Field Meeting Reports 2011
Whitegate Way -
Saturday 18th December 2011
The Whitegate Way is based on the old railway line taking salt from the mines
of Cheshire to meet the main line at Cuddington. Today it is managed for the
maximum benefit of wildlife. Not that we saw much as set off from the car
park at Whitegate Station! We had barely started our walk when the heavens
opened, making the icy conditions underfoot even more treacherous. We beat
a hasty retreat to shelter under the nearby bridge. Despite the downpour,
Blackbirds and Redwings continued to feed earnestly on the berries close by
while we waited. Eventually the rain eased and we continued on our way. Common
birds such as Chaffinch Blue Tit and Great Tit were soon added. A Great-spotted
Woodpecker crossed in front of us, as well as a Jay. A party of Siskins showed
well before they moved on deeper into the woods and out of sight. On to Newchurch
Flash, we found the waters packed with Coot, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard,
Wigeon, and Pochard, along with Canada Geese and Mute Swans. The odd Great-crested
Grebe and Cormorant were also picked out. By now the sun had finally broken
through, giving us renewed vigour! Retracing our steps, a small flock of Lapwing
flew lazily over the fields.
Returning to the cars for lunch, we were entertained by a Robin looking for
crumbs at the picnic site. After lunch, we set off to the east. We found 3
or 4 Bullfinches in the hedgerow, and spent some time admiring these birds
in the all their glory. The brilliant red colours of the males and the berries
they were feeding off matched each other perfectly. We nearly missed a small
party of Lesser Redpolls feeding acrobatically in a tree overhanging the path,
but stopped to enjoy these small finches. A Treecreeper seemed oblivious of
us as it concentrated on its feeding route along a line of trees beside the
path, climbing mouse-like up each tree probing and pecking at the bark, then
flying to the base of the next tree to start over again. We left the bird
and moved on. At the far point of our walk, we admired the views of Jodrell
Bank and distant Mow Cop folly. A couple of cows in the adjacent field stood
absolutely motionless in profile. We were convinced they were cardboard cut-outs
- until one flicked its tail and lifted a rear leg! On the return, a Buzzard
flew really low over our heads, giving an unusual call quite different from
the normal "meeuw" sound we are used to.
We finally ended with 40 species for the day, which given the way it had started,
was quite an impressive list, and with some lovely birds included too. A nice
way to start the festive period!
Merry Chistmas to everyone, and happy birding in 2012.
Parkgate High Tide - Sunday 27th November 2011
Eagles and Albatrosses on Heswall Golf Course.
Although there was blue sky, it was blowing a hoolie! We considered bird watching
from the sanctuary of our cars as we congregated at the Old Baths in Parkgate.
We could see Fieldfares and Redwings, Pheasant, Robin and Wood Pigeon in the
field behind the car park. However, a few minutes after our scheduled meet
time, we decided to brave the elements and start our walk. Going on to the
Wirral Way gave us some protection against the wind, but the birds were not
easy to find. A Mistle Thrush was on the golf course allowing us to set the
telescope on it. While we enjoyed the views, a Robin perched obligingly close
by. After an hour though, we were struggling as much as the golfers in the
breezy conditions. Birdies looked like being in short supply for us all! But
our fortunes turned after we crossed the golf course and moved onto the coastal
path overlooking the Dee marshes. Almost immediately we found the Great White
Egret that has been on the Dee for the last few weeks. It was beside a Grey
Heron which helped confirm its larger size compared to the numerous Little
Egrets. Its large yellow bill was also obvious. A ring-tailed Hen Harrier
passed by, the first of three sightings we would enjoy. Skylarks were abundant
as were Curlew and Redshank. Canada Geese were flying in small groups. A Raven
'honked' overhead. Back at the Old Baths for lunch, a group of Little Egrets
congregated close to the wall. The tide did not come right in to the wall
unfortunately, but there was still plenty to see on the marsh. There were
numerous gulls of 4 species, Shelduck and Cormorant continuously disturbed
by the advancing water. Walking along Parkgate promenade, a Grey Wagtail made
a brief appearance then disappeared unfortunately, but Pied Wagtails were
more conspicuous. On the Donkey Stand Flash there were good numbers of Lapwing
and a few Dunlin. A female Kestrel dropped onto the ground in front of us
but took off empty-handed - or should that be empty-taloned? We returned to
the cars via the Wirral Way again, and ticked off Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Wren
and Tree-creeper. We finally made 50 species in the day which given the conditions
was a good score. I am not so sure how well the golfers did though!
