Tuesday, 15 June 2021

RSPB get out twitching

DESPITE the onset of winter, we remained very active during January.

DESPITE the onset of winter, we remained very active during January.

Mark Avery, formerly the RSPB conservation officer, kicked off the New Year with a talk entitled "A message from Martha"�, highlighting the plight of the passenger pigeon which had declined from a population of 10 billion in 1850 to the death of the last bird in Cincinnati Zoo in 1913.

These birds lived in massive flocks millions strong which filled the sky as far as the eye could see in any direction and yet in less than a century they had all gone - mostly to man's table.

A few days later the group ventured on a field trip to Fleet Pond where the Mandarin duck, now more plentiful in Britain than their native China, were already in full breeding plumage.

A kingfisher in its resplendent plumage sat obligingly on a post for several minutes, allowing everyone to obtain good views through a  telescope.

Winter visitors were in short supply but a handful of redwing sang from high in the trees and a party of some 50 siskin flocked together in the woodland.

On February 10 Richard Coomber gave an illustrated talk at Pangbourne village hall entitled â??Seychelles â?? paradise in the sunâ?� about the unique wildlife to be found on these tropical islands.

Visitors are always welcome and more details can be found at www.reading-rspb.org.uk

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