The Bird Watching group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10.30 am at the meeting place. The contacts for the group are Chrys and Paul Millington on 01773 764 943 or 07986 037 871. No one is an expert and new members would be very welcome.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US?
Please contact Chrys/Paul
If unsure about the weather please contact Chrys/Paul. Thanks.
Hi everyone. Our numbers are rapidly increasing which is good to see. Being a member of the Bird Watching Group involves travelling to locations beyond the boundaries of Eastwood but the benefits are huge: fresh air, lovely walks (not too strenuous), nature, exercise, good company, learning a new hobby etc. We go out once a month to a variety of locations so please contact us if you are interested.
20th June – Carsington Reservoir
18th July – Skylarks
15th August – Potteric Carr
19th September – Dearne Valley Old Moor
17th October – Willington / Calke Abbey
21st November – Kings Mill Reservoir
19th December – Brinsley Headstocks
Reports of recent events.
18th April – Langford Lowfields
We were greeted with glorious sunshine for our visit to Langford Lowfields on the 18th April 2019. This site is a commercial gravel extraction business where by the old extraction pits are then adopted by the RSPB, and other funding bodies, to return to nature for the benefit of wild life.
From the car park we walked through a small woodland, along a path with hedge rows to the RSPB site. Along the way we saw Blue tit, Chaffinch, Black cap, Blackbird, Robin, Magpie, Great tit, Reed bunting, and Longtailed tit. Six Avocet were seen in the ‘Avocet Lagoon’. These birds were once extinct in the UK. Around the gravel pit site we saw all the normal regular ducks along with Heron, Cormorant, Shelduck, Gadwell, Widgeon and Marsh Harrier. On our way back to the car park there were Garden warbler, Goldfinch, Song thrush Willow warbler, Swallow and House martin. Along with our sightings we also heard Cettis warbler, Chiff Chaff, Wren, and a ‘booming’ Bittern (mating call). Again the Bittern has just returned to Britain and is slowly increasing in numbers. The total bird species seen this morning was 30.
We were impressed by how many glorious butterflies they were with 4 or 5 species seen. After a lovely morning we headed for a well deserved drink and lunch at the local garden centre.
Birds of the day would be the Marsh Harrier and Avocets.
Paul and Christine Millington
21st February 2019 – Wollaton Park Lake
We met at Wollaton park on 21st February 2019. Once again a lovely sunny morning. We walked through the old stable block and onto the far lake. On the lake we first saw all the usual resident ducks plus Black Headed Gulls along with one or two hybrid ducks.Walking clockwise a little further on we saw the Heronry on the island, with Herons nesting in the trees in readiness for breeding. A little further on there were Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Duck. As we continued around the top end of the lake through the woods there were Blue Tit, Carrion Crows, Blackbird and Jackdaw. As we passed the old boat house we saw in the woods, between the lake and houses, 7 Grey squirrels, 5 of them on the tree trunk facing downwards, and they appeared to be sun bathing. Also a lone Ring Necked Parakeet was seen in the same area. As we approached the other side of the heronry, on the banks of the island were Egyptian Geese and Mandarin Ducks. As we came to the end of our walk around the lake we had close up views of Jays in the woods. We made our way back to the old stable block for a lovely lunch. Paul and Chrys Millington see gallery for Heron photos.
17th January 2019 – Shipley Park
We all met in the visitors car park and were greeted with a bright and sunny crisp winters day. Walking past the visitor centre and on to Derby Lodge we saw Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Magpie, Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crow. We arrived at the old house ruins behind Derby Lodge in the hope we might see Hawfinch. Alas this was not to be, but not to be outdone a male Bullfinch in the top of a yew tree was sitting there in the sun, dazzling us with its radiating red chest. This was followed by a Greenfinch glowing in the sun with its yellow/green chest. The Greenfinch then suddenly seem to disappear before our very eyes, but it had just turn its back towards us. Tea and coffee were enjoyed at Derby Lodge in front of the lovely wood burner. We moved on to Osbourne’s reservoir seeing Song Thrush and all the normal ducks Canada Geese, Moorhens etc. plus a Muscovy duck. Finishing back at the car park after a memorable morning. Paul and Chrys Millington