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 hovering over the water before it flew down the river towards us and then disappeared into the bushes. As we reached Moor Pool a strange noise emanated from the reeds; unknown to most but a
couple of us recognised it as the pig-like squeal of a Water Rail. A few yards further on a Spotted Flycatcher was spotted up a tree and we stood and watched it as it made to and fro forays catching flies.
The excitement was getting too much so time for a coffee break where we made excellent use of a large pipe to sit on! All a bit anti-climax after that although a lucky few did get a glimpse of a Cetti’s Warbler in the Tern Pool reedbed. The morning was rounded off with a leisurely tea and scones in the Tea Garden of the nearby Goscote Nurseries. A fitting end to a good morning’s birding.