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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...
28 Mar 2012
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...
18 Jun 2011
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...
19 May 2011
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...
27 Mar 2011
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...
23 Mar 2011
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...
16 Mar 2011
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...
21 Jan 2011
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...
26 Nov 2010
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...
5 Nov 2010
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...
21 Oct 2010
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