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January 2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bird list and report on our coach trip to Titchwell Marsh.

Bird list and report on our coach trip to Titchwell Marsh.

On this trip to Titchwell we saw a total of 88 species. The weather was drizzly and cold but the wind was light and sea conditions were good for sea-watching. From the dunes we saw long-tailed ducks, red-breasted mergansers, goldeneye and common and velvet scoters. Some saw a great northern diver and some guillemots and razorbills. Sanderlings were running on the beach.

On the pools and marshes there were golden plover, ringed plover, black and bar-tailed godwit, avocets and lots of brent geese. A water rail put on a good, if cryptic, display in the ditch by the start of the East Trail. A brambling was seen on the feeders by the visitor centre. The weather cleared just before we left and brought out a barn owl and a hen harrier for the lucky few.

Click the link below to open a PDF of the complete sightings list for the day.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Coach trip to Titchwell Marsh

Coach trip to Titchwell Marsh

Blow out the Xmas cobwebs and kick off the New Year at this flagship reserve which rivals Minsmere for its year round appeal. Birdwatching starts in the car park with many common species and perhaps bullfinch and blackcap, continues on the path to the visitor centre where you may see siskin and redpoll. The feeders here may attract brambling. Winter is the time for wildfowl at Titchwell. Large numbers of ducks and geese winter in North Norfolk and most of these species can be seen on the lagoons. The commonest species are teal, wigeon, mallard, gadwall and shoveler, with smaller numbers of pintail and goldeneye. Waders may include black-tailed godwit, golden and grey plover and knot. Offshore from the reserve, large 'rafts' of common scoters, long tailed ducks and eiders can be seen. In the evenings, thousands of pink-footed geese can be seen flying to their roost sites along the coast. Hen harrier, merlin, peregrine, marsh harrier, bittern, barn owl, water rail, snow bunting and shore lark are all possible. Visitor centre with café and shop selling books, optics, bird food and gifts. Free admission.

Booking is essential: Contact James Aylward on 07974 351 548, or by email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

Outings involve a gentle walk, usually no more than three or four miles. Bring binoculars, waterproof clothing, stout footwear, and a packed lunch. We have a few spare pairs of binoculars that can be booked in advanced.

Cost:
Central London Local Group members - £20.00;
Non-members - £22.00.

Meeting Point:
Coach trip outings start and finish at coach stop 40B on Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am.

For reserve information follow the link

Thursday, 11 January 2018

'FILEY INTERNATIONAL - ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES: NORTH YORKSHIRE'S BIRD OBSERVATORY' by Mark James Pearson.

'FILEY INTERNATIONAL - ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES: NORTH YORKSHIRE'S BIRD OBSERVATORY' by Mark James Pearson.

Mark will be covering not only the regular migrant birds to the UK that pass over the spur and cliffs of this part of our coastline and the constantly changing nature and movements of birds here, but also the amazing rarities he has recorded - and continues to record year on year - from Yellow-browed Warbler to Black-browed Albatross, and everything in between. Mark has shone the spotlight on this idyllic corner of the east coast through his very popular series of articles in 'Birdwatch' magazine and 'Birdguides', his radio and television contributions (including co-presenting a recent feature from Filey for BBC Springwatch with Michaela Strachan) and his ongoing work celebrating his remarkable adventures there. Mark has been invited to deliver this talk at Birdfair, Spurn Migration Festival and the International Bird Observatories Conference in Cape May, USA 2017.

PRACTICAL INFO:

Doors open 6.15 pm. Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk. Talk starts at 6.45pm.

Admission: Everyone welcome.
No need to book - simply pay on the door. Non-members £5; RSPB & RSPB Central London Local Group members £4; students (NUS) & under-18s free.

How to find us: Easy to get to (near Harrods).

Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 4 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St).

Parking: some around the church: free after 18:30h. (We are outside the congestion zone.)