Trip reports

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A long journey rewarded by a mild, but blustery day. Lapwings the most abundant wader - lots more too ... More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Goosander, water rail, sparrowhawk. Tricky to access Bittern Hide More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Buzzard, green sandiper and skating mallards, water rail braved the weather with us .... More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Friday, 24 November 2017

Excellent views of snow buntings, cattle egret - read on to see what else .... More...

Pulborough Brooks

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A bright day with a cold wind suited the raptors well. Excellent views of peregrine, buzzard, red kite, kestrel, marsh harrier More...

Tyttenhanger, near London Colney

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Again the star bird here was a kingfisher More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Sunday, 17 September 2017

An interesting habitat for the future. A few interesting sighting including yellow wagtail and hobby More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A hot, hot day! Lapwing and black-headed gull chicks, common terns, little ringed plover, green sandpiper, sand martins at their bank... More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Woodlark, redstart, tree pipit, Dartford warbler - and nightjars in the evening More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Sunday, 14 May 2017

104 species for the day. Bittern, hobby, marsh harrier, stone curlew, little tern, Med gull, nightingale singing, lots of warblers..... More...

Nightingale singing

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A good day for terns - and a nightingale in the end! More...

Elmley Marshes

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A good day. Spoonbill definitely the star of the day More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Beautiful, sunny, frosty day. Merlin, Jack snipe, woodcock. Rafts of long-tailed ducks, common and velvet scoter offshore..... More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A patient kingfisher, bittern in flight, and an ice-skating Cetti's warbler.... More...

Slimbridge

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A mild day, good views of cranes, Bewick swans and much more.... More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Highlights: curlew sandpiper and black tern - a good day for avocets, little egrets and black-tailed godwits...... More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Black-headed gulls with chicks, common terns, several raptors, loads of dragonflies, many-coloured poppies, the Guided Bus ............ More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Great day - and evening - for Dartford warblers and nightjars...... More...

Pulborough Brooks

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Nightingale day! Also a good one for warblers and raptors........ More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 21 February 2016

A good day on the Isle of Sheppey. Wigeon and dunlin galore - and a merlin chasing them .... More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Highlights on a dry, mild day - marsh and hen harrier, Brent and pink-footed geese, avocets, barn owl More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Great weather for ducks! More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Brent geese, a pair of red-breasted mergansers, Slavonian grebe, knot, grey and golden plovers........ More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A good day for Cetti's warblers and stonechats. Great weather! More...

House martin in flight

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Kingfisher, swallows and house martins, warblers about, lots of red kites.... More...

Rutland Water

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A two-stop visit. Ospreys with 3 chicks, a big swarm of bees.... More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spot on 100 species for the day. Bittern, hobby, stone curlew, little gull and little tern, kittiwake, curlew sandpiper, lots of warblers, plenty of breeding activity.... More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Warblers, marsh harrier, a barn owl in its box, greylag goslings, a good year for pasque flowers at Therfield.... More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Monday, 16 March 2015

A good day out. Mediterranean gulls, avocets, brent geese, black swans in the harbour..... More...

The Fens: Ouse Washes RSPB - Manea - Welney

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Good day for whoopers, Bewick's and hunting barn owls. Juvenile rough-legged buzzard at Welney. More...

Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Good selection of ducks, geese, waders, raptors, pipits... Lovely light for birdwatching. More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Smew, goosander, water rail, yellowhammer ...... More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Golden eye, red crested pochard, perched kingfisher.... More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tens of thousands of water fowl wheeling - common crane and a green-winged teal .... More...

Nuthatch on branch

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Lovely walk through wood and heathland - not that many birds More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Good day for avocets and redshanks - warblers, swallows, butterflies and dragonflies still about...... More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Cuckoo, barn owl and marsh harrier the highlights of a wet morning. Dragonflies after lunch...... More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Monday, 9 June 2014

Great views of hobbies, cuckoos, tree pipits, redstarts...... More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Hot, hot, hot! Spoonbills, cuckoo, spotted flycatcher, Dartford warbler..... More...

Summer Leys, Northants and Harold-Odell Country Park, Beds

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A good day's birding! A passing spoonbill, little gull, common and arctic terns, loads of garden warblers, bull finches ...... More...

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

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Black-tailed godwits in breeding plumage - plenty of avocets....... More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lovely weather at last! Kingfisher the star of the day.... More...

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

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Great white egret, glossy ibis, redhead smew, goosander, black-throated diver..... More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Bittern, smew, water rail, loads of siskins...... More...

Tring Reservoirs

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Good weather for ducks. Little stint, red-crested pochard, kingfisher.... More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Brambling, lots of fieldfares and redwings, brief view of a merlin................... More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Weather the main feature of the day! More...

House martin in flight

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hobby, ruff, snipe, swallows and house martins on the move, red kites aplenty.......... More...

Turtle dove

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Turtle dove the star of the day............ More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Fantastic views of hobbies catching dragonflies and a walk to a different part of the common on a sunny afternoon... More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 28 April 2013

A good day for summer migrants - at last! More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Dolphins, badgers, ptarmigan, black grouse, black throated divers ..... More...

Jubilee River and Christmas Common

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lesser red poll, Mediterannean gull, raven, red kites galore ........... More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 3 March 2013

A good day on the Isle of Sheppey. Six different raptors, large numbers of wigeon, pintails, avocets, golden plovers, lapwings ......... More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Lovely weather and a good bird total. A marsh harrier makes a spectacular kill..... More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Water rail, common snipe, golden eye, sparrowhawk, scaup at Amwell - and we're the goal of Treasure Quest on 3 Counties Radio! More...

