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The joys of forgetting my office keys

- The orchestral joys of the Dawn Chorus

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 24 April 2013

The joys of forgetting my office keys My 6.30 arrival into the office got off to a bad start when I realised (at the office door) that I had left my keys inside when hurrying out yesterday. However this did give me an excellent opportunity to explore Fyne Court listening to the wonderful Dawn Chorus, where lots of song birds are singing to impress the females and claim a territory. 

After such a long winter it was great to see and hear the coutryside coming alive and this morning there was a good showing of bird species such as a party of long tailed tits, a pair of blackcaps having the bird equivilant of freestyle rap battle, the distinctive call of the chiffchaff and even a greater spotted woodpecker knocking away. Unfortunately we are not putting on a Dawn Chorus event this year as our resident bird expert Andy Harris left us to join Forestry Commission last year but Andy is doing a number of bird related events during the year - click http://www.quantockhills.com/events/view for details and I certainly hope to be able to join him on one or two of these to increase my knowledge.


You do not need to be a bird expert to enjoy the dawn chorus. Just being out early and listening to all the different songs is great and if you have a pair of binoculars it is even better. I was rescued when Chris, AONB Manager, turned up at 8.15 and let me into the office. So while I will be in the office until 9 or 10 tonight catching up on the work it is worth it having seen a wonderful display from nature.



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