Isle Of Wight Ornithological Group (I.W.O.G)

Contact: Dave Hunnybun (Secretary),
40 Church Hill Road, Cowes, IOW PO31 8HH.
(Current subscription only 12 pa. birders from the mainland are welcome to join.)

Membership gives you all this:-

Monthly field trips. (See below for details)
AGM 19.15 -for 19.30 @ Medina Valley Centre (29th March 2014)
Annual Bird Report-free to members.
Sea Watching at St. Catherine's Point (Weekends around April)
3 newsletters.
Social Events illustrated talks, suppers etc.
News of local rarities (CROWS Network, now available by SMS Text on a Mobile Phone).
Garden Bird Survey-something all members can participate in.
Breeding Bird Survey-choose a 1km square and record the birds seen there.

Two IWOG members attempted 200 species on the IOW in 2002.
The totals were:- 204 and 198. A great achievement.
MAPS:-Click on the grid references (below) for map of the area, then select the scale-
(Under the map) my "arrow" shows Landranger 1:50000 scale. (For a street map use the "+" button)
Choose Map Scale
(Maps are provided courtesy of www.streetmap.co.uk)

Next Field Trips 2014

Why not join us on our next walk?

"West Highdown"---Sunday, October 19th. @8.00
With TBA for Autumn Migrants.
Meet @ the Highdown Quarry Car Park turn left just past the "Highdown Inn".
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"Blackgang Area"---Sunday, November 2nd.. @8.30
With Derek Hale for Autumn Migrants.
Meet @ the Viewpoint Car Park..
SZ490767 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sunday, November 23rd. @9.00
With John Wilmot for Winter Waders.
Meet @ the NT Car Park opposite the Old Town Hall.
SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Western Yar"---Sunday, December 14th. @9.00
With TBA for Wildfowl and Wafers.
Meet @ the Old Station, now the "Off the Rails" Cafe.
SZ357893 (Click for map).

Details of Previous Walks- 2014

"Culver Down"---Sunday, September 28th. @8.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants.
Meet @ the main Car Park past the "Culver Haven" PH.
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, September 7th. @8.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants.
Meet @ the main Car Park past the Radar Station.
SZ573786 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSBP Reserve"---Sunday, August 31st. @8.00
With Chris Meaney
Birds seen included: 1 Common & 6+ Green Sandpiper, 30+ Yellow Wagtail feeding around cattle. 9 Wheatear & 5 Whinchat.
Sedge & Reed Warblers, & Chiff's & Willow Warblers. Highlights include: good, close views of a Kingfisher, 2 juv & 1 adult Gc Grebe on Dynamite Pool
SZ630886 (Click for map).

"Newchurch"---Sunday, July 6th. @09.00
With Derek Hale we found 2 Turtle Doves- just N. of the Farm in Lime Kiln Shute
SZ556869 (Click for map)

"Tennyson Down, Totland"---Sunday, May 4th. @8.00
With Chris Meaney for Spring Migrants
Meet @ High Down Quarry Car Park -in lane next to the High Down Inn.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine's Point"---Sunday, April 27th. @7.00 (or Later)
With Dave Hunnybun for Land Migrants & a Seawatch
Meet @ the top of the Lighthouse Lane
- those arriving later should go directly to the field W. of the Lighthouse.
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"West Highdown, Totland"---Sunday, April 13th. @8.00
With Chris Meaney for Spring Migrants
Meet @ High Down Quarry Car Park -in lane next to the High Down Inn.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"Bembridge-Harbour and RSBP Reserve"---Sunday, March 23rd. @9.00
With Chris Meaney
Meet @ the bottom of Latimer Road.
SZ630886 (Click for map).

"Binstead to Quarr"---Sunday, March 9th. @9.00
With Derek Hale for Nuthatch etc.
Meet @ Binstead Old Church.
SZ574927 (Click for map).

Ryde to Seaview, Seawatch---Sunday, February 16th. @ 9.00
Meet Derek Hale on the N. side of Ryde Canoe Lake. (4hrs. Free Parking in Appley Park nearby)
SZ603927 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Ryde EsplanadeGuillemot1
"Bar-tailed Godwit1
"Mediterranean Gull2
"Great Black-back Gull5
"Brent Geesec50
Canoe LakeBlack Swan1
PuckpoolSlavonian Grebe1
(9.45)Great Northern Diver2
"Great-crested Grebe2
"Red-breasted Merganser4m,3f
Hersey NROystercatcher22
(10.30 -11.30)Barnacle Geesec40(Feral)
"Peregrine1(Flew over.)
"Water Rail1(Heard)
"Little Grebe3
BeachMediterranean Gull4

Details of Previous Walks- 2013

"Western Yar"---Sunday, December 8th. @9.00
With TBA for Wildfowl and Waders
Meet @ Yarmouth "Old Station" Victoria Road.
SZ357893 (Click for map).

