This is the full content of our very first Bulletin, published in September 1947 as a single-sided sheet of paper. Spelling and punctuation were as shown, and we've reproduced the original layout as much as possible.
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We have been fortunate in obtaining for our 1947/48 Programme, a copy of which is enclosed, a number of speakers well known to many of our Members and experts in their own subjects. We very much hope that. in spite of the travelling difficulties that have again descended on us, members and their friends will turn up in increasing numbers. We are very much looking forward to our first talk when Mr Peter Scott, the well known painter and writer, will talk on "Wild Geese".
The first meeting of the season will take place next Sunday, September 28th, at the Bittell Reservoirs (by kind permission of the Barnt Green Fishing Club). Leader, Miss C.K. James. members will met at 11.0 a.m. at the canal bridge, Alvechurch end of Lower Bittell. Transport — Redditch bus (147) leaves Station Street, Birmingham, at 10.05 for "Roberts' Corner".
We have not yet been able to discover if we shall be able to use motor-coaches for our expeditions further afield, but when this is decided details of other visits will be made known.
A. Information is being collected on behalf of the British Trust for Ornithology on the opening of Milk Bottles by Tits. Data on the following points is required:—
1. Species, notes relating to species other than Tits will be welcome.
3. Year when first noted.
4. Date when observations were first made or in which bottles first available, whichever is the later.
5. Type of bottle closure.
6. Any other information.
Records should be sent to the Secretary for onward transmission.
B. Nocturnal Activities of Redwing. Extremely little is known about the nocturnal movements of Redwings. In an attempt to learn more about these activities it is proposed to make observations on the nights of Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday November 8th, by counting the calls of birds. Intending participants in the enquiry, who must be previously acquainted with the characteristic flight notes of this species, are asked to maintain a watch between dusk and midnight, and to make a record of the number of calls heard. Counts made after midnight, in the small hours of Sunday, October 19th, and Sunday, November 9th, will be welcome.
In the event of bad weather, observations can be made by an open window. It is believed that there is little movement in heavy rain, but Redwings are known to be active on nights of mist or drizzle. Observations can be made just as well in large towns as in open country.
The data required are:—
(i) Place of observation.
(ii) Hours of observation.
(iii) (a) Wind force and direction. (b) Weather.
(iv) The time of each Redwing call heard. (In the event of a 'rush', the number of calls per five-minute period).
(v) Other information on Redwings. (Direction of movement, height of movement, etc.)
(vi) Records of other species heard, especially Song Thrushes and Waders.
Records from members of this Club who are not Members of the British Trust for Ornithology should be sent to the Secretary within three days of the first night's watch as soon after the second watch as possible.
Hon. Secretary & Editor
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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