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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Natures Numbers - Friday 3rd June

    It all started with a meeting with this monster when we emptied the moth tarp - an eyed hawkmoth. So todays numbers with highlights are as follows: 62 species of bird. Top being 3 little gulls on marshland, the pair of garganey on first (once again appearing in the afternoon), black-tailed godwits...
  • 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: 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: Festive Roost part 1

    Today saw the first of our two festive roost events - so this is what happened. A minimum of 14 marsh harriers into roost - these were still flying around at end of event (4pm) so number may be more. Two ring-tail hen harriers joining the fly around with the marsh harriers. Thousands and...
  • 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: Bittern Flies past reception!

    On Monday we had an extremely close view as a bittern flew past reception just 10 metres in front of us and ended up going into the edge of the reeds on the right hand side of first. This offered us excellent views of the wonderful marked pulmage on this rare bird. This last few weeks has seen a increase...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier social and guests

    Enjoying this bit of fresh air today has been the marsh harriers - the have simply been amazing! They have been flying around all over the place all day long. Towards dusk today there were at least six marsh harriers going into roost (well six in the air at once) and they even invited a couple of...
  • Blog Post: November Roost Review - harriers and starlings

    Approaching 4pm up to 12 marsh harriers start appearing from all different directions. Depending what they feel like they may flap around for a while sometimes with 6 to 9 marsh harriers in the air at once before they decide it is time to get settled for the night in the reeds or they may just drop in...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier 10 Hen harrier 2

    Todays roost had well over 10 marsh harriers coming in - these 10 were counted from reception at 3:15pm and were all in the air at once! A ring-tail hen harrier also made an appearance around that time. For the roost best to be in postion by 2:30pm at the latest. We also had a male hen harrier seen on...
  • Blog Post: Harrier roost report

    Well, our harriers seemed to be having a lot of fun down at singleton this evening. Just after 4pm, I managed to count 16 marsh harriers and 1 ring-tail hen harrier in just one view in my binoculars! - what a sight! They were in the mood to have a right good fly around before settling in for a night...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers enter nest building phase

    Hi, This week has seen a bit of change in our marsh harrier behaviour. Just a week ago we have been watching one of our male marsh harrier taking pieces of reed into a potential nest site and now today many of our marsh harriers were taking advantage of our first dry day for a while to start building...
  • 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...