Old Moor RSPB - Saturday 29th October 2011
This was the Club's first visit to the RSPB Old Moor Reserve in the Dearne
Valley in Yorkshire. The coach drive took us across the Peak District with
stupendous and atmospheric views of the hills and valleys. As soon as we disembarked
from the coach we found a feeder with a single Tree Sparrow on it. The bird
rapidly took evasive action as a Sparrowhawk swooped through on a well rehearsed
flight path. Luckily (for the Sparrow), the raptor failed to catch its prey.
From the Reception Centre, Willow Tit and Bullfinch were spotted on the feeders
along with Great Spotted Woodpecker, while a Pheasant was hoovering up the
Walking out onto the reserve paths, a huge flock of Golden Plover and Lapwings
soared overhead, there must have been over 2,000 birds. They later settled
down on Wath Ings and allowed us closer views. The "Goldies" are
such beautiful birds when seen with a low sun on their plumage. Other waders
included obliging Green Sandpipers, Snipe, Ruff and Dunlin. On the main pool
were good numbers of Coot and duck including Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall
and Shoveler. Both Great-crested and Little Grebes were present as well as
Mute Swan, but unfortunately no 'wild' swans. A small flock of Linnets flitted
from island to island. A covey of 10 Grey Partridges feeding right in front
of one hide was a great find, far more exciting than the ubiquitous Pheasants
also seen. Despite extensive searching, we failed to find either Bittern or
Jack Snipe - but that's bird watching! Kestrel and Buzzard were added to the
raptors tally. More woodland birds were added on a final look at the feeders
- Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch. Then finally, a smart Robin to brighten
up the fading daylight. The list for the day was 56 species. However, we added
one more on the return journey when a party of around 10 Red Grouse flew alongside
the coach as we passed over the high moors again.
Connah's Quay Reserve - Saturday 17th September 2011
We met by the entrance
barrier to the Connah's Quay reserve as directed. We were a little early for
our rendezvous with Walter from the Deeside Naturalists' Society who was going
to be our guide for the day. As we waited, a security man from the adjacent
power station came to warn us in no uncertain terms not to park on the roundabout!
Not quite the welcome we expected, but Walter arrived in the nick of time
and we were soon on our way to the reserve car park. As we got out of the
cars, a Peregrine passed directly overhead and alighted on a building opposite.
We set the scope up and enjoyed close views of the male falcon. A second bird
was then found further along the ledge - this was a young bird.
We walked along the path to the first of 3 hides in this part of the reserve.
It was quiet here, but the 2nd hide was more productive. Greenshanks were
close by, and further away were scores of Redshank. Amongst them we eventually
found 3 or so Spotted Redshank and several Black-tailed Godwits. It was nice
to see Lapwings in good numbers. Most intriguing was a supposed Yellow-legged
Gull. It did have fluorescent yellow legs, but it appeared to have a darker
grey mantle than normal. However, it seems that some races of Yellow-legged
may be darker. Walter was convinced!
A fox was spotted on the far side of the pool, clearly frustrated at not being
able to reach the waders on the island. Maybe it would have better luck with
The next hide has bird feeders that added some variety in the shape of Goldfinch,
Greenfinch and Chaffinch.
We returned to the cars for lunch, then drove to the far end of the reserve
to the splendid double-decker hide overlooking the River Dee and Oakenholt
marshes. The tide was coming in fast, pushing the birds closer to us. Curlews
and Teal were common. The Shelduck included many young birds, a sign of a
good breeding season. Clouds of Knot were distant, but several birds were
close enough to allow closer scrutiny.
On the inland side of the hide, a pair of Wheatear dropped in to feed up before
recommencing their journey south. Coot, Tufted Duck and Little Grebe fed on
a pool. A steady stream of Swallows crossed the Dee from Wirral, more evidence
of visible migration. A large corvid also flew across the river and was confirmed
as a Raven.
