First 43 – 28th May at St Nicholas Fields Nature Reserve meant getting up at 3.30 to pack breakfast – with that holiday feeling as I got into the car in the dark. Driving past fields a little before 4am I heard the first bird start. A lovely little group with Cliff, in his seventies, pointing out the different birds. I think I can now recognise great tit, wren and chiff chaff, though noisy blackbirds blocked out black cap.
Marks: 9/10 As a bird listening novice, I couldn’t quite enter into the thrill of identifying rare birds (“Follow that whitethroat!” sounded a bit worrying to me) but thoroughly enjoyed my dawn walk. Will definitely look out for it next year.