Browse by Tags

Campfield Marsh

Campfield Marsh
Do you love our Campfield Marsh nature reserve? Share your thoughts with the community. Or if you're thinking about visiting and would like to find out more, ask away!
Results for Campfield Marsh Reserve, Recent sightings
  • Blog Post: Waders gathering

    This last few days the estuary seems to be livening up a bit after the Summer Solstice. A good many Bar-tailed Godwits, in a variety of plumage are around now and Oystercatchers are amassing. Have seen an immature, quite large, Shelduck with a parent bird. A few Black-tailed Godwits seem to have been...
  • Blog Post: A week of Regeneration - WE 12th June 2010

    This week has seen an explosion of young birds: Tree Sparrows, House Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits and Chaffinches, all tended to by their devoted parents. Mallard ducklings, Lapwing and Moorhen chicks are all growing rapidly out on the Reserve. Tree Sparrow fledgling being fed See also: www...
  • Blog Post: Big Day Out on the Campfield Marsh Frontage 29th April 2010

    Today was one of those really good days, as it worked out. We followed Plan A all the way through? We got going early and packed the motorhome full of optical gear, refer ence books, notepads and food – the whole cahuna! The sun was out and the tide was coming in quickly – it was going...
  • Blog Post: Submarine Warfare - 25th April 2010

    Walk down the loaning - weather a bit hazy with some rain about....not a good bird song day! Willow Warblers trying to get into voice but not succeeding very well. On getting to the 2nd pool events started to liven up. Arriving quietly at the screen we were pleased to observe a pair of Tufted duck -...
  • Blog Post: Conservation = Work and Dedication

    Yes, the politicians have it right – we need the ‘Big Society’, but I have a slight feeling of déjà vu here! – the wheel being reinvented. Conservationists, in our case the RSPB, have been doing this for decades: looking after birds, making reserves, caring for the...
  • Blog Post: A new duck in town

    While checking how many wintering ducks were still present on the reserve (a couple of pintail and small numbers of shoveler, teal, wigeon and mallard) I noticed a broad white stripe poking out of the vegetation. Closer inspection revealed a cracking drake garganey in all his splendour accompanied by...
  • Blog Post: 2nd August 2010. Anything could happen…..

    …sort of a day. It was warm, when the sun came out it was really hot – but across the estuary big black clouds were looming. No wind. So we set out for the Reserve, ready for anything! The Common Hawker was our first encounter as we walked down the track passed the farm. We were buzzed...
  • Blog Post: Big Day at the Farm and on the Lay-by. 14th July

    In the last week, even with somewhat changeable weather, there has been plenty of activity on the bird front. Waders seem to be assembling on the estuary now, day on day: Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Golden Plover and Oystercatchers in ever increasing numbers. Black-tailed Godwits on estuary...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of Week ending 5th June, 2010

    Here we are! Summer has really taken a grip now, on the Estuary and Reserve. The May blossom is fully out, swathes of buttercups in the meadows and verges – I don’t think I’ve seen them look better! The gorse flowers are so prolific this year that they invest the sky with a sort of...
  • Blog Post: Quick! Oh look! There’s a Fox in the Orchard……

    ..…was the cry from the kitchen, as I was nicely settling down to a spot of midday TV. Hurrying to the window – sure enough, there it was – an unusual midday visitor! A sleek little specimen, obviously young – bouncing along the far edge of the orchard. I guessed it was hunting...
  • Blog Post: Teal, Lapwing and Butterflies today

    The morning dawned perfect... wall to wall sunshine - no wind! We don't often get this sort of weather on the Solway. We decided to walk down the lonning to the the flooded meadows at the end, taking the digiscope, tripod and all with us - but got no further than the first pool on the right. We were...
  • Blog Post: Cometh the hour …

    Whoopers on Meadow Pools at dawn - 12th January 2013 The gentle pulsing of the alarm broke into my slumbers, although I have to say, we seldom use an alarm these days – but today would be special! We had pre-planned a very early morning foray onto the Reserve here at North Plain, as we knew...
  • Blog Post: Day of the Dragons, 20th July 2010

