Society News from October 2019

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 - John Walters, the Secret Life of the Long-tailed Tit

13th December - Philip Marlow, African Game Parks are not just the Big 5

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


Trip to East Soar on October 12th 2019

Posted October 14th, 2019 at 4:55 pm in Plymouth Branch by Inga Page

Despite the forecast for poor weather conditions, seven members met for this field meeting led by John Lloyd.  We were lucky that the rain was slight and the wind calm between 10.00 and 15.00. We listed 38 species with our target species of Ring Ouzel showing well in the Starehole Valley. Other stand out species included Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk, Swallow (numbering approximately 50) and large numbers of Skylark. There were also large flocks of Goldfinch and similarly large flocks of Linnet. We also had, in Starehole, a beautifully plumaged Old English Pheasant sunning himself on a granite outcrop on the side of the valley.

Species list:-

Robin, Skylark, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Wren, House Sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Swallow, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Eurasian Pheasant, Chiffchaff, Magpie, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Linnet, Moorhen, Blackcap, Buzzard, Cirl Bunting, Raven, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit, Old English Pheasant, Blue Tit, Cormorant, Gannet, Ring Ouzel, Sparrowhawk, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Jackdaw.

John Lloyd

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