Trip reports

Rozelle Park and Doonfoot.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Finally, after a month of cancelled outings because of the February storms, we were able to get out for a day's birdwatching. More...

Parklea

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Our first Saturday morning, guided walk of the new year was to Parklea playing fields at the east end of Port Glasgow. More...

Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Our first day outing of the year was to a local, RSPB reserve in Motherwell, on the banks of the River Clyde. More...

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Our December guided walk took us to our local RSPB reserve at Lochwinnoch where we enjoyed some festive goodies to celebrate our final guided walk of the year.A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers. More...

Hogganfield

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Hogganfield Loch in the north of Glasgow is a great place to see winter visitors at this time of the year. The birds are used to humans so permitting closer views than are usual. More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Our second Saturday guided walk of the 19-20 session took us to Lunderston Bay. this venue is located on the banks of the Clyde estuary, between Gourock and Inverkip. More...

Stevenston Point and Saltcoats

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Our October outing was to two of the Three Towns on the North Ayrshire coast. The weather forecast was slightly better for the coast than inland so did we have a good day? More...

Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Our first outing of the year got us off to a great start with the arrival of a North American rarity just that morning. More...

Pollok Country Park

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Our final event of the session was to Pollok Country Park. Our Saturday outings have been blighted with atrocious weather this year so we were hoping today would be kind to us. More...

Ross Wood and Sallochy

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The migrant birds in the oak woodland of Loch Lomondside can be difficult to see when the leaves come out. Would the participants in our final Sunday outing of the session be successful? More...

Rozelle Park and Doonfoot

Sunday, 3 March 2019

This is a popular trip with Group members as nuthatches can be easily viewed at Rozelle and Doonfoot often comes up with surprises. More...

Boden Boo, Erskine

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Bad weather has effectively wiped out our guided walks over the past couple of months. Will we be more successful this time round? More...

Maidens and Dipple

Saturday, 2 February 2019

This outing took place over two days because of the weather. A chough had been found around north of Turnberry lighthouse, the first in Ayrshire for sometime. Did the Group see it? More...

Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 13 January 2019

A dour but mainly dry, January day greeted us on our first outing of the new year as we met in the reserve car park in Motherwell. More...

Fairlie and Hunterston

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Would our second visit to this part of North Ayrshire this session be as successful as the first? Read on! More...

Hogganfield Loch

Saturday, 17 November 2018

November's short guided walk was to Glasgow's famous Hogganfield Loch led by Archie Butter. More...

Musselburgh

Sunday, 4 November 2018

A bright, autumnal start to the day augured well for our annual trip to the East Lothian coast and so it turned out for the Group members who met in the car park at Musselburgh race course. More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Group's October, Saturday guided walk was to Lunderston Bay, just south of Gourock on the beautiful Firth of Clyde. How did we fare? More...

Stevenston Point and Saltcoats

Saturday, 6 October 2018

At short notice, because of an adverse weather forecast, this outing had to be brought forward by a day from Sunday to Saturday. The change proved to be worthwhile leading to a good day's birding. More...

Fairlie and Hunterston

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Our first Saturday outing of the new session was to Fairlie. Always a good place to see migrating waders and some resident water birds, the outing lived up to its promise. More...

Baron' Haugh

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Our first outing of the new session was to one of our local RSPB reserves at Baron's Haugh, Motherwell. The water levels can be controlled here and this often results in good, passage waders. More...

Rouken Glen Park

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sunny weather greeted us on our last guided walk of the session to a park located on the border of Glasgow and East Renfrewshire. More...

Sallochy and Ross Wood

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Loch Lomondside is the place to see the summer migrants that like to breed in the western oak forests. If you want to see rather than just hear wood warbler, pied flycatcher and redstart you have to go before the tree canopy becomes too thick. More...

Glen Moss, Kilmacolm

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Our guided walk this morning was to the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve at Glen Moss, close to Kilmacolm in the Renfrewshire hills. More...

