Trip reports

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

A great day out to finish the season. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Excellent bird watching for Glasgow Local group members who enjoyed two very enjoyable trips. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Would the Glasgow Group rise to the challenge posed by Spring migrants in their oak woodland habitat? More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Could Springtime on the bonnie banks live up to expectations? More...

Nuthatch on branch

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

This months outings were both to local destinations proving you don't have to travel too far to enjoy a good day out bird watching. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Sand martins herald the beginning of Spring migration. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The mid week group set off to enjoy a walk on a very early Spring day. What would we find? More...

Drake teal profile

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Two outings this month, both with some damp weather but excellent bird sightings. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Would the cold weather lead to reduced numbers of birds and birders on our midweek outing? More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The last outing of 2018 was to RSPB Baron's Haugh. Happy Christmas everyone and All The Best for 2019. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 2 December 2018

The mid week group headed to Drumpellier Country Park and at the weekend we enjoyed a coach outing to Caerlaverock WWT Reserve More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Monday, 5 November 2018

An excellent two days birding with a good range of birds seen plus great views of dolphins at St Abbs. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Mid- weekers turn out in force to enjoy a day out birding with a good selection of waders, wildfowl and woodland birds. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 16 September 2018

An impressive start to the new season with a combined bird tally of 72 species seen. More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Monday, 18 June 2018

End of season trip to Loch of the Lowes, an SWT reserve near Dunkeld proves very enjoyable. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Group's finale to the outings year was a visit to the north east of Scotland. Could it possibly be better than last year's trip to THe Uists? More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Tracking down Spring migrants can be a challenge. How did the Group fare? More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Monday, 23 April 2018

Is the east coast still magic for birds? Read on.... More...

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

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Our outing to Fife was originally intended to include Cameron Reservoir but was changed to Tentsmuir on the day. Would this prove to be a wise decision? More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Twenty group members brave the cold wind to enjoy a day out at RSPB Loch Leven including excellent refreshments at the café and good range of birds, 52 species in total. More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Our overnight stays have produced some memorable birding in the past. Would the 2018 edition to Galloway live up to expectations? More...

Male goldeneye

Friday, 23 February 2018

Glasgow "mid-weekers" enjoy a very pleasant walk with a good showing of woodland birds. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Seventeen group members and visitors face the gales in Irvine. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Friday, 15 December 2017

Could the west coast measure up to the east when it comes to birding experiences? More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mersehead has provided many highlights over the years. Would this Solway reserve maintain the high standard? More...

Goosander on water

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Having met up and enjoyed some light refreshments at Drumpellier Country Park Visitor Centre the mid-week group set off to enjoy a relaxed days' bird watching. More...

Robin sitting in grass

Monday, 30 October 2017

Group members go in search of autumn migrants as well as taking a walk on our local patch. More...

little egret, wading, water

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The first weekend outing of the year took us to two of the tried and tested favourites of the East Coast - Musselburgh and Aberlady. Would we be able to match the recent successful midweek outing? More...

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

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The midweek outing season commenced with a visit to Musselburgh. Would this tried and tested favourite maintain its deserved reputation for a good day's birding? More...

House martin in flight

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Our proposed trip to the Isle of May had to be cancelled due to the weather. Would plan B to St Abbs prove a suitable alternative? More...

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The mid-weekers venture further afield for a summer outing. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Monday, 5 June 2017

Our annual weekend away was to the Uists -but was the birding worth the long journey? More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nineteen birdwatchers enjoy a walk through the woods at Sallochy in the sunshine with a gentle breeze keeping the midges at bay. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Would our intrepid weekend birders see the "big four" on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond? More...

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

After some excellent refreshments at The Pier Café eighteen members enjoy a birdwatching walk along the shores of Loch Katrine. More...

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

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Our March minibus outing took us to KInneil and Skinflats normally a safe bet for a good variety of birds but would this be the case this visit? More...

little egret, wading, water

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Would the weather be the winner as our hardy midweekers visited Ardmore Point More...

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

Saturday, 25 February 2017

This outing took us to the Montrose area where we stayed on Saturday night but was it an overnight sensation? More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A fine still day proved to be just right for a good day out at RSPB loch Leven. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Whether it was the relatively good weather forecast or people wanting to get out after New Year, 17 people turned up for the outing. More...

Goosander on water

Friday, 30 December 2016

Hogganfield is the best place in Glasgow for close up views of wild-fowl and relatively close to home for the Glasgow Local Group. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Monday, 19 December 2016

Nine members assembled in the reserve car park and headed off at 10.00am to enjoy the delights of Baron's Haugh Reserve, Carbarns Pool and surrounding area. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Baron's Haugh delivers a good day's birding with Tawny Owl, Kingfisher Jay and Green Sandpipers being the highlights. More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Friday, 25 November 2016

Could the delights of the RSPB's Loch Leven reserve compensate for the disappointment of missing out on a trip to Mersehead, cancelled due to the closure of the M74? More...

Adult twite perched on branch in heather moorland

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The weather forecast was poor but we still ventured out More...

