No meetings until further notice.
Group Leader: Lynne Cooper
We meet on the 2nd.Thursday of the month at various venues starting at 10 am.
To send Lynne a message please click on the bird symbol on the right.
More Bird watching photographs can be seen by clicking on the Bird watching 2 link.
Thank you to those who joined me on our visit to Attenborough on Thursday 11th.January 2018.
I think all who went thought it a very good venue as we saw lots of species, in fact I think you could say we were very well blessed.
Sorry to those who couldn't make it, I am not trying to rub things in as to just how much you missed!!
Here is the list - you will notice there are few new ones :-
Red crested Pochard, Golden Eye, Goosander, Lapwing, Egyptian goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shoveler, Shelduck, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Wigeon, Teal, Raven, Kestrel, Gadwall, Grey Heron, Wren, Pintail, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe.
Hope I haven't missed any other important ones.
Many thanks to Keith who has taught us so much, identification is getting much easier for those of us who have been out with him a lot. Thank you for the interest of our new members, some of whom have a lot of experience of bird watching - together we get there (although I should have liked to think that I saw a Merganser, I do believe Lesley was right about it more likely being a female Goosander so I defer to her better sense! I still have a lot to learn)
Do give some thought to where you might like to visit next month and let me know if you have any ideas as we didn't get chance to discuss this on Thursday.
Twit to woo - best wishes to you.
For our March 2017 meeting we visited Kings Mill reservoir to see if we could add any more species to our list. The day started off with a light drizzle which had stopped by the time we were on our way back towards the café.
The highlights of our visit were a total of 7 Shoveller ducks and seeing the Heron colony. In all we saw a total of 31 species of which we added 3 more to our list.
In April we visited Sherwood Forest to look for the new spring migrants and to look for woodlark on Budby Common.
Migrants seen were willow warbler, chiffchaff and tree pipit.
Although we could hear woodlarks at a distance we didn't see any.
Our visit to the common was worthwhile though as we saw 3 buzzards and a few linnets.
On the way back to the café we were fortunate to get good views of a willow tit which is not very common nowadays.
For the May meeting we are going a bit further afield to Attenborough Nature Reserve hoping to see Cetti's Warbler and Bittern.
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