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

Archives 2003-2008

Details of Previous Walks- 2011

"Newtown NR"---Sunday, December 11th. @09.00
With Chris Meaney for Winter Waders & Ducks.

"Culver Down"---Sunday, November 6th. @08.00
With Chris Meaney & Derek Hale for Winter Visitors.
From the "Battery Car Park" we walked W. along the cliff edge, moving inland to the valley S. of the fort.

Birds seen included;-
Overhead Migration: c15 Redpoll, c100 Linnet, c50 Goldfinch, c100 Woodpigeon
2 Peregrines, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk.
1m,1f Stonechat 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear (By Beacon)
5 Bullfinch, 1 Raven, 2 Skylark.
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"Blackgang Area"---Sunday, October 16th. @08.00
With Chris Meaney & Derek Hale
From the "Viewpoint Car Park" along Gore Cliff to the old Niton Radio Site, then back to Car Park.
part of the group then went down to the old Blackgang Road landslip.

Birds seen included;-
1m Ring Ouzel Click for Picture (Below Cliff at Blackgang Landslip), 1 Raven (Doing aerobatic manouvers Click for Picture )
6 Stock Dove, 3 Yellowhammer, c6 Goldcrest (Heard), 6 Chiffchaff
1m Blackcap, 1 Peregrine, 6 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 7 Wheatear (On field by road)
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard.
Overhead Migrants: 8 Redpoll (Others heard), c10 Siskin (Heard), c50 Linnet, 4 Skylark, 77 Pied Wagtail.

earlier 2 SHORT-EARED OWL were flushed from clifftop (before the walk).
later 1m Black Redstart was seen by "Merlins" restauant.

SZ490767 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday, October 2nd. @08.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants.
Meet in the Quarry Car Park (up the lane next to the "Highdown Inn").
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, September 11th. @08.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants.
Meet in the Car Park, past the Radar Station.
SZ573786 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday, August 7th. @8.30
With Chris Meaney for a visit to the RSPB reserve.
Park in Brading Station Car Park.
SZ609869 (Click for map).

"Firestone Copse"---Sunday, July 10th. @09.00
With Caroline Dudley for Birds and Butterflies.
From the Car Park, to the Creek and back by the circular trail.

Birds seen included;-
Crossbill, heard calling N. of Car Park.
At the creek:
1 Greenshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Heron, 4 Little Egret
At the Car Park:
1 Bullfinch (Heard), 1 Blackcap.
At the Pond:
c4 Smooth Newts.

"Parkhurst Forest"---SATURDAY, June 18th. @20.00
With Derek Hale Nightjar and Woodcock walk.
From the Car Park NW. to the main clearing, then W. and S. to the Car Park.
5 Nightjar seen, c6 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl juvenile was head "Squeaking"
On the return route 4 Glow-worms were seen by the paths.
SZ479900 (Click for map).

"Jersey Camp, Newtown"---FRIDAY, May 27th. @20.00
With Elaine Rice Nightingale dusk chorous plus Moth Trapping.
Meet inside entrance at Private Road Jn.
SZ444909 (Click for map).

"St. Catherines Point"---Sunday, May 8th. @7.00 (or join us later)
With Dave Hunnybun IWOG/IWNHS walk: St.Catherines Point for land migrants & seawatch
Park in Lighthouse Lane. (Members arriving later can go directly to field W of the Lighthouse)
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"West High Down"---Sunday April 17th. @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for Spring migrants
Park @ High Down quarry NT car park.
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday 20th. March @ 9.00
With TBA for winter Ducks etc.
Meet at Brading Station Car Park.
SZ609869 (Click for map)

"Indoor Meeting"---MONDAY 21st. February @ 19.00
With James Gloyn for a Presentation on Buzzards, and on Spring Migration in Israel
At Arreton Community Hall.
SZ542861 (Click for map)

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 6th. February @ 9.00
With TBA for winter Waders & Ducks.
Meet at the NT Car Park (By the Old Town Hall).
SZ423905 (Click for map)

"Yarmouth"---Sunday 9th. January @ 9.00
With Chris Meaney for winter Waders & Ducks.
From the Old Station, taking in Rofford Marsh, then to the Estuary, and down the FP to the Mill Copse Scrape
SZ357893 (Click for map).

Birds seen included;-
Gadwall 17
Water Rail 1 (Heard, Rofford Marsh)
Black-tailed Godwit c40
Snipe c40 Click for Picture
Little Grebe 6
Kestrel 1
Song Thrush 2
Reed Bunting6
Bullfinch 1m (Over)
Golden Plover c120
Lapwing c100
Goldeneye 1m
Redshank 3
Greenshank 1 (Scrape)
Stock Dove 1
Curlew 2
Kingfisher 3!

Details of Previous Walks- 2010

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday 12th. December @ 8.30
With Chris Meaney
Ryde to Seaview and Back.
SZ603927 (Click for map).

Birds seen;-
1 Red-throated Diver, W. off Prince Consort car-park
1 Great Northern Diver, E. off Hersey.
1 Diver sp, W. (probably Black Throated).
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great-crested Grebe,1 Greenshank, feeding on the beach at the Hersey water outfall

Hersey NR ;-
1 Water Rail -by the sluice at the entrance
1 Kestrel, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Heron
150+ Brent Goose, E. along the coast, a Mistle Thrush and a Buzzard at Appley Park

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 28th. November @ 9.00
With TBA for winter Waders & Ducks.
Meet at the NT Car Park (By the Old Town Hall).
SZ423905 (Click for map)

"Culver Down"---Sunday 14th. November @ 8.00
With TBA for winter migrants.
Meet at the Battery Car Park (At the far end).
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"Shorwell"---Sunday 17th. October @ 8.30
With Chris Meaney for Farmland Birds and Raptors.
Meet "The Dell", there's a car park just across the road before the footbridge.
SZ457834 (Click for map).

"King's Quay Area"---Sunday 3rd. October @ 9.00
With Chris Meaney for Winter Visitors.
From jn. Alverstone Road and Whippingham Road, the party moved to Binstead Beach.
SZ517933 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday 26th September @ 8.00
With Chris Meaney for Autumn Migrants.
Up to the Beacon, around the bushes, then to Alum Bay along the Valley and back again.
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 19th September @ 9.00
With TBA for Ospreys and Migrants.
Park @ corner by Walters Copse/Town Copse
SZ429905 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 5th September @ 08.00
With Derek Hale Autumn migration.
Along the Ridge of Luccombe Down, then onto Shanklin Down to visit the E. Slope for Redstarts.
Back via the Dew Pond
SZ573786 (Click for map)

"Brading Marsh"---SATURDAY 28th August @ 09.00
With Chris Meaney
From Brading Station to the Sewage Works then onto the RSPB reserve.
We followed the W. bank of the river N. to check the various pools and reedbeds, then along the E. side to observe the Dynamite Pool
SZ609869 (Click for map).

"Dunsbury and Brook Down"---Sunday 25 July @ 09.00
With Caroline Dudley for birds and butterflies.
Meet @ Brook Green National Trust carpark
SZ385836 (Click for map)

"Gatcombe area"---Sunday 27 June from 9.10 - 11.20
With Chris Meaney
SZ491851 (Click for map).

