Bird Watching (Monday)


Activity

We have monthly visits to local bird watching sites and help each other to improve our identification skills.  We recorded 106 species on our visits in 2013, 102 in 2014 and 98 last year.

Where and when

We meet at 10am on the third or fourth Monday of each month at various locations within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough.

Other information

Binoculars and strong footwear are essential.  Also clothing appropriate to the time of year and be prepared for rain at any time.  At some sites a telescope is an advantage but these can normally be shared within the group.
Some visits are morning only, others extend into the afternoon though this is optional.  Toilet facilities are always available on all day visits and most morning ones, but not all.  Many sites have a café or picnic tables at which to eat a packed lunch.  Admission is free to some sites (mainly the ones with no facilities), others charge an admission fee or have a pay & display car park.
Absolute beginners are very welcome to join the group.  The latest information is also in the Interest Groups section of the monthly newsletter or can be obtained by calling me on the number below.

Contact details

John Cameron 01858 434155


News

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Bird Watching (Monday)

The Met Office forecast for the third Monday last month was rain all day which proved to be all too accurate.  When it rains birds tend to tuck their heads under their wings and wait for it to stop, so I decided to follow their eminently sensible example and cancelled the visit I’d planned.  For […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – December meeting

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join.  On our last outing, to East Carlton Country Park, we added four species (Goldfinch, Treecreeper, Brambling & Siskin) to our 2016 annual species list […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – November meeting

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join.  The tail-end of storm Angus scuppered our last visit so our 2016 annual species list remains at 90.  We may or may not add […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – October & November meetings

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join. Despite seeing thirty-five species on our last visit to Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve we only added one (Green Sandpiper) to our 2016 annual species […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – October meeting

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join.  Our 2016 annual species list stands at eighty-nine so far.  For a variety of reasons and for the third month running there was no […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – September meeting

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join.  Our 2016 annual species list stands at 89 so far but we hope to add to that when we visit Rutland Water on 19th […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – August meeting

For various reasons our second attempt to visit Sywell Country Park in July was no more successful than our first and consequently our 2016 annual species list remains at 89.  There is no group visit planned for August, but anyone interested in birdwatching might like to consider visiting the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – June meeting

Despite it being on the summer solstice, persistent rain and a lack of cover at Sywell on last month’s visit there forced us to decamp to Summer Leys, where in the shelter offered by the two hides in the car park and employing a ‘let the birds come to us’ policy, we stayed dry and […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – May meeting

We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) bird watching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join.  The third osprey egg in the Manton nest hatched about an hour and a half before we arrived on May’s visit to Lyndon […]

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Bird Watching (Monday) – April meeting

One Swallow may not a summer make but the twenty plus we saw on our visit to Daventry Country Park along with Swifts, both Martins and a symphony of birdsong from the early arriving warblers suggested it’s coming.  We added eleven species (including Arctic and Common Tern) to our 2016 total, making seventy-six so far. […]