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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, and there's a reduced price for junior members.)


Membership gives you all this:-

Monthly field trips. (See below for details)
AGM 19.15 -for 19.30 start @ Medina Valley Centre Saturday April 7th 2018
Annual Bird Report-free to members. (The 2013 Report came out in Sept 2015, NB. the 2014 &15 Reports are under preparation)
Sea Watching at St. Catherine's Point (Weekends around April)
3 newsletters each year
Social Events illustrated talks etc.
News of local rarities "CROWS" Network, for alerts by Text.
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 2018

Why not join us on our next walk?

"Western Yar"---December 9th. @ 9.00

With TBA for Winter Waders and Ducks
Meet @ Yarmouth Old Station, (now the "Off the Rails" Cafe)
SZ357893 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---November 11th. @ 9.00

With TBA for Winter Waders and Ducks
Meet @ The NT "Pay & Display" Car Park opposite the Old Town Hall

SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Blackgang/Gore Cliff"---October 28th. @ 8.30

With Derek Hale for overhead Migrants & farmland birds
Meet @ The Blackgang "Viewpoint" Car Park on the A3055

SZ490767 (Click for map).

"Culver Down"---October 7th. @ 7.15 or 8.00

With TBA for overhead Migrants, there will be someone there from 7.15 but they will wait for later arrivals at 8.00.
Meet @ The Battery Car Park at the far end

SZ636856 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday, September 23rd. @ 8.00

With Chris Meaney for Migrants
Meet @ The Quarry Car Park up the lane past the Highdown Inn
SZ325856 (Click for map).

Details of Previous Walks- 2018


"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, September 2nd. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for early Migrants
From the NT Car Park, at Luccombe Down and onto Shanklin Down
SZ573786 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Spotted Flycatcher Click for Picture 4-7
Redstart Click for Picture 2m,2f
Whinchat Click for Picture 2m, 1f
Stonechat1m,2f
Willow Warbler10+
Chiffchaff2
Whitethroat6+
Blackcap2f
Robin1
Dunnock5+
Meadow Pipit1+
Great Spotted Woodpecker1
Green Woodpecker1, 1 juv.
Magpie2
Blue Tit10+
Great Tit2+
Swallow100+
House Martinc6
Sand Martinc4
Swift3
Stock Dove3
Raven3
Kestrel2
Buzzard2+
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"Brading Marsh"---Sunday, August 5th. @ 8.30
With Chris Meaney for Ducks, Waders and Migrants
From the N. end of Laundry Lane by the Cattle Sheds, to the New Bridge Ponds and back along the lane. Then from St. Helens Bridge to Bembridge Ponds.
SZ621883 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Whinchat1f
Heron3
Coot2
Sand Martin2
Swallow1
Kestrel1
Teal3
Cormorantc30
Buzzard1
Sparrowhawk1
Peregrine1
Marsh Harrier1f,1 imm
TO BEMBRIDGE PONDS-
Peregrine2, 2 juv.(On trees, very noisey Juv.)
Heron1
Tufted Duck1f
Gadwall2(Over)
Little Grebe3
Common Sandpiper2
Bittern1
Buzzard1
Kestrel2
Marsh Harrier1f/imm.
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"Alverstone Area"---Sunday, July 1st. @ 9.00
With TBA for Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Meet @ The Bridge over the River by the Old Station, park on the roadside.
SZ577855 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Wren3(Seen/Heard)
Blackcap2+(Heard)
Song Thrush1(Heard)
Jay Click for Picture 1 juv.
Mallard12, 6 dklgs
Great Tit3
Heron1
Whitethroat2(Heard)
Swallow10+
Swift2
House Martin1
Jackdawc20
Raven2
Buzzard4
MammalRed Squirrel1 came for nuts but we had none
ButterfliesMeadow Brown10+ 2 Small Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Large White, 2 Marbled White
DragonfliesGolden-ringed Click for Picture c10 1m Broad Bodied Chaser, 1 Southern Hawker
DamselfliesBanded Damoiselle 5 1 Emerald, also Azure.
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"Newchurch Walk"---Sunday, June 24th. @ 9.00
With Derek Hale for Farmland Birds
From the Garlic Farm, then the FP S. to the fishing ponds, then W. to the Irrigation Pond (N. of Haseley Manor)
SZ555869 (Click for map)

