Welcome to the Amersham Birdwatching Club Website
                      Welcome to the Amersham Birdwatching Club Website
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 20th September   at 7:45 in The Barn Hall , Chiltern Avenue, Amersham ,  HP6 5AH 

 

 

 

Saturday15th June Field trip to Chobham Common                   Leader Richard Tomlin

A nightjar hunt

 

 
Residential Trip to Norfolk Nov  10,11,12th  2019
 Names now being taken  See Stuart at the desk or Alistair McKenzie or  email secretary for further details.  Deadline 21st May 

 

Future Friday evening Meetings  in 2019 

 

January      The Birdwatchers Time Machine    Dan Field

February     Wildlife of Southern Amazonia      Graeme Wallace

March         The Shetland Isles                           Bill Coster

April            Kenyan Coastal Forest                   Ann Scott

May             Undiscovered Norfolk                     Chris Ward

 

No indoor meetings June July and August

 

September The Lee Valley                                  Paul Roper                  

 

A chilly but productive morning Sea Watching at Portland Bill , May 2019

 

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

 

8/5 : 17 Black Tern : Marsworth Reservoir

7/5 : 2 Hobby : Marsworth Reservoir

5/5 Little Gulls are at College Lake mid morning (10:00)

6/5 7:00 : 2 Cuckoo : Ravenstone SP848517

3/5 They’re back! Turtle dove at Bucks section of Bicester MOD this morning no private access unfortunately

3/5 Turtle Dove Dorney Common, Bucks before flying to trees on Eton Wick, Berks

 

 

 

FIRECRESTS 

 

!10th April Reports of Lots of Firecrests singing their hearts out in Wendover Woods and 

 

 

RING OUZEL  spotted at Steps Hill

 

 

 

 

 

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 18th May 2019

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