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  • Blog Post: Images of Summer - late July 2011

    Haymaking has started - end of July 18th July After early rain the sun came out making it very warm and humid, Sunshine and showers continued for the rest of the day. Insects and butterflies were in abundance which was great as it was the start of the 'Big Butterfly Count' for Butterfly...
  • 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: 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: The Avian pendulum starts to swing

    Here we are: August; well past the Solstice; the days are detectably shorter; there’s a distinct crispness in the air in the morning; the robin is singing its winter song; the dog-days of Summer are passing; no warblers are singing. Birds are silent, busily feeding their young – bulking up...
  • Blog Post: It's Midsummer.

    Photo Diary 15th to 30th June 2011 Bird Seed crop - Phacelia , Oats and Sunflowers 15th June Barn Owl busily hunting along saltmarsh. This is the second Barn Owl of a pair who are hunting along the marsh each evening now. Herons, possibly a family, scouring the shoreline...
  • Blog Post: The best day of your holidays

    "Summer Solway Estuary and Gulls flying" - a pastel sketch from my studio window. Campfield Marsh Reserve, here on the Solway, is a really nice place to visit at the end of Summer, especially its estuary element. As you may know, inland reserves can be a little quiet at this time of the...
  • 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: JANUARY 2011 - Review

    Barnacles flighting at dusk, Campfield Marsh Reserve - a digital oil-style painting by John Rogers This winter, as we will all know, started very early with the big freeze-up, snow and ice - the whole deal! The country was in crisis. We thought, "here we are in the middle of an Artic winter,...
  • Blog Post: Early signs of Passage

    Oh dear! it’s got round to August again. The birds down the Lonning have generally fallen silent, busy raising and feeding their young - but if one walks along quickly and quietly, you can run across small parties of young in the hedges waiting to be fed by their industrious parents: Willow Warblers...
  • 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: 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: Autumn comes early on the Solway

    Anvil Cloud over the Solway estuary. We've definitely passed the Equinox: 12 hours of 'sunlight', 12hours of dark – the jury's still out on the sunlight bit! The equinoctial gales started right on time in the form of the tail-end of Hurricane Nadine which definitely stirred the...
  • Blog Post: Late August 2011 Diary

    18th - 31st AUGUST Looking inland across the 'sands' towards Campfield Marsh 18th August Cold wind from the west today. Wader numbers are starting to build up: predominently Oystercatcher with small numbers of Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin. Whimbrel could be heard calling...
  • Blog Post: Solway Summer Bonanza - 16th August 2012

    We had been to town in the morning - not my idea of a fun day out! But during the drive back along the Solway marshes towards Campfield, our spirits started to lift. The weather was wonderful: sun beating down from a Summer Constable sky - you know the one with the little fluffy clouds; the marshes looked...
  • Blog Post: 6th - 15th April 2013. An illustrated diary.

    Campfield Marsh - early April. 6th April 2013 Sunny all day with a light SW wind. Early morning there were 14 Shelduck with two Mallard pairs out on the mudflats. A small group of Redshank came in with the tide. On the Meadow Pools, Wigeon and Teal were gathering and seemingly pairing up. The two...
  • Blog Post: Mid October Photo Diary

    Criffel and the Solway after the Storm, 17th October. 15th October A very warm misty morning with a rosy dawn. Small parties Barnacles could be seen and heard flying west most of the morning. Lots of Gulls out on the channel with a single Whooper on the tideline. Small party of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: Being a Birder can have its irritations ...

    Thursday, 23rd September 2010 Of course, today was a typical day when everything happens birdwise and you are not in a position to do anything about it. We were going down to the municipal recycling facility with a whole accumulation of stuff - there was no escaping it! As we motored along the front...
  • 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: Late October 2011 - sightings

    A photo diary - 25th October to 31st October 2011 25th October At 11.30 am, about high tide, there was a movement of Barnacles going east in small flocks. One flock came over the hamlet and seemed to be heading towards the Reserve wetlands. The high tide line held Wigeon, Mallard and Curlew. There...
  • Blog Post: Blowing hot and cold - Mid November photodiary.

    15th - 23rd November 2011 15th November Cold light easterly wind with misty sunshine. As the tide came in a group of 13 Shoveler crossed the channel in front of the hamlet. A flock of Dunlin landed on the sandbar on the other side. A Reed Bunting showed up on the marsh edge hawthorn bushes and...
  • Blog Post: So you want wildfowl - Well come on down!

    Whoopers taking off from the hide wetlands. Since Christmas here on the Solway, and by implication, our very own Campfield Marsh, the weather has been very wet and windy. But, surprisingly, in the last few days it has been calm and windless - really rather pleasant. There has been a high tide...
  • Blog Post: The Great White returns ?!

    Huge excitement at Campfield! We believe that we have a return visitor to the marsh and wetland. The Great White Egret seems to have remembered us and was first reported on the saltmarsh on 10th October by Norman Holton, our Cumbria Coastal Reserves Manager - at which point the bush telegraph went into...
  • Blog Post: Waders on the Solway - early August 2013

    Good flocks of mixed waders are now to be seen here along the Solway Estuary - being pushed about by the tides. They consist of Dunlin, Oystercatchers, Knot, and Ringed, Green and Golden Plover. CAMPFIELD MARSH 3rd August. In the region of 350 Oystercatchers and a small numbers of Dunlin...
  • Blog Post: It must be Summer! Photo-highlights of July 2013

    2nd July A dull and mostly wet day but still quite warm. Tawny Owl - early evening. Watching for voles and insects from a perch in sycamore tree in the hamlet. First sighting of Shelduck and seven ducklings exploring the mudflats. A number of Grey Heron had been frequenting the wetland...
  • Blog Post: Haaf Netters of the South Solway.

    Group photo 22nd August 2013 The sun was out and the high tide was filling rapidly. It was going to be a big tide as indeed most midday high tides are. Unusually the weather was calm. On the spur of the moment we decided to jump into the camper van and get on down to the Bowness 'railings'...