Trip reports

Adel Dam

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Dazzling ducks and woodland specialists take centre stage at a haven for wildlife. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Raptors, runners and reedbed specialists on a winter's day. More...

Horbury Wyke and Lagoons

Sunday, 1 December 2019

A good variety of birds and an enjoyable walk around one of our more local sites. More...

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

Sunday, 29 September 2019

An excellent autumn day's birding with waders taking centre stage at one of the RSPB's finest wetland reserves. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Migrant waders take star billing on the lagoons of this fine East Yorkshire reserve. More...

Osprey in larch tree

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Ospreys take centre stage as Rutland shows it is much more than just the venue for the Birdfair. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Woodland birds and insects in the ancient forest of Sherwood on a wonderful spring day at one of the RSPB's newest reserves. More...

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 3 March 2019

A good selection of birds including a few scarcities and an otter make it a memorable visit to Yorkshire Water's flagship reserve in the East Riding. More...

Walton Nature Reserve

Sunday, 27 January 2019

A pleasant stroll in the winter sunshine with a good variety of birds on one of our local and less well frequented sites. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Sunday, 9 December 2018

A fine winter's morning reveals elusive residents of the reedbed. More...

Goosander on water

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Sea duck surprises are highlights of an autumn walk around one of our finest local patches. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Spurn at its wet and wildest on a challenging autumn day. More...

Tophill Low

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Waders aplenty and wildfowl arrivals on an enjoyable and rewarding visit to Yorkshire Water's flagship nature reserve. More...

View across flooded Ings at Fairburn Ings

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Spectacular spoonbills are the star attraction at our nearest RSPB reserve. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sights and sounds of the nightjar on a memorable summer evening More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Wildlife aplenty at this award winning reserve More...

View over reedbed, Leighton Moss

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Otter, osprey and cetti's warbler were the highlights of a glorious spring day at one of our finest RSPB reserves. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Plenty of a interest seen on a cold winter's day at one of our local RSPB reserves More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Gulls the highlight on a winter walk around our local patch. More...

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A good day's birding on the Lincolnshire coast More...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

RSPB coach trip to Bempton Cliffs More...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Trip report for Clumber Park and Potteric Carr More...

Friday, 16 December 2016

Visit to Pugneys and Calder Wetland More...

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Outdoor meeting to Clumber Park More...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Group's Trip to Thorne Moors on Sunday 10 July 2016 More...

Friday, 10 June 2016

Group's visit to Spurn Point on 21 May 2016 More...

Monday, 4 April 2016

Outdoor meeting to Seckar Wood 26 March 2016 More...

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Outdoor meeting to Flamborough, Filey and Scarborough More...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Outdoor meeting to Anglers Country Park and Big Garden Birdwatch Event More...

Monday, 11 January 2016

Outdoor Meeting to Martin Mere 29 November 2015 More...

Monday, 11 January 2016

Outdoor Meeting to Anglers Country Park 27 December 2015 More...

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Outdoor meeting to Potteric Carr More...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Wakefield and District RSPB Local Group Outdoor Meeting to The Farne Islands 27 June 2015 More...

Saturday, 27 June 2015

7 seats remaining on coach More...

Friday, 6 February 2015

Sun, 25 Jan 15 Filey More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Local but plenty to see. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Glossy ibis, little stints, brent geese, sea aster mining bee, water vole & twenty satisfied visitors!! More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Friday, 8 August 2014

Some made it some didn't but for the lucky ones marsh & montagu harrier & spotted redshank were the highlights More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Friday, 11 July 2014

Noctules, pipistrelles & daubenton's not forgetting the nightjars, wood lark, long eared owl & honey buzzard-what an evening!! More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 22 June 2014

'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush !?' More...

Young man looking through binoculars

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Congratulations to the intrepid four, a new record of 118 species seen in one day!! More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Good visit including black tern, spotted redshank, black tailed godwits & marsh harrier More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bittern, snipe, curlew & dunlin as well as good number of ducks, not forgetting the good hides. Our first visit to this site but not the last! More...

Goosander on water

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Smew, goosander, goldeneye a good local birding site always worth a look! More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 1 December 2013

1414 seal pups, maddening crowds, shore lark, twite & harrier roost! More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Big skies, open landscape, stonechat, ruff, little egret + late flowering wildflowers but dipped out on Slavonian grebe! Ownership still to be resolved!! More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The bad and the good of those pesky winds!! More...