From the Church we drove to Garstons, at the end of Snowdrop Lane, then walked up the Downs FP as far as Newbarn Down then back via the Dukem Copse FP.

Yellowhammers were evident straight away, with plenty of Skylarks singing overhead,
high above the Downs 40+ Swift were soaring round, and 2 Red-legged Partridges were flushed near the FP.

Some rarer plants included 3 Bee-orchids, of the pale "chlorantha" type Click for Picture , a Spotted Orchid Click for Picture , many Pyramidal Orchids and a magnificent Great Mullein Click for Picture .

Butterflies were less numerous than expected but there were still 6+ Small Tortoiseshell Click for Picture , 2 Dark-green Fritillary Click for Picture
2 Marbled White Click for Picture , 1 Large Skipper, 4 Small Heath, c20 Meadow Brown. 1 Painted Lady and 1 Six-spot Burnet Moth.

"Parkhurst Forest"---SATURDAY, 5 June @ 19.30
With Derek Hale for Nightjar and Woodcock.
From the main car park to the large clearing SW. of the Study Field, back via the main path past the Red Squirrel hide.
SZ479899 (Click for map)

"Wootton and Firestone"---Sunday 23 May@ 09.00
With Derek Hale for birds & butterflies.
From Wooton Bridge past Lakeside, Hurst Copse to Railway at Woodhouse Farm, returning the same way.
SZ546919 (Click for map).

"Mottistone Down"---Sunday 9 May@ 09.00
With Chris Meaney
From the NT "Millenium" carpark, Mottistone Down around the woods then over to the Longstone and back via Strawberry Lane
SZ420845 (Click for map).

"St.Catherines Point"---Sunday 25th. April@ 08.00
With Dave Hunnybun for a Sea-Watch till 11.30.
The group took up position just west of the Lighthouse, but with heavy mist and light rain, nothing much could be seen at first.
Persistance paid off as when the mist cleared and the skies brightened, waves of birds were streaming past, almost too many to write down!

Total Counts were;-
16 Great Skua "Bonxie" (E) - there were 4 flying with a line of Gannets, a very unusual sight. Click for Picture
10 Arctic Skua (Light and Dark phase) Click for Picture
207 Gannet (Mostly E.)
14 Kittiwake (E)
501 "Commic" Tern (E)
113 Sandwich Tern mostly (E)
2 Shelduck (W)
62 Common Scoter (E)
269 Guillemot and 27 Auk Sp.
10 Brent Geese (E)
2 Shelduck (W)
2 Red-throated Diver (E)
c50 Swallow in off sea
7 Yellow Wagtail -with cattle.

SZ500756 (Click for map).

"Blackgang Area"---Sunday 18th. April @ 08.30
With Derek Hale for spring migration, 8 Members attended.
From the "Viewpoint" carpark above Blackgang Chine along Gore Cliff, then inland along the base of Niton Down

At Gore Cliff Fulmars were flying along the cliffs, Swallows (100+) were streaming in, together with c50 Sand Martin and 1 House Martin.
On the wall were 2 Wheatears with another on the cliff edge further on, a Peregrine and 2 Ravens flying over to the West.
Then 2 Swifts came over, with Whitethroat and Willow Warbler in the bushes and 4 Yellowhammers on the Radio Station fence.

The highlight was a GOSHAWK (?) flying SE and out to sea, with Buzzards and 2 Sparrowhawks soaring above.

After crossing the Niton Road (E. of St. Catherines Lodge) we heard a Grasshopper Warbler "reeling" by the road.
then c6 Skylark and 2 Kestrels were seen on the Footpath back to the Car Park.

SZ490767 (Click for map).

"Western Yar"---Sunday 3 January, 2010 @ 08.30
With Kevin Lover for wildfowl and waders
Park at Yarmouth "Old Station" in Victoria Road.
SZ357893 (Click for map).

"Ryde to Seaview (seawatch)"---Sunday 14th. February, 2010 @ 09.00
With Kris Gillam for Grebes and Divers
Park on the northern side of Ryde Canoe Lake
SZ603927 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 7th. March, 2010 @ 08.00
With TBA for Waders, Ducks and Geese.
Park at the town hall main NT car park.
SZ423905 (Click for map)

Details of Previous Walks, 2009

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday 13th. December, 2009 @ 09.00
With Graham Sparshott
Park at the St. Helens end of Laundry Lane and park near the old cattle sheds
SZ621883 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday 8th November @8.00,
With Chris Meaney for Winter migrants.
From the NT Quarry car park up the lane by the "High Down Tavern".
SZ324856 (Click for map).

"Pelagic Trips"---Sunday 12th July - 12th Sept,
With Chris Meaney for an E. Wight excusion on Danny Vokin's boat.
from "Bembridge Marina" off Latimer Road.

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 30th August @8.30,
With John Wilmot for Waders and Ospreys.
Park on roadside between Town Copse and Walters Copse
SZ429905 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 6th September @8.15,
Meet Derek Hale for Autumn migrants.
Park at the NT car park past the Radar Station and Cattle Grid.
SZ573786 (Click for map).

"Culver Cliffs"---Sunday 25th October @8.00,
With Kris Gillam for Autumn migrants.
Park at the NT car park, at the far end.
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"Walter's Copse"---Sunday 12th July, 9.30 - 11.30,
With Caroline Dudley "Butterfly and Dragonfly walk".
Around the paths in Walter's Copse, then afterwards to Clamerkin Dragonfly pond.

Butterfies seen;-
8 Silver Washed Fritillary, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 5 White Admiral, 4 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 6 Ringlet,
1 Green Viened White, 20+ Gatekeeper, 20+ Meadow Brown, 2 Marbled White.

Dragon/Damsel Flies;-
2 Southern Hawker, 1 Common Blue, 1f Beautiful Demoiselle.

1 Treecreeper.

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday 20th June @ 20.15,
With Derek Hale
12 members attended, we then walked to a clearing by the track NW. of the Squirrel Trail

At about 21.15 we heard a juvenile Long-eared Owl "squeaking" an adult was heard as well, later 2 juveniles were squeaking together,
The first Nightjar was heard about 21.35, eventually we had 3 flying around us. A strange "chuff, chuff" call came from one, (Female/Juv?)
Woodcock flew over at regular intervals, about 4 altogether.

"Culver Down"---Sunday 24th May @ 8.30,
With Mark Buckley
From the NT Car Park at the E. end, along the cliff edge to Redcliff, then up to the Fort and back along the top.

A Peregrine was seen off the end of Culver cliff, a good start, also Herring Gulls and Fulmars
Passing the Coastguard Cottages we saw Meadow Pipit then a number of Rock Pipits on the grass.
At the Whitecliff/Redcliff junction 2 juv Ravens were seen on the cliff edge, 2 adults were seen further on later in the walk.
At the Pit above Redcliff we had good views of a Lesser Whitethroat then Whitethroat, Skylark and Linnet
From the Fort Swallows and the very pale Buzzard were observed. Sadly there was no repeat of yesterday's Bee Eater flyover!

