Trip reports

Two visits to Stodmarsh

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Organised field trips are still not possible, but on a couple of recent visits to Stodmarsh on my own I witnessed a mass "flight" of spiders, and views of three elusive Dartford warblers. More...

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Our list of over 50 species included merlin and white-fronted goose. More...

Evening trip to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A lovely evening stroll after the heat of the day, with little terns, black-tailed godwits, a barn owl, and a delightful family of water rails. More...

Trip to St Margaret's at Cliffe

Sunday, 14 July 2019

The weather forecast was lousy, but with the help of two members of our group, we were able to pick a much more sheltered route, with the added bonus of coffee in their garden! More...

Trip to Rye Harbour

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Well over 60 species of birds were seen, including three species of terns. More...

Day out at Dungeness

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Despite the unpromising weather forecast, we persevered with our trip down to Dungeness and were rewarded with excellent views of a male goosander. More...

Trip to Pegwell Bay

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Despite a shortage of small birds, we managed to record 47 species at Pegwell Bay, including a solitary pintail, plus the inevitable groups of common seals at the mouth of the Stour. More...

Walk at Dungeness

Sunday, 2 September 2018

On a warm day we saw a record 80 species of birds, including cattle egrets and whinchat. More...

Evening visit to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A lovely evening to view black-tailed godwits, dunlin and grey plover all in full breeding plumage, but the highlight had to be a pair of black-winged stilts with two juveniles. More...

Day trip to Rye Harbour

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Three species of terns and a spoonbill were seen on a beautifully sunny day. More...

Oare Marshes Field Trip

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Timing our trip to coincide with a rising tide, we were able to watch waders being forced off their feeding grounds and onto the reserve. We couldn't find the long-billed dowitcher, but an unexpected bonus at this popular reserve was a goosander. More...

Sandwich Bay field trip

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The highlight of our November visit to Sandwich Bay was the exceptionally high spring tide, which washed in an evidently sick guillemot. More...

Day trip to Dungeness

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A brilliant 79 species were seen on our recent trip to Dungeness, including black tern, osprey, great white egret and spoonbill. More...

Trip to RAnscombe Farm

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Following a talk by Ranscombe Farm warden, Richard Moyse, last winter, 24 of us had a most enjoyable guided tour of his reserve in July. He showed us huge numbers of arable weeds that are now extremely rare elsewhere in the country. More...

Late afternoon trip to Stodmarsh

Sunday, 8 January 2017

An excellent visit with little owl, barn owl, hen harrier and lots of marsh harriers going to roost in the reedbeds. More...

Oare Marshes field trip

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Our group endured the cold to find three common scoters, which aren't usually seen so far up the Swale. The black-tailed godwits and avocets were extremely flighty, making a magnificent spectacle as they searched for the best roost site. All in all, a fascinating morning. More...

Trip to Dungeness

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A most enjoyable visit to RSPB's Dungeness reserve in glorious weather was memorable for numerous lesser whitethroats and a peregrine being mobbed by three kestrels. More...

Evening walk at Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

After a start delayed by the rain, we had a lovely walk round this enchanting reserve, with views of hunting barn owl and little tern, but the highlight being a Bonaparte's gull in breeding plumage. More...

Early morning visit to Stodmarsh

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Despite the cold and rain, spring migrants such as common terns, swifts, lesser whitethroat, reed warbler and garden warbler were managing to survive. We also saw displaying great crested grebes and heard a bittern booming, so the walk that had started off so unpromisingly turned into a really good morning. More...

Stodmarsh harrier roost

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Our annual harrier roost watch was a spectacular success, with four hen harriers (two of them males) and at least 19 marsh harriers heading into the reedbeds. Add a hunting barn owl and an inspiring electrical storm, and you have the perfect winter afternoon's birdwatching. More...

Trip to Pegwell Bay

Sunday, 29 November 2015

On our winter trip to Pegwell Bay on a very windy day we had close views of stonechats and redwings, but the weather kept many other birds out of sight, so we were pleased to see 41 species. More...

Oare Marshes field trip

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Always a good birdwatching spot, Oare Marshes did not disappoint, and we saw 50 species, including hunting peregrine, marsh harrier, ruff, avocet, black-tailed godwit, bearded tit and little grebe. More...

An evening visit to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The group recently paid a visit to this lovely reserve on a tranquil evening, enjoying great views of a barn owl, green sandpipers and many other waders. More...

Rye Harbour field trip

Sunday, 15 February 2015

An excellent day at this outstanding reserve, with slavonian grebe, smew and raven, plus a cormorant swallowing an enormous eel. More...

Trip to Dungeness

Sunday, 25 January 2015

An excellent day out; we may have failed to see any rare grebes, but did manage five species of heron! More...

Harrier roost trip

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Our annual winter visit to Stodmarsh to see hen and marsh harriers hunting in the fading light before going to roost. At lest nine marsh and one hen harrier were counted. More...

