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  • Blog Post: End of May 2016 - more like 'flaming June'.

    26th May. Overcast day with slight drizzle after lunch. Did not inhibit the birds however. Tawny Owl seen flying and lots of young birds about. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. Visitor - Oystercatcher in front of the hide. Stonechat (3 or more) by the farm and off the boardwalk. NVH - Snipe chipping in...
  • Blog Post: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Blog Post: A Spring day on the Reserve - 16th April 2016

    One minute Spring sunshine . . . . . . and the next rain and hail showers. Nevertheless birds were about in plenty attending to their seasonal tasks. A walk along the marsh front and the onto the farm was pure joy. The hedgerows were full of birdsong. Some birds were still attracting mates...
  • Blog Post: Easter Sunday afternoon walk.

    Rainbow across the estuary after sudden squall. A bright sunny day interspersed with sudden squalls. Even though a strong SW wind was blowing, the Lonning afforded plenty of shelter with its high hedges - in fact it is quite a suntrap on such a day. There were only a handful of Oystercatchers on...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Early October Diary

    1st - 11th OCTOBER. 1st October. After a misty start the day cleared to be fine and sunny. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS Bill R. - Kestrel, Rooks, Long-tailed Tits, Heron, Hen Harrier. N Rowe - In the fog, we heard lots of birds and saw some ducks and small birds on the wires. 2nd October. Very...
  • 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: "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: The spectacle of Campfield's high tides - 31st August and 1st September 2015.

    The high tides of the last two days (9.8 and 10.3 metres) have been an enjoyable spectacle for the many people who turned out to view. On Bank Holiday Monday the high tide was due at 1.57pm. It was a day of glorious sunshine with very little wind - perfect for leisurely viewing. For possibly an hour...
  • 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...