Troon and Barassie

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Troon and Barassie can produce some interesting birds at this time of the year with summer migrants arriving and winter visitors still to leave for their breeding grounds. More...

Boden Boo, Erskine

Saturday, 17 February 2018

On a cold, crisp February morning, ten Group members met by the slipway of the old Erskine Ferry under the south tower of the Erskine Bridge. More...

Maidens and Culzean Country Park

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Maidens Harbour is one of the top birding sites in Ayrshire. Did it live up to its to its reputation? More...

Saturday, 27 January 2018

This part of the Clyde estuary can be good for greenshank at this time of year. Were any seen? More...

Strathclyde Park / Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 14 January 2018

With ring-billed and Iceland gulls being reported at Strathclyde Loch would Group members be lucky enough to find them? More...

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Our final guided walk of 2017 was to our local reserve at Lochwinnoch and the adjacent Castle Semple Loch. More...

Ardmore Point (am) and RSPB Loch Lomond (pm)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Our December outing took the Group to Ardmore Point, near Helensburgh, in the morning and RSPB Loch Lomond for the geese in the afternoon. More...

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Hogganfield Loch at this time of the year can give great, close views of many water species. How did we do this time? More...

Stevenston Point and Saltcoats

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A fine, crisp, late autumn day welcomed the Group's outing to Stevenston Point. Would the birds live up to the weather? More...

Hunterston and Fairlie

Sunday, 8 October 2017

After a wonderful day at Musselburgh last month would our second day outing of the session prove to be as good? More...

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Our first Saturday morning outing of the new session was to Lunderston Bay, near Gourock. More...

Musselburgh and Aberlady

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Our first outing of the session was blessed with good weather and great birds. Read on ....... More...

Leighton Moss

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Our final outing of the session was a coach trip to one of our favourite reserves, Leighton Moss. More...

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Our final guided walk of the session was to Pollok Park in the south-west of Glasgow. More...

Inchcailloch

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May's day trip to the banks of Loch Lomond was blessed with good weather, but did the birds live up to expectations? Read on....... More...

Great Cumbrae and Millport

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Our day trip this month was to the island of Cumbrae, now the home of Group member Eddie Williams, who was going to show us some of his new patch. More...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

This Saturday guided walk was to a new location for the Group, Glen Moss on the outskirts of Kilmacolm. This is an SWT reserve used by the local community. More...

Fairlie and Hunterston

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Ayrshire appears to have its own favourable micro-climate. Did the weather do us proud on our March outing? Yes it did! More...

Hogganfield Loch

Saturday, 18 February 2017

It was not the best of mornings for our February, Saturday outing but a few hardy souls made the effort and were rewarded with close views of water birds. More...

Rozelle Park, Ayr and Doonfoot

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A foggy, dreich morning that developed into a crisp, sunny, winter's day greeted a dozen or so Group members on our second outing of 2017. With the possibility of some rare birds we were all looking forward to our trip to Ayrshire. More...

Castle Semple / Barr Loch

Saturday, 21 January 2017

On a cold but dry day we had our first guided walk of 2017 to our local RSPB centre and nearby sites. Did we see the hooded merganser? More...

Greenock / Battery Park

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Our first all day outing of 2017 was to the Clyde estuary at Greenock. The Group managed to get good views of an unusual gull! More...

Dams to Darnley CP - Balgray Reservoir

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Our final guided walk of 2016 was to Balgray Reservoir between Newton Mearns and Barrhead. A dry although cold morning and very pleasant company ensured a good end to this year's outings. More...

Ardmore Point

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Eighteen Group members made the journey to Ardmore Point, just south of Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, on a cool but pleasant December morning and were rewarded with a good day's birding. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Loch Leven Reserve

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Loch Leven reserve is the place for pink-footed geese and for delicious scones. Did we manage to get both on this coach trip? More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Our October guided walk took us to Lunderston Bay, south-west of Gourock More...

Musselburgh and Aberlady

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A fine autumnal day welcomed the 10 group members who made the trip to the east coast. This, combined with a relatively calm sea allowed us good views of the sea birds and waders. More...

