Trip reports

Sefton Park

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

very good view of a male kingfisher diving for small fish by a small waterfall More...

2 for 1, RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh & RSPB Marshside

Saturday, 18 November 2017

an injured female sparrowhawk; looking very sorry for herself, huddled close to the fence line, not so far away a shelduck carcass More...

Stanley Park Saunter

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sighting hi-lights of the walk were kingfisher and a family of grebes More...

An East Coast Adventure

Friday, 15 September 2017

"A warbler!" Neil shouted. It had an eye stripe; another without an eye stripe was chasing it: we had found our own yellow-browed warbler More...

Longton Brickcroft

Saturday, 15 July 2017

On a dull damp morning six members attended the walk More...

Give us the honey?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The reserve, stretching for miles to see looked spectacular, a rural idyllic vision on a sunny day. A cock pheasant greeted us in the courtyard, strutting proudly, with his gaudy bright dream coat. More...

Aber fab!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Once again we were reminded at how beautiful this place; is on a sunny day, stunning; bluebells carpeted the glades, More...

Heswall

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Seven birds of prey in one day - Rapturous More...

Sefton Park Saunter

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

very good views of the female kingfisher fishing in the stream at the back of the aviary cafe More...

2017 new year field trip

Friday, 6 January 2017

This field trip has always been about enthusing and showing how many species can be found in Liverpool and we thought we would be on to break our record of 62 More...

VIS MIG AT HALE LIGHTHOUSE 09/10/16

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Woodpigeon 4338! Where were they all going? More...

Ormskirk/Burscough

Saturday, 28 May 2016

One boat that passed was called 'Plan B', we asked the what owners what happened to' Plan A' , to which they replied 'it sank'. Ah well ask a silly question..... More...

Festival gardens? Sort of...

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Good deed for the day was our party removing a large amount of fishing line with hooks More...

It's a knockout - no it's a wash out!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

We squelched to the foreshore......Regardless of the rain we had an excellent couple of hours More...

Wirral wander- Arrowe Country Park

Saturday, 3 October 2015

However the highlight of the day occured moments later when we saw a group of 6 mandarin ducks, More...

Haskayne

Saturday, 15 August 2015

However, the main highlight was in observing a small flock of red legged partridge feeding in recently cut cornfields. More...

There be Hobby's and Dragons in these here parts

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Who when not perched in an oak, frequently swooped over the bog, catching and eating dragonflies on the wing. More...

HayBridge - The Return

Sunday, 7 June 2015

This beautiful reserve is made up of mixed habitats and we set off for a pre-lunch walk mostly along the boardwalk over the raised peat bog. We were soon hearing the distinctive songs of Pied Flycatchers, More...

CARR MILL Circular - the largest and deepest area of freshwater in St Helens

Saturday, 9 May 2015

One unusual absentee on Carr mill today was the mute swan. More...

Gorse hill

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Weatherwise at times it felt like being in the middle of a Siberian winter, such was the strength of the wind, it was no surprise therefore that the swallows were flying very low More...

Childwall Woods

Monday, 30 March 2015

The latter eventually emerging into view after we spent several minutes listening to its drumming sound trying to locate it. More...

Marton Mere - Blackpool

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Amazing who needs to stand outside and survey when the sought red throated diver swam right in front of the window More...

Rhos point

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Snow was lying on the Carneddau range and the waters of Rhos harbour were grey and choppy, its tethered boats bobbing in the swell. More...

Big New Year Day out 2015

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Another highlight a Mediterranean gull, speckled head and blood-red bill, how did we miss it on the first pass? More...

Egrets, Harriers and Crackers for 24

Sunday, 7 December 2014

On our return to the visitor centre after our stroll around the reserve. The egret was having fun running to a fro between the legs of the reserve's cattle herd. More...

Sefton Park

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A remarkable achievement for a local park. Once away from the lake, amongst the woodland and open spaces, we were not disappointed either, More...

