East Glam Bird Report 2018

In case anyone is wondering, the 2018 East Glam Bird Report is being proof read at the moment. All content is now complete so it’s a matter of me putting together the complete pdf with colour pages, to send to the printer, once I have had the proof read text back and made any necessary adjustments. It’s all getting a bit tight for getting it out and in the post, but it is a big job, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped in its production.

GBC films with Weatherman walking

A little while ago we were approached by the team who film Derek Brockway in his ‘Weatherman Walking’ series, which they are in the process of filming for a second series to be shown sometime in 2020. He was in the process of covering the Heritage Coast and they thought it would be good for him to meet some local birdwatchers, particularly with the interest of the resident Choughs. So six of the GBC committee them at Cwm Nash and some filming was done on the path at the top of the west cliffs. We were very fortunate in that we were entertained by three Choughs flying back and forth whilst we were there.

L>R: John Wilson, Anne Wilson, Derek, Strinda Davies, Jean Haslam

Two upcoming events

Just a reminder that the first indoor meeting of this ‘winter’ is tomorrow evening at KNNR reserve centre starting at 7:45. Steve Roberts, an expert on the subject, will be giving a talk on Honey Buzzards.

Another upcoming event – there’s a field trip to Steart Marshes reserve near Bridgwater on Sunday 6th Oct. High tide at around 12:40. We shd see lots of waders either on the reserve or by the nearby shore. Leave Cardiff at around 8 shd get us there at 9:40 or thereabouts. Good to get a rising tide as the tide comes in very quickly there. Google Maps will find WWT Steart Marshes for you – the car park is in Stert Drove [that’s not a spelling mistake]. Let me know in advance if you want picking up at St Margaret’s Road.

A request from Gower OS

Colour marked Curlew

WWT has been running a captive breeding project and have colour marked 50 captive bred CURLEW with a yellow colour ring on one tibia and a white one on the other.  Please report any sightings to GOS secretary Jeremy Douglas-Jones on this email address [jeremy@douglas-jones.biz] throughout the coming winter and he will make sure the data gets back to people who are running this project.  Please include in your report date, time and place of sighting:  photos would be an added bonus, but might be asking too much.

Safari browser problems

This site does not seem to work properly on Safari which is the default browser for Mac users. Even if you are logged in to WordPress the bar at the top of the screen which has the ‘Write’ button on the right and ‘My sites’ on the left, does not display. This seems to be a general problem. Google Chrome and Firefox are OK. I assume Internet Explorer is, although I don’t have it as I’m Mac only. John Wilson

Upcoming event – Portland Obs

There are 6 spaces on this trip, all in 3 or 4 bunk rooms. Please let me, John Wilson, know if you want to come. At the moment I’m thinking about leaving Cardiff at around 7:30 – I need to get out of Penarth sharpish before the morning queue. So if anyone wants a lift then meet up at St Margaret’s Rd at 7:30 but please let me know. If no-one’s doing that I’ll leave straight from Penarth. If you’ve not been before full details are HERE. It’s £22 per night for non-PBO members.

Web site address

Just a heads up that in the next couple of days I will be changing the site address so that it uses the glamorganbirds.org.uk address that currently takes you to the ‘old’ website. This may mean that the site will be down for a while, so apologies for any inconvenience – it can be a slightly complex process involving changing settings in WordPress and on the ‘Control Panel’ of 123-Reg where our domains are held.

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GBC CIO AGM

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The first AGM of Glamorgan Bird Club CIO is scheduled for Tuesday 17th September at KNNR reserve centre starting at 7:45 p.m. I am posting this early as I am away for a week starting tomorrow [Sat 7th]. Please come along and support your club. There will be refreshments and a quiz afterwards.

Cancelled trip Weds 11th Sep

NB Just a heads up. I have decided to cancel this trip. I am away all week and there’s no deputy available. If some club members wish to contact each other and arrange to go, that’s fine but it will have to be considered as a private trip out and not a GBC trip. Sorry to disappoint. John Wilson

New Web Site

OK I have now imported all the stuff from the test site and created the top menu. Most of that works but there are some items that I/we would like to rearrange and there are some that still need a bit of work, but the Sightings page still works as before, and there are a couple of pages that still need creating, and other stuff that needs to be added in so please be patient.

The old web site on Weebly will be kept live until everything here is finished. Once that’s done, the domain name glamorganbirds.org.uk will be redirected to this site and the old one will be taken down.

John Wilson