Starting from the newly renovated Marsham Arms the group assembled at Marsham Heath in search of this enigmatic bird. The secret of Nightjar watching is for the group to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, not always easy with a large group but this year serenity was achieved and several birds made an appearance. The fact that we had a quiet group and our vivacious club secretary Lin, did not attend this year, are entirely co-incidental.
Going farther afield, a small group of intrepid members visited the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona where they saw the majestic White tailed Eagle, also a Golden Eagle and a distant view of a Golden Eagle chick peeping over the side of the nest. Other highlights were Puffins and a Corncrake. Well over a hundred species were recorded.
Members assembled at the Raptor Watchpoint at Great Ryburgh for a visit to this stately Edwardian home and were welcomed by the owner Tom Cook. Then, in the capable hands of ace birder, artist, and wvbs member Steve Cale, this picturesque estate of lakes and woods was explored. A very distant Kingfisher and a Little Ringed Plover were spotted by eagle-eyed members and a quick I.D. course by Steve helped identify a Mediterranean as it Gull flew from one of the lakes. Many thanks to Tom Cook for making us welcome and to Steve for leading an enjoyable afternoon. A total of 60 species were seen including Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, Avocet, Hobby, Blackcap, Goldcrest and Reed Warbler.
Many of our members will be visiting the British Birdwatching Fair at the Egleton Nature Reserve in Rutland on the 19th to 21st of August. One of the biggest wildlife events in the UK which attracts over 20,000 visitors. Lots to do and see for all interests and age groups – well worth a visit.
Dates for September:
On Thursday 15th our first Autumn talk is by Professor Fred Cooke, 'A thousand years of birdwatching in the Castle Rising area'. Starts at 7.30 p.m. at Weston Longville Village Hall. On the 25th we visit Breydon Water and Berney Marshes. Non-members are welcome at both these events.
Colin Wright [010603 – 740548] www.wvbs.co.uk