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  • Blog Post: Barnacles visit Campfield - 3rd January 2012

    We spent one and a half hours mid-afternoon watching the spectacle of several thousand Barnacle Geese grazing the meadows in front of the hide on Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve and what a sight it was! On this icy day with a galeforce westerly wind blowing, the flock were spread out over the grassland...
  • Blog Post: Stop Press!

    Tense moment on the Solway - 9th May 2011 at 1510hrs, Scargavel Point, Campfield Marsh About 40 cattle were minutes away from danger. They were out on the sands as was quite normal, wading in shallow water to keep cool, but a sudden thunder storm, of which there have been a series on the Solway...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - photo record from 20 2 13

    Typical senario here over the last few weeks: sunshine and snow clouds! Shelduck are starting to put in an appearance on the mudflats - 22nd February SongThrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker are becoming regular visitors to the Hamlet gardens - 22nd February. Song Thrush with a liking...
  • Blog Post: Photo Diary - First half of September 2010

    1st September Adult fox hunting amongst recently topped rushes along the edge of 1st Meadow Pool. Seen from screen 4th September Common Darter on track Swallows were hawking everywhere today: over the pools, meadows and the 'sands'. Bird of prey glimpsed flying away...
  • Blog Post: Early April Photodiary

    Winter is back again - view across Meadow Pools towards Skiddaw 2nd April Great White Egret is still on the Reserve. Here seen fishing early morning on Saltmarsh Pool. Pink-footed geese are still on the estuary. These were seen on farm pastures near the Reserve's boundary fence. ...
  • Blog Post: Our Special Spring Visitors - 20 4 13

    Black-tailed Godwit. After lunch, Judith said to me,”I'll have to get into the garden. These last two days of sunshine and rain have brought everything on. “OK,” I said, “I need a walk. I'll go down the Lonning and see what's there.” Unusually there was very...
  • Blog Post: Early Winter Photo Diary - 24/11 to 9/12/2010

    The first Snow - Campfield Marsh 24th November After a frosty night, the morning dawned very cold and sunny. We were greeted with some splendid displays of aerial manoeuvring by, in the region of a 1000 waders, flying up and down the estuary over the mudflats - as the tide came in. ...
  • Blog Post: Campfield - A gallery choice.

    Maryland farm on the very edge of the saltmarsh, overlooking the Pool - after a night of snow. The hamlet of Cardurnock - a small farming community that makes its living from grazing sheep and cattle on the wide estuary pastures. These are the little black and white Barnacle Geese that return...
  • 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: "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day" - 22nd April 2012

    The short answer to that is, “Yes” - so don’t expect any more bardic utterances from me! Evening view across the wetlands from the raised bower. Although it is still Spring, here on the Campfield wetlands, today it felt like the middle of June: the wind had dropped and the...
  • Blog Post: The Wild Goose Chase, 24th February 2011

    The day was distinctly unpromising: low cloud and mist with pulses of rain crossing the Solway. For the first time in a couple of weeks the estuary had a bit of a chop on it - but with the high tide series falling back and an offshore wind, here at Campfield the valiant work party were ‘working...
  • Blog Post: A week of Regeneration - WE 12th June 2010

    This week has seen an explosion of young birds: Tree Sparrows, House Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits and Chaffinches, all tended to by their devoted parents. Mallard ducklings, Lapwing and Moorhen chicks are all growing rapidly out on the Reserve. Tree Sparrow fledgling being fed See also: www...
  • Blog Post: Arrival of our Winter visitors.

    Winter has already come to the Solway. The nights have now drawn in; the weather has a distinct chill feel to it; we have had a few arctic gusts already. There have been several night frosts - so the tree colours have been very good this year. The Scandanavian winter Thrushes have arrived in force...
  • Blog Post: Good birding in the Solway sunshine - 5 3 13

    Mixed flock of Barnacles and Pinkfeet spread out along the channel of the R. Wampool at Anthorn. Today started off with hazy sunshine after a night of frost – no wind at all! We had to go to Kirkbride, so decided to make a virtue of a necessity, namely searching for swans and geese. In this...
  • Blog Post: Big Day Out on the Campfield Marsh Frontage 29th April 2010

    Today was one of those really good days, as it worked out. We followed Plan A all the way through? We got going early and packed the motorhome full of optical gear, refer ence books, notepads and food – the whole cahuna! The sun was out and the tide was coming in quickly – it was going...
  • 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: Signs of Autumn 2010 - Photo Diary

    17th September Flocks of gulls have been collecting round field drain outfall on mudflatts in front of the Campfield Marsh Good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies have been flying in the area 18th September A rather bedraggled looking young Wren after recent rain 19th...
  • Blog Post: All change on the Solway today!

    Early snowdrops at the Lonning entrance. Splendid day: clear frosty sunshine with very little wind - only a slight breeze from the east. The Solway was flat calm at high tide. We walked down the lonning onto Campfield Marsh Reserve early afternoon. The Meadow Pools held 21 Whoopers with plenty...
  • Blog Post: Early Summer's evening - Campfield

    8th June Little rabbit snatching a quick supper. Young Crows looking very attentive. Begging for food . . . has its rewards! Wren catching the last rays of the sun. Barn Owl hunting across the saltmarsh. It must have spotted something! A thundery...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Blizzard - 22 3 13

    Barnacles beating against the blizzard early morning, here at Campfield. Unusually, we are getting our fair share of winter. Snow has been blizzarding since early this morning and has continued unabated as we write at 3.45 pm. Wind chill factor feels like the Arctic. Even Sellafield, just round...
  • Blog Post: Early November - Photo Diary 2010

    4th November Wetlands are now upto winter levels and good flocks of wildfowl are to be seen Four Greylags could be seen grazing and preening in the wet meadows in front of the hide 7th November There had recently been an influx of tits with this one Willow Tit amongst them, seen on...
  • Blog Post: This morning on the Farm, North Plain, 14th April

    Beautiful sunshine this morning. We set out to see what was happening on the farm. Found the first action by the Natterjack Pools on the marsh front. Stephen can be seen here with the tractor setting up poles and wire to protect the pools from the grazing cattle which are to arrive soon. ...
  • Blog Post: Campfield 2011 - some pictorial musings

    Two Woodcock - part of a large number visiting Campfield during the cold spell at the beginning of the year. The gregarious and colourful Wigeon that make the winter reserve so pleasurable. Whoopers, our glorious winter visitors. One of the Lonning’s Sedge Warblers declares his...
  • Blog Post: Egret - The Return

    Yes, Folks - the Great White Egret of Campfield has returned! The nation can now relax! We began to think that it had suffered the fate of most rare vagrants but it was spotted and photographed last Saturday (14 th Jan 2012) at the Saltmarsh Pool by local enthusiasts. This immediately brought on...