We luckily avoided the worst of the rain that was around the region, and even
enjoyed some bright sunshine. As the afternoon passed though, we started to
feel the early autumnal cold so we decided to call it a day. It had been a
great meeting, with 47 bird species seen. Our thanks to Walter for giving
up his time to show us around this pleasant site.
Cynwyd Forest -
31 July 2011
We were approaching
the bridge over the River Dee just outside Corwen en route to Cynwyd. What
I thought at first was a Buzzard quartering in front of us turned out to be
a Red Kite, a great start to the day. As we waited at the rendezvous point
for any last people to turn up, we first heard, then saw a car approaching.
We waved at Joyce but she was past us in a flash like Colin McRae in a Subaru
Impreza! Luckily, we rounded her up before she reached Pembrokeshire, and
the walk began. Chaffinches were everywhere, attracted to the chicken and
pig food in the nearby cottage garden! A Tree Pipit put in brief appearance.
Further on up the lane, at least 8 Ravens were tumbling in the air on a ridge.
A single Peregrine joined them, and it really looked like they were just playing
together. First the Peregrine chased a Raven, then they reversed roles and
the Raven chased the falcon. But it did not appear to be in earnest, just
masters of the air putting on a show for us. Swallows swooped low over a field,
while Swifts and House Martins kept higher in the air. Walking into the confier
forest, the birds were initially scarce, but then we found a hot spot and
marvelled at Crossbill, Siskin, Coal Tit, and Goldcrest amonsgs others. The
bright orange crest of a Goldcrest showed up brilliantly against the dark
green pine needles. We also started to see lots of young Pheasants, and we
were to see many more as the day went on. There were obviously being bred
in the forest and had just been released from their pens. On to the more open
foot hills of the Berwyns, Redstart and Whinchat showed well. A young Great-spotted
Woodpecker with its full red crown gave an odd adolescent call from a nearby
tree. After a leisurely lunch, we walked back down the valley following the
stream. A pair of Grey Wagtails landed on the path in front of us. Yet more
Pheasants! Seeing a Grey Heron fly up and circle around us was a bit of a
surprise as the canopy over the stream was quite dense. I think the heron
was as surprised as us, as it left a huge deposit on take-off! We searched
in vain for Dipper, but it looked a good spot for them. The small reservoir
was disppointingly devoid of birds. So we trundled the short stretch back
to the cars to end the day. We saw or heard 32 species in what can be a quiet
month for birding, but there were some real corkers amongst them. I also have
to apologise to Joyce - it was only 1.1 miles from the turn-off to the rendezvous,
not 2 miles as I had indicated!
Whixall Moss -
25 June 2011
Everyone should have a hobby - and our chosen activity is bird watching. However,
the Club's visit to the lowland raised bog at Whixall Moss certainly widened
our horizons. Thanks to the expert knowledge of our local guide Pete Bowyer
from Nature England, we learnt about how the peat bog was formed, damaged
through peat extraction, and how the water levels are being managed to protect
and restore this scarce and rare habitat. We even had a chemistry lesson to
demonstrate the acidity of the water! Pete showed some of the typical plants
such as Bog Moss and Broad-leaved Sundew. After much perseverance, we found
a Raft Spider for us in a small pool. The cool weather limited the numbers
of dragonflies and damselflies on the wing but we did spot a few rare Large
We did not forget the birds of course. Whitethroats and Chiffchaff were probably
the most commonly seen (or heard) species. When the sun peaked through occasionally,
Swallows and Swifts soon appeared. Buzzards and Kestrels were present all
day, but we could not find a Hobby that the site hosts. We spotted a bird
on a tree stump that evaded identification for ages. It looked like a small
raptor so was it a Merlin, or a Kestrel? Some members were convinced it moved,
but it stayed curiously in the same spot. Or was it just an oddly marked piece
of the tree? Amid much merriment, we finally concluded that it was a "Tree
Waders were represented by Curlew, Lapwing and an adult and juvenile Ring
Plover. A single Marsh Tit was a good find, in the same tree as a Bullfinch!
