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 Posted by on July 15, 2019  Carsington Bird Club, Events, Things To Do  Comments Off on REMINDERS
Jul 152019

CBC Meeting Schedule for 2019/20

All CBC indoor meetings are held in the ‘Henmore Room’ in Carsington Water’s main centre and they start at 19.30h. Entrance fee is £2.00 to members and £2.50 to guests – Parking is free.

Autumn/Winter programme 2019/20 as below…

17 September – Tony Davison: East Russia – search for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
15 October – Ian Newton: Masai Mara
19 November – PC Karl Webster: Wildlife Crime in Derbyshire
17 December – Chris Lamb/Gary Atkins: Birding in New Zealand
21 January – Dave Hollis: Birds of Prey
18 February – TBA
17 March – Chris Ward: Our changing wildlife 

– First Sunday of the month – Birdwatching for Beginners – Meet Visitor Centre (10am-12 noon)Outdoor Activities: Please contact CBC with any queries or for further information.2

Hope to see you there.

Water Birds Success….

 Posted by on July 11, 2019  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on Water Birds Success….
Jul 112019

This female Tufted Duck’s apparent brood of 19 probably includes a few ducklings that aren’t her own, so perhaps ‘creche’ would be a better description. 

It’s been a good breeding year so far for water birds at Carsington, with 20+ broods of Mallard, 6 Tufted so far (though they are a bit later than many other species), 2 Gadwall successes, plus 4 Great Crested and 2 Little Grebe broods. 

Geese have done well, too, with between 5 and 10 broods of both Canada and Greylag geese and 2 Barnacle broods, and a Mute Swan pair also produced cygnets though not all survived. 

The ‘August’ newsletter will detail other species’ breeding successes.

Tufted Duck and ‘brood/s’

Warbler Walk, Sunday 12th May

 Posted by on May 13, 2019  Carsington Bird Club, Educational, Events, Member Reports  Comments Off on Warbler Walk, Sunday 12th May
May 132019

Around a dozen new and existing Club members joined a Warbler Walk, led by Simon Roddis, the aim being to see and hear several warbler species which can be found at Carsington in the spring. We started with a walk around Stones Island and soon located and, with a bit of perseverance, saw five species: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden, Sedge and Willow Warblers. The songs of all of them are pretty distinctive, although there can be overlap between Garden Warbler and Blackcap; as it happened, all the birds that we found performed as per the text book! After being a bit secretive for a few minutes, a Sedge Warbler performed its song flight and settled in view – if a bit obscured – in a patch of bushes. Sedge Warblers seem to be having a good year at Carsington, with several singing birds on Stones and another near the Wildlife Centre. A little surprisingly, we failed to find a Common Whitethroat on Stones Island although they have been there this spring – perhaps they are just in a quiet spell.

After Stones Island we made our way towards the Wildlife Centre and to the top of the creek. We heard more Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers but not for the hoped-for Common and Lesser Whitethroats or Reed Warbler. Again, they have all been seen and heard in the area in the last two or three weeks, but not today. Lesser Whitethroats do go rather quiet once they are established on territory and their breeding cycle is underway, so they may well still be there. Reed Warblers are still arriving, and there are several in patches of reed in the northern half of the reservoir, so there is still time for one or two to take up residence in the reed-beds close to the Wildlife Centre. Our failure to find Common Whitethroat is less easy to explain – just one of those days.

We didn’t just look at warblers, and in total saw or heard 35 species, including a Willow Tit singing on Stones Island, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, our three breeding geese species – Canada, Barnacle and Greylag – and the Mute Swan still sitting on her nest on Horseshoe Island.

Simon Roddis

Blackcap – Gary Atkins
The Warbler Team – Pete Nightingale


 Posted by on May 3, 2019  Carsington Bird Club, Educational, Events, Features, Member Reports, Things To Do  Comments Off on NIGHTINGALE SONG THRILLS AT RUTLAND WATER
May 032019

Rutland Water was the destination for our latest CBC outing on Sunday 28th April, with a healthy turnout of nine members making the journey to this impressive and extensive Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust reserve.

We had only just parked up when we were welcomed by the distant ‘yaffle’ of a Green Woodpecker, before a number of common species were seen on the feeders in front of the Visitor Centre.

Walking along the paths surrounded by trees and reedbeds to our first hide, we were soon picking out the songs of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, but had to re-acquaint ourselves with the songs of those typically more difficult to separate: Blackcap and Garden Warbler, and Reed and Sedge Warblers.

We were then treated to a glorious concert by that famous songster, a Nightingale, which true to form remained firmly hidden in the bushes, but was unmistakable even though its song is less often heard than most.  Later on a second one performed for us, but also escaped our detection.

From the Dunlin hide, overlooking Lagoon 4, we added several species of wildfowl to our rapidly growing list, including at least 2-3 Wigeon which hadn’t yet departed for their breeding grounds.  A solitary Little Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit were found, along with much larger numbers of Oystercatchers, Lapwings and Redshanks.

We returned to the Visitor Centre to enjoy our packed lunches overlooking Lagoon 1 and were rewarded with good views of an Osprey making several high-level passes over the water, followed by a Red Kite being chased by a number of corvids.  Perhaps surprisingly, three Pink-footed Geese were also sighted still lingering before making their journey north for the summer.  Very large numbers of Sand Martins, well outnumbering Swallows, were hawking insects over the water and flying to and from their specially erected nest bank.

Continuing after lunch, singing Cetti’s Warbler and Lesser Whitethroats were added to the count of those heard but not seen, and a growing number of species were steadily ticked off with an impressive total of 69 recorded by the group as a whole.

Grey Heron – John Sykes


Linnet – John Sykes


Avid CBC Birders looking for Nightingale – Gary Atkins


Pink Footed Geese with Canada Goose – Gary Atkins


Mute Swan and Lapwing – Gary Atkins


Oystercatcher – John Sykes


Special thanks go to John and Fay Follett, who have visited the reserve a number of times, and were able to offer invaluable advice on the best way of making use of our time, which hides to visit and which paths to follow.

The full list accumulated on the day is as follows: Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Rook, Woodpigeon, Robin, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Swallow, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Canada Goose, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit, Wren, Coot, Lapwing, Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Gt Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Redshank, Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover, Cormorant, Common Gull, Nightingale, Gadwall, Sand Martin, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Red Kite, Teal, Cetti’s Warbler, Shelduck, Shoveler, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Pochard, Osprey, Gt Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, Pink-footed Goose, Ruddy Duck, Reed Warbler, Stock Dove, Magpie, Pheasant, Collared Dove, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Linnet, Lesser Whitethroat and Greenfinch

Chris Lamb

Peter Gibbon

 Posted by on April 8, 2019  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on Peter Gibbon
Apr 082019

This is one of a dozen new nest boxes erected at Sheepwash and Millfields car parks, specially numbered “PG” in honour of hard-working former Club Chairman Peter Gibbon.  Read about recent nest box developments on site in the latest newsletter.


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