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August 2020

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk


The country is making small steps to normality although it's unlikely that things will ever be the same again. It was very disappointing that the various Group trips to Extramadura, Norfolk and East Anglia were cancelled, along with the Bird Fair at Rutland Water. But the good news is that the Bird Fair went ahead on line and many of the talks can be accessed over the next three months. I've listened to several and they are very good.

With regard to our own talks, these have had to be cancelled since we cannot meet at Indoor Meetings, but happily our Group Leader Nick has arranged for the September Meeting to take place on line. You should have received an email giving you the information about how to register for Zoom. I'm looking forward to that as I've really missed the contact with our birding colleagues.

A few of us ladies in the Group have formed a bubble and gone on birding walks together. What a life saver!
A week ago a couple of us booked a visit to Slimbridge, more as a change of scenery as we didn't expect to see a great deal. We couldn't have been more wrong. There were a lot of waders and we were fortunate to have spotted redshank, common redshank, green and common sandpiper, ruff, little ringed plover, black-tailed godwit all in close proximity so that we could compare size and shape of the different birds. We also saw snipe and of course common cranes. We had no difficulty accessing the hides which were limited to two people or a few more in the Holden Tower, and it was a pleasure not to be surrounded by hordes of people and screaming children. Now if we could just get those RSPB reserves to open .....

Frances Evans