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  • Blog Post: Photo Diary - First half of September 2010

    1st September Adult fox hunting amongst recently topped rushes along the edge of 1st Meadow Pool. Seen from screen 4th September Common Darter on track Swallows were hawking everywhere today: over the pools, meadows and the 'sands'. Bird of prey glimpsed flying away...
  • Blog Post: Our Special Spring Visitors - 20 4 13

    Black-tailed Godwit. After lunch, Judith said to me,”I'll have to get into the garden. These last two days of sunshine and rain have brought everything on. “OK,” I said, “I need a walk. I'll go down the Lonning and see what's there.” Unusually there was very...
  • Blog Post: Is there Life after 'Jubilee' ?

    This Spring and early Summer have been a real mixed bag - especially this last week! One minute, glorious sunshine and the next torrential rain and bitter winds. One hardly knows what to do! Have turned into a softie really - should have taken it easier on the cupcakes, blue icing and party sized Eton...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Blizzard - 22 3 13

    Barnacles beating against the blizzard early morning, here at Campfield. Unusually, we are getting our fair share of winter. Snow has been blizzarding since early this morning and has continued unabated as we write at 3.45 pm. Wind chill factor feels like the Arctic. Even Sellafield, just round...
  • Blog Post: Campfield 2011 - some pictorial musings

    Two Woodcock - part of a large number visiting Campfield during the cold spell at the beginning of the year. The gregarious and colourful Wigeon that make the winter reserve so pleasurable. Whoopers, our glorious winter visitors. One of the Lonning’s Sedge Warblers declares his...
  • Blog Post: Wigeon Requiem

    It might be that in some cases young people may have difficulty in finding a cause or espousing an intent in life that will give them direction for the year's ahead. In my own case, I was spared the quandary. Having just entered secondary school, I was laid low with septic tonsillitis, which involved...
  • Blog Post: Mild November Days at Campfield

    An early November Photo Diary Area round Saltmarsh Pool where the Great White Egret has installed itself 1st November A beautiful sunny windless day with first record of Great White Egret seen on the Reserve at Saltmarsh Pool. 2nd November Cool and breezy. 10.45 - 12.00 am, Great White...
  • Blog Post: Midsummer Miscellany

    Carpet of Sea Pinks - saltmarsh 16th June. A briliantly sunny day from dawn to dusk. The warmth brought flowers and butterflies out and stepped up bird activity. Male Large Skipper. A number of Small Coppers were flying amongst the buttercups on the edge of the saltmarsh. Ragged...
  • Blog Post: Learn to love your Badgers! - (Blog reinstalled after Homepage update glitch)

    Badger routings in the orchard - 24 3 13 Our house, garden and orchard lie slap in the middle of the Campfield Marsh Reserve and we take great joy in all the birds and animals that flow across us in their various pursuits. We gaze out across the meadows and moss at the back, and the saltmarsh and...
  • Blog Post: Campfield - A time for Egrets, 19th October 2012

    There was an air of hush in the front lounge. Judith was at the window table, as that week she had taken delivery of two new sets of glasses, thus new horizons for her had been opened up! She can now read the small print in her Canon camera manual and was factoring some new tricks into her camera –...
  • Blog Post: Summer Medley from Campfield and the Cardurnock Peninsula - a digital impression.

    Across first Meadow Pool. The Lonning towards the hide. Second Meadow Pool. Nosy guest cattle. Pied Wagtail with Cranefly. Reed Bunting on Lonning hedgerow. Sandhills towards the Solway. Sedge Warbler - Black and White sketch. Sedge Warbler in colour. ...
  • Blog Post: Great Day on the Moss,11th June 2012 - Part One

    Raised Moss and Boardwalk, Bowness Common - looking towards Criffel. Strange thing to have to say … there was definitely a feeling of Spring in the air in spite of the fact we were well into the middle of June. Some of the Ash trees in the area hadn’t even attained their leaves! But there...
  • Blog Post: A Walk on the Wet Side - 9th June 2012

    Early June - Summer has officially arrived … monsoons of rain; tornados of wind; flooding that would frighten even Noah; caravans and tents being swept away; agricultural shows being flattened; seaside promenades under three feet of water and lashed by waves. Hello! but we don’t mind, we’re...
  • Blog Post: Bowness-on-Solway area and its Visitor Facilities – Part One

    Beginning of the Reserve in Bowness-n-Solway. Now that spring has arrived and the Summer holiday season will soon be looming, not to mention the opening of the new Campfield Marsh RSPB Visitor Centre later in the year – people are going to start arriving here wanting to know what facilities...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the Hirundine gone?!

