Kingfisher question - East Midlands

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Hi all, My girlfriend and I have been bird-watching every weekend since we started at New Year (pretty sure this means we've got the bug!). We've seen lots of wonderful species and had some really quite delightful experiences. We are yet to see a Kingfisher however and the other half cannot get it out of her head! I've come to the conclusion that we'll be spending day/s sat on a riverbank or hide in the hope of seeing one. Please can you tell me where you would sit and wait if you live in the East Midlands area? We will travel pretty much anywhere... Attenborough Nature Reserve is very local but we don't really know where to wait and I don't want to spend the day in the wrong place! Even a 1 second glimmer of one would be nice! Many Thanks, Dan
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  • They have a kingfisher hide at simbridge wetlands Gloucestershire, l've been there and saw some,you could google there website to see if there any info on them this year.we were very lucky last year to have one visit our pond, have put stickle backs in again this year hoping he will come back again, made a video of him was so please with the cam trail video we got.simon

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  • Hi Daniel maybe you could try emailing Attenborough to see if they have Kingfishers on site, if you do happen to come across one on a perch you would probably see it again as they tend to have favourite perches...what is the first part of your post code and i'll see if I know of anywhere..

  • I saw one on the River Devon, Farndon Road Newark, from the bridge opposite the rowing club. Only got a fleeting glimpse though!!

  • Great thanks for the tips both. I'll be sure to contact Attenborough and will give Newark a go too. Always like to explore new places! Cheers.

  • Is Carsington Water too far away from you Daniel?

  • www.rspb.org.uk/.../index.aspx

  • Try Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve at Whisby on outskirts of Lincoln. I have seen them there.

    Cjbeady

  • They have a kingfisher hide at simbridge wetlands Gloucestershire, l've been there and saw some,you could google there website to see if there any info on them this year.we were very lucky last year to have one visit our pond, have put stickle backs in again this year hoping he will come back again, made a video of him was so please with the cam trail video we got.simon

  • Great, thanks for the responses everyone. Will report back.

  • Good luck Daniel and remember if you find one you could see it again in the same area.

    This is one of my local Kingfishers

  • YES!! You certainly have the "BUG" Daniel.

  • Hi Dan

    I live just east of Lincoln and have seen kingfishers on the South Delph (drain parallel to the River Witham) and at Fiskerton Fen reserve. In my limited experience you just have to be in the right place at the right time, and watch the water in silence. One tip: look at the BTO BirdTrack website at https://app.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp. You can search there for sightings of any bird, with recent ones highlighted in red. Persevere - and good luck!

  • Hi Everyone. I am pleased to report we have now seen not one but two Kingfishers! We managed to see one in our local park and the other was at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. Thanks so much for everyone's help.

  • Congratulations Daniel they are stunning birds aren't they

  • Yes, exceptional.

    I did wonder if they would be as cool in real life as they appeared on TV.

    The blue flash nearly took my eye out! :)

  • Daniel I registered on here to tell you, GO TO Attenborough, you need to go to Delta hide and need a combination for the door, this can be got from the shop at the reserve, so either pop in or call them.

    Access is easier from the Beeston Marina as the hide is just off the path on the right before you reach the bridge over the little weir that flows into the Trent from the reserve. You will see them flying up and down, and occasionally landing on the perch just outside the window, I tend to see at least a flyby when I go and have seen them on the perch 3 or 4 times, I have also seen them flying up the other side of the trent and perching opposite the weir. This one is not mine, but is taken out of the hide recently https://www.flickr.com/photos/rorysmith/37425053252/in/pool-bbcspringwatch/ with them being active at the moment, the hide can get busy, I hope that helps, google taylortony and flickr then look in the Attenborough folder to see mine..