Trip reports

Car Trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Birdwatchers at Rainham. Colchester local group visits Rainham Marshes reserve. More...

Nightingale singing

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Group members enjoyed an excellent trip to Flatford Mill. A total of 44 different species were recorded including lesser whitethroat, grey wagtail with a cuckoo heard near the car park. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Sunday, 20 March 2016

An impressive tally of 57 birds were seen on the groups latest car trip. More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Without a doubt the highlight of the day was the three cranes which flew over the centre at the Ouse Washes. They were quite low and flew round in an arc giving wonderful views. In total for the day we spotted 59 species. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Despite the cloudy skies and light rain, group members still managed to see 31 species. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Forty five species seen by group members on their trip to the London side of Essex. More...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The black redstart was the highlight of the day for the lone observer. However, for the majority of the group sitting on the beach at lunchtime, their highlight was the juvenile gannet which dived into the sea in front of us - twice! More...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

What a great day out on our first coach of the season to a great location. The highlight was a spotted flycatcher. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 31 May 2015

The highlight of the day was the Bittern, and for entertainment the highlight was the Great Crested Grebe feeding a chick on the back of the other Great Crested Grebe. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The highlight of the day were the Nightingales; one perched on the end of a branch devoid of leaves, and sang and sang. More...

Coal tit perched on bramble bush

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Group members sight 45 species on this trip! More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Group members visit The Lodge reserve. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cavenham Heath was quite chilly first thing in the morning when the six of us arrived in the car park. Some of the group saw a Red-legged Partridge on the way to the Heath and we were lucky to see a beautiful male Yellowhammer just a few yards from the car park. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Fifteen group members visited this wild but rewarding reserve in Kent. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Forty-two species seen on a car trip to a local birding hotspot. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Group members record 57 species on their recent coach trip to the RSPB Rainham Marshes Reserve. More...

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Good views of 37 species despite the poor visibility. More...

Friday, 10 October 2014

This September coach trip probably produced the best weather conditions we have ever experienced on a coach trip to this Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve. How many times in the past could we have walked along the seashore in shirt sleeves? More...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A great many bitterns were seen on the car trip to Minsmere. More...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A wonderful trip to Wicken Fen on a warm and sunny day. More...

Sunday, 27 April 2014

We approached this April trip with some trepidation as April showers were forecast but during the whole time at the reserve it was dry. More...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Wonderful sunny weather welcomed us for this mid-week April trip for seven of us. More...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The scheduled trip to Cley Marshes was cancelled due to the closure of parts of the reserve due to the repairs being undertaken after the flooding. The trip was changed to Skulthorpe Moor in the morning and the RSPB reserve at Titchwell in the afternoon. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

This was a dull but thankfully dry February day for this coach trip. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A few lucky members had a brief view of a bittern. More...

Avocet wading in water

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

We were fortunate in having a window of dry weather for this January car trip. More...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A good day out was had at Rolls Farm and Tollesbury More...

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Nearly 50 species seen on this trip! More...

Sunday, 10 November 2013

A good number of birds seen on this trip to Tollesbury Wick More...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

The adverse weather forecast didn't put off the hardy birdwatchers! More...

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

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Almost a full coach for the first trip of the season. Members were rewarded with a wide variety of waders to test their observations skills. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

First mid-week car trip was rewarded with a fine display from a hobby. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Our first car trip of the new season a marsh harrier was seen quartering the hedgerows and a group of five buzzards were seen circling high in the sky. More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Friday, 26 July 2013

It was a most enjoyable day with around 60 species of bird seen including a flock of 30 crossbills. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Saturday, 9 March 2013

We had only just started birdwatching from the car when a bittern stretched its neck up in the reed bed and then flew across the water to a further reedbed. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Friday, 8 March 2013

From the observation point there were good views of a bittern and a group of four common cranes in flight. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Friday, 8 March 2013

For our annual season starter trip, 14 members were greeted with a mild but foggy morning that persisted all day. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Thursday, 7 March 2013

On arrival at the first hide a selection of ducks, geese, marsh harrier and a buzzard were seen but generally the birds were keeping low. More...

Avocet wading in water

Thursday, 7 March 2013

After recent cold and wet spells of weather this day in December was relatively warm, although a chill wind picked up during the day. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 13 January 2013

It was a wet journey to Holme but the rain ceased when we arrived although it was dull and overcast. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 13 January 2013

What a long September day! Four hours to get there, four hours birdwatching and four hours coming home. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 13 January 2013

During the day over fifty species of birds were seen. More...