Community events.
Community events.

Every month SK58 Birders hold a field trip.

This month the group ventured outside of their 10km square (SK58), but not too far, heading to the well-known raptor watch point at Welbeck, near Clumber Park.

Seven members converged on an unsettled morning, would the weather be suitable for watching raptors?

Arriving at Welbeck, the group set up telescopes and began scanning the skies and treeline for birds of prey. Within a few minutes members recorded hobby hunting swallows and house martins high over the lake.

They also had a very brief view of what was probably a female goshawk.

Distantly on the lake side were two common sandpiper, stopping off to feed as they migrate south as well as breeding shelduck.

After two hours of watching kestrels, buzzards and hobby the skies darkened and the spit of rain developed into a persistent downpour.

Discretion being the better part of valour, members headed for the nearby tea-room where various scones, butties, coffees and teas were consumed.

The weather broke and the sun began to shine so back at the watch point buzzards began to rise and hobby were again seen.

The group also had the bird of the morning when a male goshawk appeared from their right, behind a nearby roadside hedge, then proceeded to fly over the nearby field, before gaining height and plummeting after prey.

This really topped off the day.

The group called off at Hodsock, within SK58 where 3 more common sandpiper were located, ending what was a great SK58 Birders field trip.