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

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 […]

April Outing Report

A bumper morning at Summer Leys for the half a dozen of us not involved in other Easter holiday activities! Not for a very long time have we seen the water levels on the scrape just right for waders with the result that Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Little Ringed  Plover, Ringed Plover and Snipe were observed. […]

March Outing Report

A first for the group this month was a visit to Stanford Reservoir courtesy of my permit! If there was any doubt about Spring’s arrival it was put to bed by the constant singing of Skylark and Chiffchaff as we made our way around the reserve. Reed Buntings were observed in large numbers with a […]

February Outing Report

Yet another sunny day this month at Daventry Country Park. Might have been a bit blowy while exposed out on the dam but once in the shelter of the trees that encompass most of the path around the reservoir the heat gradually increased such that by the time we’d finished and had repaired to the […]

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January Outing Report

A bright, cold, Winter’s day at Sywell Country Park started off in a fairly humdrum way as we negotiated our way around the first ‘arm’ of the reservoir. Things had to get better and they did! On the second ‘arm’ several Siskins were spotted feeding in the usual Alder trees although not easy to see. […]

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December Outing Report

We couldn’t have had a better morning weather wise for our visit to Barnwell Country Park at Oundle and the birds were pretty good too! That was a ‘little bird’ day really with many more seen around the reserve than of late. We got a few sightings of a gorgeous male Bullfinch and the low […]