Urban Birding

With the onset of winter and the inclement weather being a birder in winter one needs to be hardy and strongly motivated to continue. However there is an alternative which can be quite enjoyable. Go for a local walk and take binoculars and be surprised by what you see in the lens. The new city fields housing development in Stanley has been just one of those surprises.
Which at maximum only takes less than an hour to complete and you may be surprised By what you see.

For example

Thousands of starling perched on the power lines.

A solitary buzzard on the ground enjoying earth worms and other insects.

A flock of greylag geese feeding on the grass.

Hundreds of gulls in a mixed flock of black headed and lesser black backed.

In addition crow and magpie

Three species of winter thrush field fare, mistle and song

The highlight for me was the sighting of a small flock of grey partridge a bird that has declined in large numbers and is very difficult to approach before it flies off.

First Aid Training

 There is currently one place available for the first aid session to take place at 1.30 on 6 February at Agbrigg and Belle Vue community centre. Montague Street WF1 5BB.

Would anyone interested in this excellent awareness training please get in touch with me. Hilary Fowler (01924 258234) or fowler_hilary@hotmail.com

Gardening Group

The first meeting of the new year will be at Sandal library on 11 March, 2.00 - 4.00 However, before that I plan to arrange a trip to York Gate garden in February to look at the snowdrops. According to Perennial's website the garden will be open from 16-24 February, 12.30 - 4.30. If anyone who hasn’t already been in contact wishes to join us, please ring or email me. I'll be in touch with members of the group in early February about a visit. I plan to have the April meeting at my house on the 8th, further details to follow.
Hilary Fowler, 01924 258234 fowler_hilary@hotmail.com

Group c o-ordinator

We still have not been able to identify a volunteer for the group co-ordinator role.
Please urgently contact Elaine Machell on 01924 277924 to talk to her about this important role, which Elaine has filled for many years, but from which she now wishes to stand down.

01924 277924 or e.machell@talktalk.net
Elaine Machell

Tuesday afternoon walking group

The Tuesday afternoon walking group had their first walk of 2019 on 8th January and blew away the cobwebs with a walk around Clayton West. There were plenty of hills, stiles, super views and streams in pleasant little wooded dells which added to the ups and downs . We had really good weather which is always a bonus at this time in the year.

Photos Of Outings

If anyone has good photos taken on any of our trips, Pauline Turney would be glad to have some for our group archive. Please ring Pauline on 01924 255746 if you have some you could give her.


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