Saturday, 15 July 2017

Birding with Flowers Leaflet

Some of the following photos haven't had any processing, so they will need work before appearing in the leaflet.

Once the 2018 Wildlife Calendar was sorted out, it was time to start work on a "Birding with Flowers" leaflet for the first time.  The front cover is likely to feature this Puffin with the Barn Owl logo and the title of the course, but a minimum of information.
Puffin seen by Wednesday pm group only a few weeks ago
Page 2 will feature the Term starting in the New Year.  The main photo will be of a Barn Owl, but may feature other birds we encounter in winter including: Waxwings, Hen Harriers, Bar-tailed Godwits and a Goosander.
Barn Owl
 Hen Harrier
 Bar-tailed Godwits

The text about the New Year course will probably be something on these lines: The New Year is a great time to see owls and large birds of prey, especially Barn Owls, Long and Short-eared Owls, Hen Harriers, and Red Kites.  We will also identify our various species of over-wintering wildfowl.  In a waxwing winter we make a special trip to get close views to these charismatic birds.  As spring approaches more and more of our resident songbirds begin to participate in the dawn chorus, and we will spend time concentrating on identifying birds by their songs and calls.  

Page 3 will concentrate on the Spring/Summer Term which begins after Easter.
The main photo will probably be this Redstart: 
Other photos may include:
A Yellow Wagtail
 & a Turtle Dove
 & a Kingfisher
The blurb about the Spring course will probably say: After Easter a massive influx of spring migrants takes place, which we will identify including the sadly-declining Cuckoo, Turtle Dove and Spotted Flycatcher, plus the brightly-coloured Redstart and Yellow Wagtails.  If you can’t differentiate your warblers, this course will point out the key identification features.  Birdsong peaks during this period, and extra time is spent on this tricky, but very rewarding aspect of bird identification.  In addition, we always make a trip to connect with Yorkshire iconic seabirds before the end of the spring term.
Page 4 will discuss the Autumn Tern.  The main photo will probably be of this
Bearded Tit 

Other photos may feature: 
Short-eared Owl
The text of the Autumn term may say: Migration is the key word of the Autumn.  Many of our summer visitors are starting to leave, and we will encounter them at their stop-off points on the Yorkshire coast.  The coast and the Humber estuary hold large numbers of waders, which will also be identified.  Our reedbeds hold large numbers of enchanting Bearded Tits, and we will make a special effort to see them at the period when they can be observed at close range.  
 Snow Bunting
Page 5 will mention the other wildlife we encounter and identify.  This will be represented by a series of photos including:
 Roe Deer
The text may be on these lines: In addition to birds, on our walks throughout the year will encounter a large range of other wildlife.  We will also identify any mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, fungi and wild flowers we see.  We visit during the week when we don’t have to compete with the weekend crowds, but always ensure that the wildlife is not disturbed by our presence.    
 Common Blue
 Dark Green Fritillary
 Marbled White
 Broad-Bodied Chaser
 Orange-Tip on Bluebells
Bee Orchid
The back page will include this photograph of a Peregrine taken only last month.
The final page will probably just include my contact details and some bullet points of what the course entails:
Classes run twice-daily Tuesday to Friday.  
*Weekly birdwatching walks
*Visit 30 wildlife venues a year
*Habitats visited include: lakes, seashore, rocky cliffs, reedbeds, estuary, woodland, farmland, chalk meadows, even supermarket car parks 
*3 terms a year: New Year, after Easter and Autumn
*Learn in a friendly, jargon-free environment
*Expect to identify at least 100 bird species per term
*We will also identify: mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, fungi and wild flowers 
[I'm not sure if also to list every venue we've visited in the last 14 years.]

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