Leader: Jon Taylor (HNHS Member)
Jon, who has acute hearing, wanted the 17 members to identify species of birds by listening carefully to their song, rather than by through binoculars.
The Chiffchaff and the Cuckoo call their own name; the Song Thrush loudly repeats different phrases over and over; and the Blackbird has a beautiful, relaxed song. Goldcrest and Firecrest, which were heard and seen, have very high-pitched calls.
Passing alongside fields where crops had been specially planted for wild flowers and winter food for birds and insects, a Woodlark was seen.
Altogether 27 bird species were recorded. Thanks to Jon’s extensive knowledge it was an excellent and interesting morning.