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  • Media: Three Young Avocets

    Quite a few young avocets at Blacktoft today. Many are now fairly large like in this photo of three young avocets.
  • 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: 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: Long-eared owls are back

    This morning we had a pleasant surpise when we discovered that the long-eared owls were back on those willows by xerox. Xerox is where much of todays activity has been happening with the red-breasted merganser staying for a second day and black-tailed godwits (some of these beginning to show some colour...
  • 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: 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: Spring arrivals begin

    During the course of the last week or so we have started seeing the arrival of some of birds that will be spending the spring / summer with us. This all started around the 10th March with the arrival back of the avocets . These come and go a bit at the moment settling down during the early part of...
  • 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: 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: Its food pass time

    Our male marsh harriers have been busy this week hunting for food for our females. It is an amazing experience watching the male quickly flying in carrying some item of prey, then he calls her off the nest before passing this prey item to her in an amazing food pass in mid air. This spectacle can be...
  • 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: From Avocets to Water Voles - it is June at Blacktoft

    We now head into June and our wildlife are right in the middle of the breeding season - they are busy trying to raise a family with more and more signs of youngsters about the place. Starting with those avocets - we had 25 present on site today with many still sitting on eggs. These close views can...
  • 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: Avocets on the increase

    This week has seen a marked increase in avocets present on marshland lagoon with around 20 there on Monday to 67 on marshland today! This also means an increase in avocet volumn with their distinctive ' kluit kluit' call that they make echoing around the reserve - a sound of spring at Blacktoft...
  • Blog Post: Garganey, bittern and more

    So what would you like? Garganey, bittern, black-tailed godwit, barn owl, spotted redshank, water rail, avocet or just a yellow wagtail? Well we have them all and even more! The pair of Garganey that turned up in the storms on Monday were still here today enjoying their time of first lagoon along...
  • Blog Post: Mystery Wild Sounds: Super 8

    So the last week of mystery sounds has regrettably arrived although undoubtedly it won't be the last you'll hear of our sound clips as there are still so many to share. It's not been the best week for weather as some soggy cattle would have been more than happy to confirm on Wednesday...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Media: Avocets have another go

    The avocets on marshland are still trying to raise young on marshland. This one unusally has its parent nearby!
  • Media: Avocet chick (Recurvirostra avosetta)

    6 August 2011: Townend lagoon, Blacktoft Sands. It looks as though the three chicks on Townend will survive - unlike most of the other Avocet chicks hatched this year. The parents have been vigorously trying to keep all other birds off the lagoon - even the poor old Mallards! Hopefully, if everything...
  • Media: At the Avocet Event - 3 April 2011

    Proof that "Things Are Happening"! Marshlands Hide. Another pair were starting to excavate a nest scrape on one of the island in the lagoon.
  • Media: Avocet Agression

    During our visit to Blacktoft on 19th May, we observed this unusual behaviour by two avocets on Marshland.
  • Media: A mini avocet

    One of our chicks currently seen on marshland