Trip reports

Hollesley Marsh Reserve and River Ore for waders and autumn birds.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

This was the first time ever, where we have recorded two national rarities on a field trip, the first being a BLACK TERN and the second, the long staying LESSER YELLOWLEGS. More...

Levington Creek for migrant waders and summer wildlife.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Pride of place went to the Grey Plover present in their summer plumage. This is one of the most stunning of wader plumages with a black bib and breast contrasting with soft grey upperparts, making it a truly spectacular sight. More...

House martin in flight

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Parties of Swifts screamed round the village and juvenile Swallows and House Martins were also seen around the churchyard and village. More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Another beautiful evening allowed those who came along to enjoy the trip to this well known vegetated shingle spit on the south tip of Suffolk. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

What an evening it was as well, with a beautiful sunset and twilight, with the orange hues of the Summer twilight lighting up the trees and forest in spectacular fashion. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Whilst the amount of birdsong had decreased as this was early June, the following warblers were noted, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

This was the first visit by the group to this Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve situated on the outskirts of Bromeswell Village. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The best bird of the evening was as we returned to the car park. A Hobby flew over the reserve enroute back to the Sandling heaths across the Deben, from feeding areas. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The sun came out as we met in the Bobbitts Lane car park for a walk round Spring Wood and Kiln Lane meadows and we enjoyed a lovely sunny Spring evenings wander. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The mini-beast from the East has ravaged ground nesting bird populations such as those that occur on the Sandlings and there were no sightings or calls from Dartford Warblers. More...

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

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Spring was underway as we gathered at Stutton Church with the resident songsters such as Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch all in song. More...

Drake teal profile

Saturday, 10 February 2018

The best birds were at our final calling point along the dam. A Great White Egret was viewed typically skulking in the reeds and superb close up views were had of a Slavonian Grebe. More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 14 January 2018

As it was high tide we proceeded quickly down to Mistley Quay to view the duck which assemble off there. Over 100 Pintail were close in and around 70 Goldeneye were noted off the quay. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A short sea watch produced cormorant and several red-throated divers heading north, before the highlight of the day on the beach, where a flock of around thirty snow buntings performed beautifully for the group, producing several fly-bys, twittering all the time. More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 19 November 2017

On the way to the river a select few were treated to a flypast by a female sparrowhawk with pray, as the local mistle thrushes dived for cover. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Out in the river Great Crested Grebe were present along with around 30 Red-breasted Merganser which looked superb in their winter plumage. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The trip to Melton on the River Deben was held twice due to heavy rain and gale force winds on the first visit when 3 hardy souls ventured out. The second visit 2 weeks later was on a warm sunny summer's evening. More...

Havergate Joint rspb/SOG Trip

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Having walked to Main Hide we were pleased to find the place packed with waders, in marked contrast to last year. We didn't attempt a full count but estimated 450 Dunlin, 300 Avocet, 200 Black-tailed Godwit and perhaps 200 Redshank. More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The weather for this evening trip was the best yet for trips this year, being clear, warm and sunny. The birdwatching was up to the weather as well. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

For the second year running conditions on the evening we visited Landguard were somewhat blustery and cool. Nevertheless Landguard provided plenty of interest on the evening. More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bird sighting of the visit by far was a very obliging male Dartford Warbler, which sat in the heather affording super views of this normally skulking bird of the heathlands. More...

Bourne Park, Spring Wood and Kiln Lane LNR for Summer Birds

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A beautiful morning at Bourne Park greeted those who came along for this trip with the cloud clearing and the sun coming out. Early arrivals saw a Red Kite soaring across the park and disappearing over Wherstead Wood. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A beautiful, warm evening greeted those that came along for the field trip to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve at Newbourne Springs, tucked away behind Newbourne village. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Despite the weather forecast of heavy rain over a dozen members turned up for the Rushmere Common field trip. More...

Purdis Heath for summer birds

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A distinctly cool evening met those who came along to this meeting at one of the few Sandling Heaths remaining near to Ipswich. Cool it may have been, but the birds did not seem to mind. More...

House martin in flight

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The group were not disappointed as a male Nightingale gave super views including its chestnut tail when it displayed and chased a male Robin which was also singing in its territory. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 8 April 2017

A beautiful sunny morning greeted those who came on this trip. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Cettis Warbler were all calling around Banters Farm, Boyton. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Over 100 Avocets were noted glistening in the sun as we moved down to the shoreline. Along the mudflats over 500 Redshank were present along with Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and a few Dunlin. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The main feature of the visit was the very good view one gets of most of the waders and duck on the estuary as they are close in and do not seem to mind people. More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Manningtree and Mistley trip, which has become an annual winter trip for the Ipswich Group, never fails to impress and this year's trip was no exception. More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A bright, sunny morning with a keen southerly wind greeted those who came on this trip. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 12 November 2016

With a weather forecast of strong southerly winds and rain it was surprising that 12 hardy members turned up for this field trip. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The view from the car park is superb, with views over the estuary and reedbeds to Snape Warren and Iken Church More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 20 August 2016

It was good to see so many members turn up for this field trip on a bright, sunny but very windy day. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Due to temperatures being around 30deg C it was decided to relocate the trip to Levington Creek to minimise the time spent out in the sunny and humid conditions. More...

