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u3a - Birdwatch Update 13

Birdwatch Update 13

  • Published : 11 November 2021
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u3a members are continuing to share stories and photos of birds with us even as members start to return to face to face meetings of their groups.  
 
Don, South Leicestershire u3a, spotted a Male Kestrel enjoying his lunch at Delapre Abbey in Northampton in June this year. While waiting for the red arrows to fly over Don also spotted this pair of buzzards. 
Two kestrels flying against a blue sky
 Ivybridge u3a member Jan saw both a Mallard Duck and a Mandarin Duck (left to right) at Stover Park, Newton Abbot in September this year.
 
A mallard duck swimming A mandarin duck swimming    
Wendy, Furness u3a, took this picture in September 2021. A family of red-legged partridge have taken refuge in Wendy’s garden after being released from the shoot on the other side of the fell. They come regularly to Wendy’s ground bird feeder but are dainty eaters and lovely to see strutting around the garden.
 
A red legged partridge standing on a ledge and looking over its shoulder
 
Arun West u3a member Robert told us that quite a few parent birds apparently have decided to use his garden as a nursery! Robert’s not complaining.
Two birds in a garden
Robert has also photographed these beautiful magpies.
Two magpies drinking from a bowl
 
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. Find out more on our Birdwatch page and submit your sightings on our form.
 
Mary Gibbons, our Birdwatching subject adviser for the u3a movement, has a lot of information on her Subject Advice page and can help with any individual enquiries.