Bird Watching


Contact Marion May  
01208 873411
marionmay24(at)gmail(dot)com

Contact  Jasmina Goodair
jas.goodair(at)talk21(dot)com



Jasmina Goodair and Marion May have taken over as leaders for the Birdwatching group.

Programme from Sept 2019

Date Sept 2019 -July 2020

Event

Time

Organisers

Wed Sept 18th

Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow

p.m.

Alan and Marion

Wed Oct 16th


Hayle and Marazion

All day

Alan and Marion

Wed Nov 6th


Walmsley and Burniere

p.m

Alan and Marion

Wed Dec 4th

Camel trail from Wadebridge to Bodmin


tba

Wed Jan 8th


Murmurations

Late pm

Alan and Marion

Wed Feb 5th


Cargreen


Jasmina

Wed March 5th


Walmsley and Burniere

p.m

Alan and Marion

Wed April 1st

Windmill reserve and The Lizard ( Choughs)

All day

Marion

Wed May 6th


Puffins?? Lundy??


Jasmina to investigate

Wed June 3rd

North coast (The Rumps)


Tba. Marion to contact Wadebridge group

Wed July 2nd

Meeting plus outing.


Tba






If you have an particular sites you would recommend please let either Jasmina or Marion know. We have an outline plan from September until July 2020, this will be posted on the U3A website. Details of exact meeting places and times will be sent out a couple of weeks before the outing.

Many thanks

Marion and Jasmina.

The May outing to Looe Island is on May 15th, details to be confirmed

 


UPDATE 17TH  JULY 2019


Lostwithiel U3A Bird group Report for 26th June 2019





The Bird watching group had to abandon their trip to Looe Island in June due to unseasonably high easterly winds which grounded boats in the harbour for several days. We re booked for July and despite wonderful weather the easterlies threatened our trip again – fortunately Dave the boatman got 11 of us over there for a few hours before returning us to dry land to enjoy our picnic at Hannafore rather than on the island.

The group managed to get right around the Island and see the various areas where Herring gulls, Black backed gulls, Cormorants, Fulmars and Oyster Catchers nest. They were treated to close encounters of the young of the Gulls and Oyster Catchers though the Fulmars were well hidden, and the Cormorants had all fledged. There was also an informative information sheet to follow pointing out the history of the island and points of interest as we went around.

In all the group noted some 18 species including all the above plus Shags, Whimbrel, Rock pipits, Little Egrets, Mallards and a whole range of small resident birds such as Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Wrens , Chaffinch and Blackbirds as well as Carrion Crow and Pheasants.

The group also watched three seals in the water behind the island. The Island has a resident population of seals which regularly haul out on the Ranneys behind the island at low tide.

A trip we hope to repeat next year and have more then two hours on the island!

Jasmina Goodair


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UPDATE 20TH APRIL 2019

Report by Lynda on Outing 16th April


After the windy, freezing conditions of the previous days, the ten bird watchers who ventured to Wadebridge 

were rewarded with warm sunny weather. Time was spent in three hides, the Burniere hide on the banks of 

the Camel and the large hide at the Walmsley reserve which could accommodate all ten people and the 

smaller corner hide on the reserve. We were lucky to meet Adrian Langdon, the Warden for Walmsley and

 were able to benefit from his expert knowledge and bird identification skills, as well as the use his telescope.

 Walmsley Reserve belongs to the Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society and can usually only be

 accessed by members. As can be seen by the list below there was plenty of bird species to see.



Ducks

Shelduck

Blackbird

Moorhen

 

Shoveller

Buzzard

Partridge - Red-legged

 

Gadwall

Canada Geese

Pied Wagtail

 

Mallard

Carrion Crows

Robin

 

Teal

Chaffinch

Sand Martin

Waders

Black Tailed Godwit

Coot

Spoonbill

 

Greenshank

Cormorant

Swans, mute

 

Common Sandpiper

Dunnock

Tit, Blue

Egret

Little

Goldfinch

Tit, Great

 

Cattle

Heron, Grey

Woodpigeon

Gulls

Herring

Jackdaw

Wren

 

Lesser Black Back

Linnet

 


Birds seen near Wadebridge on 16th April 2019



Wednesday 16th April 2019

TITLE OF EVENT . Burniere and Walmsley hides Near Wadebridge

LOCATION  PL27 6EX by Trewornan bridge

CAR PARKING  In lay by on Wadebridge side of bridge. There is limited parking available so please share lifts if possible.

TIME OF START AND FINISH  start at 2p.m finishing about 4.30p.m

MEETING POINT . Meet at 2p.m by cars

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST  : http://www.cbwps.org.uk/Walmsley%20Sanctuary.htm

REFRESHMENTS  : There are no refreshments or toilet facilities.

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars. We have spare binoculars. The paths are generally firm but in places a bit muddy, suggest walking shoes or similar

NAME OF LEADER(S) Alan and Marion May

DISABLED ACCESS : Access is across fields and in places are quite rutted.


March 20th 2019

Report on visit to Kilminorth woods and Looe estuary


4 members of the group joined Alan and I on this outing.



The weather had been quite misty en route to Looe, but it was clear on the estuary, however the birds had decided not to venture into the open. However we saw 18 species and heard another 2, namely woodpecker and long tailed tits. On the water or waters edge we saw several species of gull, also egrets, shelducks, heron, mallard, redshank and swans.













In the woodland we saw blue tits, chaffinch, lovebirds cuddled in a hammock, and heron nests. We also went to Hannafore and saw pied wagtails, cormorants, oyster catchers, rock pipit. We had a enjoyable afternoon, it was good to have a new member in the group and at the end of our bird watching we enjoyed tea and cake in the local hotel.



