What a brilliant start to May, at 4am, with the Dawn
Chorus Walk on the heath! 30 species of
bird were seen or heard, the highlights being 4 nightingales, a lesser
whitethroat and greylag geese flying over on their way to Tiptree Quarry. The following week at the Evening Walk,
again 30 species were identified, this time the spectacle of a hobby flying
over the treetops was the most exciting experience of a wonderful evening.

The results of those walks were the best in recent
memory on Tiptree Heath, and lists can be seen below.

Magic moments occur frequently, and the visit of
90 Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Luke’s during the same week contained many of
them. They learned about the animals,
plants and history of the heath, and got really interested, some in the glass
bottles and pots rising to the surface in the Quarry, which had been put there
in the early 1900s; some in the holes in the banks, during which activity a boy
watched a bluetit flying into its nest in the trunk of an oak tree; some were
fascinated by the trees and heathers. I
think the teachers and parents enjoyed themselves very much also.

Dawn
Chorus

Evening
Walk

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackcap

Blackcap

Blue tit

Blue tit

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Cormorant

Crow

Crow

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

Dunnock

Dunnock

Great tit

Great
spotted woodpecker

Green
woodpecker

Green
woodpecker

Greylag
goose

Hobby

Herring
gull

Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Jay

Jay

Lesser
black backed gull

Lesser
whitethroat

Linnet

Linnet

Little
egret

Long
tailed tit

Mallard

Mallard

Mistle
thrush

Mistle
thrush

Nightingale

Nightingale

Pheasant

Pheasant

Pied
wagtail

Red
legged partridge

Robin

Robin

Skylark

Songthrush

Songthrush

Stock
dove

Swift

Tawny Owl

Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Willow
warbler

Willow
warbler

Wood
pigeon

Wood
pigeon

Wren

Wren