Mousehold Heath – May 2017

A brisk Saturday morning walk up to the Post Office to collect a parcel was made all the more enjoyable by a diversion via Mousehold Heath.

Considering it’s locality to the busy A1042 Mousehold Lane, once you get into the woodland the traffic noise is absorbed by the trees and shrubs and soon the morning birdsong becomes the dominant sound.

This morning I was stopped in my tracks by a call I didn’t recognise. So tune full – perhaps a Song Thrush, yet so varied I wondered if it was a mimicking Starling. Perhaps you can identify it for me.

Postscript

Many thanks to to Ursula, Nick and Ian who have confirmed that the bird is indeed a Song Thrush.

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. (more…)

Getting the kit together

I was awake for this morning’s dawn chorus, but thanks to the excellent double glazing, I heard none of it. Tomorrow will be very different.

The reason I was awake so early today is that I was going over in my mind all the kit I’m going to need to live stream tomorrow’s dawn chorus from Cley in North Norfolk. It’s International Dawn Chorus Day. (more…)

Late Night Norwich

The Sunday of a Bank Holiday Weekend can often be a bit of a ‘don’t know what to do’ day. But for weeks now I’ve been looking forward to seeing Mad Max: Fury Road in black and white – or chrome as they’ve been marketing it.

I wasn’t disappointed in the film at all. It still had all the octane thrills, although there were a few places where the b&w didn’t quite work as well – the first approach to the storm was almost lost in the greyness.

(Click more to see my Mad Max inspired video.) (more…)

International Dawn Chorus Day – 2017

Dawn Chorus 2017 – Listen Live on this link – Sunday 7 May 04.15-06.15

I can’t believe that May is here already! Plans are well under way to broadcast this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day sounds from Cley Marshes in Norfolk on Sunday 7 May.

I’ll have a number of microphones set up on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve and the plan is to broadcast live online between 4.15 and 6.15. Sunrise is officially at 5.12.

You can use the link below to hear the broadcast live – or if you want a lie-in then the whole two hours will be on the Norfolk Sound Map later on Sunday.

Part of the broadcast will also be relaid by SoundCamp / REVEIL, which follows the dawn round the world. (more…)

Grandma 100 on reverse

I discovered this recording on a tape I bought online.

So often these tapes contain music – either pre-recorded or taken from the radio. There tends to be very little spoken word on them.

It’s always a joy to hear someone’s voice be it a short few words of a child shouting into a microphone, some one practicing their class presentation or, as is the case here, a wonderful recording of a special moment. (more…)