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  • 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: 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: 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 24th was definitely a Lucky Dip day!

    Early morning snow was a surprise as we awoke to this white world. However, an hour later it had all gone! Was it going to be a day of surprises? The heavy clouds persisted across the estuary throughout the day, but short periods of sunshine enlivened the scene. Snow not far away! High water...
  • 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: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th December 2015

    Each winter a scattering of bullfinches patrol the hedgerows along the lonning at North Plain Farm. They’re quite easy to recognise even from a distance as they flit ahead of you in the hawthorns, their bright white rumps flashing as they go, before diving back into the hedge further along. A closer...
  • Blog Post: A trip round the 'Island' - 18th December.

    . . . or as it is better known - the Cardurnoch Peninsula. Yes! - we do occasionally get cut off when 'Spring' tides coincide with storm force winds. However, on this occasion, that was not the case as we were just entering a low water series. I digress! - we were going to the Post Office...
  • 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: 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: Great White Egret at Campfield – 22nd October 2015

    A Great White Egret dropped into the wetlands here at Campfield on 22 nd October. It is now over three years ago since a similar event occurred when that one graced us with its presence from 1/11/11 to 6/4/12 - five months altogether. What wonderful viewings it afforded us, as it frequented the Saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: Poster - "A walk on the wild side", from sightings by John Howard on 17th October, 2015

    Email received from John Howard from Hawick. "Hello Folks, it’s me again. Here is today's catch. It was another cold cloudy day at Campfield Marsh but there were more birds about. I saw many Redwings and Fieldfares passing over the reserve from West to East throughout the day...