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Dawn Chorus at Alderley Edge Woods
Sunday 25th April 2010

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More than 50 Wildlife Explorers and their families braved early morning showers to listen to the Dawn Chorus at the National Trust woodland at Alderley Edge. Members travelled from as far away as Chorlton, Sale and Rainow to experience the incredible early morning birdsong that signals the start of the breeding season for our birds.

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Arriving at the break of Dawn the group learned about the kinds of birdsong to expect before setting off on a walk through the woodland to spot birds.
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Younger members also completed a Sound map - a pictorial representation of the sounds they could hear.

Our bird list for the morning comprised 26 species including Britain's smallest nesting bird the Goldcrest and a bird more often associated with coastal environments - the Cormorant!

Dawn Chorus 2010 Bird List

  Blackbird Canada goose Dunnock Magpie Song Thrush
  Blackcap Carrion Crow Goldcrest Nuthatch Swallow
  Blue tit Chaffinch Goldfinch Pheasant Treecreeper
  Bullfinch Coal tit Great tit Pied Flycatcher Wood pigeon
  Buzzard Cormorant Jay Robin Wren
  Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Keeping with tradition for our Dawn Chorus event, we ended the meeting with a welcome barbecue breakfast.

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Lovely grub!

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There's nothing like an early start and a walk in the fresh air to help work up a hearty appetite!

Many thanks to The Co-operative Food store at Alderley Edge for their donation of sausages to our Wildlife Explorers breakfast.