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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: Day 5 of Slavonian Grebe

    Well the slavonian grebe is still on singleton. It seems to be finding a plentiful supply of food to keep it going. We also had a little gull on townend this afternoon. Spotted redshank up at Ousefleet. Plenty of sand martins again and also more swallows now. There seems to be a lot of different...
  • 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: Spoonbill joins siege of little egrets

    This afternoon a spoonbill flew into our singleton lagoon where currently a siege of little egrets have taken residence during the last few weeks. The spoonbill arrived had a little feed and then went to sleep (what they like doing!) and that is the way I left it at half five this evening. The peak count...
  • Blog Post: Spotted redshank return

    A nice morning on the reserve today with spotted redshank, yellow wagtail, bearded tit and a gilmpse of the bittern. For waders head to marshland where this morning there were 5 spotted redshank (4 in amazing black of their summer plumage), 40 black-tailed godwit, redshank, lapwing, avocet and a green...
  • 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: Good morning Blacktoft

    Hi, Here is an early update this weekend of the action at Blacktoft. Today there were at least 5 spotted reshank , 3 ruff , redshank , lapwing and avocets present up at Ousefleet. Many of our warblers were quite vocal this morning including a reed warbler that can be singing a lot at the moment near...
  • Blog Post: windy day = garganey

    Well Monday was windy at Blacktoft but that didn't stop our wonderful wildlife. A pair of garganey decided to join us on first lagoon offering excellent views from reception and first hides. Then down on marshland there were black-tailed godwits, avocets chicks, snipe, water rail and a different...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful waders and brilliant birds of prey!

    Phew! The birding just seems to coming thick and fast at the moment confirming that the combination of high tides and an easterly influence in the weather often makes for some excellent birding. A good old fashioned bird list should be the best way to tell you what you are missing! - Peaks as follows...
  • Blog Post: Spot a spotted redshank or a ruff

    Wader update - Monday 26th July Our waders have been changing from their breeding plumage into what they will wear in the winter. It is a great time to spot ruff, spotted redshank and dunlin in the inbetween. With around 20 ruffs around it is a great time to learn how to spot this strange bird...
  • 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: 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: Spotted redshanks and those spoonbills are still here

    Now is the time to see those spotted redshank in stunning breeding plumage - we had 10 today!! Also check out those green sandpipers when you go looking for the spotted redshank at the screen at ousefleet. Marsh harriers are now spending quite a bit of time gliding over the tops of the reeds trying...
  • 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: 15 waders and 5 hoverflies

    15 wader species recorded around Blacktoft Sands today including the Wood sandpiper and the young spotted redshank that are looking very smart. Also spent a lot of time looking at hoverflies around the front of reception. I think there was at least 5 different types present but finding identification...
  • 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: Now we have 3 Spoonbills

    What a wonderful Saturday on the reserve. We arrived to find we now have 3 spoonbills feeding on first. They quickly decided it was time for a rest so off they went to their normal sleeping spot on singleton - by that island! They then slept until around 3pm before having a short flight to townend to...
  • 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: Spotted redshank are back

    Today we arrived on site to find 2 spotted redshank in summer plumage on marshland. This starts us seeing the build up of waders as they return to Blacktoft over the coming weeks and months to take a break before heading on south. Other waders around include greenshank, snipe, avocet, black-tailed...
  • Blog Post: Monday Wader update 19th July

    A day early for my wader update as off tomorrow. This weekend has seen 14 species of wader on the reserve - mainly using marshland, xerox and first. Totals as follows: 8 spotted redshank 14 ruff Common Sandpiper still on xerox Around 5 green sandpiper Now 4 greenshank around Curlews...
  • 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: Semipalmated sandpiper was at Blacktoft

    Wader update Monday 16th Aug The mystery wader present at Blacktoft on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th August has now been confirmed as being a semipalmated sandpiper. Initially this was thought to be a little stint but has now been confirmed as being the semipalmated sandpiper. This is a new wader for...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbills continue to entertain

    Our two spoonbills are still here and are often seen preening and sleeping on singleton lagoon. Then visiting townend lagoon to feed offering excellent views of them sweeping those bills through the water - often they go round in circles after what they are after. Waders continue to favour marshland...
  • Blog Post: The pack of spotted redshank

    This is a common sight on our lagoons at this time of year. Often spotted redshank will wade into the water and start hunting for food in packs. Around 20 spotted redshank are currently using the reserve. Many of these are in different stages of plumages - some are even still in almost full summer plumage...
  • Blog Post: A wader recap

    Even though we still have waders (spotted redshank, black-tailed godwits and some ruff), the main time for waders at Blacktoft Sands has now come to an end. So how was 2010 for waders at Blacktoft? The big one this year was semipalmated sandpiper. A total of 27 species of wader visited the reserve...