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Talk and Impromptu Walk.
Almost a year to the day since our last Bird talk, local expert Andy Grimsey was back in true force for our our monthly meeting on Wednesday 10th May 2017.
An intimate meeting with 16 guests, Andy gave us all a truly informative experience. Andy spoke at length on the birds that you could expect to see on Bradgers Hill and the surrounding area.
Andy spoke about the non native birds that you could see and these included everything from the Brown Canada Geese that are predominantly in Wardown Park and Luton Hoo to the increasing numbers of Goldfinches on Bradgers Hill. Andy gave an interesting fact that at varying times of year, Wardown park is home to more Canada geese than any other location in Bedfordshire. He also mentioned that the occasional sightings of parakeets was possible.
Andy talked us through everything from the sounds of Yellow hammers with their “Little bit of bread and no cheese” call, Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs, the feistiness of Robins, the bravado of pigeons and demonstrated his “Corn bunting mimicking” device, a bunch of keys. He also spoke of Red kites, Sparrow hawks, Peregrines and many more. You can see a handy table that Andy prepared that lists the birds that you could encounter in the area here!
It was such an enjoyable evening that it overran ran to our meeting’s close at 8:30 pm. and our thanks once again go out to Andy Grims for another superb evening. The event was a prelude to our Dawn Chorus Walk which starts at 5.30 am on Saturday 13th May 2017 from outside the Bushmead Community Centre, Hancock Drive, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7SF. Why not come along and if you cant make it, why not find another event that interests you.