Friday, 9 May 2014

Nightingale Walks

Nightingale from Cambridge Bird Club website.
Photographer not known.
It looks like being a good year for nightingales, and not just at Paxton Pits. Castor Hanglands (near Peterborough) is doing exceptionally well and may even overtake us in numbers. If you have not heard one yet, now is the time. 

At Paxton, I have heard at males singing from 5 locations on the meadow trail this year, but suspect there are only 3 (or 4) birds involved. David Bale has reported two more at the north end of Pumphouse Pit. 

On Tuesday May 6th we held our annual Nightingale Walks Evening and over 150 people came, which is about the same number as last year. Trevor Gunton reports:

The weather was fine, mild and dry up to dusk when a little light rain fell.

The Centre was open from 6pm to 10:15 pm and our fist customers turned up early at 6:15. We were joined by 14 members from Peterborough Bird Club and ten of our leaders led seven groups on walks. They all heard nightingales and one group heard a grasshopper warbler while another saw a barn owl. Swifts were arriving. 

We recruited 15 members

Thanks to another great volunteer effort and the fine weather we had a very good event.