Saturday, 3 May 2008
About 15 people raised funds for the RSPB by being sponsored for the number of bird species they saw, raising about £1130, which after Gift Aid will be about £1400. Another 10 members joined in the supper afterwards.
Winners of the Derrick Clayden Shield (for raising the most money):
Employed - Julie Paice
Not working - Phil Blatcher
Team totals - Julie & Phil 90 species
Caroline & Mick 85 species
Robin & Lawerence 78 species
Individual - Phil 91 species
Most notable birdwatching - Ted Bell, who did the event entirely on foot, saw 70 species and raised over £100!
Amwell Nature Reserve: hobby, little ringed plover, ringed plover, snipe, common tern, stock dove, cuckoo, swift, kingfisher, grey wagtail, grasshopper warbler, Cetti's warbler.
Amwell Churchyard: SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, nuthatch
Bencroft & Wormley Woods: Woodcock, tawny owl
Chingford Reservoirs: BLACK TERN, common, black headed & herring gulls
Connaught Water: Mandarin
Fishers Green: Egyptian goose, barnacle goose, ruddy duck, buzzard, TURTLE DOVE, nightingale, garden warbler, linnet
Gunpowder Park: Northern wheatear
Rye Meads: TURTLE DOVE, teal
10 Species of warbler were seen: grasshopper, sedge, Cetti's, reed, lesser & common whitethroat, garden, blackcap,willow & chiffchaff.
Derrick Ling was in Mid Wales and did his sponsored birdwatch in that area! His list included Red Kite, Common Sandpiper, Dipper, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Siskin, Goshawk, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Nuthatch and Raven.
Many thanks to Phil Blatcher for organising the birdwatch and to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.