An early start

by on Apr.26, 2009, under Birdwatching, Lee Moor Farm, Northumberland

4am, and we’re heading out of the house and up to Lee Moor Farm near Alnwick. The reason for such an unearthly hour seeing us already on the road was next Sunday’s Dawn Chorus and Northumbrian Breakfast. ‘Prior practice prevents poor presentation’ so we were going to pre-walk the route for next week. Early mornings are Sarah’s favourite time of day for wildlife watching and as the sun’s first rays peeked over the horizon we weren’t disappointed. Yellowhammers were belting out their own top of the pops ‘little bit of bread and no cheeeeeeese’ (number one for all eternity, apparently), whilst Willow Warblers were practising their descending scales and newly arrived Whitethroats were busy marking their territories with their own rather scratchy warbling. Lee Moor Farm has been specially managed for wildlife and Tree Sparrows were evident around the farm buidings and hedgerows, Skylarks soared in song, a pair of Roe Deer watched us intently from the opposite end of the track and Brown Hares bounded across the fields. Our walk took us through a variety of habitats and, as the sun began to warm the still chilly air, Kestrels could be seen on the hunt for breakfast, then later, when the sun really came out, Buzzards could be heard and then seen, getting caught in a thermal and spiralling higher and higher until eventually they were out of sight. We were well and truly energised and looking forward to our early start next Sunday when we do it all again, and will be able to showcase the magnificent sights and sounds of the Dawn Chorus to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. Why not call us on 01670 827465 if you’ve got any questions or you want to come along and join us?


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