International Dawn Chorus Day – LIVE

It’s been a great morning at Cley-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk for International Dawn Chorus Day.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust site at Cley. played host to the broadcast.

You’ll be able to hear it again later today.

In the meantime this was the live blog I did during the broadcast.

6:15 – That’s it for this year. Thank you for listening and/or reading. See you in 2018!

6:03 – The sun is casting a wonderful light across the marshes which seems to have had a calming effect n our feathered friends. All seems very peaceful. Just the odd little chatter of avocets and a gentle rustle of the reeds. And I think I may have even heard the sound of cattle drifting over the morning breeze.

6:00 – As we move into the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast the shelducks are getting restless and the avocets are busy hunting for breakfast. I can only dream of mine, which is another 3 hours away.

5:50 – That incredible sound was the swan making an exit out over the avocets and terns.

5.43 – A swan has arrived much to the annoyance of one of the greylag goose that was hissing at it. They seem cool with each other now.

5:40 – We’re back on the marsh microphones now as the sun pours into through the open hatch on the west side of the hide.

5:33 – I’ve switched back to the reed bed.

5:28 – Marsh Harrier just appeared from nowhere. Took a dive into the reed bed.

5:17 – Over to the west the sky has exploded into a fantastic palate of orange and reds. Somewhere beyond the reed bed the sun is slowly climbing out of its bed. Lazy thing, some of us have been up since 4!

5:15 – Broadcasting for an hour now and it’s got a lot colder in the last fifteen minutes or so. I’m facing due south and the wind seems to have strengthened at bit. Wish I’d brought gloves.

5:12 – Sunrise at Cley-next-the-Sea and the geese are announcing to the world!

5:06 – As we approach sunrise I’ve switched back to the marsh as there’s far more going on here,. There’s a small channel of water right in front of the hide which is what you hear the ducks and geese splash into from time to time.

5:04 – I’ve switched over to the reed bed. It’s quite breezy!

05:00 – Much quieter now without those geese! The avocets are starting to wake now and adventure off the little island in front of the hide, In the hide, a second cup of tea of the day has appeared.

04:55 – I also have a set of microphones set up in the reed bed behind the hide, but all seems quiet in there at the moment. If you are listening through the Sounding Coastal Change website then be sure to stop the audio on the bottom left of the page. It’s a pre-recorded sound of the sea that shouldn’t be there!

04:50 – Might be a bit quieter now – a whole gaggle of geese have just taken flight.

04:45 – Sunrise is set for 5;12 but I doubt I’ll see it as there’s some pretty think grey clouds up there

04:30 – The light is starting to show up the silhouettes of various geese and an avocet on the marsh in front of me

04:25 – I did manage some sleep, about 20 minutes each hour. Some very odd bird noises during the night and the the wind got up from about 3.30 and has been howling round the hide.

04:21 – We have two stereo microphones set up – one looking out over the marshes towards the sea and the other in the reed beds

04:19 – We’re live from Bishop’s Hide at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Cley

Whereas we’d love to see you here, it’s probably best if you save your visit until 10am and join us at the Bird Bonanza at the Visitor Centre.

Click this link to listen:

Sounding Coastal Change – International Dawn Chorus Day – Live (it opens in a new window so you can stay with this page if you want to.)

Hopefully I’ll be updating this page over the two hours depending on how things are going.

Around 04.30 we hope to be linking up with Reveil – which relays the sounds of live open microphones around the world as they follow the new day.

Sounding Coastal Change

Sounding Coastal Change is a research project about environmental and social change in North Norfolk. The idea is to use sound, music and different kinds of listening, to explore the ways in which the coast is changing and how people’s lives are changing with it. The research team includes geographers, musician/composers and sound artists, and an art/documentary film-maker. We work collaboratively with residents, school children and young people, local interest and community groups, institutional stakeholders and their representatives, and visitors to the area. We explore coastal change through workshops, live performances, radio broadcasts, sound installations and interactive exhibitions. Examples of sound works, music recordings, photography and film produced through the project are geotagged and uploaded to an interactive sound map, to both document the project as well as showcase the creations of the people we collaborate with. The project is funded by the Open University, the University of Dundee and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project home is Blakeney village.

May Birds at Cley

If you are wondering what you are likely to hear, then the wonderful volunteers at the Cley Visitor Centre have kindly supplied me with a list!

Could be seen on any visit

L winter birds leaving during month – B Breeding on reserve – A Arriving

Mute Swan (B), Greylag Goose (B), Canada Goose (B), Egyptian Goose, Shelduck (B), Wigeon (few), Gadwall (B), Teal (few), Mallard (B), Shoveler (B), Pochard (B), Tufted Duck (B), Red-legged Partridge  (B), Pheasant (B), Little Grebe (B), Cormorant, Little Egret (B), Grey Heron (B), Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier (B), Sparrowhawk (B), Common Buzzard, Kestrel (B), Hobby (A), Water Rail *(B), Moorhen (B), Coot (B), Oystercatcher (B), Avocet (B), Little Ringed Plover (B), Ringed Plover (B), Lapwing (B), Knot, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank (B), Turnstone, Black-headed Gull (B), Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern , Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Swift, Skylark (B), Sand Martin(B), Swallow (B) ,House Martin (B), Meadow Pipit (B), Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (B), Wren (B), Wheatear , Cetti’s Warbler (B), Sedge Warbler (B), Reed Warbler (B), Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Bearded Tit (B), Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Goldfinch (B), Linnet (B), Reed Bunting (B)

* These species are present but not often seen

Regular Offshore

Common Scoter, Gannet, Fulmar


Dark Bellied Brent Goose (L), Garganey, Bittern, Red Kite, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling ,Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Stock Dove, Turtle Dove, Short-eared Owl, Cuckoo, White Wagtail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat

Possible Offshore

Eider, Red-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Arctic Skua, Kittiwake, Guillemot


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