    They call it ‘climate change’. They always have to have a nice neat title for things these days: everything pigeonholed and computerised. It’s an industry now. Universities have whole departments on the subject; people are making careers from it. In the ‘old days’ we...
  • Blog Post: The Saga - chapter one

    Campfield Workparty Christmas Barbecue 13 12 12 Judith and I both set out for the annual workparty Christmas barbecue at North Plain. The weather was dry and a thin southerly wind was blowing but with an arctic bite to it. Criffell and the distant Lakeland fells were a pastel blue grey; their bases...
  • Blog Post: A surprise arrival - 30th March 2013

    Newly arrived male Siskin - 30 3 13 We have to admit that over the past several weeks we have been near to hibernating. Those awful Siberian winds have been battering across the Pennines, sweeping the snowfields of the western slopes and withering the benign Solway Basin. Even the two tides per day...
  • Blog Post: Bowness-on-Solway area,Visitor facilities Part Three - Reserves and viewing places.

    Campfield Marsh. Now we come to the 3rd part of the Blog, having dealt with accommodation issues. We can start to describe the main features of the area which is after all what you will be coming to enjoy, be it Spring, Summer or Winter. In the case of birders, winter in the Solway area is of particular...
  • Blog Post: The Pendulum Swings, 18th April 2011

    "Oh to be at 'Campfield' now that April's here" - a pastel-style digital painting by John Rogers Already the mighty pendulum, that governs all life on this planet, is well on its way. The Vernal Equinox is nearly a month past but the bird world would have been stirring even before...
  • Blog Post: An absolutely excellent Solway Spring morning - 3rd April 2013

    Pinkfeet against distant snow-clad Skiddaw. Wall to wall sunshine from dawn, with fluffy Constable-style clouds – completely windless. What a day! We had to go to Kirkbride so set off along the saltmarsh and within a couple of minutes ran into two Little Egrets near Biglands lay-by. They...
  • Blog Post: Everybody has a job to do - deal with it!

    Saltmarsh and pool. We had been down onto the North Plain wetlands and the hide and had just returned to the lonning entrance - I was casually scanning with the bins towards the scrape and the boundary fence, when we beheld a great sight: a goodly flock of Barnacles were scattered over the marsh....
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of Gourmet Birders - 28th November, 2012

    Signs of Winter on the Solway. Having been to Carlisle in the morning, arrived back at Campfield in good time. The weather was perfect: sunshine with little wind, On arrival at Saltmarsh Pool the Great White Egret and three Little Egret , all very visible, watched by several other birders who...
  • Blog Post: A Christmas Diary, 2012

    A Christmas scene 25 th December 2012 A wonderful gift at Christmas! On opening the curtains on Christmas morning, somewhat belatedly I might add, as I had been playing with my new 'toys', namely a new publication about Talbot Kelly – the bird artist. I was greeted with the fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal Solway and our friends from the North.

    PHOTOGRAPHIC REVIEW OF EARLY NOVEMBER 1st November 2012 Massed flock of Whooper Swans at Seaville. Close-up of Whoopers at Seaville with Crifell in the background. Whoopers bathing and preening. Looking very relaxed. Further groups were coming in all the time. Fieldfares...
  • Blog Post: Spring is here

    Photo diary - 21st (Spring Equinox) to 31st March 2011 Daffodils in hedge bottom along Lonning Willow coming into bloom 21st March High Spring tides were flooding the Inner Solway Estuary marshes causing the Barnacle Geese who frequent them, to flight west to the Outer estuary pastures...