Trip reports

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Overlooking Burton Marsh, amongst other birds, we saw great white egrets, whooper swans and a pair of Egyptian geese. More...

Sunday, 18 August 2019

From the hides at Blacktoft Sands we had good views of the usual waders and divers including four green sandpipers close by, snipe, ruff, common sandpiper, avocets and twelve spoonbills! Lapwings, goldfinches, swift and a marsh harrier were flying around. More...

Sunday, 19 May 2019

From the hide we were rewarded with excellent views of nuthatch, goldcrest, and best of all a stunning male pied flycatcher flitting from branch to branch. More...

Sunday, 28 April 2019

At St Aidan's, we spent some time walking on the long perimeter path to get to the area of reedbeds but this was not uneventful as many were able to find their first whitethroats and swifts of the season, together with many willow warblers, blackcaps and a pair of bullfinches. More...

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Seawatching at Rhos was tricky in the choppy conditions, but we all eventually connected with eider ducks, common scoters and red throated divers among the numerous great crested grebes. More...

Sunday, 13 January 2019

At Buron Mere there were no fewer than four marsh harriers in the air at once causing the ensemble of wildfowl and waders to take flight. On one occasion after they had settled we all had great views of a spotted redshank in front of the main hide. More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Following the coastal path towards the bridges at Runcorn, we found a nice group of five grey partridge among the winter crop on the landward side. More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Sunday, 9 September 2018

At the Adwick Washlands a small herd of cows were seen 50 yards away from the circular viewing point, and on closer inspection yellow wagtails were spotted feeding beneath their feet. As they flew away there seemed to be 10 in one flock which flew left and six in the other which flew right. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Friday, 1 June 2018

We walked about a mile along a forest trail. We saw woodcock and then heard the churring of a nightjar - fantastic long, continuous calls but although we waited until it was almost dark we didn't see it. Walking back to the car we twice heard a long-eared owl calling. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 29 April 2018

An unusual find was a mole on the path near the North Pool hide. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Within minutes most of us had seen the distinctive soaring and slow flap of the goshawk, and for the next 45 minutes we had periods of quiet followed by excitement. More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Our first siting was a flock of around 300 brent geese. More...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

We parked in Chainbridge Lane and walked up to a view-point to see Chainbridge Scrape. Here were lapwing, mute swans, teal and dunlin, green sandpiper and ruff which looked quite resplendent in their winter plumage. We were all delighted when red-crested pochard flew in and settled on the water. More...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

From a slightly sheltered corner on the steps leading down to the lighthouse, we had great views of hundreds of guillemot, razorbill, gulls and the odd kittiwake, plus some pretty close flying Manx shearwaters. More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Friday, 2 June 2017

We also were able to see a pair of cranes as they appeared and disappeared out of the long grass and had even closer views from the Zeiss hide at WWT Slimbridge. Some of our group also had close views of a second pair from another hide. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 12 March 2017

At times we seemed surrounded by small birds calling - great tits, coal tits, goldcrests, long-tailed tits, and blue tits - but it took a while before one of our sharp-eyed birders caught a fleeting glimpse of a lesser spotted woodpecker, deep in the woodland. With good sightings of a great spotted, and constant calls from a green woodpecker, some of us could say we'd ticked off all three of this family. More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 6 November 2016

We stayed around the visitor's centre to begin with and five cattle egrets were feeding around the cows with two actually standing on the cows' backs, which gave a good photo opportunity for our photographers. More...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Our weekend started on Friday at Alkborough Flats, a Lincolnshire wetland with two hides on the Humber, near the confluence of the Trent and Ouse. A western swamphen (purple gallinule) was reported to be there. It proved to be a lovely spot in late afternoon sunshine with hundreds of avocet, bearded tit and marsh harrier but alas no sighting of the swamphen. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tree sparrows were everywhere. A pause at the kingfisher screen produced, well, a kingfisher, giving great close-up views, and a stroll up the hill and time spent scanning the pool revealed a little egret, teal, several snipe, and a green woodpecker which turned out to be the first of many sightings that day. More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Formby Point is the area for red squirrels and we were fortunate to see one scrambling round the bottom of a tree trunk as we checked in at the National Trust car-park kiosk. More...

