Late afternoon I retraced some of my steps from this morning's walk. By now much of the snow had melted leaving behind saturated muddy fields which were attractive to good numbers of Fieldfare, Redwing, Skylark and a few Meadow Pipits, all busy feeding. In turn, these birds attracted a male Merlin who flew low over the field causing the birds to scatter and then he went off in pursuit of one of the smaller passerines. I've no idea whether he was successful as the hedgerow got in my way !!!
It would seem that the Otters are still being seen regularly along the River Welland in Market Harborough town centre. The local paper [Harborough Mail] has published a lovely photograph of an adult otter and two cubs taken on 16th January by a local resident. The paper also states that "their" own reporter has camped out for three days and as yet have failed to see the otters !!. So although the otters are frequenting the stretch of river running through the town centre it is as with wildlife watching ,a case of being in the right place at the right time. Good luck !