FORTHCOMING FIELD TRIPS
Saturday 26 August. Colonsay. Led by David Jardine (contact details: phone 01546 510200, email ). A full-day visit with transport provided. Further details from David Jardine. You must book with David in advance to attend this trip, as numbers are limited by vehicle spaces.
Saturday 16 September to Tuesday 19 September. Tiree. Led by David Jardine (e-mail phone 01546 510200). A provisional booking has been made for some accommodation on Tiree from Saturday 16 September to Tuesday 19 September. Ferry departs Oban at 07.15hrs on Saturday and returns to Oban 22.40hrs on the Tuesday. Accommodation and transport from Oban is currently estimated to cost about £110/head, based on four persons sharing a car. Food costs will be extra. If you are interested in going on this visit please contact David at an early date to secure a place and to allow arrangements to be finalised. There are still a few places available.
Saturday 28 October. Sound of Gigha. Led by Mike Harrison (E-mail . Phone: 01631 710656). Meet at Ronachan Point Car Park on the A83 (grid ref. NR741548) at 10.00hrs. Lunches will be available at the hotel on Gigha. The trip will include a short (3-4km) road walk on Gigha after some rough ground at Ronachan viewpoint.
Sunday 26 November. Loch Gilp and the Add Estuary. Led by Jim Dickson (Phone 01546 603967. E-mail ). Meet at 10.00hrs in Lochgilphead at the Corran car park, opposite the caravan park, on the A83, close to the roundabout (A83/A816) at the western end of the town. Please bring your own lunch. The trip will include several short walks (each 300m maximum) on level ground.
David Jardine sends a huge thank you to everyone who helped with the Rookery Survey. It looks as if full coverage has been achieved. While some Rookeries are no longer in use, some new ones have been located. If you have any counts which have not yet been sent in, please send them to asap. A full account of the survey will appear in the next Argyll Bird Report.
FORTHCOMING INDOOR MEETINGS.
The autumn indoor meeting, including the Annual General Meeting of the club, will be held on Saturday 4 November 2017 at the Cairnbaan Hotel, near Lochgilphead.
0930 Doors open, coffee and tea
0950-1000 Welcome and introduction—Mike Harrison, Chairman of the Argyll Bird Club
1000-1030 Recent bird sightings and photographs—Jim Dickson, Argyll Bird Recorder
1030-1100 A month spent birding in Cowal—Neil Hammatt
1120-1210 The birds of Colonsay and Oronsay—David Jardine
1210-1230 Talk to be arranged
1230-1400 Lunch (available in the hotel, if required)
1440-1500 BTO surveys and updates—Nigel Scriven
1600-1620 Results from the Argyll Bird Club’s rookery survey—David Jardine
1620-1630 Raffle and closing remarks
1500-1530 Bird watching in Costa Rica—Sue Furness
Raffle Prizes. Donations of raffle prizes for indoor meetings are always welcome.
The spring 2018 indoor meeting will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray. (www.inveraray-inn.co.uk). The programme will be included in the December Eider.
PREPARATION OF ARGYLL BIRD REPORT 28 (2016)
Work on ABR 28 will start soon. If you have any outstanding records for 2016, please ensure they are sent to Jim Dickson promptly. Jim is currently looking for good quality photos of birds taken in Argyll in 2016 for the report. Please contact Jim if you think you have any that are suitable. We are also looking for folks to help on the editorial side (writing/collating species accounts, proof reading etc.), as Jim will be stepping down as editor in 2018. We hope the ABR 28 will be available at the Spring Meeting in 2018.