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  • Media: Great White Egret, Campfield Marsh 24 11 11

    Watched this great bird come into land on the saltmarsh round Scargavel Point( NY198617) at dusk today. It landed near the dubs, which it proceeded to hunt in, for small fish and frogs etc. It has been regularly seen most days now hunting on the Reserve saltmarsh, since 1st November and has given a great...
  • Media: Three Little Egret, Saltmarsh Pool - 23 10 12

    Three of the 6 Little Egret which have been frequenting the saltmarsh here at Campfield.
  • Media: Black-tailed Godwits on hide wetlands 11 4 11

    Spring passage of Black-tailed Godwits have been using the wetlands in front of the hide and other pools on the Reserve since 23rd of March. Numbers have varied with a maximum of 26 having been recorded.
  • Media: Great White Egret, Saltmarsh Pool - 19 10 12

    Having arrived on 10th, it had been regularly seen somewhere on the Reserve each day since. Today it could be seen preening on the back edge of the Saltmarsh Pool.
  • Media: Spoonbills engaged in mutual preening, Saltmarsh Pool, 21st May 2010

    Seen at 9 am this morning. They engaged in mutual preening for quite a while.
  • Media: Great White Egret with Grey Heron - 12th March, 2012

    The Great White Egret spent a considerable amount of time fishing on the Saltmarsh Pool, often accompanied by one or more Grey Heron.
  • Media: Spoonbills on Saltmarsh Pool, Campfield Marsh Reserve 21st May 2010

    Taken at 9 am on a warm summer's morning. The pair had spent the night here and were active, preening themselves and eventually feeding up and down Saltmarsh Pool. A couple of Mallard seem to be attracted to them and kept their company for quite a while.
  • Media: Spoonbills on Saltmarsh Pool 21st May 2010

    Taken at 9 am this morning on Saltmarsh Pool. Having spent the night here they were now heading along to open water to feed.
  • Media: Great White Egret, Saltmarsh Pool - 23 10 12

    It was enjoying itself preening and resting in the sunshine - accompanied by a group Teal.
  • Blog Post: Water, water everywhere - February 2011

    Shelduck on the Estuary - a digital painting by John Rogers February this year on the Solway anyway, has been notable for its lack of weather. In our case, this usually means wind - in this case the exception being two or three days at the beginning of the month. There seems to have been endless...
  • Blog Post: A Solway Miscellany

    Barnacles are a speciality of the Solway. This group were on the Cardurnock pastures. Oystercatchers battling with the tail-end of Hurricane Katia. A typical Solway farm here on Campfield Marsh Summer Solway and Criffel from Campfield Marsh. Barnacles on the saltings of the R...
  • Blog Post: May miscellany

    Saltmarsh Pool and Criffel 2nd May. Germander Speedwell. 5th May Looks promising for the breeding season, late as it is. One of the first warm mornings bring the newly arrived cattle out onto the mudflats. Spring lambs enjoying the sunshine too. Willow Warbler catching...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles, Pinks, Whoopers and other tales of early October

    Skein of Pinks at sunset 1st October Weather is still warm and sunny. Speckled Woods seen mating today and a flock of about 80 Pinks flew in from the across the saltmarsh and headed off in a south-easterly direction. Speckled Woods mating. Female (the larger one) seems to have laid an egg...
  • Blog Post: Everybody has a job to do - deal with it!

    Saltmarsh and pool. We had been down onto the North Plain wetlands and the hide and had just returned to the lonning entrance - I was casually scanning with the bins towards the scrape and the boundary fence, when we beheld a great sight: a goodly flock of Barnacles were scattered over the marsh....
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of Gourmet Birders - 28th November, 2012

    Signs of Winter on the Solway. Having been to Carlisle in the morning, arrived back at Campfield in good time. The weather was perfect: sunshine with little wind, On arrival at Saltmarsh Pool the Great White Egret and three Little Egret , all very visible, watched by several other birders who...
  • Blog Post: Snow at last, believe it or not! - 26th January 2013

    Barnacles with snow-clad Criffel in the background. The day started really well. Judith appeared in the bedroom with a fully loaded breakfast tray. “Strange,” I thought, 'It's not my birthday and it's only the beginning of Lent.” So, not wanting to look a gift-horse in...
  • Blog Post: Late October 2011 - sightings

    A photo diary - 25th October to 31st October 2011 25th October At 11.30 am, about high tide, there was a movement of Barnacles going east in small flocks. One flock came over the hamlet and seemed to be heading towards the Reserve wetlands. The high tide line held Wigeon, Mallard and Curlew. There...
  • 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: Blowing hot and cold - Mid November photodiary.

    15th - 23rd November 2011 15th November Cold light easterly wind with misty sunshine. As the tide came in a group of 13 Shoveler crossed the channel in front of the hamlet. A flock of Dunlin landed on the sandbar on the other side. A Reed Bunting showed up on the marsh edge hawthorn bushes and...
  • Blog Post: So you want wildfowl - Well come on down!

    Whoopers taking off from the hide wetlands. Since Christmas here on the Solway, and by implication, our very own Campfield Marsh, the weather has been very wet and windy. But, surprisingly, in the last few days it has been calm and windless - really rather pleasant. There has been a high tide...
  • Blog Post: Cardurnock, the Island of Birds - 11th September, 2010

    The last few days have been very warm and windless; rain at nights creating high humidity and the tides have entered into a high phase. One could feel a sense of the pulse of the estuary stepping up - it would culminate at the weekend with a particularly high one. Being Saturday, of course, this would...
  • Blog Post: New Year Antidote – 4th January 2013

    Great! The New Year had arrived . . . but I had hit the ground stumbling. Not, I have to say, from the after effects of 'bacchus' or some extreme Hogmany roistering! My only claim to fame in that respect had been watching Jools Holland's 'Hootenanny' and listening to that splendid...
  • Blog Post: The Great White returns ?!

    Huge excitement at Campfield! We believe that we have a return visitor to the marsh and wetland. The Great White Egret seems to have remembered us and was first reported on the saltmarsh on 10th October by Norman Holton, our Cumbria Coastal Reserves Manager - at which point the bush telegraph went into...
  • Blog Post: The day the 'Crane' came to Campfield - 19th November, 2012

    Main business of the day was going to be a trip to the surgery for jabs and Judith to do a little shopping – after that the world was our oyster! So Judith said, “ let's take the motorhome, we'll have a picnic lunch and take the cameras and scopes and go on a 'wild goose chase'...
  • Blog Post: Early signs of Passage

    Oh dear! it’s got round to August again. The birds down the Lonning have generally fallen silent, busy raising and feeding their young - but if one walks along quickly and quietly, you can run across small parties of young in the hedges waiting to be fed by their industrious parents: Willow Warblers...