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  • 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...
  • 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: Poster - Week beginning 25th September

  • Blog Post: Poster - Week beginning 2nd October

  • 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: 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: Walk in the Autumn sunshine - 8th September.

    Heather in bloom on the Moss. The mist of early morning was slow to clear on this still day. However by lunchtime, the sun was breaking through and the afternoon became hot and sunny. Perfect for a walk along part of the Red Route to the pools bordering the Moss. As we traversed the Discovery Field...
  • 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: Mid August review - a photodiary.

    Cattle at sunset across the meadows. 12th August. Blue-tailed Damselfly - male. Common Darter (Male) Green-veined White Butterfly on Great Willow Herb Peacock Butterfly on edge of arable field Flax and Bistort in arable field Female Southern Hawker LOGBOOK SIGHTING 3 Green...
  • 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: 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...