Just as we were just about to return to our cars, the only Hobby of the day
made a very brief pass for a lucky couple of members. In what was quite a
specialised habitat, we still saw 50 species of birds. Not a bad hobby, is
Thank you, Pete, for your time and expertise
Venus Pools - 15
As far as I know, this was the Club's first visit to Venus Pools near
Shrewsbury, perhaps because it is located a little further away than we normally
venture. The reserve is managed excellently by the Shropshire Ornithological
Society. Based on reclaimed sand and gravel quarries, the site consists of
5 hides placed around a shallow pool that attracts a range of wildfowl and
waders, There is also a large set-aside field that in winter especially attracts
Our visit in May started with Chiffchaff, Robin ,Chaffinch and Green Woodpecker
from the car park. On the pools, Little Ring Plover, Lapwings,and Oystercatchers
looked ready to start nesting soon. Black-headed Gulls were already nesting
on grassy islands. Mallard, Teal, Shelduck, Canada Goose and Mute Swan were
among the wildfowl. Over the water, Sand Martins were plentiful, with House
Martins, Swallows and Swifts also present. The feeding station was disappointingly
quiet apart from a few Greenfinch - and a rat! A winter visit should prove
more productive. In the pool fringes, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and Sedge
Warbler could be glimpsed. On the way back from the northern hide, we first
heard a Cuckoo, and then enjoyed a spectacular fly-past with the bird still
calling as it disappeared from view.
After lunch, we moved on to Polemere at the suggestion of Brian Boumphrey,
and his tip was a good one. This is a small reserve managed by a local farmer
but open to the public with a hide over-looking a small lake. We added Yellow
Wagtail and Linnet, plus House Sparrow around the farm house. A Buzzard sat
quietly in trees by the pool edge, unseen by us for ages. It eventually flew
off but was then mobbed unmercifully by corvids!
We saw 50 species across the 2 sites. Enough to consider another visit before
- 7 May 2011
No pain, no gain. Or perhaps more aptly, no rain no pain. We had to suffer
for our birds on our May coach trip to Lake Vyrnwy. As we approached the RSPB
Visitors Centre, the heavens opened and the drought of the past weeks ended
with a vengeance!
We beat a hasty retreat to the hide close to the Centre. We had incredible
close views of beautiful male and female Siskins. Comparison with the Chaffinches
also present showed how small these yellow streaked finches are.
It looked ominously that the rain was set in, so eventually we braved the
rain and set off for the oak woods. We found a male Pied Flycatcher and briefly
his mate, but the rain made watching them difficult. We wandered on slowly,
with Chiffchaffs and Wren present.
As we climbed out of the woods into a more scrubby area, Willow Warblers replaced
the Chiffchaffs. By now the rain had mercifully stopped, and we started to
Stopping at a cross roads in the paths, Stan spotted a female Crossbill, which
joined two more birds at the top of a conifer. A little further on, a Garden
Warbler was singing on an exposed branch allowing good views of its very plain
Returning back into the village, the clearing skies began to fill with Swallows,
House Martins and Swifts feeding avidly. Much larger Raven and Buzzard also
After lunch, we relocated to the far end of the reservoir and started to walk
up the Rhiwargor Trail. More Redstarts were found here, we were almost becoming
blasé about them by then!
A wheezy "speez, speez" call caught our attention and a Tree Pipit
started singing its heart out atop a tree just by the path. After a brief
stop to admire the waterfall we returned back down the valley. The Centenary
Hide was a little disappointing, with "just" another Redstart and
a Mallard with chicks. A Great-crested Grebe and a Cormorant were noted on
the reservoir itself.
As we started our return journey, we called in for a brief stop at the Lakeside
Hide. RPSB staff were pointing out a Peregrine nest high on the cliffs on
the opposite shore. We saw both birds flying to and from the nest site. Then
a call of "Osprey" rang out. Initially mistaken for gull, it was
identified as an Osprey as it dropped lower. Unfortunately not all members
saw the bird, but what a great way to close the day list! It was hard work
at times with the weather, but the total 45 species included some real crackers.
Well worth persevering
The early May canal trip is becoming an almost annual event on the Bird Club
calendar. This year we found ourselves on a cool but bright morning aboard
the 'Michael Hayes' in the company of John, Pauline and Brian from the Wirral
Community Narrowboat Trust. We set off on our usual route from Christleton
to Beeston and Wharton Lock. The birding started straight away with Mallards,
including many chicks, and Moorhen on the water. The tow-path hedges were
looking splendid in their fresh, bright green leaves and white hawthorn blossom.