"Brighstone & Mottistone Down"---Saturday 9th May @ 19.00,
With Derek Hale hoping to see Nightjar and Turtle Dove
From Mottistone Down NT "Jubilee" Car Park to Brighstone down summit and back.

Whitethroat, 7 Buzzards and 2 Yellowhammers were spotted on the way up.
Just S. of the Trig Point we waited for any sign of a Turtle Dove without early success,
most had given up when brief "tor-tors" were heard (we didn't see the bird in the foliage though).
After the walk a Barn Owl flew over the cap park.

"West High Down"---Sunday 26th April @ 08.00,
With Chris Meaney to see returning migrants etc.
Park at High Down quarry car park, (Up the lane by the High Down Inn).

"Western Yar"---Saturday 21st February @ 09.00,
With Kevin Lover to see Ducks and Waders etc.
Park at Yarmouth Old Station (Victoria Road).

"West High Down"---Sunday 29th March @ 08.00,
With Caroline Dudley to see returning migrants etc.
Park at High Down quarry car park, (Up the lane by the High Down Inn).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday 25th January @ 09.00,
With Graham Sparshot
Along Laundry Lane from the N. end to Brading Marsh and the Sewage Works.

Details of Previous Walks, 2008

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday 14th December @ 9.00,
With Kris Gillam
From Ryde Canoe Lake to Seaview.

The highlights were c70 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Ryde Sandbank,
17 Great-crested Grebes and an impressive total of 10 Great Northern Divers off Seaview.
(There were a "raft" 7 together!)

"Newtown"---Sunday 16th November @ 8:30,
With John Wilmot for waders etc.
From National Trust car park to the Boathouse, and on to the Main Hide.

"Culver Down"-----Sunday 12th October @ 8:00
With Derek Hale
From the Battery car park, along the Cliffs, then inland at Redcliff, returning on the ridge of the down.

Rather quiet, but some birds of interest, the usual flock of Linnets,
and a male Sparrowhawk posing on a post, gave everyone spendid views.

"West High Down"---Sunday 24th August @ 7:30,
With Chris Meaney to see returning migrants.
From the quarry car park, to the Beacon and Gorse bushes, then along the valley to Alum Bay and on to Headon Warren.

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 7th September @ 8:15,
With Derek Hale to see returning migrants.
From Luccombe Down car park along the ridge to Shanklin Down's E. Slope.

"Binstead to Quarr"---Saturday 2nd August @ 9:00,
With Derek Hale for a Nuthatch spotting walk.
From Binstead old Church and along Quarr Road to visit a private garden.

This is usually where Nuthatches can be seen as the feeders here are close to the original nest site.
-unfortunately the birds have moved about 100m E. to nest in a different garden!

The feeders were still very busy with Great, Blue and Coal Tits.
We also had 2 Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and a Pheasant, along with Robin and Dunnock.

"Alverstone"---Sunday 20th July @ 10:00,
With Caroline Dudley for Dragonflies and Birds.
From Sandown Water Works via the Golf Course FP to Alverstone NR hide, back along the old railway line.

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday 21st June @ 20:45,
With Derek Hale
From the main Car Park to the large clearing (S. of the study field).

Long-eared Owls were the stars of the evening, 2 juv and 1 Adult were heard calling just past the Squirrel trail,
then on a grassy path to the W. 2 Adults were seen repeatedly by the whole party in good light.
Almost immediately the Nightjars were heard "Churring" then 3 were seen flying together,
about 10 altogether (5+ seen, 4 heard from 21.30),
overheard at regular intervals came the Woodcocks (perhaps 4? from 6 contacts),
2 Glow Worms were seen on the walk back to the car-park. Wow!

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday 24th May @ 21:00,
With Dave Hunnybun for Long-eared Owls etc.
From the main Car Park off Forest Road.

"Brighstone Forest"---Sunday 18th May @ 8:00,
With Derek Hale for a Turtle Dove hunt.
from the NT Mottistone Down Car Park

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 30th March @ 8:45,
With Rob Green
From the NT car park opposite the Old Town Hall, Newtown

"West High Down"---Sunday 13th April @ 7:30,
With Chris Meaney
From the NT "Quarry" car park up the lane next to the "High Down Inn"

"St. Catherines Point"---Sunday 27th April @ 7:00,
With Dave Hunnybun
From the top of St. Catherines Road, (An IWNHS & IWOG joint walk)

"Foreland"---Sunday 24th February @ 09:00,
With Derek Hale
Starting at Lane End moving on to Springvale and Hersey NR afterwards.

The usual Cormorants on Bembridge ledge included 2 Shag, one showing it's crest, there were 9 Red-breasted Merganser on the sea, 2 Redshank with Oystercatchers and a Curlew, 5 Purple Sandpipers were found perched on the end of the rock ledge, these then flew onto the Lifeboat Pier where we were able to watch them by Scope.

The female Black Redstart was found straight away at Seaview Tollgate Cafe, with a Grey Wagtail on a nearby roof.

Our next stop was the Hersey Reserve. There were numerous Snipe hidden in the grass, at least 20 were counted, the regular Greenshank was seen, also 11 Little Grebe, 30 Oystercatcher, and a female Stonechat near the entrance gate.

Offshore were more Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Sanderlings on the water's edge.

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday 3rd February @ 09:00,
With Chris Meaney
10 people attended. From the St. Helens end we took Laundry Lane to Brading Sewage Works, and back.

The expected Marsh Harrier could not be found, but there were 9 Barnacle Geese (Esc.) with the Canada Geese
c120 Lapwing flew over, at the Horse Paddocks there was a Buzzard on the ground with c20 Redwing feeding nearby.
At the Sewage works we saw 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting and up to 4 Chiffchaff with 10 or so Chaffinch.
a Pipit on the filter beds was possibly a Water Pipit (2 were reported here later)

Most of the group then moved on to Meadow Way, Sandown to visit the marsh behind Sandown Zoo.

About 60 Common Snipe were soon flushed from the wet fields, along with 30 or more Teal.
Then our target bird Jack Snipe flew up from a pool. We saw this one again and a second flew up.
-a "Lifer" for some

"Western Yar"---Sunday 13th January @ 09:00,
With Elaine Rice
From Yarmouth "Old Station" to the Mill Copse Scrape and back past the Tide Mill, then on to Rofford Marsh.

The Bk-throated Diver and Spotted Redshank could not be found, but a Greenshank was seen on the Scrape,
In the Estuary we had good views of the Drake Goldeneye also c30 Curlew, 90+ Black-tailed Godwit,
There were plenty of Wigeon and Teal around.

On the path back to the Station we found a male Bullfinch feeding on a bush,
-a great sight in the scopes.
The Ponds and Marsh provided more ducks, with Shoveler and a single Drake Pintail.
Groups of Snipe could be seen hiding in the grassy patches.

Details of Previous Walks, 2007

"Binstead & Quarr"---Sunday 9th December @ 09:00,
With Derek Hale
Along Quarr Road to private garden feeders where we saw the Nuthatch, Coal Tits etc.