Sunday, 12 June 2016

A distant wader was studied for some time before the year listers among us were confident enough to tick little ring plover, but at the Turret Hide, a much closer pair showed the relevant characteristics clearly and put on a nice courtship display, culminating in what comes naturally to birds in spring! More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 8 May 2016

we went to the newly built public hide, and started adding to our day's list, including the expected species of marsh harrier, soon spotted skimming the tops of the reedbeds in that distinctive, slow, about-to-stall marsh harrier kind of way. A stroll along the causeway, and some intent listening, produced a Cetti's warbler, and several of us saw this elusive, secretive bird. Reed and sedge warblers were also singing, and a couple of us heard the distinctive 'pinging' of the bearded tits, another local speciality, but as always, difficult to see. More...

Nightingale singing

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Whisby is attractive as it almost guarantees nightingale at the right time of year ... we eventually got pretty much a full song with the bird almost in the open. More...

Sunday, 20 March 2016

There were six black grouse, about four hundred yards away, some were displaying their white under tail coverts. More...

Sunday, 21 February 2016

We identified two chough in flight on the Little Orme plateau. More...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

The fields adjacent to the car park were full of hundreds of oystercatcher, lapwing and curlew, whilst overhead flew small and larger flocks of geese, mainly greylag and pink-footed, with their squeaky bicycle calls. More...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

We saw about 30 seals sleeping on a nearby sandbank and had fantastic views of a peregrine as it plummeted from the sky three times. More...

Sunday, 13 September 2015

We were all in position well before high tide to have great views of the many waders, including black and bar-tailed godwits, ringed and little ringed plovers, lots of curlews, oystercatchers and lapwings. More...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

we were rewarded with excellent views of an allegedly skulking spotted crake, which showing very well indeed. More...

Sunday, 26 April 2015

More dippers flew down river in that direct, unhesitating flight they have; blackcaps were singing in the woods. Someone saw a nuthatch. A buzzard flew over, and two rooks gave chase. More...

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The main object of our visit was to see red kites and we certainly had wonderful vies of them. More...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Group enjoyed good numbers of oystercatcher, turnstone, dunlin, ringed plover and redshank, with merganser and red-throated diver offshore, and further east a large raft of scoter. More...

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

Saturday, 8 November 2014

On arrival, a covey of six grey partridge was watched for several minutes. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Our circular walk took in close views of little stint, dunlin, ruff, greenshank, snipe and black-tailed godwits. More...

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A cuckoo was calling in the valley as we arrived at our meeting point near World's End. More...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

As we walked along the road to the salt-marsh hides we had a splendid view of a sedge warbler singing from the top of a tree. More...

Turtle dove

Saturday, 10 May 2014

It was not long before a Dartford warbler was seen, and this was soon followed by a turtle dove. More...

Sunday, 27 April 2014

At the first hide we were delighted to see a colony of sand martins making use of the artificial nest holes. More...

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Our first location was the hawfinch site near Cromford canal. More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Sunday, 5 January 2014

When the weather is atrocious or worse, as it was on this Sunday, we have to be flexible to see wonderful birds! So where did we go? More...

Sunday, 8 December 2013

We had a phone call from Donna the night before our outing to Marshide and Martin Mere telling us a Baikal teal had been seen at Marshside RSPB reserve. More...

Trip Report Doxey Marshes

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Although it was a quiet day bird-wise we had a good time and it is not often that willow tits are identified on two sites on the same trip. Maybe we didn't see any owls but we did see their prey! More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Sunday, 8 September 2013

We were treated to 'fly past' along the length of the water channel by a kingfisher. Glorious! More...

Ellins Tower and lighthouse, South STack Cliffs

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Our first port of call was Fishquay Harbour at Holyhead and we were instantly rewarded with a pair of black guillemot which flew in the wake of a massive liner heading out to sea. More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Sunday, 28 April 2013

This trip included an interesting trip to Marbury CP before moving Woolston Eyes to see rare birds. More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 10 February 2013

In contrast to last month's trip to Hilbre the weather forecast was far from ideal. Nevertheless, seven members braved the weather ... More...

Views of beach, RSPB Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve

Sunday, 6 January 2013

On a bright, sunny day, 23 people visited West Kirby, Hilbre Island and Parkgate ... More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 4 November 2012

A full day visiting Tittesworth Reservior, Carsington Water and Ogston to see a wide variety of birds. More...