Trip reports

Bowers Marsh (RSPB) - 9 December

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Many thanks to Gerry Johnson, local group committee member, for organising this walk. More...

Blue House Farm (Essex Wildlife Trust) - 19 November

Monday, 20 November 2017

Many thanks to Stuart Anderson for leading this walk around one of his favourite reserves. More...

Hatfield Forest (National Trust) - 14 October

Thursday, 26 October 2017

We thank David and Winifred Simmonds for leading this event - the 2nd of our new-style bird walks. The format was popular so we look forward to seeing more participants in the future. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Local Group Secretary Janet and husband Richard lead the way... More...

Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome - 2 April

Thursday, 4 May 2017

We couldn't wait to see barn owls before sunrise... More...

Whetmead Nature Reserve (Witham) - 18 December

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Wagtails joined by more wagtails. Read on... More...

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB)

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Beautiful plumage on a warm sunny morning... More...

Old Hall Marshes - 17 September

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Good numbers of species seen on this occasion... More...

Butterfly Walk at MARKS HALL - 23 July

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Butterflies, birds, dragonflies & damselflies... More...

Wrabness (EWT) - 30 April

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Lots of species but none in huge numbers... More...

Warley Place (EWT) - 16 January

Sunday, 17 January 2016

No Firecrests but lots of other species... More...

Rainham Marshes - 15 November

Friday, 27 November 2015

Lots of waterfowl, an elusive bullfinch and even a handsome water pipit! More...

Fingringhoe Wick - 17 October

Friday, 30 October 2015

Goldcrest, fieldfare everywhere... More...

Wrabness - 13 September

Monday, 14 September 2015

Feathered friends picking blackberries... More...

Hockley Woods - 12 April

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Thirteen on a walk, and NOT unlucky for some... More...

Cudmore Grove, East Mersea - 22 March

Sunday, 22 March 2015

An entertaining walk with some good birds... More...

Bowers Marsh - 21 February

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Cetti's Warbler - come out, come out, wherever you are... More...

Wallasea Island - 18 January

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Buzzard and lots more... More...

Stour Estuary - 21 December

Sunday, 21 December 2014

No Surf Scoter, but lots of others... More...

Bedfords Park - 19 November

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wow...a Sparrowhawk! More...

Minsmere & Westleton Heath - 11 October

Friday, 24 October 2014

Red Deer rut focused our attention, but we really wanted to see the Little Crake... More...

The Naze - 28 September

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Turtle Dove evaded us, but we saw lots of other species... More...

Old Hall Marshes - 16 August

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Lovely evening walk, enhanced by a Marsh Harrier fly-past... More...

Two Tree Island

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Lots of interesting birds, and a few butterflies & moths too... More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Saturday, 29 March 2014

No kingfishers, owls or peregrines, but saw lots of others... More...

Walk - WALLASEA ISLAND

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Rarities spotted at new reserve... More...

Walk - TOLLESBURY WICK

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Peregrine Falcon - what a great sight to end our trip! More...

Walk - RAINHAM MARSHES

Friday, 15 November 2013

A grey and overcast day saw 13 of us brave the elements to stroll round one of the RSPB's best known reserves in the South East. More...

Minsmere 15 September

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cheese scone beckons after windy bird watch... More...

Walk around Old Hall Marshes - 10 August 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What a lovely evening for a wader wander... More...

Mystery Walk - 27 April 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

So where were those waders...? More...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Otters, Great White Egret and a Dipper were the highlights on this trip. More...

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Lesser Redpoll and Siskin amongst the birds seen on this trip More...

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The highlight of this walk was a firecrest which was only seen briefly. More...

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Black-necked Grebe amongst the birds seen on this trip. More...

Monday, 15 October 2012

Waxwings were the highlight of this visit. More...

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The highlight of the day was a very obliging Barn Owl which sat dozily in a kestrel box. More...

Saturday, 29 September 2012

We were treated to several close flying displays by the local Hobbies. More...

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Thirty nine different species of birds seen on this walk. More...

Sunday, 18 March 2012

The highlight of this walk was the sighting of a woodcock. More...

Saturday, 25 February 2012

The undoubted stars of this walk were a pair of kingfishers which were inspecting the holes in the nest bank. The male posed beautifully for the numerous cameras and we all spent several minutes taking full advantage. More...

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The hoped-for short-eared owl did not appear but a variety of other birds were seen. More...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Highlights included red-breasted goose, peregrine and marsh harrier. More...

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Twenty six species of birds were seen including pintail, goosander and goldeneye. More...

