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.

We have planned outings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting from September 2018, details for each outing will be sent out a few weeks beforehand. 

If you have an particular sites you would recommend please let either Jasmina or Marion know. We have an outline plan from September until June 2019, this will be posted on the U3A website.

Many thanks

Marion and Jasmina.




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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UPDATE 28TH  NOVEMBER 2018


REPORT ON BIRDWATCHING GROUP FIELD TRIP ALONG CAMEL TRAIL
FROM WADEBRIDGE TO BODMIN  (21st Nov 2018)


A hardy group of keen amateur birdwatchers met at Guineaport Road in Wadebridge at start of Camel trail leading towards Bodmin. The weather was bright but very cold with a significant frost that lasted most of the morning. A lot of the shallow wetlands were all but frozen over. We stopped in the bird hide which is found shortly after the start of the walk and continued as far as the iron bridge.




There were 30 species observed both on the river banks and in the woods:





Species observed were Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Starlings, Little Egrets, Blackbirds, Lapwing, Plover, Herring Gull, Crow, Teal, Blutits, Wood Pigeons, Red legged partridge, Snipe, Blackheaded gull, Coal tit, Robin, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Grey wagtail, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Gold Crest, Wren, Long tailed tit, Oyster catcher, Curlew, Red Shank and common sandpiper.




Photographs and report by Jasmina Goodair.   More photos available on our flick page.



UPDATE 25TH OCTOBER 2018

Birdwatching Group -  Trip to Hayle  October 24th 2018


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Eight members of U3A came on the trip to Hayle, we visited 4 sites starting in the bird hide at Ryan’s field, then the estuary of Lelant water, followed by Camsew pool and last of all Copperhouse Pool, all RSPB sites. We also had an excellent lunch at the Birdies bistro.


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From the 4 sites we saw approximately 35 different species of birds...including: 

   Lapwings
   Heron
   Curlews
   Black tailed and bar tailed godwits
   Golden Plovers
   Canada Geese
   Greylag Geese
   Barnacle Geese
   Teal
   Widgeon
   Egrets
   Tawny Pipit


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The highlights of our sightings were

  • Kingfisher, diving and posing

  • Great white egret

  • Spoonbill, spotted by Gillian

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Click on above images for larger view.
All photos by Lynda


Our next trip is on Wednesday 21st November to the new hide at Chapel Amble. Details will be announced  here  on website nearer the date.

If you are interested in joining the group please contact either Marion May or Jasmine Goodair -  Detail at top of this page.


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Wednesday 24th October

TITLE OF EVENT Birdwatching on Hayle Estuary

LOCATION  Starting place is the RSPB hide (Eric Grace memorial hide) at Ryan’s Field, Hayle (off B3301)

CAR PARKING  Car park at hide

TIME OF START AND FINISH : Start time 10.30

No exact finish time as you can stay as long as you want, we will also be visiting Copperhouse Pool

MEETING POINT :    Car park at RSPB hide

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST  : we hope to see widgeon, teal, tufted ducks, waders, heron, redshank, curlew, egret,

REFRESHMENTS Refreshments are available in Hayle.

We will be having a lunch break at Birdies Bistro TR27 6JG

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars, telescopes. We have spare binoculars and  will bring along

identificaton books

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

Please contact Marion by 20th Oct   marionmay24@gmail.com if you would like to join this outing

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, sites are level.


Report of visit on Wednesday 19th September

8 members of U3A came on the visit, for one couple it was their first event with U3a Lostwithiel.

We walked from the Wadebridge end of the Camel trail to the RSPB bird hide approximately 1.75miles from our starting point. The trip lasted about 3 hours

Along the way we saw approximately 20 species of birds, waders and some ducks...including:

  • Mute swans
  • Egrets
  • Bar tailed Godwits
  • Blue, coal and longtailed tits
  • Curlews
  • Oyster catchers
  • Mallards
  • Canada geese ( in an impressive flying formation)
  • Gulls : black backed, herring, 
  • Red shanks
  • Carrion crows
  • Jackdaws
  • Sand martins
  • Wood pigeons
  • Dunlins
  • Peregrine falcon

Our next trip is on Wednesday 24th October to Hayle  estuary  to Ryan's field (RSPB ) and Copperhouse Pool.



Wednesday 19th September

TITLE OF EVENT Birdwatching along the Camel Trail , from Wadebridge

LOCATION Wadebridge PL27 7AL

CAR PARKING Suggested parking in Piggy Lane Pay and Display (2-3hours) Carpark , behind Lidl.