Liverbird cruise

Saturday, 4 October 2014

I spotted a tern on the Wirral side of the Mersey and shouted over the microphone Black Tern! More...

What will become of Wiggy island

Saturday, 13 September 2014

From open countryside to industial chemical complex, and finally a nature reserve could well sum up the story of wigg island More...

The marshland was alive with the sound of ping!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Up to half a dozen were observed; closest view was when a couple of adventurous birds came onto the mud for a drink, lovely. More...

Puff and chuffs ..the day we went to Anglesey

Sunday, 6 July 2014

An astonishing place, on first impression, visually captivating, vocally clamorous and then you realise how incredibly close you can get to the birds without disturbing them. More...

A Midsummer Evening in Lovely Lunt Meadows

Saturday, 21 June 2014

the real hope was to see owls, and right on cue, as the sun began to reach the horizon, a barn owl appeared and began to fly slowly to and fro across the grassland in front of the woods, More...

Ouzel doozie and Cuckoo a choo

Saturday, 17 May 2014

A male pied flycatcher obligingly sitting on a branch, his female close by. One never tires of admiring this bird, so striking and only here for a few months of the year. More...

Lydiate

Saturday, 10 May 2014

This in turn produced an excellent variety of species. With the popular migrants of house martin, swallow and swift being in evidence. More...

Speke Garston Coastal Reserve's 10th Birthday celebrations

Saturday, 3 May 2014

And as it was a special occasion for the community , a Garston Eagle was invited More...

Lake Vyrnwy Seekers

Sunday, 27 April 2014

However, the wonderful hearing of Arnie picked up the song of a Wood Warbler and after some pishing it appeared for us all to ogle. More...

Hail, Hawfinches and Harriers

Saturday, 22 March 2014

this time it landed on the embankment and mooched about with the other foragers. Fantastic, the cafe had picture windows you didn't even have to leave your seat!! More...

Eastham Country Park

Saturday, 15 March 2014

what a way to start by observing a gt spotted woodpecker on one of the feeders at the visitor centre, More...

Surfs up, but were there scoters?

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Anglesey and Puffin Island we're barely visible through the mist hanging over the coast. The gang of twenty six, including two visitors from the North Wales RSPB group huddled together under the veranda of the pavilion café, More...

No moore birds, in search of the lesser spotted

Sunday, 16 February 2014

something definitely in there, overhead a male kestrel hovered over the golden grass, soon to be joined by the bird in the box! More...

A tale of Wirral Wanderings, Wondrous waders and a Wretched Fox

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Fidgeting, jostling then taking flight, a wonderful aerial ballet, a shimmering silvery cloud of dunlin wheeling and whirling in unison More...

2014 New year Big day out Birdwatch

Sunday, 5 January 2014

After gawping at a wily fox on the tide line for 5 minutes we focused on the birds. On the mudflats/marshes we saw redshank, ringed plover.. More...

Pickerings Pasture on the banks of the Mersey

Saturday, 16 November 2013

We made our way to the watching screen overlooking the adjacent fields where we were treated to sightings of good size flocks of lapwing and other waders More...

Not a murmer was seen at Leighton Moss!!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

A male Marsh Harrier was sitting on the shore, untroubled, ignoring the Teal that passed perilously close. A commotion, suddenly the assorted ducks near the shore took flight More...

Peckers and Liszters Tour Oct 2013

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fourteen of us went on a memorable Hungarian trip to Bukk Hills. This was the Peckers and Liszters second trip to Hungary, with 6 of us having made the trip in spring last year More...

Orrell Water park

Saturday, 19 October 2013

And after watching the ducks and geese awaiting their customary feeding by the public, we had our first 'catch' of the day when a sparrowhawk flew past us into a copse.. More...

An unexpected party at the wader fest

Sunday, 8 September 2013

As the water rose, large flocks of oystercatcher, curlew, herring, black headed and black-backed gulls were driven towards the marsh and a sandy beach to our left, along with over 15 little egrets, More...