Lostwithiel U3A Bird Group Report – 20.2.19



7 members of the group spent the day on the Exe Estuary. It was rather cold with a fresh breeze but remained dry.

We first met at the Bowling Green Marsh RSPB Reserve where we sent a couple of hours at the hide and viewing platform. In total we observed 29 species. On the marsh itself were a range of waders and ducks including Pintails, Widgeon, Teal, Mallards, Snipe, Shellduck, Redshanks, Greenshanks and Greylag Geese. There were also a range of smaller birds in the surrounding trees including long tailed Tits, Dunnock and blackbirds, as well as familiar, Carrion Crows, Gulls, Heron and a Buzzard overseeing the marsh form a vantage point in a high tree.

We enjoyed a lunch on the marina in Exmouth just by where we boarded the Stuart Line Cruiser at 1.45pm. The cruise lasted till 5.15pm during which time we sailed up the Exe to Topsham passing Powderham Castle and back. The boat had good facilities with plenty of seating as well as a warm below deck serving hot drinks and snacks.

The guide on board was very knowledgeable and kept us fully informed on the species we saw and where to look and the boat frequently sailed near the shore for a better view. We saw at least 33 species, quite a few of the morning ones plus Avocets, Cormorants, Shags, Godwit, Eider Ducks, Dunlins, Knot, Red breasted Merganser, Great crested Grebe, Plovers, Goldeneye and a Slavonian Goose. We were also treated to several seal sightings near the boat plus a close up of a large male grey seal hauled up on a low platform in the river.



 
 
 
 Pair of Shovelers  Mediterranean Gull  Green Shank

More photos from the Field Trip available in our flickr Album


Report & Photographs by Jasmina Goodair



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February update

 In May we will be visiting Looe Island, this is a change of month from that stated in our calendar.



UPDATE 31st JANUARY 2019

10 members of the birdwatching group braved the wind and cold to see a spectacular display of starlings, estimates put it at nearly a million birds.

The interesting event saw the starlings landing/hovering in a field near the farm and then swooping up towards the line of conifers.

The photos speak for themselves






https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7817/39974796733_2597f67242_b.jpg

(Click on above image for  enlarged view)

More photographs available on our flickr page.  All photographs Copyright Jasmina Goodair 


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UPDATE 10th JANUARY 2019


Avocet trip on River Exe -  Wednesday 20th February 2019


Avocet 
Image Credit:Tony Sutton (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


LOCATION  From Exmouth by boat

CAR PARKING  In Exmouth

TIME OF START AND FINISH  Boat trip leaves at 1345 for a 3 hour circular trip. Cost £12.50. Please buy your ticket in advance from the website https://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/bird-watching/

When we know who is coming on this trip we can plan to share lifts, meeting place and time.

No exact finish time as you can stay as long as you want

MEETING POINT . At Exmouth Stuartline terminal: https://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/bird-watching/

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST  : Avocets and other river birds and ducks

REFRESHMENTS  : There are on board facilities.

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars. We have spare binoculars.

NAME OF LEADER(S)  Jasmina Goodair. Marion May

Please contact Jasmina by 25th Jan if you would like to join us on this trip. Also if you need a lift or can offer a lift.

  • 01208 821223
  • 07974700883
  • jas.goodair@talk21.com

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, please see website   https://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/bird-watching/


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UPDATE 2ND JANUARY 2019

As we were unable to go to see the murmurations in December Jasmina and I have decided to replace the original planned outing in January with one to go to see the murmurations  Rough Tor

Do hope you can join us

Marion and Jasmina

Wednesday 16th January 2019

TITLE OF EVENT . Murmurations at Roughtor area

LOCATION  Fields near Roughtor, we will walk or drive to key viewing points.

CAR PARKING  Car park at at Roughtor PL32 9QJ

TIME OF START AND FINISH Start time3.30p.m

No exact finish time as you can stay as long as you want

MEETING POINT In car park

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST  : Murmuration of starlings…..plus the buzzards

REFRESHMENTS  : None available...but it is usually quite windy and cold so suggest you bring warm drink

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars and torch. We have spare binoculars.

NAME OF LEADER(S) Alan and Marion May, Jasmina Goodair. 

Please contact Marion by 10th Dec, if you would like to join us on this trip. Also if you need a lift or can offer a lift

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, we will be on minor roads or tracks

 


UPDATE 8TH  DECEMBER 2018

The next Field Trip will be on  Wednesday 19th December to Roughtor.  Details as follows:-


TITLE OF EVENT . Murmurations at Roughtor area

LOCATION  Fields near Roughtor, we will walk or drive to key viewing points.

CAR PARKING  Car park at at Roughtor PL32 9QJ

TIME OF START AND FINISH Start time3.30p.m

No exact finish time as you can stay as long as you want

MEETING POINT In car park

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST  : Murmuration of starlings…..plus the buzzards

REFRESHMENTS  : None available...but it is usually quite windy and cold so suggest you bring warm drink

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars and torch. We have spare binoculars.

NAME OF LEADER(S) Alan and Marion May, Jasmina Goodair. 

Please contact Marion by 14th Dec, if you would like to join us on this trip. Also if you need a lift or can offer a lift

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, we will be on minor roads or tracks


Field Trip Instructions in pdf format my be downloaded  via this link.


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INFORMATION ON MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST : Riverside and nature reserve walk.

Egrets, mallards, swans, cormorants, kingfisher, bullfinches etc

EQUIPMENT TO BRING:
Binoculars etc.

NAME OF LEADER(S)
 
Alan and Marion May 01208 873411

DISABLED ACCESS
  Level paths, but uneven in places





Earlier reports available on this page