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EVENT REMINDER

 Posted by on May 18, 2016  Carsington Bird Club, Events, Things To Do  Comments Off on EVENT REMINDER
May 182016
 

CBC Indoor Meeting Schedule for 2016/17

All CBC meetings are held in the ‘Henmore Room’ in Carsington Water’s main centre and they start at 19.30h. Entrance fee is £2.00 to members and £2.50 to guests – Parking is free.

Dates for the Winter meetings are:
Tuesday Sept 20 – ‘SCOTLAND – the very best of UK Wildlfe, Speyside, Shetland, Mull and The Uists’ by Paul Hobson
Tuesday Oct 18 – Joint meeting with DOS – ‘A Year of Birds at Old Moor’ by Matthew Capper (warden at the RSPB reserve)
Tuesday Nov 15 – ‘Iceland’ by Ian Newton
Tuesday Dec 15 – Christmas meeting – Speaker is Tony Davison – ‘Winter Birding in New Jersey’

Please contact Peter Gibbon at peter.gibbon@w3z.co.uk with any queries or for further information.

Willington – Australia?

 Posted by on May 16, 2016  Carsington Bird Club, Events, Member Reports  Comments Off on Willington – Australia?
May 162016
 
 The seven club members who turned up for the visit to DWT Willington last weekend (15/6) could be excused for thinking they’d switched continents as a Black Swan swam serenely in front of the newly-constructed hide overlooking the reserve’s main pool.
Black Swan

Black Swan

 Not counting this (probable) escapee, the group saw a collective total of around 45 species in the two and a half hours spent along the linear route that ends up at the hide. 
Several warblers were heard if not always seen, including Cetti’s for which Willington is something of a stronghold.
 
Reed and Sedge Warblers kept up a chattering among the reeds and low willows, while Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Garden and Willow Warblers periodically announced their presence.
Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Hunting above the reserve were Swallows and Martins, later joined by a sizeable contingent of Swifts.   
A distant Cuckoo was heard twice, Buzzard and Kestrel were the only raptors seen, but it was the water loving species – waders, wildfowl, gulls and terns – that stole the show.
Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

 
The full list of birds seen by one or more of the party were as follows:
Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Chiffchaff, Wren, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Chaffinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Sedge Warbler, Buzzard, Robin, Kestrel, Whitethroat, Canada Goose,
Moorhen, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Reed Bunting, Common Tern, Swift, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Magpie, Coot, Willow Warbler, Gadwall, Lapwing, Long-tailed Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Egyptian Goose and Carrion Crow.
Gary Atkins.