"Ryde to Seaview seawatch"---Sunday 25th November,
With Kris Gillam
From Ryde Canoe Lake to Seaview and Hersey NR. 9.00 - 11.40

A dissapointing start as Ryde Sands was devoid of waders, but there were plenty of Mediterranean Gulls along the shoreline.
The hoped for Grebes and Divers were missing apart from 5 Great-crested Grebes off Appley and Puckpool.
Things improved with 2 Drake Mergansers close in and 2 Common Scoter flying West on the other side of the Solent
Hersey NR produced single Redshank and Greenshank, 3 Lapwing, 9 Little Grebes and 27 Oystercatchers.

The best was yet to come. A distant Little Auk was seen by some going East at 10.05,
Then another flew just off the seawall West towards Puckpool at 10.55. A "lifer" for most.

"Blackgang / Gore Cliff"---Sunday 14th October @ 08:30,
With Derek Hale 10 attended.
From the viewpoint car park (above Blackgang chine), along Gore Cliff, then inland to St. Catherine's Down.

The regular Little Owl was on the cliffs at 8.00 but had gone by 8.30!
(The expected Peregrine and Ravens were also absent).

A Merlin came over the Car Park at 8.15 so was missed by some.

On the walk proper, we saw 4 Wheatears, 3 Stonechat and large flocks of Linnet as well as plenty of Meadow Pipits.
Moving inland added 4 Yellowhammer and 20+ Skylark -over the fields and passing over,
together with more Linnet flocks
Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were seen here, with 2 more Stonechat.

At the "Pepper Pot" about 7 more Stonechat and some more Meadow Pipits were seen.
The highlight was an immature male Black Redstart at the "Salt Cellar" (the old lighthouse).
Back at the Car Park an impressive 18 Buzzards could be seen soaring together over the downs.

"West High Down"---Sunday 30th September @ 08:00,
With Chris Meaney 8.30 - 12.00
From the High Down quarry car park, to the Old Beacon and on to Alum Bay Chine.

Species seen;- Before the walk, 1juv Marsh Harrier (W along coast @ 7.45)

More than 30 Ring Ouzel (Largest flock of 11 over, 3 in Pit on route back)
A Merlin (Chasing birds over Quarry Car Park), 15 Siskin(Over E), 5 Redwing (over, 1 in bushes)
c12 Blackcap, c30 Chiffchaff (In bushes all over), 1-2 Wheatear, 100+ Swallow,
1000+ Meadow Pipit (Streaming over E all morning), 60+ Linnet, c80 Goldfinch (E, in off sea)
1 Whinchat, 12 Stonechat, 2 Raven, c50 House Martin (Alum Bay)
4+ Goldcrest, 1m Yellowhammer.

"A Dorset Tour"---Sunday 23 September,
With Chris Meaney (9 Attended in all).

From the Ferry:- 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Eider and a Wheatear.

The first stop was at Stanpit Marsh to view birds roosting on Blackberry Point.
Where 2 Curlew Sandpipers were seen in flight.

In Cristchurch harbour:- Large numbers of Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, plenty of Wigeon, and several Lesser Black-backs

Our next stop was Brownsea Island where the ferry costs even more than the IOW!
there were 100s of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits
also Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 22 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits,
with Ringed Plover, Redshanks, Dunlin and Knot, Teal and Shoveler.
3 Spoonbills -unexpected, and 1m Garganey landed beside the hide. 1 Water Rail also showed well.

"Brading Harbour & RSPB reserve"---Sunday 19 August @ 09:00,
With Graham Sparshott
From the bottom of Latimer Road, St Helens (by the marina car park)

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 9 September @ 08:15,
With Chris Meaney
From the National Trust car park (far end of Down Lane)

The highlight was a juv Nightjar -flushed from the path on Bonchurch Down,
Migrants included;
4 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Hobby, (circling over Luccombe bowl with a Peregrine)
10+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Willow Warbler, 100's of mixed Hirundines, mainly Swallow.
Also heard; 1 Dartford Warbler.

"A Pelagic cruise"---Saturday 11th August, 2007,
With Chris Meaney
From Yarmouth Harbour out beyond the Needles,
3 Balearic Shearwaters close to the boat made everyone's day.

"Alverstone Area"---Sunday 1st July @ 9.00,
With James Gloyn "Breeding Bird Survey" demonstation
The proposed route was blocked by floods, so a shorter walk towards Sandown was taken instead.
A family of Kestrels, Sedge & Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings were seen, together with Whitethroats and a Stock Dove.

"Ningwood Common/Hamstead"---Sunday 10th June @ 9.00,
With Caroline Dudley for "Birds and Butterflies"

From the "Recyling Centre" next to the "Horse & Groom" PH, we walked NNW to the recently opened Ningwood Common reserve.
En Route we saw Whitethroat & Bullfinch and heard Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff,
there were plenty of Meadow Brown Butterfies in the fields and a Yellow Shell moth.

The target species was the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Click for Picture, true to form we saw them straight away, the final total was 10.
Large Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath, Red Admiral and several White Admiral boosted the Butterfly total.

Dragonflies;- Emporer, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers and 2 Broad-bodied Chasers
Damselfly;- a male Beautiful Damoiselle was unexpected, believed to be the first recorded at this site!
Another suprise was a Nightingale making it's alarm call, a purring trill, lt then it gave snatches of song.

"Parkhurst Forest"---SATURDAY 2nd June @ 20.30,
With Derek Hale

From the Main Car Park, we walked to a clearing S. of the Squirrel Trail.
The outward route looped to the W. to take in Song Thrush, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest
At the clearing from 21.20 - 22.00 we saw a pair of Nightjar, calling and flying around, the male perching on a tree giving everyone a good view.
Woodcock were seen regularly flying over giving their weird calls, sounding like a "squeaky frog"
Returning to the Car Park we heard 3 juvenile Long Eared Owls "Squeaking" by the path. That's 3 out of 3 in the bag.

"New Forest"---Saturday 26th May,
With Chris Meaney (re-scheduled as heavy rain was forecasted for Sunday)
Day trip to various New Forest locations & Keyhaven.

Eight people attended,
and 82 species were recorded, the highlights being;-

Beaulieu Road / Denny Wood -Spotted Flycatcher (2), Marsh Tit, Honey Buzzard
Acres Down -"Ringtail" Montegue's Harrier, Red Kite (mobbed by a Peregrine), Crossbill (17),
Keyhaven- Spoonbill (2), Eider

"West High Down"---Sunday 6th May @ 8.00,
With Chris Meaney
the highlight was a Ring Ouzel.

"St. Catherine's Point"---Sunday 22th April @ 8.15,
With Dave Hunnybun

"West Sussex"---Sunday 4th March,
With Chris Meaney
Day trip to Sussex

An enjoyable day out but too windy for raptors.
Click for a picture of the group watching Siskins in the treetops.Click for Picture

Plenty of Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, breeding Firecrests, 4 Dartford Warblers
and 2 Wood Larks at close range. Also of interest was a striking pair of Stonechat, (Continental types?).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday 25th February, 14.30 - 17.30,
With Graham Sparshot
Route;- S. up Laundry Lane to Brading Sewage Works, then though Centurion's Copse and back.

