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Bird Watch - an update 2

Published : 05 June 2020 Views: 4084

Thank you so much to all members who have sent us these amazing bird photos over the last few weeks.

These images and descriptions have really opened our eyes to the wildlife in our gardens and have highlighted how much bord life there is around us.

This initiative is part of the BirdWatch scheme we are taking part in. Garden BirdWatch is provided by the British Trust of Ornithology to help them understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how they can assist them.

We want to see as many of these lovely pictures as possible to really capture this increased activity at the moment. Please carry on sending in your observations and sharing with U3A via our online form.

Here are some of the most recent observations from members.

Richard, Sudbury U3A, saw a bird on a wire, a Whitethroat near Cornard Mere.

 Brian from Hockley and Hawkwell U3A spotted this starling feeding on his lawn.

This fantastic collection of photos is from Gudrun Berry, Shipston-on-Stour U3A. It's the time of year for the fledgling birds to come out - in Gudrun’s case plenty of noisy starling families, all gathering in large flocks all around the house. They are attracted by the fields with the grazing sheep and also the orchard with almost 200 trees.

Tony Pelham, Warrington U3A, has seen a few herons along Sankey Valley Canal linear park in Warrington which are usually quite wary of people but since lockdown this one has become much braver and tends to stand its ground. The wood pigeon, on the right, in Tony’s garden regularly loses its balance whilst reaching for the food which is tantalisingly just within reach or not.

Colin Fletcher, Eastwood U3A, sent this spectacular snap of a regular visitor to his back garden.

Tony, Peterborough U3A, told us that since filling their feeders with Sunflower hearts and Niger seeds, Goldfinches and Greenfinches are regular visitors to their garden. They descend in droves on some days and squabbles frequently break out, as happened on the day Tony took this picture. They can empty the Sunflower heart feeder daily. Tony also has a visiting Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Magpies, Collared Doves, Starlings, two pairs of Blackbirds, Dunnocks, and of course the obligatory Robin.

David, Teignmouth & District U3A, saw this blackbird fledgling in his garden.

David, Teignmouth & District U3A, saw this blackbird fledgling in his garden.

Shirley, St Ives U3A, Cattle trying to escape? I walk this way every morning and have never seen this little herd so near the road - and so adventurous re clambering.

Frances, Palmers Green and Southgate U3A, saw this swan with 8 cygnets on the River Lee Navigation at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.


Audrey, Hastings and Rother U3A, saw this robin nesting in the bushes between her garden and the next. It regularly eats from the feeder and bathes in the my waterfall.


Roundup of other bird sightings

Pat from Maidstone Invicta U3A has seen Starlings, a Blackbird, a House sparrow, a Robin, a Bluetit, a Collared dove, a Crow, a Magpie and a Pigeon.

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.




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