u3a - Birdwatch Update 8

As autumn approaches birds will be migrating to adapt to the changing seasonal weather.

From September birds start arriving back from the Arctic and Iceland, whilst others such as Swallows and House Martins begin their journey south, flying off to warmer weather in Africa. Birds such as Gannets, Terns and Manx Shearwater are also leaving their breeding grounds to head off for the winter. All over the world, every year, millions of birds are on the move. 

Have you noticed a difference in the birds you are seeing in your gardens? Please do share this with us and send in your photos.

David Beare took this fantastic photo of a long tailed tit in his garden.

Ros, St Albans, had a little robin friend that follow her round about a metre away as she crawled under the rhododendrons to pull up spreading ivy. He must have thought they were on the same team – with Ros exposing loose earth for him to find worms to eat!

Chris, St Austell, snapped this fledgling goldcrest in his garden.

We would love to hear from more members about your sightings and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors.

Mary Gibbons is our Birdwatching subject adviser for the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.