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  • Blog Post: The swarm of harriers at Blacktoft

    During the winter you can get great views of birds of prey, mainly lots of marsh harriers and some hen harriers. At roost time towards dusk they often can be seen flying around together before heading into the reeds for the night. The question I got asked recently was - what is the collective noun for...
  • Blog Post: From large birds to small birds - events to start 2014

    This week sees the start of events in 2014 at Blacktoft Sands. It all kicks off this Thursday with the first of 'Spectacular birds of prey' events. This event will be all about our birds of prey roost that happens in the winter at Blacktoft. In recent days we have been watching up to 20 majestic...
  • Blog Post: Excellent bird of prey roost

    It was a bit windy out there today so a day to enjoy for our birds of prey. We had an early glimpse of the action to come earlier today at 11:50 when for some reason 13 marsh harriers and 1 hen harrier were seen over the reeds at Blacktoft. The main action happened between 3 and 4pm with seven...
  • Blog Post: Mid November at Blacktoft Sands

    This week, the waders and birds of prey have been the main attraction so to make the best of Blacktoft this November stay as late as you can (ideally until it is dark). The waders - a nice selection for November at Blacktoft with 12 black-tailed godwits , up to 27 dunlin, 15 ruff , 10 redshank , 15...
  • Blog Post: Another sunny winters day featuring marsh harriers

    It was another sunny winters day down at the sands and both marsh and hen harriers seem to be having fun flying around. Once I defrosted the reception, I got my first glimpse of a marsh harrier floating past reception and then looking towards singleton there was a ring-tail hen harrier hunting around...
  • Blog Post: Harriers around

    During recent days we have been seeing signs of both marsh harrier and hen harrier using the reserve. We have spotted two different male hen harriers hunting over the reserve on a regularly basis. Marsh harriers have also started using the reserve as a place to roost again as the water begins to free...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier 3 bittern 1

    A welcome sight this morning was the sight of two ringtail hen harrier chasing each other around the reserve. It was interesting to see that one of the birds was almost certainly the one with abraded primaries that was seen at Reads Island over the weekend. So its looking good for birds of prey at the...
  • Blog Post: A ROUGH visit for a Rough-legged Buzzard

    This afternoon we watched for 45 minutes as a rough-legged buzzard decided to have a fly through Blacktoft Sands. It might of thought this would not be a problem but it quickly picked up a few marsh harriers. These decided that they didn't like this intruder and started mobbing it as it flew into...
  • Blog Post: More than one hen harrier!

    In recent weeks we have been seeing up to three different hen harriers joining our regular birds of prey on the reserve. At least two of these, a male and a ring-tail were seen coming into roost towards dusk in the last few days so why not join us this weekend and you may be able to compare a male hen...
  • Blog Post: Owls still here and more newcomers

    The long-eared owls that we found on Sunday are still here and offering excellent views for our many visitors this week. This week has also seen a little bit of change with many birds returning to Blacktoft. Most noticeable is the black-headed gulls . Also skylarks have been singing up at Ousefleet...
  • Blog Post: Wet sunday but still good birds

    Hi, A quick list of what was seen today. Birds of prey - merlin, peregrine, kestrel, sparrowhawk and 12 marsh harriers in the air at once. Waders - still 4 curlew sandpiper, dunlin, redshank, snipe, spotted redshank, golden plover, lapwing. Ducks - lots of shoveler, teal, wigeon etc. Geese...
  • Blog Post: 15 marsh harriers this evening

    15 marsh harriers came into roost this evening with 7000 golden plover behind them. The hen harrier was once again present at roost time along with a merlin. Also today there were 3 spotted redshank up at Ousefleet, a chiffchaff by the feeders and a cettis warbler around singleton. We have now managed...
  • Blog Post: Barn owls, merlins and some harriers

    Well what a nice day to visit the reserve at Blacktoft - the sun on the reeds, some nice birds and a place to escape to in the winter! I only spent the last few hours on the reserve today but I had a barn owl - this time at the marshland box. This along with recent sightings of two down at singleton...
  • Blog Post: The case of the fallow deer

    After first been seen on November 1st - we appear to have a fallow deer living at Blacktoft Sands. It was seen quite a few times during the first week of November but then we have had no records until today (Friday 26th) and then it was only seen very briefly out the front of reception. If anybody has...
  • Blog Post: Mikes top Blacktoft moments of 2010

    Well we are nearing the end of another year and here is my top 5 Blacktoft moments of 2010. 1) The amazing sight of a rough-legged buzzard being chased by nine of our marsh harriers on Sunday 24 th Oct 2) The walking, flying and even climbing young bittern of Wednesday 15 th September. ...
  • Blog Post: Last chance for bird of prey roost

    Our bird of prey roost has been entertaining us since September when the roost was at 21 birds, 15 remained through November, around 10 in January and now numbers are climbing again with around 15 marsh harriers coming to roost at Blacktoft around 5pm each day. During this time the merlins have been...
  • Blog Post: Into November at Blacktoft

    Well we now have made it into November and if you were to visit Blacktoft Sands then I recommend that you spend a little time going around the lagoons ending up at singleton or townend for the roost between 3pm and 5pm at the moment. Recent roosts have included around 10 marsh harriers, sparrowhawks...
  • Blog Post: How many harriers?

    Well today was wet until 15:45 and all was calm until then. The marsh harriers were heading into the reeds one by one and two hen harriers were also present. Then it stopped raining. The next half hour brought about a lot of activity. Firstly, the male hen harrier made another appearance, then...
  • Blog Post: Few starlings but a great Bird of prey roost

    Ten years ago there was a great starling roost at Blacktoft Sands but for some reason this no longer happens. Sometimes starlings change roost sites - this might be what happened to us. Last year for one night only, 100 starlings decided to roost in the reeds at the reserve - why one night? I cannot...
  • Blog Post: Displaying, singing and nest building

    A lot of displaying seems to be happening all around Blacktoft - from the marsh harriers busy chasing, patroling and doing a bit of skydancing to the little grebes calling and displaying on some of our lagoons. We have been watching two spectacularly marked male marsh harriers busy at work in front...
  • Blog Post: A game of chase the teal

    After deciding to get up after a night in the reeds of blacktoft, a few of this years young marsh harriers have taken to a bit of chasing of teal around xerox. This game went on for much of yesterday morning. When the light starts to go between 4pm and 6pm around 10 marsh harriers have been seen recently...
  • Blog Post: On the Blacktoft menu this week

    With our FEED THE BIRDS OPEN DAY this Sunday 24th October, I thought that we should focus on what you might like to eat. Lets start with insects. They are nice and crunchy and favourites of the 58 black-tailed godwits that are around at the moment. Also liked by our snipe, shoveler, shelduck, redshanks...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular harrier roost continues into 2012

    The spectacular harrier roost continues into 2012 with the male hen harrier joining the two ring-tail hen harriers (pictured above) at roost time between 2:30pm and 4:15pm. These three hen harriers have been flying around with up to 24 marsh harriers these first few days of 2012. Other highlights...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier acrobatics begin

    This week has seen the return of our spactacular male marsh harriers to the reserve stirring things up with those young males that stayed the winter. Today our marsh harriers were soaring, falling, twisting and turning all over the the reserve and this is just the start! In the coming weeks more males...
  • Blog Post: Hare today gone tomorrow.................?

    Despite the damp and dreary weather recently there have been a few signs of the spring, including this morning an amazing nine hares all together and boxing in the field just next to the reserve. Not quite March to be mad yet but they were certainly a spectacular sight! What with all the Roe deer on...