THE new season of indoor meetings began with an inspiring talk from Derek Niemann entitled “Bird
THE new season of indoor meetings began with an inspiring talk from Derek Niemann entitled “Bird in a cage”.
It was actually the birdwatchers who were in the cage as it concerned Second World War prisoners who were able to pursue their hobby throughout their years of confinement.
Following the war the names of John Buxton, John Barrett, Peter Conder and George Waterston became leading figures in ornithology and conservation. The talk was a fascinating insight into a side of war you would not normally appreciate and certainly provided an evening with a difference.
A few days later the first outdoor trip of the season was to Warsash in Hampshire where waders were high on the agenda.
The group was not disappointed with excellent views of oystercatcher, ringed plover, lapwing, knot, turnstone, dunlin, redshank, greenshank and both black-tailed and bar-tailed godwits.
Despite the generally overcast and showery conditions, the day was enjoyable and everyone was delighted when a pair of kingfishers enlightened the gloom. There were also several migrants gathering to leave our shores for sunnier climes, including sandwich tern, swallow, house and sand martin, yellow wagtail and chiffchaff.
The next indoor meeting will take place at Pangbourne village hall on Tuesday, October 13 when we will have an illustrated talk by Andy Warren entitled “Birding the Atlantic Islands”, principally describing the birds to be encountered on Madeira and the Canary Islands.
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. More details can be found at www.reading-rspb.org.uk