Society News from October 2018

Taw & Torridge Branch Indoor Meetings - updated

Posted September 2nd at 5:16 pm in Events by Mike Daniels

The Taw & Torridge Branch are restarting Indoor Meetings at the Castle Centre, Barnstaple. Start times are :7.30pm. Details for the remainder of 2022 and beginning of 2023 are:

8th November - Philip Marlow, African Game Parks are not just the Big 5

13th December - John Walters, the Secret Life of the Long-tailed Tit

10th January 2023 - Emma Scotney, An Introduction to Bats

14th February - James Fentom, Plovers of St Helena: A study

14th March - Stephen Powels, Tawny Owls

11th April - Ian Gaspar, Bird behaviour: an illustrated talk

 


Mid Devon visit to Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam - Tuesday 16 October 2018

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 11:33 am in Mid Devon Branch by Mike Daniels

11 members, including a couple of 'always welcome' new members, met at Shipley Bridge for our field meeting walk to Avon Dam. 28 different species were seen/heard including: Hobby, Snipe, juv Ring Ouzel (2), Kestrel (3-4), Buzzard, Peregrine, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Golden Plover (flock 200+), Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Blackcap and Meadow Pipit. Everyone enjoyed the day with good company and many thanks to Roger Jewell for leading the walk.

Next Field Meeting - Dawlish Warren, Tuesday 30 October at 9.30am

Annabelle Strickland


Plymouth Branch Field Meeting at Soar on 13th October 2018

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 3:40 pm in Plymouth Branch by Inga Page

The presence of storm Callum meant the turn out met all expectations: few attendees and few birds.  The absence of rain meant that the two of us decided to see if any “goodies” were to be found in Starehole Valley.  There were plenty of Herring Gulls and some Great Black Backed Gulls to view as we walked to the farm.  Approaching the valley, a Raven was heard and seen but smaller birds were only heard, until a Snipe was put up by two National Trust workers.   Later a Kestrel and a Peregrine were seen along with a few Blue Tits.

Thinking Thurlestone would be more sheltered, we made our way there.  Certainly more birds were seen including 3 small tern, which on close examination were probably Common Tern. Identification was not easy when standing or keeping the scope still in the wind.  Many Black Headed Gulls were riding the waves but the only waders were Oystercatchers.   

As the rain arrived it was time to make our way home.

Lesley Goonesekera

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