"Blackgang Area"---Sunday, November 3rd. @9.00
With Derek Hale -abandoned due to strong winds.
Meet @ Blackgang Viewpoint car park
SZ490767 (Click for map).

"West High Down"---Sunday, October 6th. @8.00
With TBA Autumn migration
Meet @ High Down quarry car park
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, September 15th. @8.00
With Chris Meaney Autumn migration
Meet @ main car park past the radar station
SZ573786 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday, August 25th. @8.30
With Chris Meaney
Meet @ Brading railway station carpark
SZ609869 (Click for map)

"Wellow Quail walk"---Sunday, July 14th. @9.00
With TBA for Farmland Birds
Meet by Prospect Quarry, Broad Lane. On the right past Prospect Cottage, from Shalcombe.
SZ384865 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday, March 17th. @09.00
With Chris Meaney for Waders, Ducks and early migrants.
Meet at Brading Station car park
SZ609869 (Click for map)

"West Highdown"---Sunday, April 21st. @08.00
With Chris Meaney for Spring migrants.
Meet at High Down Quarry car park
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine's Point"---Saturday, May11th. @07.00 or later (see below)
With Dave Hunnybun for land migrants and a Sea-watching session. (a combined IWOG / IWNHS event)
Meet at the top of the Lighthouse lane. (Later arrivals should go directly to the field W. of the Lighthouse)
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday, June 15th. @20.15
With Derek Hale for Nightjars and Woodcock
Meet @ main car park off Forest Road
SZ479899 (Click for map).

Details of Previous Walks- 2012

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday, February 24th. @09.00
With Derek Hale from Ryde Canoe Lake to the Hersey NR (Seaview).
SZ603927 (Click for map).

"Newtown"---Sunday, January 27th. @09.00
With TBA for Winter Waders & Ducks.
Meet at the NT "Old Town Hall" car park
SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Western Yar"---Sunday, December 16th. @09.00
With Chris Meaney for Winter Waders & Ducks.
From the Old Station, @ end of Victoria Road, Yarmouth.
SZ357893 (Click for map).

Yarmouth Estuary and PondsMarsh Harrier Click for Picture 1m (2nd.w)
(8.20 - 11.20)BLACK BRENT Click for Picture 1(With c100 Brent Geese)
-IWOG Walk from 9.00Grey Plover1
"Golden Ploverc50(Over)
"Black-tailed Godwitc60
"Little Grebe7
"Little Egret5
"Rock Pipit1
"Reed Bunting1f

"Newtown"---Sunday, November 4th. @09.00
With John Wilmot for Winter Waders & Ducks.
Started from the NT "Old Town Hall" car park
SZ423905 (Click for map).

04/11Newtown NRGoldeneye2f(Clamerkin Lake)
04/11(8.15 - 10.40)Golden Ploverc300
04/11-IWOG Walk from 9.00Grey Ploverc40
04/11"Ringed Plover12
04/11"Red-breasted Merganser1m,3f
04/11"Little Egret2
04/11"Brent Geesec200

"West High Down"---Sunday, October 7th. @08.00
With Chris Meaney for Spring migrants.
Started from the High Down quarry car park
SZ324856 (Click for map).

07/10West HighdownDartford Warbler Click for Picture 1m
07/10(7.35 - 11.15)Spotted Flycatcher Click for Picture 1(A late one)
07/10IWOG walk from 8.15Bullfinch2m
07/10"Meadow Pipitc30
07/10"Pied/White Wagtail13(Over)
07/10"House Martin5(Over)
07/10"Jayc40(Amazing flocks of 30, 20, 10 etc.)
07/10"Great Spotted Woodpecker3
07/10"Green Woodpecker2

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, September 9th. @08.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn migrants.
Started from the car park past the Radar Station
SZ573786 (Click for map).

09/09Luccombe DownDartford Warbler1(Heard)
09/09(8.00 - 11.15)Redstart7
09/09-IWOG walkSpotted Flycatcher7(c20 Reported by Cattle Trough)
09/09"Yellow Wagtail1(Over)
09/09"Meadow Pipit4
09/09"Great Spotted Woodpecker1(Heard)
09/09"Green Woodpecker1(Heard)
09/09"Willow Warbler/Chiffchaffc10
09/09"Sand Martin2
09/09"Kestrel Click for Picture 4

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday, August 12th. @8.30
With Chris Meaney for possible early migrants etc.
Started from Brading Station car-park.
SZ609869 (Click for map)

12/08Brading Marsh RSPBGarden Warbler Click for Picture 1
12/08IWOG walk (8.45 - 11.15)GREEN SANDPIPER3
12/08"Shoveler4+(1m,1f later 3f)
12/08"Teal40+(Flocks of 15 and 20 over)
12/08"Meadow Pipit1
12/08"Reed Bunting3m
12/08"Cormorant Click for Picture c40(In roost tree)
"Whinchat1 1 Snipe (James G.)

