Tom Howard-Jones attended on Worth Park Dawn Chorus (29/4/2016) and kindly wrote this report on the event.
The walk was led by Tom Forward from the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership and the Sussex Wildlife Trust. We enjoyed his enthusiasm, lively style and impressive skills. The weather was grey and chilly; but thankfully dry. We listened and looked hard as we made our way around the gardens and the lake. We saw a total of 30 different species of birds. The highlights were: a blackcap; a chiffchaff; a grey heron; a pair of Egyptian geese with eight goslings and a pair of great crested grebes with three young. It is good to see that these young birds are thriving without losses so far.
As last year, the star bird was a treecreeper. We were very impressed that Tom was able to hear its call from the far side of the lawn and then find it in a group of trees. It allowed us to get very close and gave us all great views as it looked for insects on its way up the trunks and branches. 26 people took part and we were pleased to welcome so many youngsters at such an early start. We warmed up with coffee, croissants and lively conversations in the meeting room. Many thanks to Tom for his excellent leading and the Worth Park Team for the organising and hospitality.