Bird Identification Course – BEGINNERS WANTED!

Have you always wanted to know more about those birds that wake you up at 5am during the summer?

Or about those brown blobs you see on the beach while you walk your dog?

If yes, this course is for you!

Class session at Knockaloe School Room with Tim Earl

Class session at Knockaloe School Room with Tim Earl

 

Manx BirdLife and the Manx Ornithological Society (MOS) are organizing a bird identification course for beginners where you will be given the basics on how to best observe birds, recommended equipment and books, as well as hints & tips on how to recognize main groups of birds.  In the process you will get to know other like minding people with whom you will be able to develop your knowledge further. Tim Earl and Dora Querido will be the course leaders.

The course starts on Thursday, the 7th April and will consist of three Thursday evening classroom based sessions and three Sunday morning outdoor sessions to be held at Manx hot spots for birdwatch (precise locations to be decided at the previous Thursday evening session). The field trips will of course be subject to weather conditions so some flexibility may be required.

 

 

The dates are as follows:

Thursday 7th April, 7pm  – Union Mills Methodist Chapel (SC778355)

Sunday 10th April – time and location to be decided

Thursday 14th April, 7pm – Knockaloe School Room (SC823238)

Sunday 17th April – time and location to be decided

Thursday 21st April, 7pm – Knockaloe School Room (SC823238)

Sunday 24th April, – time and location to be decided

 

The course has a fee of £30.00 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Manx BirdLife.

There will be a maximum of 15 people on the course so please book early to avoid disappointment!

 

To reserve your place please complete the information below and return with your payment to Janet Thompson, Cott ny Greiney, Beach Road, Port St. Mary IM9 5NF or jthompson |at| manx.net or call 835524.

Payment can be made by cheque made out to Manx BirdLife or Bank transfer into:

Account Name: Manx BirdLife:

Barclays, PO Box 9 Barclays House. Douglas. Isle of Man IM99 1AJ

Account Number: 40817279

Sort Code: 20-26-74

 

Should you need any further detail please contact Janet.

 


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MANX BIRD REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 7th OF February 2016

Please find below a table with the details of the sightings sent to us during the week ending on 7th of february 2015.

Great to see that everone was out and about watching birds! Last week we had 144 records sent in from 16 observers reporting 65 different species with a total count above 2425 birds! Our 2nd best week this winter!!! 

 

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Brent Goose at Derbyhaven by JDonnelly

Robin_20160203_Ballakesh_FredHogson_XS

Robin at Ballakesh by Fred Hogson

Greylag Goose_20160206_StJudes_MIcheal Howland

Greylag Goose at StJudes by Michael Howland

Whooper Swan_20160206_Ballacrye_MHowland

Whooper Swan at Ballacrye by Michael Howland

kestrel_20160202_Rhendhoo Road_JDonnelly

Kestrel at Rhendhoo Road by JDonnelly

Sparrowhawk_20160202_Rhendhoo Road_JDonnelly

Sparrowhawk at Rhendhoo Road by JDonnelly

Grey Plover_20160202_Fort Island_JDonnelly

Grey Plover at Fort Island by JDonnelly

Great Spotted Woodpecker_20160202_Andreas_JDonnelly

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Andreas by JDonnelly

Little Egret_20160202_Castletown_Carl Hadfield

Little Egret at Castletown by Carl Hadfield

Pink footed geese_20160201_Close Lake_John Donnelly

Pink footed Goose at Close Lake by JDonnelly

whooper_20160202_Rhendhoo road_JDonnelly

whooper at Rhendhoo road by JDonnelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s special about this week?

  • Pink-footed Goose, although a regular winter visitor in the island this is the 1st record for this winter. 
  • Goldeneye, also a regular wintering species but a count of 25 bird is the highest we have record of for this winter.
  • Curlew, yet another common wintering species with a high count, 170 birds in one spot.
  • Great White Egret (rarity alert!) from last week was not confimed.

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MANX BIRD REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 31st OF JANUARY 2016

Please find below a table with the details of the sightings sent to us during the week ending on 31st of January 2015.

Not surprisingly this week records are not as good! This week we have 41 records sent in from 7 brave observers reporting 32 different species with a total count above 591 birds.

Sadly no pictures were received this week again. cvc

What’s special about this week?

  • Stock Dove, less than 10 birds winter in the Island.
  • Long-eared Owl a regular resident species not frequently reported.
  • Brambling, a wintering regular species that hasn’t been reported since november.
  • Great White Egret (rarity alert!), potentially the 4th record for the island. It would be great if it could be confirmed by other observers.

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