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  • Blog Post: There's movement in the air - end of July 2016.

    Most recent poster in the Solway Wetlands Centre.
  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: Avocet and Oystercatchers at high tide.

    10th March 2016 . As an Avocet is a rare visitor to the Reserve (only the third time recorded here) and the high tide at noon would be bringing the Oystercatcher group it was associating with closer to shore - I decided to go looking for it. It was being seen regularly along the tide line from...
  • Blog Post: A cold start to March 2016.

    A double rainbow - it looks like Spring! Start of the Meteorlogical Spring. We certainly experienced milder conditions and spring-like sounds from the birds along the hedgerows. 2nd March. Back to square one today with Storm Jake bringing icy blasts of gale force NW winds. However some sunshine...
  • Blog Post: Waders galore - late February 2016!

    What a sight - as the mudflats uncover to reveal their bounty! 20th February. After a wet start, as the high tide receded, the mudflats became populated with in the region of 2-3000 Dunlin, some Grey Plover, about 400 Oystercatchers. The Avocet could still be seen way out on the estuary, too...
  • Blog Post: Mid-February 2016 archive,

    12th February Today's hightide at 2.41pm produced the most splendid display of Dunlin, surging and wheeling back and forth across the marsh front - eventually dropping in to feed on the flooded saltmarsh. There must have been in the region of several thousand! The long -staying Avocet could also...
  • Blog Post: Hedge-laying and all that - February 2016

    8th February. High tides flooded the marsh and roads in the area today about 11.50 am - causing plenty of bird activity. Teal on flooded Saltmarsh Pool. A good flock of Curlew near Maryland, were waiting out the high tide. Oystercatcher and Curlew packed close together as the waves pile...
  • Blog Post: 'February fill-dyke' - early February lives up to its name.

    Well flooded managed meadows on the farm. 1st February. A flock of Stock and Collared Doves were frequenting the hamlet today - perhaps sensing the changing weather as Storm Henry was about to descend upon us. The wind started to pick up during the evening and it rained most of the night. It...
  • Blog Post: 'Twas a stormy end to the month.

    23rd January A mild bright start dulled in with the high tide at 11.35 am. A Brambling was spotted on the roadside feeders earlier. 4 Shelduck were out on the mudflats and a Grey Heron was perched along the tideline. Grey Heron hunched up on the edge of the saltmarsh. The usual flocks...
  • Blog Post: A few notable sightings from mid-January.

    15th January. Still staying cold after a night frost. Sun shone most of the day. The high tide at 3.45pm brought groups of duck close in to the shore: Wigeon, Pintail(21), Mallard, Goosander(7). Wader roosts of Oystercatchers and Dunlin with a few Grey Plover were equally dramatic. From the Reserve...
  • 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: Unsettled end to December.

    23rd December. Stormy conditions with a very strong SW wind blowing all night. The wind had not abated by the morning and continued most of the day - interspersed with hail showers. Certainly a lot colder! At 9 am small groups of Barnacles started to trickle by, flooded off their roosts further...
  • 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: Poster - Week beginning 25th September

  • 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: 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: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: Mid May - waders, swallows and damsels . . . amongst others.

    10th MAY At 7.50am on a dull damp morning a group of some 25 Swallows could be seen hawking in front of the hamlet and under the tree at the top of the saltmarsh. Presumably there had been a hatch of insect there and they were taking advantage of the bonus. Link to YouTube video - Swallows Hawking...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: January records of wintering wildfowl and waders at Campfield - amongst other things.

    Flock of 2000+ Barnacles viewed from Campfield Lonning looking NE, 29 1 15 (credit - U Reungsuwan) Good numbers of wintering duck, geese and waders have been reported from the Reserve this month. The most spectacular sightings for us birdwatchers were on those days where the highest tides of that...
  • Blog Post: A flavour of August.

    2nd August. Rained most of the day until 3.30pm. As the tide came in, the sun broke through. Lots of young birds about: Swallows, Blue Tits, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Robins. Plenty of activity on the mudflats. Brambles starting to ripen on Lonning hedgerow - this seems very early for the time...
  • Blog Post: ‘Big Bertha’ comes to Campfield.

    High Tide roost, Saltmarsh pool - 12 8 14 Hurricane Big Bertha was on its way across the Atlantic. The weathermen had been terrorising us for a week in advance. We knew that, should it arrive, it was going to coincide with a series of very high tides on the Solway, anyway - which heightened our sense...
  • Blog Post: Further July reminiscences

    LONNING AND RAISED BOG With the hot sunny days of summer, bird song has fallen silent with birds concentrating on raising their young. However, welcome colour to our suite of wildlife has been provided by the burgeoning insect life. The hedgerows and meadows were alive with butterflies, dragonflies...