    We set off in to the Reserve; the day was warm with intermittent sunshine – very little wind. The day would seem to be propitious for flying dragons and so it turned out to be. We had hardly passed through the farm when we were buzzed by a Southern Hawker – the game was on! It flew over us...
  • Blog Post: Activities on Reserve's Lonning Pools - 11th May, 2010

    First Pool Pair of Tufted Duck were seen busily diving at the other side of the pool. Had been reported there now for the last few days. . Tufted Duck Second Pool Pool was buzzing with activity. Birds were looking most colourful in the afternoon sunshine. All three Little Grebe were...
  • Blog Post: Flaming June, WE 19th June 2010

    Flaming June – WE 19th June This has been a week notable for it’s fine, hot and sunny weather. New families of House Sparrows and Blue Tits were showing. A pair of Siskins briefly put in an appearance too. Siskin vying with Goldfinch for niger seed - 14th June 2010 Link to video...
  • Blog Post: Walk down Campfield Loaning, 10th May 2010

    Had a brisk walk down Campfield Loaning which, on this fine Spring day, was resounding with birdsong. Heard and observed Willow Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Garden Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Hedge Accentor (Dunnock), Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, House...
  • Blog Post: The first young are appearing - Week ending 20th May 2010

    14th May A wet hazy morning but birds were in full song down the Loaning . A cuckoo could be heard out on the Moss. A Mallard and her seven ducklings were visible on the 1st Pool . Mallard and ducklings A Roe deer could be seen from the hide, grazing away across the rushy meadow. Met Stephen...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbills and others on Saltmarsh Pool, 8.30 - 10am 21st May 2010

    Sure enough the two Spoonbills were there when we arrived this morning. Initially, they were resting with their heads tucked in but eventually started to become more active and preen themselves. www.flickr.com/photos/46441928@N07/4630600130/ A couple of Mallard seemed to be attracted to them and also...
  • Blog Post: Here comes Summer!

    Week ending 28th May 2010 I think we can say that this week heralds the start of Summer. The temperatures were soaring, even here - foliage and flowers virtually exploding by the minute. Everything had just been waiting for this moment. The excitement of the Spring passage was slowing down and...
  • Blog Post: Photo Diary - 23rd April 2013

    A fairly strong westerly wind was blowing with intermittent sunshine. Good flocks of waders were landing on the tideline at high tide. A mixed flock of finches has been frequenting the marsh and hamlet. Later on in the evening a Heron and a Little Egret were seen on the wetland in front of the hide....
  • Blog Post: Barnacle movement, Campfield

    5th January, 2011 This last week at Campfield, we have seen groups of various sizes of Barnacles passing along the shore around high tide, going towards Cardurnock from the Inner Estuary - and had speculated as to where their destination might be. So, yesterday (4th), having been to Kirkbride,...
  • Blog Post: Celebration - Little Grebe's Happy Event

    End of June is a joyous time of the year with young birds everywhere filling the hedgerows, meadows, woodlands and ponds Loaning Sedge Warblers are still to be heard singing along the track. One was observed on 27th catching insects in the bushes round the hide – presumably feeding young...
  • Blog Post: Buzzard uses Deer as Hound-dog 4th June 2010?

    From the hide at the far end of the loaning this evening, a Buzzard was seen quartering the wet meadow in front of the wood, sometimes coming quite close to the hide. Eventually we noted a Roe Deer had emerged from the far corner of the wood, grazing it’s way amongst the reeds and rushes of the...
  • Blog Post: A Morning for Warblers, 4th May 2010

    The sun was out, little or no wind to speak of, but on the corner (entrance to North Plain Farm) we detected a slight north westerly flow – we knew that down the Loaning it would be perfect. This was going to be a bird song walk and so it turned out to be. Having taken a look at the notice board...
  • Blog Post: Continuing Saga of the Little Grebe and others, 5th May 2010

    Although the day was warm and windless, imminent rain threatened, so Judith decided not to take the big camera – bad plan! No sooner had we started down the loaning then the sun came out – typical! We were regaled with bird song from all sides. Usual problem in trying to decide one warbler...