds, we were able to hear and see a variety of Corvids and, to our surprise and pleasure, some Reed Warblers at the Ornamental Pond. Although more of the trial of a new walk than a fund-raising event, it seems we may have some new attendees for future FoSOC walks and another feather (literally?) for our ecological hat. Thanks to all who made the walk, and particularly to Phil for his leadership efforts. The photos - taken afterwards as light permitted - show a Robin, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff and Songthrush in performance.