Landguard for flowers and a few birds.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

With winds gusting to gale force 8 along the coast and frequent blustery showers, this was not the evening for an exploration of Landguard More...

Nightjar Evening at Upper Hollesley Common

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Nightjars were spectacular this year with one watched and heard churring on a treetop for over 5 minutes only about 20ft away. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Song Thrush and Blackbirds provided good examples of the marvellous bird song that can be heard in these areas at this time of the year More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Members met on a pleasant summery evening at this amazing Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve situated just outside the village of Newbourne. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 30 April 2016

A first for the group running this dawn chorus field trip run jointly with Ipswich Wildlife Group. This fabulous mosaic of habitats right on the south western perimeter of Ipswich is an area that still remains undiscovered by many of the town's residents. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Early arrivals at Bourne Park saw Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker and Common Buzzard from the car park. More...

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Several of the group picked up a Skylark in beautiful song along with a Meadow Pipit when both were ambushed by a Merlin. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Thirty-eight species were noted on the group's trip to the River Deben between Melton and Woodbridge. More...

Manningtree and Mistley for waders and wildfowl on the River Stour.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Thirty-four members gathered for our annual visit to the River Stour at Manningtree and Mistley. As always it turned out to be a great trip. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 9 January 2016

A superb male Marsh Harrier quartering the reedbeds in the morning sunlight was a magnificent sight for those who came on this trip. More...

Orford, River Alde and Sudbourne Marshes for winter birds

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The day of the group's trip to Orford turned out very windy. More...

River Stour for Waders and Wildfowl

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Fifteen birders turned up on a foggy Sunday morning at Stutton church and set out to see if anything could be seen in the murk. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 17 October 2015

A chilly North-east wind with overcast conditions met with the group of members who gathered at Freston to look at birds on the Orwell. More...

Alton Water for Summer Birds and Wildlife

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Bird of the visit was without a doubt the Common Buzzard, of which no less than four were watched circling in the thermal currents. More...

Levington Creek for migrant waders and other birds

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A beautiful summer evening greeted those who came along to this trip More...

Nightjar Evening

Thursday, 11 June 2015

A beautiful evening greeted those that came to Hollesley Heath for the Nightjars. More...

Turtle dove

Sunday, 10 May 2015

This was the group's first visit to the Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve at Wrabness on the Essex side of the River Stour. More...

Rushmere Common for seasonal birds

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A strong to gale force South-westerly wind made conditions for bird watching very difficult More...

Bourne Park Reedbeds, Spring Wood and Kiln Lane Meadows for spring birds.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Eighteen members attended which was a record for this trip and even more surprising, bearing in mind the damp conditions with periods of rain. More...

Felixstowe birding day for late winter and spring birds.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The group's trip to 3 sites in Felixstowe provided an interesting morning despite the lack of birds and a cold North Easterly wind blowing off a cold North Sea. More...

Melton and River Deben for winter waders and wildfowl.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A total of 43 species of bird were recorded on this trip, which is a good indication of the rich habitat, and therefore the birdlife, which can be found on the River Deben between Melton and Woodbridge. More...

Manningtree and Mistley for winter birds on the River Stour.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Over 30 members and friends met at Manningtree for a superb morning's birding on the River Stour. More...

Boyton RSPB Reserve for winter birds.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Heading up the Butley River groups of Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit were noted making the most of the remaining mud before it was covered by the tide. More...

Felixstowe Ferry, River Deben & North Felixstowe for autumn birds.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Suddenly a female Sparrowhawk dashed across putting up all the birds which included about 250 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 70 Curlew and small numbers of Brent Geese and Teal More...

Orfordness

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Very soon we were spotting and hearing the first of an eventual tally of 8 greenshank, several ruff and the sharp eyed among us heard and saw a smart kingfisher flying up along the ditch. More...

Trimley SWT Reserve for Waders and Summer Birds

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Trimley Marshes this time of year is best noted for the passage waders that pass through the reserve on their way south. More...

Kiln Lane and Bobbits Lane Meadows for summer wildlife.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

This trip was well supported by the membership, who enjoyed a still, hot evening. More...

