Tiptree Heath

Tiptree Heath

Heath May happenings

NewsPosted by Joan Pinch 04 Jun, 2014 17:49:35

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



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