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Our first Saturday morning, guided walk of the new session took the group to the Ayrshire coast. More...

Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Our first Sunday outing of the new session was to Baron's Haugh RSPB reserve in Motherwell with new leaders Janet and David Tillman. Would the new regime get off to a 'flying' start? More...

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Towards the end of May, a coach load of members and friends made an early morning start from Paisley to go to the RSPB reserve at the extreme south-west corner of Scotland. Was the day kind to them? More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 8 May 2016

An overcast morning led to a sunny afternoon at Loch Lomondside so we were able to see our target birds in good light. More...

Kelvin Walkway

Saturday, 16 April 2016

April's guided walk took place on a dry, sunny but cold spring morning. Did we get the migrants we had hoped for? More...

Culter Waterhead

Sunday, 3 April 2016

A wet start turned into a sunny day on this outing to the Lanarkshire Southern Uplands. Ring Ouzels were targeted but were we a little too early! More...

Dipple and Maidens

Sunday, 6 March 2016

This month's day trip was to Dipple and Maidens in south Ayrshire and also marked an important milestone for our outdoor meetings' organiser. Usually a good for numbers of species, this outing did not disappoint. More...

Fairlie and Hunterston

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Our second morning outing of the new year saw 10 Group members and friends make the relatively long journey to the Clyde coast. It was worthwhile though. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Because of dreadful weather this outing was cancelled for Sunday, 7th, but rescheduled for Wednesday, 10th February. The trip was worth waiting for in terms of birds seen as you will see if you read on. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 16 January 2016

In December the weather prevented any worthwhile birding at this location. Would we be luckier this time........? More...

Hogganfield Loch / Frankfield Loch

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A wet morning greeted the 14 group members who braved the dismal weather in the hope of adding to our 2016 bird lists. Did the birds show themselves or did they stay hidden trying to shelter from the rain? More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The outing took place on the morning of 28 November. However, the adverse weather caused problems as you'll find out when you read the report. More...

RSPB Mersehead Coach Trip

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Our winter coach trip took place on 22 November 2015 when 25 group members and friends headed to the RSPB Mersehead Reserve on the Solway Firth. More...

Argaty by Doune

Monday, 9 November 2015

Did the onset of wet and windy autumnal weather dampen this outing to witness the feeding of red kites? More...

Hogganfield Loch

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Our second Saturday outing of the session was to Hogganfield Loch in the north of Glasgow, a favourite with the Group. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The outing to Musselburgh was an excellent day with reasonable weather and some good birds. Read on for more information. More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Nine members of the Group travelled west towards Inverkip on a bright and sunny morning to take part in the first Saturday outing of the new session. Did the weather stay fine for the whole of the outing.........? More...

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

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A beautiful day welcomed our first outing of the session and resulted in 17 of our Group meeting at the water sports centre at Strathclyde Park. More...

Isle of May to Eric Morecambe!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Our final coach outing of the year took place on 31 May 2015. If the title of this posting intrigues you then read on! More...

Speyside Weekend June 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

This year's weekend trip was to Speyside and Morayshire led by our own Gary Turnbull. Thirteen intrepid adventurers set off for four days of Highland birding. More...

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The April guided walk was to Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire seeking early migrants to suburban woodland and parkland. More...

Culter Waterhead

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Culter Waterhead, deep in the Southern Uplands, is a good place for migrating upland birds at this time of the year. However, the weather can be very unkind in the hills, even in April. More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 21 March 2015

A fine March morning welcomed 18 Group members to Lunderston Bay. Read on to see how the morning progressed. More...

Musselburgh

Sunday, 8 March 2015

A trip to the ash lagoons and the sea front at Musselburgh always promises good bird watching, even if the wind is blowing quite strongly. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Saturday, 21 February 2015

What did we see on our February morning walk. Enter to find out! More...

Maidens and South Ayrshire

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Our trip down the south Ayrshire coast produced an excellent days birding with the highest attendance of Group members (17) for car-only trips in the last fifteen years. We visited Dipple, Maidens and Doonfoot, after coffee and scones at the excellent Dowhill farm shop and cafe. More...

