The sky was just lightening as eight of us settled on the barrows on the Heath at 4.30am on Thursday 13th June to listen to the Dawn Chorus.

Dawn Chorus3

Blessed with a clear but cold start to the day, the birds were already in full song and the early start felt really worthwhile. With the Merlin app to hand we were able to identify all the different songs that we were hearing.

The distinctive Chiffchaff call competed with Wrens, Blackcaps and Goldcrests, with the usual Robins and Blackbirds present as well. It's interesting to note that the tiniest birds seem to have some of the loudest calls!

Gradually as it became lighter they were joined by Song Thrushes, Wood Pigeons, Great Tits and Blue Tits. Calls from the pond included Moorhens, Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks and most excitingly some very tuneful warbling from tiny Reed Warblers living in the rushes and reeds around the pond.

Mist rising from the water made the scene truly magical and we all felt energised and ready to start the day when we left at 5.30am.

One attendee said "What a lovely way to start the day, in nature and listening to the wonderful birds we have in Petersfield".


Liz Bisset, PeCAN Trustee