TIME OF START AND FINISH Start time 10.30

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

MEETING POINT On benches outside toilet at start of Camel trail

MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST Birds seen this week include :

Heron, redshank, curlew, egret, godwit, whimbrel, cormorants and several others.

REFRESHMENTS Refreshments are available in Wadebridge, but there are none on the trail.

There are plenty of places to have picnic on the trail, we intend to stop for a picnic lunch on the trail

EQUIPMENT(suggested) Binoculars, monoculars. We have spare binoculars and also will bring along

identficaton books

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

Please contact Marion marionmay24@gmail.com if you would like to join this outing

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, trail is level.Wednesday 19th September.




Calendar from Sept 2018

Lostwithiel U3A Birdwatching

September 2018-June 2019



Date

Location

Organisers

Wednesday 19th September

Camel Trail

Jasmina Goodair and Marion May

Wednesday 24th October


Hayle

Alan and Marion May

Wednesday 21st November

Walmsley hide (Chapel Amble)

Jasmina Goodair and Marion May

Wednesday 19th December

Murmurations and Crowdy Reservoir

Alan and Marion May

Wednesday 16th January

Camel Trail

Jasmina Goodair and Marion May

Wednesday20th February

Avocet trip Exmouth

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Jasmina Goodair

Wednesday 20th March

Kilminorth/ Looe estuary

Jasmina Goodair and Marion May

Wednesday 17th April

Burniere and Walmsley hides

Alan and Marion May

Wednesday 15th May

Windmill farm and Choughs ( The Lizard)

Alan and Marion May

Mid June

Looe Island (date to be confirmed)

Jasmina Goodair


Monday 23rd April 2018


Report of visit to Walmsley Reserve


On arriving at Trewornan bridge we decided to visit Berniere hide overlooking the Camel estuary as the tide was coming in and we were hoping to see the birds moving onto the higher sandbanks and closer to the hide.
We spent a couple of hours in the small and cosy hide and saw the following birds and ducks:
  • Shelduck
  • Greenshanks
  • Egrets
  • Cormorants
  • Gulls
  • Crows annoying the ducks and birds
  • Swans
  • Pigeons
  • Dunlins
  • Plovers
At the end of the morning we were cold and windswept and decided to make a visit to Walmsley at another time.
Marion and Jasmina

UPDATE 18TH April 2018


The Walmsley Bird Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Adrian Langdon

Birdwatching trip on Monday 23rd April to Warmsley Reserve. Full details below.  Please let me know if you would like to join us on this trip and if you need a lift.

Many thanks

Alan May

FIELD TRIP:- Warmsley Hides


DAY AND DATE

Monday 23rd April 2018

LOCATION

Walmsley Reserve Chapel Amble

ADMISSION CHARGES

None

TIME OF START AND FINISH

10.30 at Trewornan Bridge

MEETING POINT

Lay-by at Trewornan Bridge
If you need a lift contact
Alan May 01208 873411

INFORMATION ON MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST

Use of 3 Hides over salt marsh and tidal creeks

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

Wellington boots.
Binoculars,Telescopes,Warm drink,Pack lunch

NAME OF LEADER(S)

Marion & Alan May

DISABLED ACCESS (Y/N)

No


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Wednesday March 14th 2018


A field trip to Hayle RSPB hide, estuary and Copperhouse creek/pond. (You do  not need to be an RSPB member to use the hide)
Meet at Community Centre, Lostwithiel at 10.00a.m, to arrange sharing lifts
We intend to return about 4p.m.
We can expect to see waders, ducks, divers and a variety of gulls. 

We intend to take a short lunch break at the Birdies Bistro, situated on the banks of the estuary.
More information on the RSPB website.

To view the Field Trip sheet for the trip please click on this link.  The document may also be downloaded and printed via this link or by clicking the blue download
link at bottom of this page.




Warmsley trip 7th March 2017
The trip to Warmsley reserve was attended by a select group of U3A  members,who spent a couple of hours watching over 25 species of bird including Spoonbill,Ruff and Black- tailed Godwits.
After a small problem with the door lock (wrong key),we got into the hide to find two very experienced
 bird-watchers who were only too willing to point out many of the species on the reserve.









lLostwithiel Area U3A Birdwatching Group

 FIELD 

TRIP to Warmsley Res

 

LOCATION

Warmsley Reserve

Chapel Amble

ADMISSION CHARGES

None

TIME OF START AND FINISH

  11.30  onwards

MEETING POINT

Car park at Trewornan bridge NGR:106, SW 987743

INFORMATION ON MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST

Use of large hide over salt marsh

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

Binoculars,Telescopes boots

NAME OF LEADER(S)

Alan & Marion May

DISABLED ACCESS (Y/N)

No. Access across muddy field and stiles.

