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Leader Anne Donegan 01283 760348 birdwatch@ashbyu3a.co.uk

30th October. Trip to Hicks Lodge

10 members met at the car park and the morning was bright, sunny and clear. We made our way from the car park, left onto the main track and turned right shortly afterwards over a wooden footbridge and along a path beside the railway line. As we made our way through the woodland the first sound we heard was a Jay which is a sharp screechy cry. Unfortunately no sighting at this time. Blue tits and Great Tits were spotted and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over. A Robin was heard singing and spotted on a tree eating a berry. We made our way through an undiscovered path which led us around the site. On our way a Wren flew past on the edge of the field on the right hand side and shortly after a Jay was spotted on the path in front of us. A Kestrel flew over and a Green Woodpecker was heard and seen close by. We arrived at the brand new Hide overlooking the big lake and the ranger had lent us the key to open up. We had a rest here and observed the bird life on the water. 2 Cormorants sat side by side. There were a number of Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Dab chick (little Grebe) close by. A Heron was seen on the bank and a number of Lapwing (Peewit) on a gravel bank. We were very pleased to see 2 Pochard Drakes and had a very good look at these through James's Scope which he kindly set up for us in the Hide. Black Headed gulls were seen on the bank and Coots were plentiful with just 2 Moorhens. On leaving the Hide we passed a number of Canada Geese 'resting' in a field. Finally on our approach to the Cafe a Buzzard flew overhead enjoying the thermals and the warm sunshine. The site is well worth a visit and the bird life is increasing every year.


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