Staveley YWT RTeserve

Sunday, 23 June 2013

First time & first impressions! More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Avocets, black-tailed godwits, wheatears(30+) & whinchats(9+) just some of the species seen on not the best day for bird watching. More...

Pair of Scottish crossbills at nest

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Hawfinch, wood lark & about 15 crossbills More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bittern(not once but twice!), kingfisher & bags of teal More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Kingfisher, goldeneye & shovelers + a young person's account of her the trip. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Hobby, merlin, short-eared owl, lesser whitethroat amongst others. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Corn bunting, waders, harriers & hawkers! More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 29 April 2012

A good day out in spite of inclement weather-cold,very wet & windy-with black winged stilt , scaup & arctic skua amongst the highlights. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Early migrants with chiffchaff & willow warbler as well as kingfisher, mediterranean gull & redpoll. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Nuthatch, treecreeper,mandarin & marsh tit amongst others but not unfortunately the elusive hawfinch! More...

Bempton & Filey

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Desert wheatear, mediterranean gull, peregrine and much more as well as a bracing Filey Brigg! More...

Leighton Moss

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Great white egret, bitterns and starling roost-brilliant More...

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 30 October 2011

There's always something to see! More...

Friday, 15 July 2011

A magical evening with nobody disappointed!! More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Migrants, exotics and a good day out! More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Long eared owls, harriers & rough-legged buzzard. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Winter landscapes, nuthatch, fox and frozen water bottle! More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 28 November 2010

A winter wonderland with -9℃, most open water frozen but with a not so elusive water rail and brazened foxes! More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Water rail, green woodpecker and 42 more as well ! ! More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Sooty shearwaters, redstarts, yellow wagtails and much more. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Marsh harrier, bearded tit, water rail and 7 foot marsh sowthistle! More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Friday, 23 July 2010

The magic of dusk bird watching. More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Ospreys, kites, grass snake & kittiwakes as a taster! More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Water rail, mandarin,siskin, redpoll & possibly hawfinch More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Wild, wet and windy but worthwhile More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Chum, skua & shearwater-lots of the former not so many of the latter two! More...

Osprey in larch tree

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Birds, butterflies and dragonflies. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Friday, 26 June 2009

Nightjars, woodcock & bats & no mosquitoes! More...

Nightingale singing

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Nightingales in song but not view! More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Avocets, ringed plover, redshank and a black swan! More...

Puffin perched on rock, Isle of May

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Puffins, razorbills, guillemots and great grey shrike. More...

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Red crested pochard but no waxwings! More...

Nuthatch on branch

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Nuthatches, tree creepers, goldcrests and a solitary great spotted woodpecker on a post Christmas,pre New Year walk. More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Whooper swans,pink footed geese, buzzards & ravens some of the attractions along with the NW Birdwatching Festival More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 26 October 2008

The early bird catches the water rail-maybe! More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Close to home, plenty to see! More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Red backed shrike, pied flycatcher, grey plover,small red-eyed damselfly & lots more but no rain! More...

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Woodpeckers, grass snake and emperor dragonflies. More...

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

Friday, 27 June 2008

Spotted redshank, black tailed godwit, marsh harrier and nightjar! More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Hawfinch, yes but Great Grey Shrike, no!! More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Sunday, 2 March 2008

A good day's birding! More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Wildfowl, passerines and Waterton. More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 30 December 2007

A mixed habitat walk with lots of interest. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Seals, waders,geese & shore lark More...

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

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Waders, skuas & geese but no dusky warbler More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Trip to Fairburn Ings, Sunday 30 September More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Monday, 29 January 2007

After a quick word about the area from the Group Leader, Bob Coursey, we headed towards the flashes where we watched gadwall, mute swans and coots. Fortunately, we were fairly sheltered fr More...

Goosander on water

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

31st December - Bretton Park - car visit

The group had an early start from the old car park in Bretton Park - some members even arrived before the gates were open! We watched three More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

26th November - Martin Mere - car visit
Nine members, in three cars, left Wakefield as the clock struck eight and, though we travelled by different routes, we arrived within minutes of e More...