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 18th February 8.45 - 11.30
With Elaine Rice
10 members attended. From the Car Park we walked out to the Boathouse, then back via Cassey Bridge.

Some selected sightings;-
c300 Brent Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Harbour Entrance), 1f/imm. Merlin (Chasing waders), 1 Peregrine,
3f Goldeneye, 3 Bar Tailed Godwit, 70+ Knot (c300 reported), c1000 Dunlin,
3m,5f Red Breasted Merganser, 8 Mediterranean Gull
(Gull Island), 5 Little Grebe, 11 Turnstone,
Overlooking Cassey Bridge;- 22 Pintail, c85 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Redwing, 1m Bullfinch, 7 Buzzard. (most distant)
Also reported;- 2 Raven, 1 Kingfisher

"Western Yar"---Sunday 14th January @ 9.00,
With Margaret
At the Yarmouth Old Station, Victoria Road.

Details of Previous Walks, 2006

"West High Down"---Sunday 5th November @ 9.00,
With Chris Meaney
From the NT "Quarry" Car Park, behind the "High Down Tavern".

Seven people attended. We walked from the quarry, along the north slope of WHD to Alum Bay,
-back via the road and Alum Bay cottages.

Birds seen included;- 2 Firecrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Redpoll, overhead calling,
3 Siskin, 1 Swallow, 66 Fieldfare, 47 Redwing, 2+ Dartford Warbler, including a singing male,
5 Stonechat, 1m Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

"Brading Harbour & RSPB Reserve"---Sunday 22nd October @ 9.00,
with Graham Sparshott
At Latimer Road -by the Marina entrance.
A visit to the Dynamite Pond gave 2 Gadwall and 2 Green Sandpiper, with Snipe, Wigeon and Teal

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 8th October @ 8.30,
with John Wilmot
At the NT Car Park by the Old Town Hall.

"Pagham Harbour"---Sunday 24th Sept. - Day trip,
With Chris Meaney A day out at Farlington, Pagham and Thorney Island.

The trip got off to a good start with a Merlin from the ferry just off Fishbourne,

At Farlington Marshes, plenty of Ducks and Waders with 7 Bearded Tits, 2 Whinchats and 1 Tree Pipit

To Church Norton next, -to catch the rising tide.
Some birds were close, including Bar Tailed Godwits, and more distant 2 Little Stints with plenty of Pintail.
The suprise sightings of the day were 2 Honey Buzzards (a dark juv. before lunch and another after!)

Then on to Drayton Pit, near Chichester, this gave Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Gadwall, and Hobby,

Lastly Thorney Island. No sign of the expected Red Backed Shrike, but an Osprey on a post was just as good.
Amonst the waders, 6 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Ruff and an impressive 30+ Greenshanks.

Then from the ferry, an Arctic Skua chasing gulls at Ryde Sandbank, making about 95 species in total.

"Culver Down"---Sunday 17th Sept. @ 8.30,
With Mark Buckley
From the Battery Car Park, along Redcliff, back along ridge.

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 3rd Sept. @ 8.15,
WithChris Meaney
Sadly called off due to adverse weather. Fog, wind and Drizzle!
A re-scheduled walk on 10th produced some migrants including several Firecrests.

"Brading Down"---Sunday 9th July @ 8.30 - 12.00,
With Caroline Dudley for a "Birds & Butterflies" walk
Sadly the weather beat us, with rain driven by strong winds and poor visibility, we decided to cancel the walk.
Those who did turn up moved on to Hersey NR. Typically, the weather did improve later on.

"New Forest"---Sunday 18th June (Day Trip),
With Chris Meaney
We started at a pond near Beaulieu then moved on to Beaulieu Road - the Shatterford Car Park.
Walking to Denny Wood gave us several Tree Pipits and Stonechats, then Redstarts at the woods.

Whilst watching a Marsh Tit in a large tree, a Tawny Owl was heard, then seen near the top-mobbed by small birds.
A great sight for those of us who had never seen one before! (They are almost absent on the IOW)

The walk back started with a Honey Buzzard soaring overhead, a Cuckoo was calling nearby,
with Black Tailed Skimmers at a small pond. A Fallow Deer broke cover to the S.

The "Oak Inn" at Bank provided a welcome stop for lunch. From there we moved on to "Acre Down".
A group of 5 Crossbills were seen feeding in the small conifers, 2 Woodlark flew up fron the heath
and more Tree Pipits were seen on the summit together with another Honey Buzzard.
Several Silver Studded Blues butterflies posed for the group as well. Click for Picture
This picture of the Butterfly is by Gary Haddon. Click for Picture

The return trip was via Boulderwood & Keyhaven, (I did not attend this part, travelling on to Gloucestershire instead).

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday 17th June @ 20.00,
With Derek Hale
A circular walk around the woods didn't produce anything unusual,
by 21.30 we assembled at the clearing N. of the Red Squirrel trail to await the Nightjars.
We were not dissapointed! Aprrox 4 Nightjars were seen/heard, 2 were observed perched in one tree. Others flew around.
approx 3 Woodcock flew across, 1 right over our heads.

"West High Down"---Sunday 7th May @ 8.00,
With Chris Meaney
From the NT Quarry Car Park, to Alum Bay and the Needles

The weather was pretty good, but there was no sign of the expected migrants.
The best bird was a male Wheatear singing and doing display flights along the cliff edge at Main bench.

"St. Catherine's Pt."---Sunday 16th April @ 8.15,
With Dave Hunnybun
Area around the Lighthouse.

"Western Yar"---Sunday 19th March @ 9.00,
With Kevin Lover
at Yarmouth Old Station, Victoria Road.

A good crowd of 17 attended this walk. Starting at the Old Station we walked E. to Rofford Marsh, then W. to the Tide Mill, up to Mill Copse Scrape, returning via the reedbed infront of the Station.

Birds seen included;-
2 Raven(Flew E. over Estuary), 15+ Shoveler(Rofford Marsh), 1 Spotted Redshank, c15 Black Tailed Godwit
2 Great Crested Grebe(In Estuary), 1 Kingfisher(By Tide Mill), c20 Dunlin, 3 Snipe
8 Shelduck, c20 Wigeon, c50 Teal, 6 Grey Plover, 5 Turnstone, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Buzzard

"Bembridge Harbour Area"---Sunday 26th February @ 8.30,
With Chris Meaney/Graham Sparshot (for RSPB Visit) (c6 Members attended, with c10 more for RSPB walk).
The route was from the Marina to the Ponds via St. Helens Bridge
we joined the RSPB walk at 10.00 to vist the "Dynamine Pool", then back to Bembridge Ponds.