Alton Water for Summer Wildlife

Saturday, 21 June 2014

A large group of members gathered at Tattingstone for a walk round the western end of Alton Water. This is the area that lies between Lemons Hill Bridge and the A137 More...

Nightjar Evening

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The conditions were ideal, warm, humid and very still. Ideal for Nightjars which performed superbly over a couple of hours with frequent sightings of them in flight over the heath More...

Rushmere Common for seasonal birds

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The highlight of the evening was a Hobby flitting over one of the heather areas, hawking for insects. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

We were able to catch brief glimpses of Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler and we heard a couple of short bursts of song from the summering population of Nightingales. More...

Willow warbler

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The first Summer visitors were noted including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and a probable Garden Warbler. More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Two Red- breasted Merganser were noted flying out of the river and a large flock of Lapwing were noted over Trimley Marshes on the opposite bank of the River. More...

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 1 February 2014

We watched two Marsh Harriers on the north side of the river and had excellent views of a male Bullfinch in the car park providing a real burst of colour amongst the winter foliage. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Looking back over 25 years this was only the second time the Ipswich RSPB Group trips have recorded 7 species of geese at a field meeting. More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 17 November 2013

At Black Pond Meadow a large group of finches was encountered. This consisted of Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and about half a dozen Brambling which were enjoyed by the group More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 19 October 2013

A juvenile Marsh Harrier gave magnificent views as it quartered the river bank opposite. More...

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

Sunday, 11 August 2013

We had excellent views of Golden Plover, Dunlin, Lapwing, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Most of the common woodland and farmland species were noted More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were all in song More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

True to form at 9.25pm a Nightjar started churring, quickly followed by another. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Alton Water has been a stronghold for the Nightingale for several years with the thick scrub and bramble habitats that predominate round the western end of the reservoir being particularly to their liking. More...

Coal tit perched on bramble bush

Saturday, 4 May 2013

A Woodlark performed magnificently overhead. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Barking Churchyard was a mass of Primroses, Cowslips, Dog Violets and Celandine all out in the afternoon sunshine. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The countryside is very much shrouded in winter with little sign of spring around. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Another RSPB Ipswich Group trip , and another very cold wind to go with it. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Out in the bay Goldeneye and Great-crested Grebe were noted. A Snipe appeared briefly from the saltings which also held good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew as the tide rose More...

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

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Arriving 4 hours before high tide, the waders gradually moved up with the tide with large flocks of Dunlin, Redshank and Black-Tailed Godwit noted. More...

View of saltmarshes at RSPB Dingle Marshes nature reserve

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A large flock of some 30 finches all bouncing this way and that in undulating flight coming quite close before bouncing away again, all the while uttering bouncy, chattering, twittering contact calls. These were the regular wintering flock of twite. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 20 October 2012

A bolt of blue streaking down the river was the always welcome sight of a kingfisher More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 16 September 2012

At the shelter we combined forces with members of SOG who had coincidentally also timetabled a seawatch and migrant walk for the very same morning. More...

little egret, wading, water

Saturday, 4 August 2012

This time of year is the best for migrating waders stopping off en route south. 10 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper were of note in this respect. More...

RSPB Dungeness nature reserve

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The unseasonal rain had provided a magnificent display of wild flowers with the site full of colour from a large variety. More...

House martin in flight

Sunday, 17 June 2012

A good number of members participated in the trip to explore the countryside round Earl Stonham and Forward Green. More...

Heathland at Minsmere nature reserve

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

One bird did churr for a short while and then displayed showing its white wing flashes before landing on a branch and then silently disappearing. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Alton Water has become somewhat of a stronghold for the species in recent years, with sixteen males heard singing so far in 2012 More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The group did manage to see the three target heathland species, namely Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Dartford Warbler More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

6 members gathered to see what could be seen in the cold and blustery conditions. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Excellent views were had of Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard allowing both species to be studied in detail. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Four members splashed their way around Felixstowe Ferry searching out bits of shelter and any birds to be noted More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 4 February 2012

With the recent freeze in Europe, duck numbers were good with rafts of Pochard, Tufted Duck and Coot. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Good views were had of a female Reed Bunting and Redwing. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Saturday, 10 December 2011

The flock of Barnacle Geese contained 4 Red-breasted geese, a rare visitor from Siberia. When they moved around they were very distinctive. More...

View of saltmarshes at RSPB Dingle Marshes nature reserve

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Ten hardy souls arrived for this walk led by Chris Courtney on the Suffolk Coast, on a gloriously (and unseasonably) sunny day. More...

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The highlight of this trip was the sighting of two Common Buzzards wheeling over the nearby wood More...