Activity Group:

Birding Thursday

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 and 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, warm clothing too in winter - some sites will involve a pretty good walk of maybe 2-3 mile but at a very leisurely pace.

Contact details

Bruce White   email: birding.thursday@hwu3a.org.uk


News

Birding Thursday – June Report

After last month’s rained off event, thankfully the complete opposite for our visit to Cossington Meadows – a bright, sunny, warm morning. As expected at this time of year, warblers were difficult to see but in full voice – heard, with an occasional glimpse, were Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed, Sedge, Willow and Cetti’s Warbler. A couple … Read more


Birding Thursday – May Report

Sadly our trip to Paxton Pits was called off because of the rain! Bruce White


Birding Thursday – April Report

Daventry Country Park was alive with birdsong but they weren’t always so easy to see! A Song Thrush failed to be located but there was more success with Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Chaffinch and the Tits. Star bird undoubtedly was a pair of Bullfinch spotted as we paused mid morning. The reservoir itself was not exactly teeming … Read more


Birding Thursday – March Report

A pretty quiet morning at Sywell Country Park, selected as the venue this month for its good path around the reservoir – thought essential after so much recent rain! Some good views were had of common birds like Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Goldfinch, etc. and all singing away merrily. There were … Read more


Birding Thursday – February Report

Good size flocks of Waxwings had been reported at Aylstone Meadows for weeks so my fingers were crossed that they’d still be around for our visit this month. I need not have worried! A few were spotted as we assembled in the car park whilst listening to the cacophany of bird song. Then as we … Read more


Birding Thursday – January Report

A bitterly cold but sunny day was our fate at East Carlton Country Park. Mingling around the centre before setting off, a Collared Dove was the first sighting before a small flock of Lapwing flew over. Descending towards the pond we spotted several birds in the surrounding trees; these turned out to be a loose … Read more


Birding Thursday – December Report

With the wind so strong and gusty at Pitsford Water we were never going to see too many birds flying around; that was hard enough to remain upright at times! However, on the water there were plenty of Tufted Duck, Pochard and Little Grebe with a few Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe too. One of … Read more


Birding Thursday – November Report

Our walk from the car park at Stanwick Lakes to the Feeder Hide was notable for the lack of birds, save for a few Long-tailed Tit. Activity perked up at the feeders which were busy with Blue and Great Tit with an occasional Chaffinch. The biggest attraction here though wasn’t a bird at all but … Read more


Birding Thursday – October Report

Our arrival at Brandon Marsh coincided with a burst of rain so our start around the reserve was somewhat delayed! However the time was well spent observing the birds on the well stocked feeders. These were mainly Blue and Great Tit but there were also pretty frequent visits from a Coal Tit and a Nuthatch … Read more


Birding Thursday – August Report

A glorious day was not much good birdwise at Fermyn Woods; not really a surprise for this time of year at this reserve. So our attention turned to spotting the butterfly and dragonfly. Amongst the former we saw Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Comma, a tatty looking Silver-washed Fritillary and both … Read more