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Return of the stripy warblers sounds like a low budget horror movie but it was a recurring theme during a good part of our East Coast Magic two day event. Read on to find out more....... More...

Male wigeon swimming

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Musselburgh: Not just one trip but two excellent outings enjoyed by group members. More...

House martin in flight

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Would we all catch the ferry on-time from Largs? More...

Avocet wading in water

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Our last outing of the year took us to Leighton Moss. Would we go out with a bang? More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Our search for summer migrants took us to Loch Lomond this Spring, or to be precise one of the islands. More...

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

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Our annual weekend trip took us to Islay this year but could our species list top the hundred mark? More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

On a beautiful sunny day, sixteen of us set out from the parking area at Birthwood to explore Culter Glen More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Would our quest for a sighting of the elusive Goshawk be successful? Read on to find out. More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Friday, 25 March 2016

We had an excellent day at RSPB Loch Leven or Vane Farm if you prefer. More...

Male goldeneye

Thursday, 25 February 2016

I love it when a plan comes together! The catchphrase of John "Hannibal" Smith of the 1980's television series the A Team seemed relevant on our most recent outing to Perthshire and beyond. Read on to find out why. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Our outing was in three parts - the loch, the walk along the cycle path returning through Parkhill Wood and the RSPB Reserve, Lochwinnoch. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Unlikely as it seems, we started our walk in sunshine More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Our last weekend outing of 2015 took place on the coldest day of the year. How did the intrepid Glasgow Group members cope? More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

It was rather blustery at the coast ........... More...

Drake teal profile

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

This WWT reserve is best known for geese and wildfowl but can often produce surprises. This was certainly the case on our most recent visit. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

15 optimistic people turned up at Ardmore Point despite the weather forecast More...

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

Friday, 23 October 2015

East Coast Magic is the Group's attempt to locate passage migrants which have been reported together with enjoying a good day's birding. Read on to see how we did! More...

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The first outing of the year took us to the Belhaven Bay/Dunbar area where a great variety of birds were seen. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Ayrshire coast proved a popular first mid-week outing for the group. More...

Cliffs and seabird colony at RSPB Fowlsheugh nature reserve

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Overheating is not a regular feature of Glasgow Group outings but we were caught out by the exceptionally warm weather at the most southerly point in Scotland. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Nineteen people enjoy a walk on a sunny day at Loch Lomond NNR More...

Crested tit on branch

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

For our annual weekend away, sixteen group members enjoyed a visit to Speyside. This proved to be an inspired choice! More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Our latest mid-week outing attracted 19 people including leader Jim Coyle. What did they see? More...

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

Sunday, 26 April 2015

A long drive to Montrose Basin and surrounding area proved well worth the effort. More...

Weekend Outing - Guardbridge and Tentsmuir - 21 March 2015

Saturday, 21 March 2015

We set off on a dry, but cold morning heading to the Kingdom of Fife. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Friday, 13 March 2015

This month the mid week outing took place on a Friday More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Sunday, 1 March 2015

There was always going to be an element of risk in going to Arran in February, so what happened More...

Male goldeneye

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

On a dry but cold Wednesday, 16 hardy people turned up for our mid week outing More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Gloomy conditions give way to weak sun and broken cloud More...

Drake teal profile

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Despite blustery conditions, we had a good turn out - what did we see? More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Group visited RSPB Loch Leven and RSPB Mersehead in quick succession More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A full bus load of hopeful birders set off from our usual pick up point to travel down to the Solway Firth to visit the RSPB Reserve at Mersehead. More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

As ever, our mid week outing started in a café! More...

East Coast Magic - 11th and 12th October 2014

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Two outings over two days; what a difference a day makes! More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

One started in the sun and the other in the rain - what happened? More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 20 September 2014

When we left Glasgow the weather was dull and as we went east it rained! More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The weather was kind - sunny, even hot at times! More...

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Would the ferry operator decide the weather was suitable or not? More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Would it rain as forecast? More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Monday, 26 May 2014

Our traditional 3 day May weekender; another success! More...

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A boat trip, a wooded isle...................... a good day! More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Group make a return to Inversnaid More...

Gannet with chick at nest, Bass Rock

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Back to the Clyde coast and it was dry and sunny!!!! More...

Blue tit perched on frost-covered conifer

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The sun shone!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More...

Dunnock on grass

Saturday, 15 February 2014

15 set off from a very wet Glasgow More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Our visit - timed to coincide with that of the 'annual arrival' of a Smew - took place on rather a bleak day. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

For our first outing of 2014, we paid a visit to Ardmore Point. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

An adverse weather forecast resulted in a change to our planned outing; but it proved successful with 19 people on the outing and lots of birds seen. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Two outings in two days; where did we go and what did we see? More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Our annual trip to Musselburgh in search of waders and wildfowl More...

House martin in flight

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Did everyone make it for the 10.15am ferry? More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

This outing got off to an intriguing start More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Monday, 27 May 2013

A full mini-bus left Glasgow on Saturday 25 May 2013 for an excellent 3 day birding trip to NE England. More...

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A joint outing with the Friends of Glasgow's Local Nature Reserves and a totally new location for the Group More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

On a dreich day, would we see any birds? More...