Birds seen between (8.30 - 12.20) included;-
10 Greylag Geese (Large field in RSPB Reserve), 1f Kingfisher (Ponds)
1 Spotted Redshank (Wet field S. of Lagoon), 9 Snipe, 4 Redshank
3 Greenshank, 1 Lanner Falcon Type (Causing Panic!)
1m Pintail, c10 Shoveler, c10 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard

Details of Previous Walks in 2005

"River Medina"---Sunday 22nd January @ 8.30,
WithDave Hunnybun

"Appley to Seaview"---Sunday 11th December @ 9.30,
With Mark Buckley

"Whale Chine"---Sunday 20th November 08.30 - 11.40,
With Derek Hale, (8 Members attended).
The route was from the Chine Car Park along the Cliff towards Atherfield Pt, then inland to Little Atherfield,
returning via Atherfield Green and Atherfield Farm.

Birds seen between (7.55 - 11.40) included;-
1m HEN HARRIER (Along cliff NW, then inland @ 7.55 before the walk started, sadly not seen again)
1m Black Redstart (On rocks at Chine Mouth), c20 Skylark, 2 Raven (carrying Sand Eels!),
2f/juv Wigeon (Flew onto sea, Chale Bay), 2 Peregrine (1 on Cliff edge, 1 on fields inland),
2m & 1f Stonechat, 10+ Yellowhammer (Little Atherfield Farm)
2 Song Thrush, 6+ Mistle Thrush, 4 Kestrel, 2 Golden Plover (Inland field with c80 Lapwing)
7 Grey Partridge, c20 Red Legged Partridge, 25 Goldfinch (Chine)

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 23rd October, 8.30-11.30,
With John Wilmot

Some of the 65 species seen on the walk;-

252 Golden Plover (from Boathouse), 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 White Wagtail (On roof along lane)
1m Pintail (Causeway Lake), c30 Shelduck, 5 Knot, 1 Great Crested Grebe,
83 Redwing (in flocks of 57 and 25), 16 Skylark (Overhead)
4 Reed Bunting (W. side of meadow), 1m Stonechat (N. side of meadow), 1 Wheatear,
11 Red Breasted Merganser (Clamerkin Channel)
c130 Dunlin, c30 Grey Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone, c50 Black Tailed Godwit (1 colour ringed)
1 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, c10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit.

"South Wellow"---Sunday 18th September, 08.00-11.15,
with Dave Hunnybun
At Churchill's Farm, Chessell

On the open fields (mostly stubble), were;-
c20 Red Legged Partridge, c8 Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 4 Stock Dove, 42 Canada Geese

In the valleys were bushes and trees, where we saw;-
1 Whinchat, 8 Yellowhammer, 3+ Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Greenfinch,1f Bullfinch

Above us;-
1 Heron, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, (poss. Hobby earlier scattering Swallows)

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 28th August,
with Chris Meaney from 8.00 - 11.30

About 10 members attended. We were luckly that it co-incided with a good show of migrants.

From the Car Park we followed the path on the Eastern side of Luccombe Down as far as Shanklin Down,
returning along the Western side to search for the Wryneck (around the Car Park).

These birds were seen by most of us;-

1 juv(m) Black Redstart, 4 Pied Flycatcher, c35 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Redstart (4m, f & juv)
c40 Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, 1m Blackcap, 1 poss Garden Warbler
(another at Nansen Hill earlier)
3 Whitethroat, 1m Dartford Warbler, c4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat , c40 Meadow Pipit
4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Raven
(1 seen, 1 heard), c20 Swallow, 3+ Swift.

Others also Reported;-
1 Wryneck (Near Car Park), 1juv Osprey (In over Sandown Bay then W @ 11.55), 4 Sand Martin (Also House Martins)

"Parkhurst Forest"---Saturday 25th June 20.30-22.55,
with Derek Hale
Main Car Park, off Forest Road.

An overcast and cooler evening than of late, but the walk was well attended.
There was a flock of escaped sheep in the Car Park which we reported.

The outward route was along the western edge of the forest, this gave us a Hobby,
we took the track NE. to the big clearing S. of the Study Field, in time for dusk.
On the way we heard the squeaking of a Juv Long Eared Owl, later an adult was seen hunting in the clearing, a rare sight.
Woodcock (approx 3) flew accross overhead and Nightjar (only 1 pair) gave a great display around the party,

Walking back to the car park gave us 6 Glow Worms at various points en route.
Another Magical experience was enjoyed by us all.

"West High Down"---Sunday 22nd May,
with Dave Hunnybun@ 7.30
NT Car Park, up lane from High Down Inn.

The following were observed on today's walk,
Meadow Pipit (3 prs with food 1pr with building material),
Stonechat (2prs feeding young) ,
Dartford Warbler 1, Mistle Thrush 1pr , Rock Pipit 7, Shelduck 3,
Wheatear 4 (incl 1pr in courtship at old rocket site), Raven 1, Peregrine 1, Gannet 2,
Guillemot 5, Lesser Bk Backed Gull 1, Greater Bk Backed Gull (4prs sitting incl one with 3 small young),
Cormorant 43 (including 11 nests with young), Herring Gull (4 nests with sitting adults)
and a Spotted Flycatcher. (Dave H.)

"Newchurch"---Sunday 24th April,
with James Gloyn 8.30 -11.40
Car Park, School Lane.

Some new migrants had arrived overnight,

2m Nightingales, 1m Sedge Warbler, 1m Cetti's Warbler, 1m Cuckoo (Heard from old Railway Line FP.)
2 Swift, 3 House Martins and plenty of Swallows over.
3+ Mistle Thrush(2 @ Nest), 2+ Song Thrush (1@nest), 4 Long Tailed Tit (2 nests seen), 1m Coal Tit (Heard)
4+ Chiffchaff, 1m Willow Warbler (Heard in woods doing "Chiffchaff" impression!), Blackcaps and Whitethroats

"Culver Down"---Easter Sunday 27th March,
with Derek Hale 9.00 -11.20

Sadly there were few migrants on the downs, - we expected Wheatears but saw none.
This was offset by some good sightings though,

3f/juv Black Redstart- on field to W. of C.G. Cottages,
2 Peregrine, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk-hunting along the S. Slope,
1 Skylark -singing overhead, 6+ Yellowhammer,

Migrants included about 50 Meadow Pipit & about 40 Linnet over earlier, but only 2 Chiffchaffs were found.
At sea; 2 Fulmar, a single Canada Goose, and 1 Shag flew east.

"South of Wellow" (Proposed Windfarm site)---Sunday 20th February,
with Dave Hunnybun 8.30 -11.20
Churchill's Farm, Dodpitts Lane (N. from Chessell X)

Birds seen on the walk,
c70 Chaffinch (in set-aside strip), 24 Linnet, 5 Buzzard, c250 Black Headed Gull, 1-2 Mediterranean Gull,
5 Red Legged Partridge, c6 Yellowhammer, 1f Stonechat, c10 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel.

