Recent Birdwatching Group Meetings
Dawn Chorus at Cogden 11th May 2022
Eleven of us gathered at 4.45am on a coolish,windy, grey day. The birds were singing deep in cover, so we had to really listen to identify the songs. I think I have definitely got the reed bunting and warbler sorted! Breakfast at the Quarterdeck tasted so good after our early start. Thank you to Martin and Barbara for organising.
We saw or heard 25 species of which 8 were heard only.
|cetti's warbler (h)||mistle thrush (h)|
|blackcap (h)||herring gull|
|lesser black backed gull||swallow|
|reed warbler (h)||reed bunting|
|moorhen (h)||wood pigeon|
|pheasant (h)||green woodpecker (h)|
|magpie||greater spotted woodpecker|
3th April 2022 – Swell Woods Heronry
On a beautiful, sunny and very still day 13 members enjoyed watching the herons and egrets at their tree top nests and listening to an amazing springtime chorus of woodland birds while> walking through a colourful carpet of celandines, primroses, bluebells and wood anemones. Afterwards we had a very tasty and leisurely lunch at The Firehouse in Curry Rivel.
We saw 20 species and heard 2 very distinct but unidentified songs.
|little egret||wood pigeon|
|gold crest||mute swan|
And a mouse and roe deer
U3A Bird Watching Group Chard Reservoir 9th March 2022
On a cold, grey and very windy day 10 brave souls went in search of dancing grebes, and we very nearly succeeded! A pair definitely faced up to each other and with crests extended moved their heads as if beginning a dance.
We saw 32 species – more than we expected on such a day.
herring gull cormorant
long-tailed tit mute swan
crow great tit
wood pigeon blackbird
great crested grebe wren
blue tit bullfinch
little egret chaffinch
chiffchaff willow tit
canada geese pied wagtail
lesser black backed gull black headed gull
Bird of the day – difficult to choose between the crested grebes, goldcrest and willow tit
Thanks to a toddler we also saw some very large carp.
9 February 2022 Bridport U3A Bird Watching Group
Trip to Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham
Weather: Bright and dry, mild for time of year with little wind
A mixture of wooded paths and gardens beside the River Clyst, marshland and estuary
Woodland Path Marsh/ Estuary
Great tit Herring Gull Little grebe
Blue tit Little Egret Black-tailed Godwit
Jackdaw Lesser Black-backed Gull Whimbrel
Robin Black headed gull Lapwing
Magpie Teal; Green shank
Long-tailed Tit Wigeon Red shank
Carrion Crow Cormorant Curlew
Great Spotted Woodpecker Shoveler Dunlin
Goldfinch Moorhen Avocet
Starling Canada Goose
Raven Mute Swan
Wood Pigeon Greylag Goose
Wren, Tufted Duck
Pied wagtail Mallard
43 species seen
Bird of the day – the beautiful and very elegant Pintail