Walk at Dungeness

Sunday, 7 September 2014

An amazing day out, with lots of migrating birds passing through, including a red-backed shrike. Also, raven, whinchat, wheatears, spotted flycatchers and warblers. On the water were greenshank, golden plover, great white egrets, glossy ibis and black-necked grebes. More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Birds may have been in short supply, but we were rewarded with a wonderful array of insects and flowers in our breezy walk along the clifftops. More...

Trip to Rye Harbour

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Rye Harbour never disappoints, and we had wonderful views of three species of terns, along with avocets, wheatears, cuckoos and linnets. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 16 February 2014

On one of the rare sunny days this winter, we had an extremely productive and enjoyable time at Rye Harbour. Highlights were long-tailed duck and grey partridge. More...

A day out at Funton Creek and Sheppey

Monday, 20 January 2014

A brilliant day out, with excellent views of barn and short-eared owls, plus lots of waders and wildfowl. More...

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 12 January 2014

The scheduled trip to Stodmarsh last week to see harriers going to roost, postponed due to the poor weather forecast, was held today with great success. More...

Adult and child birdwatching

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Today's trip to Stodmarsh was cancelled due to the poor weather forecast, but two of us decided to ignore the met office and go out there anyway. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Despite some unpromising weather to start, it turned into an excellent day with drake smew, long-tailed duck ad firecrest - 59 species in all, and then, as we were about to leave, a great white egret made it a very satisfying sixty. More...

View across ponds on edge of Burrowes Pit, Dungeness RSPB reserve

Sunday, 11 September 2011

A recent field trip to this exposed site in appallingly windy conditions was nevertheless very productive, with sightings of a great white egret, migrating whinchats and streams of swallows and sand martins passing through. There were also chance sightings of lizards, grass snakes and, most unexpected of all, a stoat dragging a rabbit across the track. More...

View across ponds on edge of Burrowes Pit, Dungeness RSPB reserve

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A wonderful day's birdwatching, with lots of birds, visible migration, the odd rarity such as great white egret and pectoral sandpiper, brilliant views of a bathing marsh harrier, and even three grass snakes. More...

Avocet wading in water

Friday, 7 May 2010

On the morning after the election ten of us escaped to the countryside around Calais for a day's birdwatching. Despite poor weather we managed to see 84 species and had wonderful views of roe deer. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 21 February 2010

A really interesting walk with 45 species seen in just two hours, including bittern, goldeneye and little owl. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Despite atrocious weather, members who braved the cold, rain and wind were delighted to see a bittern, a flock of over one hundred Bewick's swans, slavonian grebe, kingfisher and much more besides. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Monday, 17 November 2008

It started out as an ordinary walk, but ended up with sightings of waxwing and cranes! More...

Coach trip to Norfolk

Saturday, 12 July 2008

A trip in search of stone curlews, golden orioles and cranes, plus a visit to Oxburgh hall. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Monday, 17 March 2008

An interesting walk, with good views of short-eared owl, merlin, merganser, scaup and many other waders and ducks. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Monday, 18 February 2008

A horribly foggy day made birdwatching conditions extremely difficult, but we managed excellent views of bearded tits and a buzzard circling over our heads. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 8 July 2007

If you didn't want to watch Wimbledon, the Tour de France or the Grand Prix, Stodmarsh was the place to be today, with a marsh harrier flying low overhead, and Cetti's warblers singing nearby. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 25 February 2007

This trip was originally scheduled for the 18th, but unfortunately family matters arose and this meant rearranging the date. My apologies for this, and to those who were unable to tie in wi More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 28 January 2007

Another mild day greeted us as we arrived at this reasonably new RSPB reserve on the North Kent marshes, just a few miles from the more established Northward Hill reserve. Both of these imp More...

Reeds at sunset, Strumpshaw Fen

Sunday, 14 January 2007

After weeks of grey skies, strong winds and much-needed rain, it was very nice to see blue sky and enjoy warm sunshine for our annual afternoon visit to this Natural England reserve, in the  More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 10 December 2006

The first hard frost of the winter, with ice on the puddles and the wet soil feeling solid underfoot. A good number of us gathered on this bright, crisp morning to see if the disused gravel More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 5 November 2006

Our usual meeting point for this trip is an improvised layby on Raspberry Hill Lane. It gives a good vantage point from which to scan the tidal inlet that is Funton Creek. The weather was  More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 22 October 2006

Every year the City of Canterbury holds a festival for two weeks in October, with many indoor and outdoor activities at a wide range of venues, catering for a variety of interests. Our Loca More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Monday, 18 September 2006

We met at the Sportsman pub at 10am. As high tide was to be around 11am, the outward journey in a westerly direction towards Castle Coote would be on a full tide, whilst the return walk wou More...

RSPB Dungeness nature reserve

Saturday, 9 September 2006

We met at the old lighthouse at 9.30 on this lovely sunny morning, starting as usual with some seawatching at "The Patch", an area where seabirds gather to feed on the fish and invertebrates More...