We began at Cropston Reservoir with 13 members and Graham Deeping leading. It started as a grey, windy day. Unfortunately there was very little to see there apart from some grey wagtails, a hybrid mallard, great crested grebe and a fleeting view of a sparrowhawk.
Next we moved onto Swithland Woods, where we found two more members. We could hear plenty of birds including goldcrests and chiff chaff, but they were proving elusive, due to poor light and their tendency to be high in the trees or masked by shrubs, apart from the numerous blue tits and chaffinches. However, the sun eventually appeared and so did the birds. We were then treated to good views of bullfinches, nuthatches, chiff chaff, long-tailed tits and, for the lucky ones, a pair of tree creepers. This was also an interesting location as few of us knew that we would be walking through dark green painted caravans and wooden chalets on bijou plots from 'Fantasy Land'. And then when the Green Goddess appeared - and...
Graham will be leading this Sunday's walk to Cropston Reservoir, Swithland Woods and Reservoir, finishing, if you wish, at a Community Centre for coffee or tea just after midday.
The walk starts at 9am. from the lay-by on Reservoir Road (B5330), which is by the weir on the dam just ouside the village of Cropston. Most people will drive through the village of Cropston past the Badgers' Sett pub. I'm reliably informed. The lay-by is actually halfway along the dam at SK551 111.
From the LROS website home page under 'Birding Sites' and then '5. Bradgate Park and Cropston Reservoir'
Postcode is: LE7 7GQ for Reservoir Road.
We can either meet in the lay-by at 9am or at Sapcote at 8.30, but please let me know if you want a lift otherwise I will drive straight to Cropston. Lee will be leaving from Sapcote, but all his seats may be taken by Ellen, Wendy M and Julie. Please can you inform me by 8pm on Saturday evening unless it's an emergency.
There are only 2 opportunities to bring in your tombola
to meetings; one is this Monday. It's a chance to de-clutter by getting rid of any unwanted gifts, bottles of wine, good as new items. The income provides a significant boost to our club helping to keep subscriptions down, pay for speakers, rent of premises etc.
The stall is also a chance to up our profile in the community by showing what we do and that our aim is 'to promote birdwatching for beginners'.
On the day volunteers will be needed to man the stall and lead bird walks. Please let me know if you can help.
Our next meeting is on Monday 13th March at 7.30pm in Sapcote Church Hall. Neil Glenn's talk is entitled 'Warbler Wonderland Ohio'. I've just googled him; he has an excellent birding background. Many of you will know him from previous visits. I hope to see you there for what promises to be a stimulating evening.
The walk on Sunday 19th March will be led by Graham Deeping and will be in the Swithland Reservoir area - more details to follow.
It's now time to start collecting tombola for our stall at the Burbage Fete on May 7th! Please bring any contributions to the meeting on Monday 13th.