u3a - Birdwatching

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 Birdwatching – What a wonderful pastime for all abilities whether in exotic places watching eagles and vultures circling overhead or from your own kitchen window watching the garden birds on feeders or enjoying a bird bath.  My own Birdwatching Group visit local reserves, parks and woods on our monthly outings and regularly record between 30-40 different species.  We submit our sightings to the BTO BirdTrack website thus becoming “citizen scientists”.

The U3A Resources DVD Library has 13 items to help with sight and song identification.  The RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk and the BTO website www.bto.org are invaluable information sources, as is the Wildlife Trusts website www.wildlifetrusts.org

You may prefer to use a book on field trips, the RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds, the Mitchell Beazley Birdwatchers Pocket Guide or the Collins BTO Guide to British Birds are all recommended.  Alternatively you may wish to use an app. on your phone, just research App. Store and download the most suitable.

So armed with your binoculars, your identification aid and of course some like-minded companions go out and enjoy our feathered friends.

Mary Gibbons

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  U3A members are invited to join in our The Great U3A Birdwatch, click here for more information