Trip reports

Sunday, 11 February 2018

We had clear sightings of Kingfisher, Goldeneye, and Red-crested Pochard on bright but cold morning. More...

RSPB Rainham Marshes

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A cold, but dry and not too windy Saturday in January found a group of St Albans birdwatchers enjoying the range of species on show at this very accessible reserve. More...

Sunday, 11 December 2016

West Hyde pits is a new area for the group to go birding, it was a sunny cool morning. More...

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Following bad weather on Sat 12th, this walk was rearranged for Sun 13th. It turned out to be a bright sunny day with a gentle breeze from the north. More...

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A new venue for the group , a gravel pit turned into nature reserve in 2001. A pleasant walk despite the early torrential rain. More...

Saturday, 16 April 2016

A fanastic day's birding at both these sites. More...

Sunday, 15 November 2015

For those of us who travelled, we were rewarded with great sightings of many waders. More...

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A pleasant day out at the Fishers Green reserve in the Lee Valley More...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

A pleasant sunny morning's walk with plenty of birds to see. More...

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Around the main Stocker lake a selection of waterfowl were seen on the water with the highlight of a pair of egyptian geese More...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Starling mumurations at Oxmoor were the main event of this trip. More...

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A pleasant outing on a cold frosty morning. More...

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The highlights of the morning at Tollesbury Wick were the large flocks of Avocet, Grey Plover, Golden Plover and Oyster catcher on the islands . More...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Good view of a selection of winter ducks More...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Beautiful sunny weather and a great morning's bird watching. More...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A great walk with the sight and sounds of the spring migrants on a beautiful sunny morning. More...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A pleasant afternoon walk which also raised some all important funds. More...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A beautiful sunny morning gave very clear sightings of many of the birds we saw on this walk. More...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Faced with a morning of steady rain many a bird spotter might have been tempted to stay home in the dry. But St Albans Branch midweek walkers are made of sterner stuff and there was a very good turn out for this walk in the vicinity of the village of Bramfield More...

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We were lucky to get a good sighting of a kingfisher who put in not just one but four 'fly pasts' for us as we walked along a riverbank More...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

We enjoyed watching the great crested grebe catch a fish and eating it but even more exciting was a cormorant catching a pike and holding it underwater. More...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Walking between the two hides we had excellent views of a marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds and reed bunting feeding along the path before views of a kestrel hunting from the main hide. More...

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The highlight of this outing was fantastic views of hobbies over the reservoirs. More...

Midweek Walk to Ellenbrook Fields

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

We had the most amazing views of so many buzzards soaring high in the blue sky above and then some coming quite close above our heads. More...

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The highlight of this visit to the lovely Maple Lodge reserve was close up views of a treecreeper nesting near to the clubhouse More...

Whippendell Wood Local Outing

Sunday, 10 March 2013

A flock of nuthatches was one of the highlights of this cold and wet walk More...

Midweek Walk around Wheathampstead

Monday, 4 March 2013

It was a lovely sunny morning and one of the highlights of this trip was the sighting of an escapee Harris Hawk. More...

Bird watching outing to the Lodge

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The highlight of this trip were the large number of goldcrest sightings in the very cold weather. More...

Midweek Walk to the Watercress Beds and Sopwell Nunnery

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

It was a very cold morning (-4) but the blue skies and frost on the bare tree branches, especially the weeping willows, were a Christmas card scene. More...

Morning Walk to Wilstone Reservoir, Tring

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A highlight of this visit were the clear sightings of a flock of redpolls. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Despite poor visibility 37 species of birds spotted on the walk. More...

Morning bird watching outing to King's Mead

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Fantastic views of a pair of Stonechats on this lovely sunny morning was a highlight of our visit to this beautiful reserve. More...

Morning bird watching outing to Amwell

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A pleasant morning outing to the lovely Amwell Reserve managed by the Herts. & Middlesex Wildlife Trust . More...

Midweek Walk Brocket Park and Lemsford Springs

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Fantastic sunny spring weather bought the early sounds of spring to our mid week walk. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 18 December 2011

There is always something of interest at Stockers Lake as demonstrated by this Sunday morning walk. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A successful tree sparrow hunt and more on our first mid-week walk. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Good views of the common birds on a lovely sunny day More...

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust College Lake Reserve at Tring

Monday, 19 September 2011

Splendid views of a kingfisher fishing from the reeds and rare sightings of mandarin duck and whinchat made this autumn morning walk a true delight. More...

Paxton Pits

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The highlight of the day came not far from the first hide, when in full view from the path, a nightingale was singing lustily. It was spellbinding to watch, we could not tear ourselves away. More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The courting kestrel pair and a mixed flock of hirundines (swallows and martins) high overhead foretold the coming spring despite the chilly wind. More...

Cassiobury Park, Watford

Sunday, 13 March 2011

The goldcrest, tree creeper and nuthatch were appreciated by those joining us for the first time. It is always a particular pleasure when a walk turns up lifetime first sightings for some in the party assisted by those of us with more experience. More...

Stocker's Lake Herts. & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Reserve

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Clear views of Golden Eye were a highlight of our visit. More...

Outing to RSPB Reserve at Fen Drayton

Sunday, 17 October 2010

A fanastic visit with the experience of the flocks of starlings at dusk coming into roost in the reed beds More...

Visit to Fowlmere Nature Reserve

Sunday, 16 May 2010

The visit to Fowlmere bought the group fanastic views of many little brown jobs. More...

Bird watching outing to Chorleywood House Estate

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Good company made the walk especially enjoyable and ensured that all shared the sights and sounds of the spring awakening. More...

Amwell Nature Reserve

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The absolute highlight of this trip was that many of us got a clear view of a bittern flying into the reed beds. More...

Fishers Green, Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 17 January 2010

We were rewarded by a clear view of snew on the lovely sunny day after all the snow More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 13 December 2009

The highlights were our first sightings of ring-necked parakeets at this location, a delightful flock of siskin feeding in the tops of the trees alongside the lake and a hungry robin that would not wait for food to be thrown down and started pecking at the bag. More...

Bird watching outing to Tring Wilstone Reservoir

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Brilliant views of golden plover and a close up of a red kite were the hightlights of this outing More...