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  • 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: The harrier and sandpiper saturday

    A quick update on the action at Blacktoft today (Saturday 16th July). Marsh harriers - those young marsh harriers were fooling around all day down at Singleton. Also first chick spotted in bush at the back of First (hopefully see more of these tomorrow!). Sandpipers - Marsh sandpiper present for...
  • Blog Post: Slavonian Grebe and bittern delight

    Today we had a visit from a slavonian grebe . Just have a look at this photo: We discovered this amazing little grebe out the front of our singleton hide. Also down at singleton our bittern has been booming away off and on throughout much of the today and we also had a few sightings of a bittern...
  • Blog Post: 2010 a great year for marsh harriers at Blacktoft

    2010 was a fantastic year for marsh harriers at Blacktoft Sands. It all started with the winter roost peaking in February with 15 marsh harriers coming into spend the night in the reeds. Each year, more and more marsh harriers are now using the reedbed at Blacktoft Sands as a place to spend the winter...
  • Blog Post: Indians and a Bittern = a strange day

    It all started when we arrived at the reserve this morning to look accross the reeds to see that the Indians have moved in on the opposite bank. Quickly our wardening staff started a fire to open conversation via smoke signals. Ok they were burning some reed as part of habitat work in the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: Whistling ducks and Wonderful harriers.

    Listen out for the magical sound of whistling ducks of teal and the 'pjiew pjiew' of wigeons as you go around the reserve at this time of year. Numbers of ducks have increased quickly since we melted on Tuesday with tufted duck, pochard, gadwall and shelduck present along with the teal and wigeon...
  • Blog Post: Young water rails and a little stint

    Water rails have been delighting visitors on xerox this week where there have been two broods of young water rails showing really well. This evening we spotted the second brood with very small black chicks moving along the edge of the reeds behind all those waders. Also on xerox were young yellow wagtails...
  • 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: More displaying, more arrivals!

    Our marsh harriers continue to offer an amazing display with over 10 birds often in the air at once! Look anywhere from reception down to singleton lagoon and I am sure you will see at least a few marsh harriers. It is also worth looking high into the air and you might see some of them doing somersaults...
  • Blog Post: The wildlife at Blacktoft Sands is tuning up for Springtime

    Today was an excellent example of the action from the wildlife at Blacktoft Sands during spring. Lets start with the magnificent male marsh harriers. They seemed to be in the mood for a bit of nest building this morning. I watched just one of the male marsh harriers down at townend hide today flying...
  • 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: Young harriers just waiting

    If you look across the reeds at the reserve this moment you can often see the heads of many of the young marsh harriers as the sit on bushes watching and waiting for the arrival of their parents with food. Here is two of the youngsters out the front of first doing just this today. Meanwhile down...
  • Blog Post: I say old Bean (goose)! How many Harriers did you say?

    Strangely at the moment there are'nt many ducks on site but given a bit of patience and good timing there is an amazing range of quality birds to be seen instead. In regards to the ducks it seems that the major tidal flooding of last month has produced excellent feeding conditions elsewhere on the...
  • 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: How about a green sandpiper?

    As expected this week saw the return of the green sandpiper to Blacktoft Sands. She was present on marshland along with 2 redshank , 44 black-tailed godwits, avocets and a snipe . This starts the waders returning to visit Blacktoft Sands on the way south. Over the next few weeks we should see spotted...
  • 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: Young harriers take to the sky

    Around 20 young marsh harriers have now taken to the skies above Blacktoft Sands. Since the first youngster was spotted on the 1st of July more and more have started to learn to fly. More could still start appearing over the coming weeks. Our earliest fliers are now becoming very good at flying -...
  • 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: From snipe to water vole

    Highlights today include those amazing snipe, singing birds, displaying harriers and our water vole. Starting with the snipe . These are showing extremely well on most of the lagoons with marshland hide being the place to get extremely close to this wonderful birds. Here is a photo I managed to get...
  • Blog Post: Blacktofts wader week continues

    Our fantastic week for seeing waders on the reserve continues today with common sandpiper being added to the list, meaning we have now seen 22 different types of wader this week! Todays highlights include 9 curlew sandpiper , 2 little stint , wood sandpiper and those amazing spotted redshank . ...
  • 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: Mystery Wild Sounds: Super 8

    So the last week of mystery sounds has regrettably arrived although undoubtedly it won't be the last you'll hear of our sound clips as there are still so many to share. It's not been the best week for weather as some soggy cattle would have been more than happy to confirm on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbills, avocets and some waders

    A wide variation of birds to see at Blacktoft right now. From our spoonbills to some young avocets to those spotted redshanks. Lets start with those spoonbills . They are sleeping a lot this week - often at the back of townend. These two have been here for three weeks now. Today they left their sleeping...
  • 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...