Activity Group:

Birding Thursday


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, warm clothing too in winter - some sites will involve a pretty good walk of maybe 2-3 miles but at a very leisurely pace.
Ring me if interested. If the group is full I will add your name to the waiting list.

Contact details

Bruce White 01858 467976   email:


Birding Thursday – January report

Leaving the car park at East Carlton Country Park several Redwing were grazing on the adjoining grassy area. Taking the top path we became aware of a flock of little birds at the top of a large oak tree; the light was not in our favour (too sunny!) but eventually they were identified as Siskin, … Read more

Birding Thursday – December Report

For mid December, we were thankful for a mild, windless if cloudy day for our visit to the dam end of Pitsford Water. As we made our way to the dam via the woods we listened to the winter songs of many Robins. On reaching the dam a Song Thrush was spotted at the top … Read more

Birding Thursday September Report

On arrival at Summer Leys on a gorgeous September morning we were somewhat dismayed to see heavy plant busy re-profiling some of the reserve. This obviously meant there was much less to see than we might have expected. However, a Little Egret, Grey Heron and Great White Egret all on the scrape gave us the … Read more

Birding Thursday August Report

Recent reports of much wader activity took us to Eyebrook Reservoir – the first time the group had been there since September 2015! The first sightings were of much wagtail activity, starting with five Grey Wagtails sitting on a wire fence, then followed by probably a couple of dozen or so Yellow Wagtails interspersed with … Read more

Bird Watching July Report

An all day outing to Paxton Pits turned out to be more of a wild flower spotting day than anything else. Birds were few and far between, plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Common Terns and Cormorants plus a couple of Grey Heron on the water but otherwise a couple of obliging Common Whitethroat was about it! … Read more

Bird Watching June Report

Birdwise, not a lot to report on at Fermyn Woods Country Park but Song Thrush and Willow Warbler were in fine voice, the latter giving us some decent views. An occasional Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were also seen/heard. Needless to say, Red Kites were two a penny but “a little bit of bread and no cheese” … Read more

Bird Watching May Report

On a cold, windy, overcast May day we took a shorter route than usual around Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows in anticipation of the rain forecast at noon – turned out to be a wise move! The walk down Greenway and over the meadows was accompanied by the raucous sound of many Starlings and the aerobatics … Read more

Bird Watching April Report

After five months of meeting up via Zoom we were set free again to meet up in person and enjoy a morning of catching up and a little bit of bird watching! We met at the Kelmarsh Station car park of the Brampton Valley Way and made our way south towards the tunnel and into … Read more

Bird Watching March Report

For our last (hopefully!) Zoom meeting Jonathan Cook, the County Recorder for Northamptonshire and our member Tony’s son, joined in for half an hour to show us some of his super photgraphs. Living in Hollowell he is handily placed for daily early morning visits (!) to the reservoir there and nearby Ravensthorpe Reservoir so most … Read more

Bird Watching February Report

Very much “as you were” at this month’s Zoom meeting; no-one had anything startling to report on from their gardens or whilst out walking. Perhaps a Goldcrest in one member’s garden was the highlight! The real highlight of the meeting was Richard’s amusing account of his hand in rescuing a sheep that had dived into … Read more