January Meeting

The first indoor meeting of 2013 was the AGM where, after the formal part of the meeting was over, president John Gardner spoke about the recent committee meeting, where a discussion of the peregrines on Wakefield cathedral took place and the result was that the society agreed to finance the construction of a peregrine nestbox to be fixed on the Cathedral tower, subject to approval from the Cathedral authorities.

As is now traditional, a wildlife quiz followed, with Francis Hickenbottom displaying his fascinating collection of skulls and feet, and our botanical expert Chris Hartley testing our brain cells even further with a group of tree branches, minus their leaves, for us to try and identify. John Gardner’s photographic quiz was as usual most interesting and frustrating.

Recent sightings: Scarce gulls still coming into the Anglers/Wintersett roost include Caspian and yellow-legged gulls. Long-tailed duck, scaup and 2 bitterns also noted. Many skeins of Pink-footed geese were counted locally flying mainly west. 29 shelduck were at Pugneys and 4 smew briefly on 18th . 5 chiffchaff  have been seen roaming with a tit  flock at a location by the river at Ossett, and a sighting of 2 flying bumblebees recently
was unusual for the time of year.

Next meeting on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm when Francis Hickenbottom
will give a talk entitled ‘Flight ’in the Quaker Meeting Hall, Thornhill  St.Wakefield.


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