Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Berks College of Agriculture 2015
Sunday morning visit and walk

Date: Sunday 6 December 2015 at 09:30

Details:

This was rather different to our normal birding day as we had arranged a visit to BCA's Animal Management Centre. We were greeted by an enthusiastic Amanda Gee (BCA Commercial Director) and taken past Emu and Wallaby to the BCA's "Zoo Courtyard". Here we saw Roller and various other tropical birds. We also saw Porcupine, Otter, Skunk, Lemur, Aguti, Raccoon and Meerkats, which were quite active as they were being fed mealworms.

We were then taken by Nick Shelley (Animal Welfare Instructor) to see Scottish Wildcats, Red Squirrels, Polecats and Pine Martens in the British Wildlife enclosures, away from the main Animal Management Centre. Nick told us that the Hazel Dormice were hibernating so could not be viewed.

NOTE These BCA area are NOT open to the public.

After the BCA visit, we then went birding on a rather damp morning, with a good turnout of 17 people.

We walked round part of the college grounds and saw various birds, the best of the day being the Little Owl. Flocks of Siskin, Goldfinch and Chaffinches were seen in good numbers.

Some people saw Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Green Woodpecker with a grand total of 35 species being seen, which was good considering the weather.

Many thanks to the staff at the college for giving up their time on a Sunday to show us round the animal houses.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Click Here to see our photos from the visit

 

Berkshire College of Agriculture, 6/12/2015, overcast, some drizzle

Egyptian Goose

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Kestrel

Coot

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Ring-necked parakeet

Little Owl

Green Woodpecker

Magpie

Jackdaw

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Dunnock

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Bullfinch

35 Bird Species seen

Seen at the Animal Management Centre

Bennett’s Wallaby

Emu

Rabbit

Sheep

Northern Raccoon

Meerkat

Porcupine

Common Marmoset

Azara's Agouti

Asian Short-clawed Otter

Ring-tailed Lemur

Striped Skunk

Laughing Kookaburra

Lilac-breasted Roller

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Temminck's Tragopan

Scottish Wildcat

Eurasian Red Squirrel

European Pine Marten

European Polecat

17 People