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Leica Bins for sale

 Posted by on July 22, 2015  Miscellaneous  Comments Off on Leica Bins for sale
Jul 222015

For Sale: Leica 8×42 BA Binoculars.

Very good condition £250.00.

Tel: 07939594469 or 01332 706688 after 7pm.


 Posted by on July 21, 2015  Carsington Bird Club, Educational, Events, Features  Comments Off on MOOR SIGHTINGS WANTED!
Jul 212015
Many club members enjoy the big outdoors, and many may travel up to the wilder moorland/upland areas of the Peak District to stretch their legs and look for wildlife.  If so, you may be able to help with a project being run by the ‘Moors for the Future’ partnership, which embraces a number of wildlife organisations.  The project is looking into the abundance and distribution of three bird and three butterfly indicator species, and its organisers are hoping people who walk the moorlands and see any of the target species will submit their sightings by using the organisers’ online forms (links to which are shown below).The target bird species are Curlew, Swallow and Red Grouse, and the butterflies are Peacock, Orange Tip and Green Hairstreak.  The project will continue beyond 2015, so although sightings of some of these are now unlikely this year, they will be just as valuable in 2016 and beyond.  Here are the links below……The bird survey can be found at: http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/community-science/submit-results/bird-postcard

The butterfly survey can be found at: http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/community-science/submit-results/butterfly-postcard

Thank you.

Gary (GarySAtkins@aol.com , 01335 370773)


 Posted by on July 20, 2015  Carsington Bird Club, Events, Things To Do  Comments Off on EVENT REMINDER
Jul 202015

CBC Indoor Meeting Schedule for 2015

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 Autumn meetings are:

September 15th – ‘Alaska’ by Ian Newton

October 20th – ‘Bird Flight’ by Jeff Blincow (Joint meeting with DOS)

November 17th – ‘Bird Migration’ by Nigel Slater

December 15th – ‘Coombes Valley’ by Paul Bennett

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

The Big Butterfly Count

 Posted by on July 2, 2015  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on The Big Butterfly Count
Jul 022015


Attention, all butterfly fans — ‘Butterfly Conservation’ is trying to get as many people as possible to participate in the Big Butterfly Count, which is being run between 17th July and 9th August.  All that’s required is that participants take 15 minutes or so (I’d actually suggest a tiny bit longer) in a sunny spot and count as many butterflies (and, if you’re inclined, moths) of however many species that they see … then simply submit those sightings to www.bigbutterflycount.org.
Hopefully you will join the tens of thousands of folks expected to take part and assist this country-wide initiative designed to assess the current status of our butterfly population. If you need to know more, contact me here.
 Gary Atkins


 Posted by on May 14, 2015  Carsington Bird Club, Member Reports, Things To Do  Comments Off on BIRDING IN PORTUGAL
May 142015


My snatches of birding in Portugal had to be short and sweet –usually early in the morning – as my wife’s not overly interested in our avian friends (though even she quite enjoyed seeing White Storks nesting in the tops of chimneys!).

We’d never been to the Algarve before, so deciding where to go was not straightforward. In the end we selected a fairly modern (and large) apartment on the seafront in Olhão, which is located on the quieter side of Algarve (ie going east rather than west after emerging from the airport).

I have to admit my final choice was not altogether unassociated with birds, since I could see from pictures on the ‘booking.com’ website that the accommodation – close to a new marina development – was very close to the sea, and adjacent to some tidal lagoons and salt-marsh.

And from the birding viewpoint it turned out to be ideal as I quickly discovered when walking out of the apartment and, within 300 yards, I was in among a selection of Cormorants, egrets, terns, gulls, waders – and Flamingoes. In just two hours or so before breakfast I’d logged my first 40 species of the holiday!

We were only there for a week, yet by the time we flew out of Faro, heading home, I could count 90 species in my notebook, including three ‘lifers’. These were Azure-winged Magpie, which tend to occur mainly in the south of the Iberian peninsula, the Black-winged Kite (a delightful small raptor that hovers) and a Black-headed Weaver, usually a resident of Africa that has begun to colonise the wetland areas found in the very south of Portugal and Spain in recent years.

The only mild disappointment was the paucity of raptors. Meanwhile, other highlights included a range of my ‘continental’ staples – Corn Bunting, Stonechat, Hoopoe, Cetti’s, Fan-tailed and Sardinian Warblers, Kentish Plover and Black-winged Stilt – and there was a dazzling array of wetland and coastal birds, notably Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern and Slender-billed Gull, plus those impressive White Storks and Flamingoes.

I renewed my very occasional acquaintance with birds like Blue Rock Thrush, Red-rumped Swallow, Pallid Swift and Spotless Starling, and, after several abortive attempts to find a particular ‘hot-spot’ near the golfing paradise of Quinta do Lago, I finally hit lucky, with even the luxury of a hide to use – and in a single session I added to my list Garganey, Purple Gallinule, Little Bittern, Red-crested Pochard, Common Waxbill and those dainty Weavers, which lived up to their names by building their nests of old brown reeds among the fresh green stems (see picture).

We’d certainly return to the Algarve, but would probably aim to stay at Tavira, further east and half way between Faro and the Spanish border, which is a very attractive small town with plenty of accommodation and restaurants. And I would also plan to use one day to go a little farther inland – where apparently Great and Little Bustards reside, along with a range of ‘plains’ bird such as sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and a much wider range of raptors.

Sardinian Warbler

Sardinian Warbler



White Stork

White Stork

Black headed Weaver

Black headed Weaver

Red Crested Pochard

Red Crested Pochard

Azure winged Magpies

Azure winged Magpies


Feeding Frenzy

Gary Atkins

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