 


From Gillie Hind a member of the bird watching group

The Wadebridge birdwatching group meets on Wednesdays promptly at 10, on the river behind the Countrywise shop.  You can just turn up - you don't need to let anyone know.

You can park in the carpark behind Lidl for £1 for the whole day in winter.  If you miss them at the start, they walk slowly along the river and it is easy to catch up with them there.  There are several very knowledgeable birdwatchers, who have telescopes and are happy to share their scopes and their knowledge.


It is £2 per person to join them for the day.  They get back after lunch - so take a packed lunch.  When I was there we got back about 2.30. Obviously, at any point you can turn round and head back yourself.

On the first Wednesday of the month they walk all the way to Padstow and then take a bus back - but again, you could always turn back at any point that suited you.


Hope that is useful for someone.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to go again when I'm free.


All the best,  Gillie



Field Trip 1st Feb 2017

A few members of the Bird watching group braved the weather and travelled to the Moors to see the starlings and were rewarded with a spectacular display of several thousand birds flying into roost, small groups flew up to perform for us. Everyone enjoyed the display especially the flocks flying in over our heads. 

 
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FIELD TRIP -:Roughtor Murmuration 1st Feb

 The next trip is to see the starling murmuration at Roughtor. The details are on the sheet below for any other details please give me a call.

 

DAY AND DATE

1st February 2017

LOCATION

Roughtor car park

NGR-: SX 138819 on sheet 109

ADMISSION CHARGES

None

TIME OF START AND FINISH

 

16.00  -  Sunset 17.10

MEETING POINT

Roughtor Carpark

INFORMATION ON MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST

Lots of starlings, buzzards and sometimes peregrines

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

Binoculars, warm clothing,     hot drink

NAME OF LEADER(S)

Alan & Marion May

DISABLED ACCESS (Y/N)

Yes, on metaled road

 

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Field Trip 22nd November 2016.
The group are going to Roughtor on Bodmin Moor to hopefully see the murmuration of starlings.We are meeting in the car park at the end of the road from Camelford at 15.30.
Contact me if you want any more details.




UPDATE 21ST JUNE 2016

The bird watching group is having a break through the summer and will start up again in the autumn where I hope to set a regular walk to Shire Hall Moor to count species and support its application for nature reserve status.

Alan

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Field Meeting 30th March 2016. - Report

A mixed group of six Bird Watchers and Photographers met in great sunshine at Trewornan bridge and them tramped across a very muddy field to the first of the three hides we visited that day. We had good views of over 25 species,including, Herons and Egrets,Sand Martins & swallows,shelduck,bullfinch,and a pair of wood warblers right in front of the hide. At the other site we added Curlew,Bar Tailed Godwits,Widgeon & a Greylag goose. Help and assistance was given by Mr Adrian Langden the warden for the Warmsley Reserve.

Alan.

 

FIELD TRIP30/03/16 

 

DAY AND DATE

Wednesday 30th March 10.00am

LOCATION

Walmsley Reserve ,Wadebridge

ADMISSION CHARGES

None

TIME OF START AND FINISH

09.30 – 12.00

MEETING POINT

Trewornan Bridge

NGR :sheet 106 ,SW987743

INFORMATION ON MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST

Hide overlooking pools and saltmarsh

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

Wellingtons or stout boots

Binoculars or telescope

NAME OF LEADER(S)

Alan & Marion May

DISABLED ACCESS (Y/N)

Across field & steps up to hide

 


Field Meeting on 24th February.

Five members met at the entrance to Coulson Park and walked for a couple of hours towards Shire Hall Moor and back.
We recorded 30 species including Bullfinchs, A small flock of Redwing, Siskins and a couple of Ravens overhead. we also heard a woodpecker on several occasions. the weather was very kind to us and stayed dry.

The next meeting will be on March 30th and we hope to go to Roughtor to see the starlings murmurating if they are still there.
If not we will choose another location I will send more details to group members soon and post details on this site.

If you would like to come could you please let me know

Alan.


FIELD TRIP 24th February 2016

Swan in Coulson Park Lostwithiel
  Image
© Copyright All rights reserved by Mat Connolley


DAY AND DATE:  Wednesday  24th February 2016

LOCATION:
  Coulson Park and Nature  Reserve. Expect paths to be  muddy

TIME OF START AND FINISH:
  9.00-11.00 a.m

MEETING POINT:
By railway bridge at entrance to
Coulson Park

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






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