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  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers and spotted redshank steal the show

    This week the marsh harriers and the spotted redshank along with the bearded tits in the mornings steal the show. All photos by Michael Flowers taken during course visits these last few weeks. Starting with those marsh harriers and those youngsters. It is amazing to watch them chase thier parents...
  • Blog Post: Action from the avocets, marsh harriers and the water vole

    At this time of year, the avocets and marsh harriers steal the show. Head to marshland and ousefleet hide to be entertained by our avocets. Here is a photo of two of our avocets looking at potential nest site on one of the islands on marshland lagoon - this photo was taken by Mike Johnson: Notice...
  • 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: A MamMoth Morning!

    WOW! Words aren't really going to describe the level of excitement I felt when checking the moth trap by the office this morning. I had been in two minds as to whether to set this trap or not the night before, but the fine weather was the deciding factor and on it went. Checking the moth trap...
  • Blog Post: Bittern here, bittern there

    Even more action from the bittern today. It all started as what has been normal for the last week or so - the bittern leaving xerox lagoon heading towards singleton lagoon. This continued for the rest of the morning with regular sightings of her going to and from xerox lagoon. Then early afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Birds of prey keep coming

    An excellent week for birds of prey with our young hen harrier joining the marsh harriers at roost time and spending a lot of time flying around together - must think its a marsh harrier! I also was watching a spectacular male hen harrier hunting around the reserve today - at one point directly in front...
  • Blog Post: More than 36

    This evening roost started with them coming in ones and twos then finished with 38 MARSH HARRIERS in the air at once around 4pm. 2 RING-TAIL HEN HARRIERS were also flying around at that time. Added to that white-fronted geese flying around, thousands of golden plover, a merlin and a barn owl. Here...
  • Blog Post: Fun down at singleton hide

    The following is a report of the last three hours of the day and all seen from singleton hide on Sunday 13th February during our bird of prey event. Starting with birds of prey. Another red kite sighting this week - this one flew in along the back of lagoons heading towards the trent. Around 7 marsh...
  • Blog Post: Grebes on display

    It felt very much like spring today at Blacktoft. Many of our birds were singing, the first avocets landed on marshland, great crested grebes and little grebes were displaying and also some of our marsh harriers . Our stars - the long-eared owls were back at their normal spots today offering great...
  • Blog Post: Displaying and Singing

    Blacktoft Birds are displaying and singing all over the place. When I arrived this morning I discovered that our great crested grebes have decided to stop ignoring each other (as they have done for the last three weeks) by displaying to each other on Xerox. They have been doing the head shaking display...
  • 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: Hares, water rail and the bittern

    Well today started with another sighting of our friendly hare running along the path in front of reception. Then down on marshland, we had a spotted redshank (in full summer plumage), those black-tailed godwits , the noisy avocets (and chicks), sedge and reed warblers along those reeds. This afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Harrier spectacular ends great day

    The sight of watching over 21 marsh harriers in the air at once brings to the end of a great day at the sands. They just seemed to keep coming and flying around all together just for fun and offered a great spectacle for our visitors. Actions seemed to peak around 5:30pm with the build up beginning from...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic Friday at Blacktoft

    Today the top bird at Blacktoft was not: The osprey that flew over the reserve at 4pm The slavonian grebe on singleton (now almost two weeks) The sighting of bittern flying over the reeds (twice) and hearing it boom Over 100 avocets on marshland The spectacular male marsh harriers flying...
  • Blog Post: Toads and displaying marsh harriers

    This week has seen the return of some of our spectacular smart looking male marsh harriers as they establish their territories about the reserve. They are now present throughout the day - particularly from singleton and first hides. The action will peak over coming weeks as they sort out their boundaries...
  • 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: Fantastic marsh harriers and avocets

    Well the marsh harriers and the avocets have been stealing the show this week. Out of the two, it has to be the marsh harrier that tops it. Watching them from reception has been absolutely amazing. We now have at least 7 birds taking over the territory between xerox and townend. Best viewed from reception...
  • Blog Post: Waders meet harriers

    This title just sums up Blacktoft at the moment. One half of the reserve is where you see the marsh harriers and the other half you get the waders. Starting back to front with the marsh harriers. Our 14 young marsh harriers are getting more confident by the day with much flapping around in the wind...
  • 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: Avocets chicks and food passing harriers

    Our reserve stars are providing an amazing show at the moment from our avocet chicks on marshlands to regular sightings of the bittern down at singleton to the spectacular food passing of our marsh harriers. Here are some photos of some of the action you might see from a visit to Blacktoft: ...
  • Blog Post: Reception count included spoonbill

    This bank holiday, I thought I would have a little bit of fun whilst working in the reception. I decided to count as many bird species as I could see from the reception building. The total ended up being 50 birds including bearded tits over the reedbed at the back of first doing flights over the tops...
  • Blog Post: Barn owl and Hen harrier Special

    After much of this week being stuck in the office due to the weather, I went down this afternoon for a look at the reserve. Apart from being completely covered in snow including the car park - there was lots of action from some of our wildlife. Here are some of the highlights: Roe Deer - seen all...
  • Blog Post: Towards dusk at Blacktoft

    Today towards dusk we had: 6 marsh harriers going into roost in the reeds for the night. A merlin was spotted around singleton lagoon. Hen harriers - a male and a ring-tail were hunting the reserve around 4pm Please note that this Friday and Saturday we are running special birds of...
  • Blog Post: An active Blacktoft spring day

    After a visit from the eagle from the north yesterday, today saw the return of the visitors from the south. Back is the willow warblers. Back are the grasshopper warblers. Back is the sedge warblers. A nice male garganey has also been spending time up at Ousefleet and this is just the start of telling...