Hogganfield Loch

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Would the very cold weather dampen the spirits of the active birders in the Group? Read on...... More...

Castle Semple and Cycle Track

Saturday, 17 January 2015

On a very wintry day, some Group members braved the elements at Castle Semple Loch. Was it worth being out in the snowfall? More...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

With the end of the year nearly upon us and Christmas just round the corner, Group members took a break from shopping and met at the old slipway to Erskine Ferry for the last Saturday outing of 2014. More...

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Our December outing was to Mugdock Country Park, located to the north of Milngavie on the East Dunbartonshire / Stirlingshire border. Would the onset of winter weather spoil our day? More...

Linn Park

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Linn Park, on the south side of Glasgow, is noted for the kingfisher and dipper but would we see either on our guided walk? More...

RSPB Loch Leven

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A trip to Loch Leven is always one to look forward to for the the birds, and the cafe scones and bacon rolls! More...

Hogganfield Loch

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The second Saturday outing of the session was to one of our favourite birding spots in Glasgow, where the birds come really close giving good views. We weren't disappointed this time. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 5 October 2014

On the day when a change in weather marked the start of autumn, were we kept warm chasing a red-breasted goose around Strathclyde Park? Read on and see! More...

Greenock Harbour

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Greenock Harbour, with its wonderful views of the Clyde estuary, can be a great place for watching sea birds. Did it live up to its reputation today? More...

Stevenston Point

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Our first Sunday outing of the new session was to Stevenston Point and the North Ayrshire coast. Good, sunny weather led to a good day's birding. More...

St Abbs' Head

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Our summer coach trip this year was to the NTS reserve at St Abbs' Head. Was the eight o'clock start worth it? Read on. More...

Castle Semple and Parkhill Wood

Friday, 16 May 2014

On the 16 May 2014, the last short outdoor meeting of the current session took place. In the early evening six Group members started from the car park at Castle Semple Loch in Muirshiel Country Park and walked round Parkhill Wood. More...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Species unique to western oak woods can be found along the banks of Loch Lomond. Visits have to be timed after the migrants have arrived but before the leaves open out fully. More...

Kelvingrove Park

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The latest in our popular Saturday morning outings was to Kelvingrove Park over the Easter weekend. We we blessed with warm, sunny weather but were the birds obliging? More...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The trip to Tinto Fallburn that was cancelled due to a dreadful weather forecast was reconstituted as an outing to Culter Waterhead a week later. Were the conditions any better this time round? More...

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Lying adjacent to the Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve, Castle Semple and the cycle path can be very good for both summer and winter visitors. It's always worth a visit when you're in the area. More...

John Muir Country Park, Dunbar, East Lothian

Sunday, 9 March 2014

For this month's full day we moved east to the south side of the Forth estuary, hoping the weather would give us a good day's birding. More...

Newshot Island and Clyde Walkway

Saturday, 22 February 2014

The February meeting of our popular, Saturday morning walks was to Newshot Island, often a good place of unusual birds. This proved the case this time round. More...

Dalzell Park and Baron's Haugh

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Due to the bad weather forecast, the scheduled outing to Kinneil was cancelled. Did the new venue fair any better? Read on! More...

Lunderston Bay

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Our Saturday morning outings are proving very popular with our members. Could the combination of birding, then coffee and cake, be proving irresistible? More...

Troon and Barassie

Friday, 17 January 2014

The first outing of 2014 was to Troon and Barassie in South Ayrshire. Would the weather stay fair for long enough for us to get some birding in? More...

Strathclyde Park

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Our last Sunday outing of 2013 took us to Strathclyde Park and Baron's Haugh RSPB Reserve, just a short journey down the motorway from Renfrew. The day turned out very well as you will see when you read the full account of this trip. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 23 November 2013

The November morning outing saw us on the banks of the River Clyde at Erskine. With the Erskine Bridge looming overhead in late autumnal sunshine, did we see many birds? More...