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March 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Wot no fish & chips?

We have traditionally had fish and chips to eat with our group's annual quiz but our hostess- the pub landlady was not keen on the smell that lingered, so we opted instead for a cold collation - a great mixture of filled rolls and sweet/sticky desserts. The quiz was challenging as usual (thanks Robin) and virtually all the food vanished -so obviously went down well as did the quiz. And, most importantly, we made £325 for RSPB funds.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Nuthatch on branch

Morning Walk

Despite forecasts of morning rain, long before 10 a.m the weather had become both mild and dry. 16 of us turned up for our monthly walk at a new venue -Kingswood junction where the barges can transfer from the Grand Union Canal to the Stratford Canal. The car park is in a small wood and we were able to watch both great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch before we had even got going. In fact we were accompanied by the calls of nuthatch for long parts of the walk. We soon added both pied and grey wagtails to our tally and one sharp eyed member spotted a fairly distant red kite. It was good day for thrushes with blackbird, mistle and song thrushes, redwing and fieldfare all being recorded - the first 4 of these all in one corner of a single field. All five common corvids were also seen. A feeding station in a front garden was attracting siskins including some beautifully plumaged males. As a group we recorded 35 species including a calling green woodpecker. We all felt it was a very successful morning and the local pub was happy to welcome 12 thirsty and hungry birdwatchers even though we hadn't pre-warned them.