These were the birds seen;-

Collared Dove1
Jackdawc20
Sparrowhawk1
Buzzard6
Whitethroat3
Chaffinch2m
Tufted Duckc20Pond N. of Haseley Manor
Mallard1, 5 dklgs.
Little Grebe3, 5 juv.
Swallow6+
House Martin Click for Picture 12
Yellowhammer2
ButterfliesMeadow Brown20+ 2 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large White, 2 Marbled White
DragonfliesBlack-tailed Skimmer Click for Picture c10 also Azure Damselflies
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"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday, May 26th. @ 20.30
With Derek Hale for Nightjar & Woodcock etc.
Meet @ The Main Car Park.
SZ479900 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine's Point"---Sunday, April 29th. @ 7.00
With Dave Hunnybun for Migrants and a Seawatching session. (Combined IWOG / IWNHAS event).
Meet @ the top of the Lighthouse lane. Later arrivals can go directly to the field W. of the Lighthouse.
SZ500756 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Common Scoter13E
Fulmar6
Gannet5E. 99W
Bar-tailed Godwit35E
Sandwich Tern5E
Shag1E
Cormorant1W
Whitethroat4
REDSTART1m
Whinchat Click for Picture 4
Wheatear Click for Picture 5
Willow Warbler2(Heard)
Yellowhammer1
Linnetc15
Bullfinch2
Stonechat2
Swallowc15
Sparrow1m
Magpie4
Peregrine1(Catching Migrants over the sea)
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"West Highdown"---Sunday, April 8th. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for spring migrants
From the Quarry Car Park, past the "Beacon" and along the Valley to Alum Bay, returning along Alum Bay Road.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Dunnock4
Blackcap3m
Chiffchaff4
Skylark2(heard)
Blackbird3
Stonechat2
Yellowhammer1m
Firecrest1m,1f
Stock Dove2
Great Tit2
Pheasantc20
Swallow2+
Raven2
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"Brading RSPB Reserve"---Sunday, March 18th. @ 8.30
Cancelled due to bad weather.

"Newtown NR"---Sunday, February 18th. @ 9.00
With Derek Hale for Waders, Ducks etc.
Meet @ the main NT Car Park opposite the Old Town Hall.
SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday, January 21st.(2018) @ 9.00
With Derek Hale for Divers and Grebes
Meet on the N. side of the Canoe Lake
SZ603927 (Click for map).

"River Medina"---Sunday, January 7th. (2018) @ 9.00
With Dave Hunnybun Waders and Ducks etc.
Meet @ the Medina Valley Centre.
SZ503909 (Click for map).


Details of Previous Walks- 2017


"West Highdown"---Sunday, September 24. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants
From theQuarry Car Park up the lane to Tennyson Down then onto Highdown and along the Valley to Alum Bay.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Sparrowhawk1
Kestrel5
Swallow200+
House Martin200+
Stonechat5
Goldcrest4+(Heard/Seen)
Wren2
Meadow Pipitc20
Linnet6
Pied Wagtail3(Over)
Green Woodpecker4
Magpie7
Canada Geesec20(Over)
Blackcap4
Whitethroat1
Goldfinchc25
Robin4+
Chiffchaff20+
Great Tit2
Blue Tit4
Jay2
Pheasant1m
Raven3
Buzzard1
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"Ventnor Downs"---Saturday, September 2nd. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants
From the NT Car Park along Luccombe Down to Shanklin Down.
SZ573786 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Spotted Flycatcher5
WHINCHAT Click for Picture 2
Swallowc50
Redstart5
Wheatear15
Meadow Pipit4
Linnet2
Green Woodpecker2
Dartford Warbler2
Willow Warbler1+
Chiffchaff2
Meadow Pipit4
Raven2
Kestrel4
Sparrowhawk2
Buzzard8
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"Brading Marsh and RSPB walk"---Saturday, August 5th. @ 8.30
With Chris Meaney for Waders, Ducks etc.
Starting at the New Bridge Ponds and Laundry Lane, then past Bembridge Ponds to Harbour Farm (RSPB).
SZ621883 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Sand Martin3
Canada Geesec40
Moorhen3,1juv.
Coot1
Kestrel5
Buzzard2
Marsh Harrier1 juv.
Heron1
Little Egret1
Wheatear1(Over)
Sparrowhawk1
Dragonflies1Emperor Click for Picture
-------St. Helens Bridge------
Great-crested Grebe2
Kingfisher1
Gadwallc10(Flew over marsh)
Tufted Duck5
Kestrel2
Marsh Harrier2 juv.
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Click for Picture 1-2(By path to Harbour Farm)
Long-tailed Tit10+
Willowchiffsc10(Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers)
Blackcap1m
Swallowc20
Pochard2m. 1f
Heron1
Little Egret4
Redshank2(one colour ringed)
Sparrowhawk1
Dragonflies1Migrant Hawker Click for Picture c6 Common Darter
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"Newchurch Walk"---Sunday, July 2nd. @ 9.00
With Derek Hale Birds and Butterflies
Meet @ Opposite the Garlic Farm entrance.
SZ555869 (Click for map)