Saturday, 22 October 2011

The birds were quite scarce. The highlights included snipe, avocet and golden plover. More...

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Pallid Harrier the highlight of this bird walk. More...

Bird Walk at Two Tree Island on 23rd April 2011

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Night Heron and Long-eared Owl seen on the walk at Two Tree Island. More...

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Birds seen on this field trip included siskin, lesser redpoll and crossbill. Some even saw a goshawk. More...

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Dartford Warbler, Smew and Marsh Tit were some of the highlights of this walk. More...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Good views were had of treecreeper, green woodpecker, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and coal tit. More...

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Excellent views of a female peregrine. Hen harrier also seen. More...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Goosanders seen at Hanningfield Reservoir. More...

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Search for a bluethroat ! More...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Good views of a kingfisher and black redstart were the highlights of the walk at Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Lakford Lakes reserve. More...

Saturday, 7 August 2010

An evening bird walk was a departure from our normal daytime walks and was a great success. The species seen included barn owl, marsh harrier, greenshank, golden plover and snipe. More...

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Over 3,000 black-tailed godwits in full breeding plumage seen on the main island. More...

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Goshawk seen during our visit to the Brecklands. More...

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Thirty-nine species of birds seen including Smew and four Red-breasted Mergansers. More...

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Peregrines and other good birds were seen. A fitting end to Hollis Cloughton's leadership of our bird walks for the past 19 years before handing over the role to new leaders. More...

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Red-breasted Mergansers, Spoonbills and Bewick's Swans all seen on this bird watch. More...

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Great Skuas, Ring-necked Parakeets and Red-throated Diver all seen on this walk. More...

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Brilliant views at no more than ten yards distance of a juvenile Glossy Ibis. More...

Sunday, 3 May 2009

A successful day at our new location for our annual "Migrants on the Move" event. More...

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Garganey, Cetti's Warbler, Wheatear, Common Scoter and even Water Voles seen on trip to Rainham Marshes. More...

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Everyone had good close views of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling in the tops of the trees as it moved slowly through. It was followed shortly after by its partner, and it was very satisfying to see this species which has declined so much in recent years. More...

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Good views were had of a pair of Goosander and of two male and three female Red Breasted Mergansers at this site which is well known as a good place to see Bittern. More...

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Waxwings seen at Minsmere. More...

Saturday, 18 October 2008

A pleasant walk in the Autumn sunshine produced a variety of birds. More...

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Redstart, Wheatears and Stonechat were amongst the birds seen on this walk at Walton. More...

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Thirty-four species of birds, including a Curlew Sandpiper, shown to the public at Maldon Promenade. More...

Saturday, 12 April 2008

The best weather so far on our autumn and winter series of bird walks resulted in a variety of of birds being seen. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Woodlark, Stonechat and Siskin were amongst the birds seen on our annual trip to the Brecklands area of East Anglia. More...

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Birds seen during our trip to Abberton Reservoir in February included, Smew, Goosander and Goldeneye. More...

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Water birds seen in good numbers but no Bittern. More...

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Birdwatching restricted because of bad weather. More...

Sunday, 2 December 2007

A birdwalk at The Naze, Walton, in search of rare seabirds. More...

Saturday, 13 October 2007

A bird walk took place on Saturday 13th October at the Essex Wildlife Trust Colne Point Reserve. Many good birds were seen including a Peregrine. More...

Thursday, 24 May 2007

The prospect for a fine day looked promising from daybreak, but on joining the A14 at Ipswich after a few miles towards Bury St. Edmunds we encountered light mist and poor visibility. Arrivi More...

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Twenty four people attended this walk on a bright spring like day with only a light wind and excellent visibility. In view of the favourable conditions there seemed to be a lack of activity  More...

Thursday, 24 May 2007

The attendance once again was high with up to 25 participants. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve in glorious sunshine with only a gentle breeze. The tide More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Sunday, 14 January 2007

For many years this January meeting has been highly successful. We have always been fortunate with the weather, and in this very unseasonable month it appeared that our luck would hold us in More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 12 November 2006

None of the 16 participants on this walk at one of EWT's newer sites had previously visited this area. With a very modern Visitor Centre only opened in spring of this year, this is part of a More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Sunday, 22 October 2006

Eleven people attended the walk at this reserve which has been upgraded in recent years and now has a Centre with many facilities. It was a bright day with very little breeze and everyone en More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 14 October 2006

Eight people participated on this walk which was accompanied by a bright warm day with mainly clear skies and a light breeze, ideal for walking and lingering but not suitable for bringing in More...