Whitethroat were common, either perched on the tops of bushes or making their
fluttering song flights. We heard 2 or 3 Lesser Whitethroat and managed a
brief glimpse of one typically shy bird. Chiffchaff were more frequent than
Willow Warbler. Blackcap completed the warblers seen. The blue skies were
populated by buzzing Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts. Several Buzzards
soared effortlessly on thermals.
Stopping at the Shady Oak for lunch, some members walked up the lane towards
Beeston Castle to to the many Jackdaws swarming around the summit. Peregrine
and Raven were also spotted, albeit at a distance. A Mute Swan pen was on
a nest right by the canal while the cob swam watchfully near by. On the return
leg, Linnets sat on a wire fence with Goldfinch.
But this particular trip is not just about the birds, good though they were.
It is just such a peaceful day out, with the slow pace of the boat and the
calming effect of the lapping water helping you to chill out.
World's End and Nant
Mill - Sunday 24th April 2011
This trip went just like a dream. On the way to the Worlds End car
park meeting point, 3 displaying Black Grouse were right by the road, allowing
the closest views of this species that Ive ever seen. Although the sun
was barely breaking the horizon, you could not miss the contrasting blue-black,
white and red colours of these magnificent cock birds. Their bubbling coo-ing
and more harsh hissing calls could be easily heard. More birds were seen at
2 different leks close to the car park. It was worth the effort of the early
start to soak in the evocative sound and sight of these birds. Walking up
the footpath across Ruabon Moor, even more Blackcock birds were seen, and
then 4 females birds in a tall tree, giving a different cackling call that
Ive never heard before. It certainly looks on this evidence that the
habitat management that is in place to increase grouse numbers is working
Other species much
in evidence on the moor were Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Meadow
Pipit. A Cuckoo called all morning, but never showed itself. Similarly
a skulking Grasshopper Warbler was only betrayed by its reeling song.
Two different male Whinchats were seen, a magnificently marked bird that
is not easy to find. On a more stony area 2 or 3 Wheatears were conspicuous.
Above the scree a pair of Ravens worked the updrafts from the granite
cliffs. Working back down towards the woods, several Redstarts and a female
Pied Flycatcher were soon found, along with a single Tree Pipit to compare
with its more common cousins. Back at the car park a pair of Siskins were
picked out high in the pine trees.
Moving on to Nant
Mill, more typical woodland birds were much in evidence Nuthatch,
Blue, Great and Coal Tit. Stock Dove and Rook were added along with Chiffchaff.
On the river, a lone female Grey Wagtail fed on the plentiful insects.
Orange Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies were enjoying the warm sunny
Then a new call, a
continuous trilling. What was that? Oh, no, its the alarm clock.
Time to get up and set off to Worlds End.
Foot note: Almost
certainly due to the combination of a 6a.m. meeting time and being Easter
Sunday (sorry folks, both down to me), in fact I was the only member to
turn up on the day! So, you will never know how much of my dream came
true. I will tell you that the species count was 46 though!
North Wirral Coastal
Park - Saturday
26th March 2011
a period of warm weather, Saturday brought a cold wind back for our March
field meeting at Leasowe Common. This was likely to hold the expected migrants
back unfortunately, so we would have to work hard to find them. A dog walker
in the car park claimed to have seen a Swallow but we did not have any hirundines
all day. We started with a quick walk towards the Birkett and the fishing
lake. Apart from the usual House Sparrow, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, things
seemed quiet. A Great Spotted Woodpecker dropped into a garden but could not
be relocated. We retraced our steps and took the inland path at the back of
the Common. Here we did hear several Chiffchaffs, with the glimpse of the
odd one or two high in the trees. On the horse paddocks there were small flocks
of migrating Meadow Pipits, always flighty as though they were thinking of
moving on but could not make their minds up. The three Wheatear that were
seen on the pre-meet check could not be seen, probably spooked by the lady
watering her horses. However, we did catch up with a single bird on the promenade
later in the day, the white rump showing up well in the grey light as it flew
away from us. One or two Ring Ouzels had been reported in Wirral over the
last few days butwe were not lucky, having to settle for Blackbird, Mistle
Thrush and Song Thrush. Actually there were lots of Blackbirds, so presumably
many of these were on the move rather than resident birds. Typically, a Ring
Ouzel was reported from Leasowe the following week!
