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

Bird Watching – February 2020

Lots of interest at Draycote Water last month despite the wind. We were all amused to watch a Little Grebe attempting, succesfully in the end, to swallow a fish the same size as him! Among the rocks on the dam a couple of Grey Wagtail were probing for food whilst out on the water a […]

January Outing Report

A more than rather windy morning at Draycote Reservoir was rewarded by some good sightings, mostly out on the water. Several Little Grebes were bobbing about on the waves but one especially drew our attention as it fought tenaciously with a large fish before getting it the right way round to swallow it in one […]

Goldeneye

December Outing Report

Fortunately for us, a rare window of fine, mild, weather coincided with our visit to Pitsford Water. An amble over the Dam to Moulton Grange Bay produced the usual variety of land birds including a flock of Long-tailed Tits, Pied Wagtails on the Dam wall, Fieldfare, Redwing,  riding high in the sky a Sparrowhawk and […]

November Outing Report

After last month choosing somewhere that wouldn’t be flooded was the priority for this month. A bitterly cold day wandering around Thornton Reservoir was looking bleak. Other than at a feeding station where Blue, Coal and Great Tits were seen, the sparsity of birds, in and around the water, was readily apparent. Then, as we […]

October Outing Report

Sadly, October’s outing to Stanwick Lakes was badly affected by the floods. Our ability to get around was severely limited and most of the best spots for birds were unreachable. A shame really when the weather was just perfect! Anyway we made the best of a bad job and wandered around where we could enjoying […]

September Outing Report

A leisurely stroll around Cossington Meadows on a gloriously sunny day was rewarded with some good sightings. First off was an all too brief look at four, maybe five, Common Snipe as they rose up and rapidly descended again a bit further down on Lower Moor. Where the River Soar divided a Kingfisher was spotted […]

August Outing Report

Luck was with us weather wise at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve as our visit coincided with a ridge of high pressure; the days either side were horrible! Other than on the feeders at the centre small birds were almost absent from the rest of the reserve. Plenty of Lapwings on East Marsh […]

July Outing Report

Once again, July turned into more of a butterfly spotting day rather than birds! The grasslands of Melton Country Park were alive with Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small White, Ringlet and Gatekeeper with the odd Fritillary, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell thrown in. Other than lots of Common Blue Damselflies the only other odonata species identified […]

June Outing Report

A new venue for us this month and quite likely one that wont get revisited soon! Irchester Country Park is mostly wooded and woods at any time of year typically result in only about 20 species recorded. A really busy section of the woods revealed Coal, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits whilst further along we […]

May Outing Report

A slightly disappointing day at Paxton Pits as not a solitary Nightingale was heard and though a Cuckoo was heard several times we never got a glimpse of it! No Kingfishers either. Memory plays tricks I know but surely five years ago when we last visited as a group there was a lot more around […]