Some groups had booked in advance and so the local branch of the Royal Society of Biology had a treat waiting for them on Saturday and the Loughborough RSPB group must have been overjoyed to see a European rarity at no extra expense.
The Paxton Pits Great Reed Warbler was first heard on Saturday morning (15th May) and it has stayed for several days, singing most of the time. Serious “Birders” contribute to online newsgroups that quickly spread the word when a rarity like this turns up and this has resulted in a steady stream of men with telescopes and big cameras, all anxious to see, hear and photograph the bird. Everyone who has tried has at least heard the song, but it can take patience to get a sighting, and even more time is needed if you want a good photo.
The photo of birdwatchers was taken by Matt Hall on his iPhone.