Bird Watching


Activity

Primarily bird watching of course but at the appropriate times of the year we encompass observing butterflies, dragon & damselflies; in fact anything else of wildlife interest.

Where and when

We meet on the third Thursday of each month.  Usually the outing is confined to the morning and within an hours drive of Market Harborough.  This means we include sites throughout Leicestershire & Rutland and take in parts of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire.  Come May or June we may make a day of it and/or travel further afield.  During the winter months the location selected will have a café so we can finish off with a hot drink.

Other information

Suitable footwear is essential as many sites can be very muddy/wet.  Some sites will involve a pretty good walk of maybe 2-3 miles too.
Currently I'm not taking in any new members, but this situation could change anytime so ring me if interested and I'll add your name to my waiting list.

Contact details

Bruce White 01858 467976   email: bruceywhite@yahoo.co.uk


News

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Bird Watching – July meeting

As the weather slowly improved throughout the day at Egleton (Rutland Water) during our last meeting, so did the birding!  As is the norm these days, little egrets were everywhere but also three or four great white egrets were in evidence.  Waders were scarce but at the last hide we visited in the by-then sunny […]

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Bird Watching – June meeting

June’s visit to Summer Leys was as notable for the butterflies as the birds!  Highlights of the butterflies were speckled wood, ringlet and Essex skipper whilst on the bird front, a large variety but nothing out of the ordinary.  Most of the warblers were seen but the cetti’s warbler as usual remained hidden.  Wildfowl was […]

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Bird Watching – May meeting

There were two outings in May as so many couldn’t make our normal third Thursday.  So, on the first Thursday of May we headed to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve (between Mildenhall and Bury if you’re wondering).  A couple of nightingales were singing but never showed.  A cuckoo could be heard all over the […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – April meeting

A fairly disappointing morning at Melton Country Park in April due, no doubt, to the fine drizzle that persisted for most of our time there.  Warblers were confined to chiffchaff, blackcap and willow warblers.  The only other birds of note were several bullfinch, a reed bunting and a solitary swallow.  As not many of us […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – March meeting

Our visit to Daventry Country Park coincided with a return to winter after the previous day of spring sunshine and warmth.  To prove that spring was sort of around we saw our first chiffchaff of the year.  In the same vein goldeneye and goosander on the reservoir made you realise winter was not yet finished […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday)

We had an excellent day at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ and flagship reserve just a couple of miles our side of Coventry.  I think some of our group would have been quite content to sit in the café and just watch the birds on the feeders!  Well, there were nuthatch, reed bunting and […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – January meeting

On a murky, damp, miserable morning at East Carlton Park, the best we could come up with at our last meeting was a gang of bullfinch, great-spotted woodpecker, goldcrest and for some of us, marsh tit and nuthatch.  Could have been worse I suppose.  Nice and warm in the café though!! February’s outing is on […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – December meeting

Our thanks to Pauline for laying on the mulled wine and food following our walk around the bye ways of Great Bowden.  Bird-wise, green woodpecker and goldcrest were the pick of the bunch but otherwise not much to get excited about.  However, who would have thought we could have been so entertained by a train […]

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – November meeting

There were plenty of Winter visitors on show at Stanwick Lakes – a typical mix of wildfowl with passerines represented by fieldfare and redwing, gorging on the abundant supply of berries.  A great spotted woodpecker is always an attraction, a pair of them doubly so!  Our next outing is on the 15th December.  Bruce White.

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Bird Watching (Thursday) – October meeting

After our September visit to Frampton Marsh anywhere we went in October was likely to be pretty ‘run of the mill’.  But not so, Sywell Country Park came up trumps with a very obliging female Stonechat, a small flock of Golden Plover, a 50-60 flock of Linnets, Goldcrests viewable at eyesight level, a pair of […]