Shetland Bird Club is pleased to announce the first of several member discounts, a new initiative that aims to bring more benefits to SBC members. From 2015 our members will receive a 10% discount on bird seed and other related products at Harbro in Lerwick. Individual membership cards will soon be dispatched for 2015 and, in order to receive your discount, all you need to do is to show yours at the counter during your purchases.
We wish to thank the generosity of Harbro, in particular Stephen Leask, for collaborating with Shetland Bird Club.
Other benefits and discounts are currently in discussion, and we will advertise these as they are agreed. We hope that this will include more benefits for non-resident members visiting Shetland, as well as for local members.
Photos of dead Puffins wanted, and check dead auks for rings.
There are numbers of auks washing ashore at the moment and this is a reminder that Professor Mike Harris is very keen to receive photos of any dead Puffins found, to further his study of wing moult among individuals of different ages. If you find a dead Puffin with a head (these can be aged by the number of bill grooves), please take a photo that clearly shows the head and wing and send to email@example.com, along with details of where and when it was found. An example from a couple of years ago is shown.
We are mid way between the end of January and end of February Beached Bird Surveys at the moment, and I don’t particularly want to mess up the February results by collecting loads of dead Guillemots and Razorbills off BBS beaches. However, please remember to check ANY dead birds you find for rings (these can be reported to Dave Okill: 01595 880450; firstname.lastname@example.org), and remember that some may also carry logging devices, which are usually attached to a special leg ring. Obviously, if you do find a bird with what you suspect is a data logger on it, take it home with you and you can get in touch with Dave or myself to arrange collection.
Martin Heubeck (01950 460304; email@example.com)
We had an excellent turnout for last night’s AGM. Two new members (Rebecca Nason and Ray Johnston) were elected to the committee, taking over from George Petrie and Roger Tait. A huge thank you to Roger and George for their work on the committee.
At a meeting on Saturday evening, a new County Recorder was elected by the general committee. Rob Fray has now taken over from Mark Chapman, who has stepped down after five years in the post. The bird club would like to thank Mark for his hard work over the last five years.
The County Recorder can now be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 Shetland Bird Club AGM will take place on Saturday 8th February at 7pm, and will be followed by a talk from Larry Dalziel - 'A Circumnavigation of Spitzbergen'.
This year there will be two places to fill on the SBC committee, so if you're a member (or would like join) and want to be part of the committee, come along on the night and let us know that you are interested. For more information contact the SBC secretary before the meeting.
Shetland Bird Club has set up a 'Just Giving' page to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. We're already over half way to our target of £1000, so if you twitched the Cape May Warbler, or the Pine Grosbeak, or the the Thick-billed Warbler, if you came for a birding holiday and if you enjoyed a warm welcome, please consider showing your gratitude by supporting this charity, which does sterling work in Shetland.
At the SBC committee meeting on Saturday 5th October, Gary Bell was elected the new Shetland Bird Club Chairman, taking over from George Petrie. We would like to say a huge thank you to George for his hard work over the last 5 years, and wish Gary the best of luck as Chairman.