The Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group Annual General Meeting was on 28th February 2013 at the Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich with a good turn out of members to enjoy the review of the birds of 2012 in Suffolk by the Suffolk BINS guys, Roy Marsh and Lee Woods along with a Bird Brain quiz and a raffle.
Proceedings started with greetings from the President and Chairman followed by the presentation of accounts, reports from Chairman and other Officers and the presenting of the Denis Ockelton Trophy. This is presented to a member who, over the past year, or, in recognition of an outstanding contribution over many years and recognised for their role in supporting the group and Suffolk birds. This year it was deservedly presented to Paul Gowen, who for over 25 years, has taken on a number of roles within the organisation including Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary as well as being a stalwart on Council. Paul received a warm round of applause from members as he received the trophy.
Following the Suffolk BINS review further trophies were awarded, firstly for Suffolk Bird of The Year 2012, which went to Colin Barley for finding the Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll in December at Aldeburgh. Colin unfortunately was unable to collect the trophy. The next presentation was for the Suffolk BINS New Years Day Bird Race, that was again won by the Pied Twitchers.
The Bird Brain Quiz then started during the interval with a selection of bird photos and feathers to be identified. Following the break the raffle was began and most people went away with a prize thanks to the donation from members and Council of a number of good prizes. The final part of the bird quiz then commenced, this time bird songs and calls and on totting up the score the South-east county bird recorder Scott Mayson was declared Bird Brain 2013.
Quizmaster Steve Abbott (right) presents Bird Brain 2013 winner Scott Mayson with a lovely framed image of the Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll by local photographer Jon Evans. (Photo: I.Grieco)
The presentation from Suffolk BINS including the Bird of the Year and A review of 2012 can be found here – Suffolk Bird Of The Year & BINS Cup Slides SOG AGM 2013.