These were the birds seen;-

TURTLE DOVE Click for Picture 1-2
Mistle Thrush2(Horse Field)
Blackcap2
Kestrel1f
Blue Tit2
Great Tit2
Song Thrush1
Goldfinch10+
Red-legged Partridge1
Great-spotted Woodpecker1
Green Woodpecker2,2juv.
Skylark2+(Heard)
Sand Martin2
Swallow10+
Wood Pigeon10+
Tufted Duckc15, c10 Dklgs(Arreton Pond)
Little Grebe2
Chiffchaff2(Heard)
Whitethroat1(Heard)
Goldcrest1, 2 juv.
Wren2
Buzzard3
ButterfliesMarbled White4+ 3 Small Tortoiseshell, c6 Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper,1 Comma, 1 Peacock,1 Large White
DamselfliesAzure Damselflyc10 also 2 Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonflies
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"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday, June 17th. @ 20.15
With Derek Hale for Nightjar & Woodcock etc.
Meet @ The Main Car Park.
SZ479900 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Nightjar Click for Picture 4(1m heard Churring at 21.30, furthur on 2m Churring at 21.50, another flew in)
Woodcock2(Seen/Heard, 22.03 and 22.07)
Song Thrush3(Heard)
Raven2
Blackcap1m(Heard)
BeetleGlow Worm1f
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"St. Catherine's Point"---Sunday, April 30th. @ 7.00
With Dave Hunnybun for Migrants and a Seawatching session. (Combined IWOG / IWNHAS event).
Meet @ the top of the Lighthouse lane. Later arrivals can go directly to the field W. of the Lighthouse.
SZ500756 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Arctic Skua Click for Picture 1E(Pale Phase)
Common Tern5E
Common Scoter21E
Velvet Scoter2E
Guillemot1E
Red-throated Diver1E
Black-throated Diver1E
Wader Sp.11E(Probably 8 Sanderling and 3 Dunlin)
Grey Plover1E
Shelduck1E
Gannet Click for Picture 90E
Fulmarc6
Cormorant9W
Lesser Black-backed Gull7E
Great Black-back Gull5
Kittiwake6
Magpie3
Bar-tailed Godwit13E
Whimbrel Click for Picture 15E
Red-legged Partridge1
Linnet10+
Swallow5+
Whitethroat2+
Buzzard1
~

"West Highdown"---Sunday, April 23rd. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for late Spring Migrants.
Meet @ Highdown Quarry Car Park.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

WHINCHAT1m(Headon Warren)
Stonechat1m, 1f
Redstart Click for Picture 2m,2f(Alum Bay Valley & Headon Warren)
Grasshopper Warbler3+(Heard)
Yellowhammer1m(Heard)
Meadow Pipitc10
Linnetc20
Whitethroatc6
Blackcap2m,1f(Heard)
Chiffchaffc6(Seen/Heard)
Willow Warbler Click for Picture c6(Heard)
Whitethroat1
Wheatear5m
Skylark3(Seen/Heard)
Swallowc10
Sand Martin2
Pheasant2m,2f
Red-legged Partridge3
Kestrel1m
Raven1
~

"Bembridge Harbour and RSPB Reserve"---Sunday, April 9th. @ 9.00
With Chris Meaney for Waders, Ducks etc.
Meet @ the bottom of Latimer Road, by the Marina.
SZ630886 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sunday, March 12th. @ 9.00
With TBA for Waders, Ducks etc.
Meet @ the main NT Car Park opposite the Old Town Hall.
SZ423905 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Kingfisher1f
Knotc100
Turnstone2
Dunlinc300
Redshank8
Curlewc10
Golden Plover32
Wigeonc45
Tealc20
Shelduckc50
Red-breasted Merganser8
Great-crested Grebe1
Little Grebe3
Mediterranean Gullc65(41 in Scrape, 26 in Harbour)
Black-headed Gullc120
Shelduckc50
Brent Geese200+
Rock Pipit1
Turnstone1
Kestrel1
Buzzard1
Peregrine1
Grey Seal1

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday, February 14th. @ 9.00
With Derek Hale Divers, Grebes, Ducks etc.
Meet @ the N. side of Ryde Canoe Lake.
SZ603927 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Sandwich Tern22Ryde Sands
Sanderlingc30
Curlew8
Oystercatcher12
Brent Geesec80
Redwingc50Appley Park
Mistle Thrush3
Starlingc30
Stock Dove3
Slavonian Grebe1Puckpool Point
Great-crested Grebe2
Red-breasted Merganser1m,1f
Gannet1E

"River Medina"---Sunday, January 29th. @ 9.00
With Dave Hunnybun Waders and Ducks etc.
Meet @ the Medina Valley Centre.
SZ503909 (Click for map).

These were the birds seen;-

Water Rail1(At St. Cross inlet)
Swan4
Sparrowc15
Oystercatcher54
Moorhen2
Cootc70
Black-tailed Godwitc25
Redshank8
Curlew4
Snipe1
Wigeon7
Teal5
Brent Geesec80
Little Grebe14
Great Spotted Woodpecker3
Mistle Thrush3
Redwingc80
Fieldfare4
Blackbird12
Chaffinch10+
Linnet2
Bullfinch2+
Goldcrest3
Kingfisher1
Peregrine2
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