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

August outing report

Fortunately for us the rain stopped just before we set off around Watermead Country Park but up until then that was looking pretty grim. By the time we finished we were basking in warm sunshine! A surprise on entering the Plover hide was that the Flash on Wanlip Meadows was completely without water so there was little […]

Bird Watching

July outing report

A change from our usual sort of July habitat was to go to Fermyn Woods Country Park. Birds, as expected, were few and far between but the variety of butterflies on the wing made up for that. At least twelve different species were seen with White admiral, White-letter hairstreak (pictured) and two differently coloured Silver-washed […]

June outing report

Our all day visit to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Attenborough Reserve on the longest day of the year was rewarded with a fine sunny day. Birds of note seen were an Australian (Black) Swan, several Black-tailed Godwits in full summer plumage, a couple of Garganey going into eclipse plumage, a couple of Red-crested Pochard likewise and […]

May outing report

Swifts filled the sky along with a few Swallow and House Martin as we began our walk around Titchmarsh Nature Reserve on a fine, but cool in the wind, sunny day. Along by the River Nene the warblers were in full voice but difficult to see now the trees were in full leaf! Heard, if […]

SLU3A Bird Watching

April outing report

At last! Some glorious sunshine for our birding. Some said that was too hot! We were at the Rutland Water Egleton reserve on the hottest April day since 1949!! The birding was pretty hot too with Group year firsts of American Wigeon, Osprey,  Avocet, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Common […]

Grey Wagtail

March outing report

That we didn’t encounter any rain on our visit to Thornton Reservoir, bearing in mind that it rained all the way there and was forecast to rain all morning, was a wonder in itself . This was more than can be said for the birds!! The best of a meagre bunch were a grey wagtail […]

The bird watching group

March outing details

The venue for this Thursday’s meeting (15th) is Thornton Reservoir. Toilets, hot/cold drinks, cold snacks all at Fishing Lodge. Please park in car park at village end of reservoir for a 10 o’clock start. Light rain forecast so come prepared! Good paths all around Bruce White

Jay

Bird Watching – March

February’s trip to the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh reserve was notable for several views of undoubtedly the prettiest of our crows, the Jay (pictured). Noteworthy too was watching a pair of Nuthatch in and out of a recently excavated hole in a large tree, presumably nest building. Other than the usual Lapwings the only […]

Siskin

Bird Watching – February

After a rather stormy night leaving debris littered everywhere we were rather fortunate that our January morning at Sywell Country Park coincided with a spell of sunny, crisp weather before the rain returned in the afternoon! The morning got off to a good start with a few Siskin (pictured) and Goldfinch seen by the car […]

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Bird Watching – January 2018

December’s visit to East Carlton Country Park coincided with an overcast, murky morning but mild with it. A Great Spotted Woodpecker greeted us from the top of the fir trees whilst we were hanging around the toilets! Possibly unsurprising but the place was pretty quiet. Nevertheless a Goldcrest was spotted a couple of times, a […]