The West Suffolk Birders’ quest for 200 species in 2017

“Back in 2016 Bird Watching Magazine promoted the idea of ‘My 200 Bird Year’ (#My200BirdYear) for birders of all ages and abilities. This was attractive to me as a way to invigorate my birding and to also add a numerical ‘challenge’ to my bird watching. As I do not own a car and enjoy travelling…

BTO – Tawny Owls – Part 2 – Calling Survey

BTO – Tawny Owl Calling Survey This survey starts on 20 September, and the BTO has online registration up and running already. Volunteers can take part in the survey from their garden, or any other green space, and the survey runs through to 31 March. It’s a very simple survey, asking volunteers to listen out just…

BTO – Owl Survey – Help needed

As I am sure many of you are aware, the BTO is launching a series of Owl surveys over the coming months.  The first of these covers Tawny Owls, and is about to start in mid-August.  -Given Suffolk has a pretty good population of Tawny Owls, it would be great if we could get many…

A call for volunteers in 2018

The great thing about birding is that it offers something different to everyone whether you enjoy watching birds in your garden, ringing or searching for rarities, maybe that elusive first for Suffolk, or just getting out there in all weathers throughout the year with every season offering something new to see.  Birding offers opportunities for…

SOG/SWT – Swift Advisors wanted

Would you like to be be involved in the joint SOG/SWT SOS Swifts project as a volunteer Swifts Advisor? Swift is currently on the Amber list of ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’.  However, a paper published in the September issue of British Birds uses IUCN Red Data Book criteria to analyse recent trends in Swift numbers and cites…

Ipswich Peregrine shot

This summer, Peregrines successfully fledged from The Mill in Ipswich – a local company even provided a video feed: http://www.ipswichhavenmarina.co.uk/Peregrine_Falcons/ However, it has just been reported that one of the young birds has been shot in the leg and basically starved to death as it was then unable to hunt.  Unbelievable that someone could do…

Suffolk Bird Reports – now online

All the Suffolk Bird Reports from 1952 to the 2014 can now be found online here: http://www.suffolkbis.org.uk/SuffolkBirds This is a fantastic resource for Suffolk Birders and for anyone interested in tracking the history of a species over the last 60 years!  For example: Little Egret 1992:  “A rare passage migrant.  Only 2 were reported” 2014: “Locally…

SOG Outdoor walk – Eastbridge

On the last day of April a good number of SOG members gathered before 7am at the edge of Minsmere for a longish walk around the edge of the reserve.  Led by David Walsh, the walk took in all the many habitats in the area – starting through woodland, then across heathland to the beach (allowing…

SOG AGM – 2nd March 2017

There was a very good turnout for the group’s Annual General Meeting and they had a packed evening of information and fun. The meeting was opened by Edward, the group’s secretary, who detailed how the committee had unanimously agree to ask John Grant to be the new SOG Honorary President Fortunately John had agreed to…

SOS Swifts – latest event dates – 2017

Join experienced ornithologist Edward Jackson to hear all about swifts and the Save our Suffolk Swifts project. There are few more enjoyable experiences than sitting outside on a warm summer’s evening watching the aerial manoeuvres of parties of swifts as they scream overhead.They spend most of their life on the wing, rarely landing except to…

Blood and guts on the East Atlantic Flyway

A couple of weeks ago, Simon Tonkin of The Inglorious Bustards gave an excellent presentation on migration along the East Atlantic Flyway, with a particular focus on the Straits of Gibraltar where they are currently based.  A small group of intrepid SOG members decided to brave the cold January weather and I am sure they…