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  • 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: The impressive high tide wader roosts of Campfield Marsh - late August.

    The Solway estuary is recognised as a site of international importance for both Eurasian Oystercatchers and red Knot, holding the 2nd and 10th largest population respectively, within the UK. These overwintering waders mainly feed on cockles, mussels and Baltic tellins from the tidal mudflats and are...
  • Blog Post: High Summer on the Solway.

    The colours across the estuary are intense. 1st July . Very hot with blue skies most of the day - very vivid colours across the estuary. Dozens of Meadow Browns everywhere. Shelduck still showing on the mudflats. Meadow Browns are everywhere . A Ringlet - the only one seen as yet. ...
  • Blog Post: The dog days of Summer!

    A LATE JUNE PHOTODIARY 15th June. After a very warm day, a quick evening walk along the Lonning and across the buttercup meadow to the 'Willow' Bower revealed a few late evening activities. Sunlight cattle grazing against a backcloth of the distant Lake District fells. A Moorhen...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings

    1st May A cold strong easterly wind was blowing. Small flocks of waders going west on the high tide. Three Little Egret and a Grey Heron were frequenting the saltmarsh round Scargavel Point. Two little Egret on the saltmars h at 1.50pm . . . . . . and a third one flew in. - but the Heron...
  • Blog Post: Tales from Campfield - 29th April

    Birder and Photographer, John Howard from Hawick, kindly sent this illustrated account of a recent visit he made to the Reserve. "The Scottish Borders were shrouded in mist this morning but because of a reasonable forecast I decided to head for Campfield Marsh. I found mist over the Solway when...
  • Blog Post: Every cloud has a silver lining ! !

    View across the wet meadows from the 1st Screen - had plenty of rainfall recently Earlier in the month, as the damson buds started to show, a pair of Bullfinches could be seen taking advantage of this feast in the orchards here abouts. Male Bullfinch 5 3 14 Female Bullfinch. END OF MARCH...
  • Blog Post: Extra sightings from February

    4th February Sunny with a light southerly wind all day. A large mixed flock of Pinks and Barnacles were flying over the Reserve and adjacent farmland, attempting to land but nearby farming activity prevented them from doing so. Eventually, towards evening, they could be seen flying off towards the...
  • Blog Post: That was the month that was! - November.

    A wintery scene over the Solway. The month started off very cold with strong north-westerly winds bringing showers across the estuary. Good numbers of wildfowl were building up on the Reserve 2nd November . Wigeon on Meadow Pools. Moorhen and Pheasant picking around together. 3rd...
  • 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: Metamorphosis

    Snow on the Scottish Hills viewed from Campfield Marsh - 22 1 13 The depth of winter this year at Campfield has been decidedly undramatic, whilst the rest of the country, if TV is to be believed, has suffered under continents of snow and ice, blocked roads, closed schools and more sledging than you...
  • Blog Post: Spuds - 'Rail' Food for the beginning of Winter.

    Winter descended very suddenly here on the Solway. One day it was floods and water everywhere; next day, ice and frost – the place was a skating rink! On opening the curtains, we beheld a wonderful winter estuary: a deep hoarfrost; deep blue skies; the whole thing in shades of blue and pink...
  • Blog Post: Spring is in the Air

    A photo diary - early March 2011 A calm early March day on the estuary 1st March An influx of finches to the area was noted today Female Brambling Lesser Redpoll and Siskin (both males) feeding on nearby garden niger seed 2nd March Goldfinch in splendid Spring plumage...
  • Blog Post: A Great Day at Campfield - part Two.

    The following images suggest some of the additional things your sharp eyes could see on a visit to the Campfield Marsh Reserve - from mid July to late August. BIRDS House Sparrow in a crevice of the barn wall near the car park . A juvenile Woodpecker possibly using the farm bird feeders...
  • 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: Spring is a restless time!

    Campfield Marsh at high tide. 11 4 12 Spring is a restless time: weather pulling all kinds of tricks; counting the cost of last winter; assessing the possibilities of the coming Summer; old visitors still lingering on; new arrivals coming unexpectedly - and that’s just the birds … you...
  • Blog Post: The sound of Wild Geese again ...

    September 2011 Photo Diary The evocative 'pink pink' was first heard on the 15th, over the Reserve ... returning skeins of Pinkfeet were subsequently seen during the following days. 1st September Rained early but became very warm as sun came out in the afternoon. The saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: Test Blog

    This is a test posting as we are having trouble getting our Homepage to update when new blogs are posted. Resident Moorhen in orchard - 27 3 13
  • 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: A selection of birds on the Reserve around the Solstice.

    Across the Meadow Pools towards the snow clad Lakeland Fells - 20 3 13 10th March. Small flocks of Curlew are regularly appearing on the tideline. Watched this Kestrel hunting along the wetlands in front of the hide. It kept dropping down amongst the rushes but rapidly re-emerged...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Spring day in the garden

    Calm Spring-like day with very little wind. Plenty of feeding activity here in the garden; Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Tree and House Sparrows, Green Finches and Great, Blue and Coal Tits. The Meadow Pippit seems to have taken up residence on the marsh in front of the house. Blackbird heard singing...
  • Blog Post: Spring is here

    Photo diary - 21st (Spring Equinox) to 31st March 2011 Daffodils in hedge bottom along Lonning Willow coming into bloom 21st March High Spring tides were flooding the Inner Solway Estuary marshes causing the Barnacle Geese who frequent them, to flight west to the Outer estuary pastures...
  • 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: The best was right there all the time!

    Not in excess thereof, but merely a sufficiency thereunto! Therefore, let us all join together in gratitude for the celebrities we have received of late: Great White Egret; Little Egret; three Glossy Ibis and ultimately, a wonderful Spoonbill! But as with all celebrity comes the uncertain fickle element...