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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Signs of summer and also winter

    Just to bring you up to date on what has been happening on the reserve this week. The signs of summer (and they are winning) are the sedge warblers singing in the reeds and the willow warblers in the willows. Also on the summer front are yellow wagtails up at Ousefleet, swallows, sand martins, avocets...
  • Blog Post: Owls, egret and med gull

    An interesting week with a great white egret visiting us on Monday and Tuesday and a superb view of an adult mediterranean gull on xerox this morning. We have also seen both long-eared and short eared owl on the reserve this week. Wader wise our black-tailed godwits continue to be present on xerox (often...
  • Blog Post: A great Bird of Prey day

    Well what a day for birds of prey at Blacktoft Sands with 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh harrier, 2 merlin, sparrowhawk and kestrel. Lets start with the hen harriers - around 14:30 our smart male that has been around for at least the last ten days turned up at Ousefleet and did a complete circuit ending up...
  • Blog Post: Winter meets Spring at Blacktoft

    It has certainly felt like spring these last few days on the reserve but there were also a few reminders of winter. For winter, we still have a variety of ducks scattered throughout the lagoons from wigeon to that female goldeneye and on Monday a hen harrier was spotted. For spring, avocets are...
  • Blog Post: Explosion of activity ends day

    A very calm sunny day at the sands ended with great excitment as peregrine chases thousands of golden plover during arrival of marsh harriers to roost. The rest of the day had a very calm atmosphere The shelducks were swimming on marshland. Our four konik ponies were calmly eating the grass...