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Braughing Birding Group

We are a small group of birders and people who love birds. Our aim for now is to enjoy our local birds in the company of like-minded others but moving forward, once COVID restrictions ease, we hope to be able to expand our group and our activities to more people in the village.

This spring/summer we plan to visit Wicken Fen, Fingringhoe Wick, Minsmere, Strumpshaw Fen, Bowers Marsh and Old Hall Green. Over the winter we hold monthly meetings in the Brown Bear (on a Monday evening) where we share photos of trips we have done (home and away) and sometimes invite guest speakers (including tips on photography). 

We hope to welcome anyone who has an interest in or would like to learn more about our local birds. Some of us like to photograph birds, other just like to enjoy watching and (especially at the moment) listening to them. There is no need to be an expert – all you need is to love our birds and want to learn more about them.

Visit our Facebook page for more information here>>>

Braughing bird sightings for 2023


Our final species count for the year was 101 in Braughing Parish which was incredible. The last 2 birds we added were pretty special: a Short-eared Owl and a Hen Harrier.

Steve has compiled the following list for us:-

BIRDS OF PREY : Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Short-eared Owl

WATER BIRDS/WADERS : Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Mandarin Duck, Wigeon, Coot, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Curlew,

THRUSHES: Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Ring Ouzel

WARBLERS: Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler,

FINCHES: Chaffinch, Brambling, Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll

BUNTINGS: Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer,

TITS: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit

CORVIDS: Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Jay, Magpie

DOVES: Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove

HIRUNDINES: Barn Swallow, House Martin, Swift

WAGTAILS: Pied Wagtail, GreyWagtail, Yellow Wagtail

GAME BIRDS : Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Woodcock

GULLS: Herring Gull, Commin Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull

OTHERS: Spotted Flycatcher, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Whinchat, Stonechat, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Starling, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, Skylark, Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Cuckoo, Goldcrest

Among the species we might have expected to see but didn't were Hobby, Sedge Warbler, Black Redstart & Little Owl - we'll be keeping a special eye out for these next year.

Celebrating the groups first birthday

Braughing Birding Group celebrated its first birthday. If you are interested in joining us please contact Paula here >>>