Otmoor RSPB Reserve, Oxfordshire

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Great sights and sounds from the starling roost! Well worth waiting for.... More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Great weather for our first coach trip - long-billed dowitcher, bittern, common crane, loads of ducks and waders..... More...

Titchfield Haven and Farlington Marshes

Sunday, 21 October 2012

A quietish day's birdwatching. Highlights a peregrine - and a plastic woodpecker...... More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Waders galore and lots of owls. And many more ..... More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A gentle, uneventful start to our new season....... More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Hobbies, 7 bullfinches, common terns with young, lots of dragon flies............ More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Great views of woodlark, redstarts, and nightjars More...

Minsmere landscape

Sunday, 13 May 2012

We had a glorious day, sandwiched between cold, wet ones, for our final coach trip of the season. The sun was out the gorse was in flower, trees were leafing up, and Minsmere was alive with birds, ,though the recent flooding had been a setback for many of the Scrape's ground nesters. 34 of us were on the trip More...

Gannet with chick at nest, Bass Rock

Friday, 20 April 2012

A good weekend including a very close encounter with a peregrine! More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Red-crested pochard, Jack snipe, ringed and little ringed plover, plenty of nesting activity.... More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Great views of a Cetti's warbler, 100 plus fieldfares and redwings, red kites galore ........... More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 22 January 2012

A good day for redpolls - and blustery weather........ More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Smew, water rail, great spotted wood pecker - all in the 'scope together More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Bittern, water rail, great northern diver, goosander, golden eye ...... More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Highlight of the day - a huge flock of Brent geese low over head More...

Flock of birds over flooded fields, Cliffe pools, Kent

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Star of the day - an adult Isabelline shrike! More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Fantastic weather for a trip aboard historic Thames barge 'Thistle'. Birding highlights: little tern and Mediterranean gull More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 18 September 2011

A good day for raptors, plus red-crested pochard, green sandpiper, kingfisher, lots of house martins .... More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Great three days birding not too affected by a very mixed bag of weather. And lots of butterflies! More...

Nightingale singing

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Great to hear turtle dove, nightingale and Cetti's warbler - even if we didn't see them ........... More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Our usual afternoon and evening trip in June. A good day for redstarts - but without some of the regulars! More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 15 May 2011

A two centre trip. Heath and woodland, then coastland and scrapes. Fledglings time ........ More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A pleasant walk in lovely weather, with a modest bird list More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A good day for ducks and waders - and a timid Highland bullock More...

Welney Wildfowl and Wetland Trust

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Escaped greater flamingo and Harris hawk, besides the whooper swans we were expecting..... More...

View over A.R.C. gravel pits, Dungeness

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Glaucous gull, a great day for grebes - and bitterns for some........... More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Firecrest and otter at Lynford thousands of geese and two rarities on the coast More...

Fishers Green and Amwell

Sunday, 9 January 2011

A bracing start to the New Year! Smew, white-fronted and pink-footed geese, siskins, a cormorant with indigestion......... More...

Great spotted woodpecker on branch

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Winter ducks and woodland birds and relatively good weather! More...

Tyttenhanger

Sunday, 12 December 2010

A perched kingfisher the best view of the day.... More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Superb views of a peregrine feeding! More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 23 October 2010

A fine sunny day. large flocks of lapwings, a peregrine falcon... More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Hobby, kingfisher, swallows and house martins on the move, loads of red kites. More...

Turtle dove

Monday, 12 July 2010

The trip started with lots of stone curlews near Tuddenham. Then on to Flitcham Abbey Farm to see turtle doves and a row of four little owls! A buff breasted sandpiper was the star bird at Titchwell. Spotted flycatchers in the church yard at East Barsham. Read on for Ashley's account of the two guided days... More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Cuckoo calling, bittern booming, hobbies hunting, loads of damsel flies............ More...

Osprey in larch tree

Sunday, 9 May 2010

A two-stop coach trip with great views of ospreys and other nesters. Loads of warblers. A close encounter with a newt fence! More...

Wheatear in spring

Friday, 23 April 2010

A great weekend in a mix of habitats. Our bird total an impressive 112, including puffin, skuas, terns, garganey, tawny owl, lots of wheatears...... More...

Bittern walking on edge of reedbed

Sunday, 21 March 2010

A lovely spring day by the Solent. Mediterranean gulls, great northern diver, good views of a bittern............ More...

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 14 February 2010

A good day on the Isle of Sheppey. Raptors, big flocks of geese, ducks and waders, grey partridge, corn buntings, rock pipits ....... More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Sunday, 3 January 2010

A bracing start to the New Year! Highlights - bittern, smew, red-crested pochard, marsh tit............. More...

Tyttenhangar

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Two brave people went on a very cold trip to Tyttenhangar gravel pits. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Saturday, 5 December 2009

From firecrest to great white egret and pink footed geese wih all sizes in between! More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 22 November 2009

A good day - defying the weather forecast! Bewick's swans, swirling starlings, loads of ducks, geese and waders. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 25 October 2009

In the morning at Jubilee River a mix of birds on a blustery day. Kites galore at Christmas Common in the afternoon. More...