SOG Outdoor walk – Eastbridge

On the last day of April a good number of SOG members gathered before 7am at the edge of Minsmere for a longish walk around the edge of the reserve.  Led by David Walsh, the walk took in all the many habitats in the area – starting through woodland, then across heathland to the beach (allowing…

Hemley – River Deben 30.01.2016

Hemley – River Deben 30.01.2016 Leader: Justin Zantboer Following a successful trip led by Justin earlier in the month that included finding a Lapland Bunting we wondered how this trip would compare, and we were not disappointed. There were 19 members assembled near Hemley Church for the walk down to the river including one new…

Levington and Trimley 02.01.2016

Levington and Trimley 02.01.2016 Leader: Justin Zantboer The first SOG trip of the year and the 14 members who attended were eager to stretch their legs after the holiday festivities and enjoy some birding. Fortunately the weather was on our side as it had been forecast wet and windy and, although still breezy, we escaped…

Kessingland to Benacre 22.03.2015

Kessingland to Benacre 22.03.2015 Leader: Richard Smith Heading to the start of the meeting, I and a couple of other SOG members decided to stop off at Blythburgh to have a scan of the river, finding a number of waders including good numbers of Avocet, several Black-tailed Godwit that flew in with the odd Curlew,…

Kessingland to Benacre 07.12.2014

Kessingland to Benacre 07.12.2014 Leader: Ashley Gooding After the previous days sunshine, it was disappointing to have the grey skies back, but as we booted up and put on extra layers spirits were high amongst the group at the prospect of some good East coast birding. It was nice to see five potential new members…

Havergate Island 09.08.2014

Havergate Island 09.08.2014 Leader: John Grant A bright, breezy day greeted the members congregated at Orford Quay or the annual trip to Havergate Island. Boarding the boat, warden Dave Fairhurst piloted us to the island or the day. With the tide high and still coming in we didn’t see the usual waders seen from the…

Lakenheath 17.05.2014

Lakenheath 17.05.2014 Leaders: Gi Grieco & Dave Pearsons The annual trip to this this relatively new RSPB reserve is always a good day out and the most recent was no exception with a good selection of birds and wildlife. Twelve members assembled and ready to go on a morning that was already warm with the…

Breckland 16.02.2014

Breckland 16.02.2014 Leader: Gi Grieco A glorious morning greeted us at Santon Downham for a walk along the Little Ouse, glad that the strong winds and rain had abated. The area is always alive with birds and this was no exception with various finches in the surrounding gardens and scrub by the Forestry Commission car…

Hemley – R. Deben 01.02.2014

Hemley – River Deben 01.02.2014 Leader: Justin Zantboer After the wet, windy weather so far this winter it was nice to arrive at Hemley Church for the start of the trip in relatively calm conditions and some bright sunshine. What was even nicer though was seeing Ivan on his first SOG trip since being unwell…

Landguard Bird Observatory 02.11.2013

Landguard Bird Observatory 02.11.2013 Leaders: Nigel Odin & Justin Zantboer On walking along the promenade early morning at Felixstowe, it was nice and clear with the sun coming up behind clouds, but as the members arrived at the meeting point at Landguard, the mist had also arrived too, making visibility poor. Nigel greeted us and…

Lakenheath & Lackford 19.05.2013

Lakenheath and Lackford 19.05.2013 Leaders: Gi Grieco & Dave Pearsons A good turnout of 18 members including two new ones, Neal and Pauline, convened at Hockwold Wash lookout for the annual visit to the great RSPB reserve at Lakenheath. With the weather warm and sunny, some were over cautious with the waterproof clothing, although reports…