Organiser/Leaders: Nick Edwards & Steve Chapman
Reporter: Keith Walker
After three aborted attempts due to unsuitable weather, we finally managed to hold the event. It was well worth waiting for, as the sun shone all day and the evening conditions were perfect, as were the rest of the arrangements from our intrepid organiser Nick Edwards and his learned local expert Steve Chapman.
After parking us prettily, we first saw Stonechats feeding young, Yellowhammers, and Whitethroat as we awaited dusk. Our patience in waiting for the Nightjars to appear was rewarded with at least four males “churring” and three females present, as we heard thebirds clapping. We were rewarded with excellent views and our junior member Matteo recorded his first Nightjar sighting and took some excellent photographs. A magical evening came to a close as the mist eerily starting to rise as darkness surrounded us. Huge thanks to Nick & Steve for making the day special.
Leader: Steve Chapman
Reporter: Liz Bridge
What a great place to visit for an enjoyable and informative walk. We had enjoyed Steve’s messaging about this place and the variety of birds and other nature which he had enjoyed over the last few months. Now we could experience it for ourselves.
Leader: Chris Stone
Reporter: Sue Gale
Nine members gathered at 8.30 in the car park near Wymondham Abbey in bright
sunshine and blue skies. What an improvement on last month! There was a Buzzard overhead and Liz found a Grey Wagtail by the river before we even set out. Chris led us across the road towards the cemetery first. This is a well-known birding spot and we were hoping to see Spotted Flycatchers. On the way a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling, and then seen in a nearby tree. A Sparrowhawk flew over as we passed through a small housing estate. Inside the large cemetery Chris explained that two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers had been seen this year, and it wasn’t long before he pointed one out to us, perched on a gravestone. Over the next 15 minutes we watched at least two of them flying about us and catching flies. They are perky and characterful little birds, and it seems that gravestones make ideal perches. We also spotted a Goldcrest and a Treecreeper here.
Leader and Reporter: Sue Gale
The first WVBS outdoor meeting since lockdown was not blessed with great weather. The North Sea struck again – a moderate but very cold NE wind blowing across a bleak and sunless landscape!
Nonetheless, 6 of us set out to make the best of it.
Leader: Alan Hughes
Reporter: Emily Leonard
Species List: David Gibbons
We started our trip out to RSPB Titchwell at around 9.15am, on a stunning morning. The sun was shining and there was a bit of warmth to the air as well. With our face masks and hand sanitiser in hand, our group of 6 ventured off onto the reserve to see what we could find. We had agreed that we would aim for the beach as high tide was around 5am, so the tide would still be reasonably close in and the birds would be closer to us. We glanced over the scrapes but knew we would come back to them at a later time. On the beach we had many adult and juvenile Gannets flying along the horizon, who were joined by 2 Great Crested Grebes nearer to the shoreline and gave us very good views. Also on the sea was a Red Throated Diver which is always a sight to see. We scanned the shoreline, which resulted in Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Grey Plovers, Bar Tailed Godwits, as well as Sanderling whizzing up and down!