Welcome to the Amersham Birdwatching Club Website
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The Amersham Birdwatching Club Twites at Titchwell Photo: Linda Witton

The Amersham Birdwatching Club

 

 

                    

  

                  

                    Our aim is to share and  foster an interest in and                                                      enjoyment of birds and their environment. 

                    We will be glad to see you at any of our monthly meetings.

 

Enquiries:   Text 07958 792 488

 

 

NEXT Indoor MEETING:

 Friday 18th October at 7:45

in the Barn Hall, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham HP6 5AH 

 

 Subject  Winter Birding in Yunnan   Speaker Jeff Blincow

 

Field Trip: Sat 19th October   Little Marlow Gravel Pits   Leader Richard Tomlin

 

 

 

 

 
Residential Trip to Norfolk 3 nights 
Nov  10,11,12th  2019
   See Stuart at the desk or Alistair McKenzie

 

Future Friday evening Meetings

 

15th Nov:              "Otmoor"   Speaker Barry Oxley

13th December                        Christmas Quiz  

 

 

15th November

                  

 

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On Friday 15th March Bill Coster treated us to a wonderful selection of his photos taken while he and his wife spent a month in the Shetland isles. The quality of the photos and the range of birds and habitats was stunning giving us views of birds which we would be unlikely to get ourselves without a great deal of effort.

 

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LOCAL SIGHTINGS

 

 

 

 

 

8/10 Great Egret Wilstone Reservoir

6/10 Grey Plover Wilstone res

 

30/9 black tern College lake

11/9 Hobby College Lake

7/9 : Hobby : Marsworth Reservoir

16/09 Wryneck Ivinghoe beacon

15/9 Whinchat and Stonechats Incombe Hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birdwatchers Time Machine was the enigmatic title given by Dr Field for his talk on the paleontological evidence for the 'history' of birds. Drawing widely on his own work and research  we were treated to a wonderful romp through the last 100M years  ,give or take a few ,noting the presence or absence of ferns , dinosoaurs and the like prior to and post the cataclysmic collision with the asteroid 66M years ago in the Yucatan peninsula widely recognised as the most recent event dealing a severe blow to all life forms.This was the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction known to  those in the trade as the "K-Pg"  Birds emerged after this event but what was there before .. who were the ancestors?  

 

Here are some links sent by Dr Field to help you further in your search for the truth. Yes it's definitely out there!

 

Articles by Dan Field 

 

  "How birds survived the dinosaur killing asteroid" an article in The Conversation 

 https://theconversation.com/how-birds-survived-the-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-97021

 

"Feathered fruit-eater frozen in fossil form"  by Dan Field and Allison Hsiang    https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2018/06/25/feathered-fruit-eater-frozen-in-fossil-form/

 

A couple of articles in National Geographic also touch on the subject with video supplied by Dan

 

"These are the Dinosaurs that didn't die"  An article in National Geographic  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/dinosaurs-survivors-birds-fossils/

 

"The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution."  a short article in National Geographic which has rotating 3-D fossil bird skull photo

 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/fossil-bird-skull-3d-dinosaurs-evolution-paleontology-science/

 

For information about Dan's work and papers published go to :

 

For information on some local sightings look on General News page 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to any of our meetings.  We will continue to do our best to keep you updated on our programme & activities together with any updates to our web site.

A few of our members like taking photos.  If you find this of interest please contact us for further details or just to chat.

 

Field Trips are a regular feature of our activities many being local but a couple of times a year we go further afield for a few days residential to places such as Titchwell in North Norfolk, Minsmere in Suffolk or North Kent Marshes.  This year we are going back to Portland Bill.

 

 

This site was last updated on 9 Oct 2019

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