Also seen;- 1 Hare, and a Meteor burning up with a Brilliant Blue trail -(over Wellow)

"Western Yar"---Sunday 23rd January,
with Chris Meaney 9.00 - 12.00

Near old Station;- 1m Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Raven (Over, probably 1st w. birds, )
Rofford Marsh;- 2 Gadwall (m & f), 40+ Shoveler (25m ), 2 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Buzzard,
From Tide Mill;- 2 Kingfisher, 30 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull
In Estuary;- 1f Goldeneye, 4+ Grey Plover , 1 Great Crested Grebe
Mill Copse Scrape;- 1 Spotted Redshank & 1 Redshank

Details of Previous Walks in 2004

"Appley to Seaview"---Sunday 19th December @ 09.30,
with Graham Sparshot
Ryde, Hersey NR & Seaview

Ryde Sands;- 1 Grey Plover, 1f Pochard (Canoe Lake), 10+ Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull.
Hersey NR;- (Flooded) 3 Goosanders (1m,2f), 6 Pochard, 3m,3f Pintail, 9 Lapwing, 1 Snipe,
3f Tufted Duck, 1m Wood Duck (E), 1 Heron, 1 Little Egret,

Seaview Esp;- 1 BLACK NECKED GREBE, 1f Red Breasted Merganser, 6 Cormorant.

"Newtown NR"---Sunday 21st November @ 08.30,
with John Wilmot
From the Town Hall to Boathouse and Hide

1 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (off harbour entrance), 3 Goldeneye, 10+ Knot, c500 Dunlin, c50 Grey Plover,
10+ Pintail, 1 Little Egret, c200 Lapwing, 1 Rock Pipit, 1f Bullfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Fieldfare, 1f Kingfisher
c300 Golden Plover, c10 Ringed Plover, 4+ Turnstone, 13 Red Breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe,
1 Peregrine (caught a Lapwing), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c30 Starling, 6+ Yellowhammer, 1m,1f Stonechat.

"St. Catherine's Point"---Sunday 24th October @ 08.30,
with Derek Hale
At top of Lighthouse Lane

"Chessell/Wellow"--- Sunday 5th September @ 08.00,
with Dave Hunnybun At "Churchill's Farm" (off Dodpit's Lane, North of Chessil cross)

A survey of the birdlife prior to the proposed Giant Wind Turbines coming here.

Thursday's Quails and raptor show was not repeated today, but we did see;-

(poss) juv Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard,
12 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,
4 Reed Bunting, c6 Yellowhammer, c30 Pheasant, c10 Swallow

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday 22nd August @ 08.00,
with Chris Meaney At the NT Car Park, (past the Radar Station)

The weather was good and the migrants were abundant.
Along the Nansen Hill ridge just 1 bush had Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler,
nearby Spotted Flycatchers and a male Bullfinch. 5 Fulmars were seen over the landslip-almost inland.
Raptors seen;- 2 Peregrines, 5 Buzzards and 5 Kestrels, - also 2 Ravens flew over the masts.

Lucombe Down gave us 1 juv Pied Flycatcher, more Spotted Flycatchers (making about 10 in all),
c12 Redstarts (making 15),
6 Wheatear, 6 late Swifts
flew south. At least 20 Whitethoat and approx 50 Willow/Chiffs were seen,
(we can only quess how many more were up there).
Other sightings included 1m Blackcap, c20 Meadow Pipits, and 1 Green Woodpecker
Butterflies;- Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper.

"Parkhurst Forest"---20.30- Saturday 26th June,
with Derek Hale
A wet evening didn't look good for birdwatching, luckily the rain cleared shortly after we got started.
At the big clearing S. of the Study Field, we waited for darkness.
Woodcock (approx 4) flew about overhead and Nightjar (approx 5) were soon heard,
as was the distant hooting of a Long Eared Owl.

By 22.20 we had Nightjars flying around us, only a few metres away - truly magical.

Walking back to the car park gave us to 2 more Nightjars, and 5 Glow Worms at various points en route.

"West High Down"---08.00-Sunday 9th May,
with Kevin Lover
Birds seen on West High Down and Alum Bay;-
2 Raven, 2 Peregrine, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, c20 Linnet, c20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit,
2 Yellowhammer, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Guillemot (on sea), 4 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel, 1m Stonechat, c10 Swallow.

"Ventnor Down"---08.30-Sunday 18th April,
with Mike Buckley
Bad weather forced a move to Brading instead!

"St. Catherine's Pt."---08.00-Sunday 28th March,
with Dave Hunnybun
We walked to the Lighthouse for a Seawatching session, then along the coast towards Castlehaven.

We saw;-
11 Wheatear, c10 Chiffchaff, 2 Kittiwake (E), 24 Common Scoter (E), 2 Shoveler (E), 4 Red Throated Diver (E)
4 Guillemot (E), 4 Gannet (W), 2m,2f Stonechat (2 pairs, not together), 1 Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk,

"St Helens Duver/Bembridge Harbour"---08.30-Sunday 22nd February,
with Chris Meaney,
St Helens Duver, Bembridge Harbour & Ponds

Bembridge Harbour
5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, c20 Dunlin, 4 Little Grebe, c15 Curlew, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Rock Pipit,
Later a BLACK BRANT (a rare race of Brent Goose) was seen with Brents in the Millpond! (a first for the IOW)
St Helens Bridge
1m Black Redstart,
Bembridge Ponds
2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 10 Greylag (over), 1f Pochard, 2 Heron (at nests), 2 Snipe.
1 Spotted Redshank (seen later)

"Appley to Seaview"---08.00-Sunday 25th January,
with Graham Sparshot
On Ryde E. Sands were c50 Sanderling, c450 Brent Geese, 7 Bar Tailed Godwit.
Appley Park yielded 3 Mistle Thrush, c15 Redwing, Offshore,16 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 10+ Red Breasted Merganser,
Off Seaview (by Forts), 2 Great Northern Diver, Seaview Duver, 2 Water Rail , 1 Red Necked Grebe, 3 Razorbill (1 right by beach),
Seaview Esp.1 Rock Pipit, 1 Shag, 2 Gadwall(W),

Details of Previous Walks in 2003

Brading Marsh---08.30-Sunday 21st December,
with James Gloyn & Les Street (RSPB),
Along Laundry Lane we saw c100 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose (E), 1 Raven, 4 Song Thrush,
2 Bullfinch, 300+Lapwing, 100+ Wigeon, c40 Teal, 4+ Fieldfare,3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel,
At the Sewage Works;- 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail.

Afterwards 2 of us went out behind Harbour Farm with Les.
Where we saw 13 Shoveler (@Ammo Hut Pond), also Wigeon, Teal etc.

Ventnor Downs---09.00-Sunday 28th September,
with Chris Meaney,

West High Down---08.30-Sunday 31st August,
with Kevin Lover,
National Trust car park (Old Quarry, up lane behind "High Down Inn")

Report by Chris M.
"A low turnout despite good weather but not many grounded migrants.
There were a couple of Swifts and a large group of House Martins

The saddest thing, was a fresh (still warm) juv. Dotteral that had hit the fence on the cliff edge."

Firestone Copse---21.00-Monday 23rd June,
with Graham Sparshot,

There was a good turn out but birds were proving ellusive. We checked the hilltop and slope to the north side-nothing!
Returning to the clearing -accross the road from the car park, gave us a Woodcock overhead,
and then a Nightjar was heard calling (and later seen). The only dissapointment was a lack of Long-eared Owls.

