Author Archives: Martin Kaye

Skopac tripod-scope carrier for sale

An old model of Skopac has been donated to the club and is up for sale for £25. As can be seen from the photographs, the carrier is in excellent condition. Anyone interested in buying it contact Martin Kaye on … Continue reading

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Report on Frampton Marsh trip – 16/8/20

Eight members for a Frampton trip might be regarded as disappointing but this was the first OBC visit since Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ was relaxed. Also, the weather forecast was decidedly dodgy. However, after a wet drive, the weather improved approaching the … Continue reading

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Trip Report – Budby Common – 12th March 2020

Twelve members turned up on a beautiful sunny day but with a howling gale blowing across the common, birding was not going to be easy.  In spite of everything, the party managed to clock 48 species.  As we climbed the … Continue reading

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Trip Report – Rutland Water – 26/1/20

Thirteen members assembled in the car park at the allotted time and because we were so numerous, got a reduced rate for entry to the reserve.  Starting birding upstairs at the visitors centre overlooking lagoon 1, it was not long … Continue reading

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Report on Trip to RSPB Blacktoft Sands – 25th July 2019

Fourteen members turned up on this the hottest day of the year so far. (On the return journey, my car clocked 38 deg C.) While there weren’t many birds about, perhaps as a result of the heat, nonetheless, the group … Continue reading

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Nightjar Trip Report 23rd July 2019

This is by far the latest date in the year that we’ve run a Nightjar trip and it proved to be a mistake. A full complement of members attended what proved to be the most disappointing birding trip thus far. … Continue reading

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Nightjar Trip Report – Tue 16th July 2019

Ten members of the club joined the leader for another Nightjar evening in Clumber Park.  We were all pleased to welcome a nice mild evening, a change from the last trip. Many in the  party were quietly excited, they had never … Continue reading

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Nightjar Trip Report 26/6/19

The forecast was that it would stop raining at 17:00 and then remain dry for our evening trip. At 16:30 it was still raining persistently so a quick phone call to the trip leader John Parlby and the trip was … Continue reading

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Report on Annesley Pit Top trip 21/6/19

Eight members assembled at the car park in, for this year, unseasonably, warm and sunny weather. Mind you, when the wind blew in some of the more exposed parts of the reserve, it still felt decidedly chilly. A first time … Continue reading

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Report on evening trip to Clumber 22nd May 2019

A full complement of 10 members enjoyed a warm evening in Clumber Park. Beginning in Hardwick Village, the group first heard a Cuckoo calling and then were incredibly lucky to see it posing at the top of a bush, long … Continue reading

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