|Graham Jukes||Phone 01623 798890|
|Tony Wardell||Phone 01623 799065|
|Glynne Payze||Phone 01623 798102|
|Meets usually once a month|
|Group Full? No||Status Current|
Urgent message re Boston Belle
August's trip on the Boston Belle will have to be postponed, because all bookings in August are full. Alternatives are available as follows:
Monday September 3rd 9.30am
Wednesday September 19th 12.45pm
Tuesday October 2nd 9.15am
Tuesday October 16th 9.15am
Please e-mail Graham with your choice as soon as possible for the new booking to be made:
Those hawk-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the July and August meetings have been swapped so that there will actually be butterflies at Cotgrave!!
With next year's meetings in mind, are there any venues you would like to see included on next year's programme? Frampton is already a must, and possibly North Cave, but if you have any other particular preferences, please e-mail Graham with your suggestions: email@example.com
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The Birders group is open to all Ravenshead U3A members. New members are always welcome, especially those with little birding experience. The leaders are ready and willing to offer help with identification and tips.
The group visits major bird reserves in our locality and beyond. We often visit areas nearby one month and travel further afield the next month. The purpose of the group is to help members identify the birds seen and to discuss how to improve their own birding skills.
We'll be leaving the Sherwood Ranger at 8 am before each outing. The group is usually out for most of the day, and we are usually on our feet for several hours. Respite is available at certain reserves which have hides! The distance that we walk can vary depending on the reserve, so sturdy footwear is advised - as are a good pair of feet! We usually try to alternate a local visit with a more distant one. Cars are usually shared if desired.
The birds we see will be listed after each meet (see below) so that those interested in joining the group can see the kind of wildlife we're seeing. A selection of photographs taken on the day will also be posted here on the webpage. The names of all of the birds in the photos can be seen at the top of the full size photo frame after clicking on the thumbnail.
All information regarding 2017 meets has been moved to a subpage, accessed by clicking on the link "2017 meets" at the top right of this page.
6 members went to Cromford/Carsington on a sunny, cold day. There were 47 sightings (a record for a daily count) of which 5 were added to the annual list: dipper, hawfinch, coal tit, willow tit and nuthatch. The annual list has reached 110 (we have two months to go). Today's highlight was that 4 members got a lifer (hawfinch).
NB Boston Belle outing will be on Monday 20th August. Booking will be done after the April meet: RSPB Members £18.50, non-members £21.
8 birders on a sunny but breezy day at Rutland Water saw a record number of species sited on an outing (53), and 5 birds were added to the annual total (120): collared dove, great spotted woodpecker, smew, redpoll and red kite. Highlight of the day: red kite flying close up.
12 birders set off in warm sunshine and finished up in a bitterly cold wind; the walk was enjoyable. Although we saw 28 species, we didn't see the ones we'd hoped for. We did add one more (fieldfare) to the final month's annual total (121). The annual target was 161. Next month we start our new challenge: a more realistic one of 130. The highlight of the day was two hares boxing.
Please send in money for the Boston Belle trip in August by 5th May.
So much rain and mist were around that we decided to cancel the visit.
Frampton Marsh RSPB
11 birders drove to Frampton on a cool, breezy and cloudy morning. 52 species were spotted, the highlights of which were a Garganey, a speckled wood butterfly and a green-veined white butterfly (see photos). This month we start our annual 12-monthly challenge, this time of 130 species, which is more realistic than last year's target.
Remaining Programme for 2018
|June 13th||Padley Woods|
|July 11th||Cotgrave Woods (Butterfly special)|
|August 16th||Skylarks/Blotts Pit|
|September 20th||Idle Valley/The Carrs|
|October 18th||Blacktoft Sands|
|December 13th||Colwick Country Park|
|Please remember: 8am departure from Sherwood Ranger|
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