A walk along the Burkett was not very productive. A Peregrine stoop dived
towards the Burton factory, presumably looking for a feral pigeon for its
lunch. A Sparrowhawk made a typical pass overhead, with its circular flap-flap-glide
While the summer migrants were arriving, there were also waders on the beach.
Redshank were most common, with Curlew and Turnstone also present, plus a
single Greenshank close by at the base of the promenade. As the tide came
in later, after most of the members had left to warm up, parties of Grey Plover,
Dunlin, Knot and Sanderling were pushed closer before fying off westwards.
The count for the day came to 49 species. Wait a minute, let's add Feral Pigeon
to make it a round 50! Now to get home and thaw out.
North Wales Coast -
As soon as we
congregated on the shoreline at The Spinnies (Aberogwyn) car park, the birding
started. On the receding tide-line were many Curlew, Redshank, and Oystercatcher,
while single Greenshank and Spotted Redshank tested our i.d. skills. Further
out into the Menai Strait were several Goldeneye and Wigeon, plus Cormaroant
and Great Crested Grebe. A pair of Ravens were seen displaying and tumbling
overhead. The first hide was quiet, the second one far from it. There were
the usual common Tits and Chaffinches on the feeders. Then a flash of blue
as a Kingfisher put on a superb dislay racing around the pool and perching
on the conveniently placed branches, giving everyone a chance to see it well.
After it had disappeared (just in time?), a female Sparrowhawk was found perched
quietly in the trees, looking for a meal no doubt. It dashed off low and fast
out of sight behind the reeds.
We moved on to Llanfairfechan. Small flocks of Eiders and Common Scoter bobbed
in the waves off the promenade. More Oystercatchers lined the waters edge,
waiting to start feeding again. A sinlge Ringed Plover was on the beach by
a groyne. As we walked towards Morfa Madryn natrue reserve, an excellent mix
of thrushes was spotted on the short grass - Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush
and Mistle Thrush. On the reserve itself, we had close views of colourful
Lapwing and drake Teal in their smart breeding pumages. and Pied Wagtail all
looking splendid in the low winter sun. The sewage works (we visit all the
scenic spots!) turned up Long-tailed Tits, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Reed
Our final stop was Conway RSPB. On the pools were Gadwall, Shoveller and Tufted
Duck. A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were surprisingly our first of the
day. Finally, a trio of sleeping Pink-footed Geese left the safety of one
of the islands and started to feed close to the hide. There were two adults,
and a juvenile bird denoted by its duller, less pink legs. The unusually close
views of this species were a fitting end to a great day out. The sun was starting
to go down and the temperature was also falling rapidly! So we departed with
a day list of 62 species, good for a winter's day.
Moore Nature Reserve
- 29th January
There was a hard frost on the trees as we assembled at the new car park at
Moore nature reserve near Warrington. Members reported temperatures down as
low as -7°C at dawn, but there was no wind and blue skies for most of
the day. So by keeping on the move, it was not as cold as it might have been.
In the woods, a noisy flock of Siskins fed on catkins above us, with the occasional
Lesser Redpoll associating with them. At the feeding station the reported
Willow Tit failed to show but there were active Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed
Tits as well as several Reed Buntings.
As we returned to the
cars for lunch, a male Bullfinch was seen by some of the group before disappearing
back into cover. Luckily it was still present when we returned later and the
cracking bright red bird was seen by all.
The lakes were mostly frozen over, so the number of gulls and duck was down
on normal. On a small patch of open water on Birchwood Pool, Teal, Shoveler,
Pochard, Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck were concentrated together allowing
easy comparison. Several Coot and a couple of Moorhens were also seen - including
one Moorhen perched high in a tree! Buzzards showed periodically, sometimes
quite close overhead, and a Kestrel sat on distant telegraph pole.
Unfortunately, it seems that there has not been a Bittern present at Moore
this winter, but a tame robin feeding on biscuit crumbs entertained us in
Despite the cold conditions, we enjoyed a great day at this superb site, with
43 species logged.