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  • Blog Post: Icy blasts and wintery weather!

    8th January. Rained most of the day but still cold.. There had been snow showers overnight on high ground: looking across the Solway, the Scottish hills were snow-capped. There was a flurry of garden birds eager to top up from the feeders. An interesting article appeared in Birdguides: British...
  • Blog Post: What delights doth the New Year bring!

    New Year's Day Although a cold and quite dull day, the Reserve was brimming with hardy soles enjoying the great outdoors after the Christmas break. 'Col' reported having seen a female/juv Marsh Harrier from the hide. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS NVH - Marsh Harrier perched in front of the LH...
  • Blog Post: Mild Mid-December Diary.

    14th December A mild pleasant day, if not a little dull. Aerial flights of waders - mostly Dunlin, dominated the stretch of marsh from the Viaduct to Scargavel Point - with plenty of activity on bird feeders in the area. A peaceful scene at high tide as Shovelers came sailing by. Aerial...
  • Blog Post: A good showing of wintering wildfowl and waders.

    10 12 15 - a large accumulation of wildfowl on the wetlands - as seen from the hide late afternoon. Since the beginning of the month, which according to the meteorological calendar is the start of winter, good numbers of wintering waders : Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Curlew, Golden and Grey Plover - wildfowl...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th November

    The Birdy Bit This week it was time to clean out the nest-boxes erected around North Plain Farm. The boxes are there to help the local tree sparrow population, which now numbers up to 40 pairs on the reserve. The tree sparrow population has declined nationally by an almost unbelievable 96% over 30...
  • Blog Post: High tides and all that!

    High tides east of the Viaduct, Campfield Marsh There has been a certain amount of excitement in air here at Campfield over the last few days. The highest tides of the month have added an extra dimension to our birdwatching. Today’s high water of 9.8m at 12.41pm with a strong south-westerly...
  • Blog Post: Splendid sightings of mid-October - diary.

    Barnacles flying west past Campfield Marsh. 13th October. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS D B - Rogersceugh arable field, 30 Tree Sparrows and 35 Reed Buntings. David J - Meadow in front of the hide - male Hen Harrier. 15th October. A calm colder day with some sunshine. Today's highwater...
  • Blog Post: Avocet sighting at Campfield - 29 10 15

    High tide inundation of the saltmarsh towards the boundary fence. A group of Workparty volunteers had been viewing the high tide activities from the RSPB lay-by near Maryland farm - after having finished a morning planting wildflowers in the Discovery Field on the Reserve. Completed wildflower...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th October, 2015

    Mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing are currently feeding on the Reserve. While summer brings the colour, song and drama of the breeding season, winter is a great time to watch birds flocking together, sometimes in spectacular numbers. If you walk around a woodland in the winter you may be forgiven...
  • Blog Post: A perfect Autumn day - 13th October

    A really exceptional day to be outside. The northerly airstream gave rise to intense indigo and dark green colours in the landscape, contrasting sharply with sunlight on golden harvest fields. After lunch the tide was ebbing. Way out into the distance across the mudflats, a myriad of birds could be...
  • Blog Post: A trip round the 'Island' - 29th September.

    A perfect day to wander round the Estuary. Birds were on the move and migrants were coming in. After all it was one of the few 10m tides of the year - so why not investigate? By the time we reached the River Wampool near the Anthorn masts, the tide was just starting to push up the river. We watched...
  • Blog Post: The last few days of 'Summer'.

    20th to 30th SEPTEMBER A series of red sunsets over the next few days heralded sunny conditions. 20th September Started off dull and wet but sunshine broke through in the afternoon. Walked to Saltmarsh Pool at 2.30pm. In the region of 150 Wigeon had gathered. On a further trip down to...
  • Blog Post: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" - (John Keats)

    MID SEPTEMBER 9th September. The day started off misty but soon cleared to fine sunshine. Plenty of bird activity, particularly on the Estuary. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. RDC - 1 Little Egret (Viaduct West), 4 Little Egret (Marsh Pool). HKM - 1.45pm from Bowness railings: Whimbrel, Ringed Plover...
  • Blog Post: A Mixed Bag - early September 2015

    1st September. Oystercatchers in thunderstorm. re Blog - The spectacle of Campfield's high tides, 30th August to 1st September. http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/campfieldmarsh/b/campfieldmarsh-blog/archive/2015/09/02/the-spectacle-of-campfield-39-s-high-tides-31st-august...
  • Blog Post: End of August review.

    Butterfly Days - Painted Lady 29 8 15 24th August. Warm weather continued. Lots of butterflies about. Have never seen so many Walls and Peacocks flying. Ideal weather for haymaking which was progressing at a good pace. Report from birder: David J. who reported having seen three Osprey on the...
  • Blog Post: Changing times

    16th July. After a dull start to the day, the afternoon brightened up with a slight SE wind. It became quite hot and John recorded a Speckled Wood flying over the field drain in our garden. He later saw two more flying between the garden and the saltmarsh. Speckled Wood on grasses over a field...
  • Blog Post: Mammals and insects come into their own in mid July.

    8th July . Sunshine and showers most of the day but substantially cooler due to the NNW wind. The Tawny Owl put in a short appearance in the hamlet early afternoon. 6 Goldfinches; lots of Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows; 2 Male Bullfinches and a juvenile were on the feeders. At 4.30pm, a group...
  • Blog Post: A planned day out on the Great Moss – 21st July, 2015

    Panorama of Lily Pond - our goal for the day. I don’t know why but we both woke up in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and decided a good walk was a prime requirement - so why not kill two birds with one stone and make the walk an attempt to traverse the Red Route, recently designated as...
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Summary.

    10th June. A hot sunny day brought forth a range of creatures for us to view. Catching up on sleep perhaps? Mallard and Shelduck enjoying the channel off Scargavel Point, on a hot sunny day. Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. House Sparrow on gorse. Large Red Damselfly. Sheep...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could be heard coming from the mature trees edging the...
  • Blog Post: Highlights - last week in April, 2015

    24th April. Spring sunshine - the Lonning . . . . . . with the track carpeted in dandelions and daisies. Female Blackcap picking insects from the blossom. . . . or is it sipping nectar? Nevertherless, a good pollinator! Female Wheatear in newly ploughed arable field near farm. Logbook...