"Gatcombe"---Sunday, July 15th. @09.00
With Caroline Dudley for birds and butterflies
Started from the Old Church.
SZ491851 (Click for map)

15/07Garstons Down, GatcombeCOMMON REDSTART Click for Picture 1m,1juv(Early migrants, just above Garstons Farm)
15/07IWOG Walk (9.10 - 11.10)Yellowhammer6
15/07"Red-legged Partridge1(Heard)
15/07"Buzzard5(And 1 juv. in tree Click for Picture )
15/07Gatcombe ChurchStock Dove2
"Meadow Brown10+ 2 Red Admiral & 2 "Silver Y" moth.

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday, June 23rd. @20.15
With Derek Hale for Nightjars and Woodcock etc.
Started from the main car park, off Forest Road
SZ479899 (Click for map).

23/06Parkhurst Forest (IWOG Walk)Woodcockc4(Flying over from 21.20)
23/06(20.15 - 10.30) in light rainNightjar4+(3 seen, others heard from 21.05)
23/06"Long-eared Owl1, 2juv.(Juveniles heard "Squeaking", and 1 adult glimsed in the gloom)
"Glow-worm2f(Glowing by paths)

"Hamstead"---Saturday, June 9th. @09.30
With Caroline Dudley for birds and butterflies
Started from Ningwood Recycling Centre car park, (next to the "Horse & Groom" PH)
SZ400892 (Click for map)
09/06Ningwood IWOG WalkNightingale1(Heard briefly)
09/06(9.40 - 11.30)Willow Warbler3(Heard)
09/06"Great Spotted Woodpecker1juv
09/06"Mistle Thrush1
"Small Heathc10 1 Large Skipper, 3 Meadow Brown, 10+ Speckled Wood.
"Azure6 4 Large Red

"St. Catherines Point"---Sunday, May 6th. @07.00
With Dave Hunnybun for Spring migrants & a Seawatching session.
Started from Lighthouse lane.
SZ500756 (Click for map).

06/05St. Catherine's PointHOBBY3(Flying up and down the Cliffs)
06/05(8.05 - 9.20)House Martinc60(In off sea)
06/05-IWOG WalkGannet Click for Picture c50(Some very close)
06/05"Auk Sp.5E(Distant)
06/05"Common Scoter2E
06/05"Swift3(In off Sea)
earlierGreat Skua "Bonxie"1

"Newtown NR"---Sunday, March 11th. @09.00
With John Wilmot for Waders & Ducks.
Started from the "NT Car Park" (opposite the Old Town Hall).
SZ423905 (Click for map).

(9.10 - 10.45)Stonechat1m
"Black-tailed Godwitc15
"Brent Geesec60
"Mediterranean Gull39
"Grey Ploverc60
"Short-eared Owl1(In grass towards E. Hide)

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday, February 5th. @09.00
With Derek Hale Seawatch for Grebes, Ducks and Divers.
From the Canoe Lake to Appley Park and Puckpool.
SZ603927 (Click for map).

Ryde EsplanadeEider1f(Just E. of Pier till flew W.)
(8.45 - 11.00)Bar-tailed Godwit1(Flushed by dogs)
"Ringed Ploverc30
Canoe LakeBlack Swan1
"Tufted Duck5
Appley ParkRedwingc15
"Mistle Thrush2
Puckpool PointCommon Scoter1(On sea by the GND)
"Great Northern Diver1
"Slavonian Grebe2(Off Seaview)
"Red-breasted Merganser5

"Western Yar"---Sunday, January 8th. 2012 @09.00
With Chris Meaney
From the Old Station, along the estuary to Mill Copse Scrape, then back to Rofford Marsh.
SZ357893 (Click for map).

08/01YarmouthKINGFISHER1m(On Boat Pontoons)
08/01IWOG Walk (9.00 - 11.10)Cetti's Warbler1(Heard)
08/01"Black-tailed Godwitc80
08/01"Golden Plover50+
08/01"Grey Plover2
08/01"Little Grebe8
08/01"Reed Buntingc6
08/01Rofford MarshSnipe4
08/01"Mediterranean Gull2+
"HEN HARRIER1f Large field S. of Scrape (Ian R.)

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