Ventnor Downs---08.30-Sunday 25th May,
with Chris Meaney,

There was a good turn-out on this Bank Holiday w/e, with fine sunny weather and light wind.
Before the walk proper, we found Lesser Whitethroat and Bullfinch,

On the main walk we noticed some migrant movements such as- House Martins, and a Wheatear (flying W),
There were Swallows and Swifts as well as about 20 Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Buzzards and Kestrels (displaying overhead).
Good views were had of Whitethroat and Dartford Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers were found in the bushes further down the slope.

Other birds included Jay, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker and Skylark.
(The rain clouds gathered later but we got away without a soaking).

St Catherines Point---08.00-11.00-Sunday 23rd March,
with Dave Hunnybun,
Lovely Sunny weather- spoilt only by a cold East wind, brought out a good crowd, including 2 new members.
Migrants were scarce, Chiffchaff and Blackcap(Heard) were the only ones we found,
though Meadow Pipits were streaming in from the sea, about 2-6 at a time.
A pair of Stonechat were seen near Watershoot bay, and a Bullfinch heard at the top of the Lane.

Seawatching produced; 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, c6 Fulmar, c15 Common Scoter, c20 Brent Geese & 2 Mallard.
Gulls included 3 Black-headed, 1 Common, 3+ GBB and lots of Herring Gull,-about 3 Sandwich Terns went E.

Laundry Lane and Bembridge Harbour---08.30 - 12.00 -Sunday 23rd February ,
with Mark Buckley,
Cloudy start but sunny intervals later-quite springlike!
It was decided to visit Laundry Lane to check for the White-fronted and Bean Geese.

We found the 5 White-fronts but not the Bean Geese. (They were seen later in the day)
Also along the Lane were, 4 Buzzard, 1 "Ringtail" Hen Harrier-on a post, , 2+ Kestrel,
1 Cetti's Warbler
and 2 Water Rail (heard only),
At the Brading Sewage Works, 1 Grey Wagtail, c20 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff (heard) but sadly no Water Pipits.

Returned to Bembridge Harbour where 2+ Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Greenshank, 3+ Little Egret, c40 Teal, c15 Curlew were found,
also Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin etc.

Brading Marsh---09.00-12.00 Sunday 5th January.,
Chris Meaney,
Cold and icy first thing, but no wind, then warming as the morning went on.
before the walk: at the sewage works,
1M Bullfinch, 1 Water Pipit

during the walk:
3 Ringtail Hen Harrier, 1M Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 2 Tundra Bean Geese, 300+ Brent Geese,
200+ Canada Geese, 150+ Mixed duck flying - including 2 Gadwall,
at the sewage works;- many Meadow Pipits, 10(+) Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail
1 Curlew
- flying up the valley

report from the RSPB warden - 1 Bittern flying over Bembridge ponds first thing

and from 2002,

Newtown NR,
08.00, (actually 08.30!)-Sunday 24th November 2002, with John Wilmot,

To start with the weather was terrible! Hail, Thunder, Torrential Rain and floods along the lane!
Then it did improve, cloudy but drier, the ground was still waterlogged.

Causeway Lake had c600 Black Tailed Godwits and about 200 Lapwing with similar numbers of Golden Plover.
By the Boathouse were 7 Spotted Redshank with c20 Red Breasted Merganser and over 12 Little Grebes in the Harbour

Waders included 1000+ Dunlin, 70+ Knot, 7+Turnstone, c30 Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew. Oystercatcher
2 Great Crested Grebes, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Teal, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Shelduck.
4 Greater Black Backed Gulls, 2 Peregrine Falcons

West High Down, Totland
Kevin Lover, Sunday 20th October
Sadly the Great Grey Shrike reported the day before could not be found, but with rain theatening we did find,
7 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler, several Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker.
Flocks of Linnet, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail passed over together with several Swallows.
(Before the walk proper, 2 Ring Ouzel and 6+ Goldcrest were seen in old quarry to left of path.)

Ventnor Down
Chris Meaney, Sunday 22nd September. NT Car Park
Large numbers of Hirundines were seen moving NE.-Swallow 150/min, Sand Martin 2+, House Martin 100+.
A good number of raptors came out around 10am including, 4 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks, and at least 5 Buzzards,
around 3 Dartford Warblers were seen/heard during the walk , also 5 Wheatears, and 200+ Meadow Pipits ( moving N)
Although plenty of birds were passing overhead, there were unfortunately very few on the ground!

(Before 9am 2 Tree Pipits flew over, After the walk we found 1 Redstart, 1 Raven, and 2+ Yellow Wagtails on the path to Nansen Hill.)

Culver Down
Mark Buckley, Sunday 25th August, NT Car Park, 09.00 -11.30
A fine day for early migrants, the cliff edge near the Coastguard Cottages had about 10 Wheatear.
Around the bushes we found several Willow Warblers & Chiff Chaffs, 2 Ravens were flying overhead.
At the Western end (in the horse field) were 3 Common Redstarts, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Skylark
(Earlier there were 7 Wheatear, 1 Winchat here & a poss. 2 Tree Pipits)

Parkhurst Forest
Leader Dave Hunnybun, 21.00-23.30, Main Car Park, Saturday 22nd June.

Leaving the car park heading North, we saw flocks of Rooks coming in to roost, a Kestrel and a Buzzard.
The first Nightjar was heard at a clearing.
At the big clearing S. of the Study Centre Field we heard the first Long Eared Owl (Juv) squeaking, and saw/heard 3 Nightjars and a Woodcock overhead.
A further walk gave us more Long Eared Owls- including an Adult leaving the trees, Nightjar and Woodcock same one??
Several Glow Worms were encountered on the paths as we walked round.
By 11pm we found our way back to the Car Park and were amazed to find 4 more juvenile L.E. Owls all calling loudly.
One was seen by torchlight only 15ft away, it seemed unconcerned about us and carried on squeaking!
A memorable evening all round. (Even the weather was good)

Ventnor Downs
Leader Graham Sparshot, 8.30am Sunday 19th May,
2 Ravens, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Willow Warblers and several Dartford Warblers
made a rather quite day rewarding none the less.
A distant Cuckoo and a Lesser Whitethroat were also heard.

Appley to Seaview
Leader Graham Sparshot, 9.00am Sunday 20th January 02,

Starting and ending with Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull,
Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Curlew, and Dunlin
on Ryde sands,
1 Grey Plover by water's edge, 2 Great Crested Grebes at sea, also 2 Treecreepers in Appley Park

At Seaview Toll Road there was a Water Rail in the ditch with a Little Egret.
At sea 3 Kittewake, 6 Gannet, 1-oiled Razorbill
From the Esplanade in Seaview we found the female Velvet Scoter just offshore,
with Red Breasted Merganser and 2 Juv Shag.

Western Yar
Leader Kevin Lover, 9.00am Sunday 17th February, Yarmouth "Old Station" Car Park.
Starting at Station pond, with Shoveler, Snipe, Teal, Wigeon, Little Grebe etc a Peregrine came overhead.
Waders seen in the estuary, Turnstone, Black Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Dunlin and Redshank.
We also had good views of a female Kingfisher.

Further along was a female Goldeneye, also a Buzzard perched in a (distant) tree.

Click for "Index Page"