Dragons and waders on the Sefton Coast

Saturday, 10 August 2013

as the waders fed not 200 metres in front of us also with their characteristic wheeling around further along the beach as the tide came in. More...

Twitching Wash-Bags on Bungees

Sunday, 14 July 2013

With a blindingly beautiful view of the sun rising over the horizon in my rear view mirror, I knew it had been worth getting up at 4.30am More...

Wanderings on the Whitegate Way

Saturday, 13 July 2013

.........but Mad dogs an Englishman go out into the midday sun' More...

While the sun shines - making hay at Hesketh!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Best bird was a toss up between the lesser whitethroat, totally unexpected or the ruff. But I leave that to you to make comments! More...

Haybridge reserve - another hidden gem to wander through

Saturday, 18 May 2013

We retraced our steps to the centre; again a pied flycatcher was espied, this time a splendid male. Redstarts are regular breeders here on the mosses and were keenly sort More...

A spring time amble around Carr Mill

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Carr Mill is noted for it's Gt Crested Grebes, and they did not disappoint us. We witnessed 2 pairs going through their charming synchronised courtship rituals More...

RSPB Liverpool Rocking at the Red Rocks

Saturday, 27 April 2013

A joy to behold, a skylark high in the sky, fluttering then parachuting down, all the time singing his territorial warbling song More...

The Leasowe light brigade go Wirral birding

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Sure enough a little further down the lane a couple of telescopes were trained on it! What a beauty, a striking male redstart perched in a field edge shrub, flitting down to the grass and back...marvellous. More...

The Marbury Marauders

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The goal was 3 species of Woodpeckers, but what did we bag? More...

John's Cyprus adventure. A Monty or a Pallid that is the question?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

But what kind of harrier was it? Owen thought it was a Montague's Harrier but, when we pulled alongside some other birders to confer with them, they were adamant it was a Pallid Harrier More...

The Mockbeggar Trail - Wet weather waders!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Heading back to the shore, we watched as the tide came in like a galloping horse. Flushing hundreds of waders off the sand spit and coming closer ........ More...

The Welsh Picnic Party or Goshawk 1, Birders 0

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Here we were told Goshawks frequented and if our luck was in, a good view would be had of these striking predators More...

A Reedbed walk

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A Longhorn with an unusual taste in head gear? More...

Wet Wanderings in Wales - Group trip to Llanfairfechan, Sunday February 10th

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Despite the most unpromising of weather forecasts, a dozen group members met up on the promenade at Llanfairfechan, overlooking the tip of Anglesey and Puffin Island. And the day started extremely well, with a dipper seen bobbing in the fast-flowing stream More...

Ann Thomson - Ribble bird tours report - Isles of Scilly October 2012

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Perhaps the bird of the day was the Wryneck that gave excellent and prolonged views as it perched in full view on boulders next to the path at Porth Minick. More...

Peckers & Listzers in the land of edible frogs and snails (and no, we didn't !)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Five thirty in the morning, I could not tarry the Orioles were calling me... More...

11 Go to Scotland - CAPER11

Friday, 20 May 2011

Capercaillie strutting arrogantly standing 'his' ground, fanning his beautifully marked tail head held proudly high. "The horse of the woods" the largest member of the grouse family, reaching over 45 inches in length and 14.8 lbs in weight. More...

In search of Nightjars and Nightingales with the Norfolk Buccaneers

Friday, 5 June 2009

Our trips to Norfolk aren't just about twitching and tick lists. It's about getting away from the urban sprawl, breathing country air, taking in new vista's and re- adjusting your focus for a few special days, and most importantly spending time in good company with like minded friends. More...

Ann Thomson - A holiday to remember- 3 Days of Birdwatching at the Devil's Bridge in northern Ceredigion

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

So what drives a girl to book herself onto a holiday, unaccompanied in the middle of wild Wales with the prospect of 4 days with total strangers? Quite simply Birds - this was an opportunity for this novice bird watcher to pick up more than a few birding tips, More...