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  • Blog Post: A few November Bits and Bobs

    3rd November. Bright and sunny early morning with heavy showers on and off most of the day - producing spectacular rainbows across the estuary. Plenty of wader activity round the high tide about 8.30am. 7 Mute Swans were seen late afternoon on Saltmarsh Pool. Double rainbow. Grey...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary - Early November

    1st November. A fine late Autumn day: sunshine and intermittent showers with a brisk SSW wind. The Whooper Swans of previous days were here in force today. Numbers had risen to 41. Family group with Wigeon in attendance. 2nd November. Another very pleasant day. The Whoopers could...
  • Blog Post: Activity on the saltmarsh at Campfield - 10th November 2014

    A walk along the marsh road overlooking the saltmarsh, was a sheer delight this afternoon. View along the marsh towards the viaduct. The tide was nearly full and consequently birds were very mobile: being pushed off the mudflats onto the saltmarsh. Starting at the small hamlet of West Common...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Ramblings.

    Gazing forelornly out of my living room window across the Solway Basin at the continuous rain and mist that didn’t look as if it would let up, I began to contemplate that I would change the purpose of the massive bridge I am building at present, to take me and my lawnmower across the stream into...
  • Blog Post: The Birdy Bit - November 2014

    November can be one of the busiest months on the reserve as wildfowl gather on the flooded fields. Hundreds of teal, wigeon, pintail and shoveler can be joined in the evening by arriving whooper swans, their distant honks becoming louder before they hone into view in the gathering dusk to settle on the...
  • Blog Post: An early Autumn Miscellany

    2nd September. A flat calm estuary with Shelduck out on the mudflats . Good to see so many Bumblebees amongst the clover planted partly as a green manure and partly as an end of the season seed crop for birds. 4th September. Another warm sunny day brought out the bees. A large...
  • 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: A flavour of August.

    2nd August. Rained most of the day until 3.30pm. As the tide came in, the sun broke through. Lots of young birds about: Swallows, Blue Tits, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Robins. Plenty of activity on the mudflats. Brambles starting to ripen on Lonning hedgerow - this seems very early for the time...
  • Blog Post: ‘Big Bertha’ comes to Campfield.

    High Tide roost, Saltmarsh pool - 12 8 14 Hurricane Big Bertha was on its way across the Atlantic. The weathermen had been terrorising us for a week in advance. We knew that, should it arrive, it was going to coincide with a series of very high tides on the Solway, anyway - which heightened our sense...
  • 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: Further recollections of May

    6th May A sunny warmer day with a slight breeze blowing, brought forth a single Siskin and a male Bullfinch feeding in the hamlet gardens. Reports of a good flock of Barnacles ( plus a leucistic) still on the marshes at Rockcliffe, with a common Swift at Burgh. Male Bullfinch 7th May A...
  • Blog Post: Late January photo review

    Frosty Dawn 16th January Cold but sunny weather. Snowdrops showing at the entrance of the Lonning. Rooks could be seen displaying. Waders wheeling in the sunshine - Viaduct corner Oystercatcher flock on the edge of the tide - Campfield Marsh. Wigeon riding out the...
  • Blog Post: Assessment Trip after the Storm - 9th January

    Whoopers landing and greeting each other at Whitrigg. Beautiful morning, clear sunshine and no wind – so we set out to try to locate swans and geese. We also intended to visit the village shop in Kirkbride to replenish our depleted stocks of ‘soul’ food namely large sausage rolls...
  • Blog Post: December Review - 2013

    Month started off very cold and wet but with good movements of Barnacles back and forth along the Estuary. Excavation started of enlarged pools in front of the hide. 4th December. Waders flying by in large groups at high tide along the marsh edge. At 12.30pm good flock of Barnacles plus a leucistic...
  • 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: Autumn reflections

    15th October. Cold easterly wind with intermittent sunny spells. Norman indicated that Whooper Swans had been coming into roost in the evening for several days now. Stephen topping the rushes before wetter weather descends. Will accommodate grazing winter wildfowl and spring breeding waders...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Special.

    Whooper Swans and gulls at Angerton. Halloween is always the day we go looking for Swans and Geese round the estuary. It's a good day to remember and we always try to finish up in Silloth for a Fish and Chip lunch. The weather was threatening but OK: big clouds; a fair wind and passing showers...
  • Blog Post: Dave's 'Birdy Bit'

    From November Issue of Bowness-on-Solway Parish Magazine. This month (October) saw the opening of the new visitor centre at Campfield Marsh. A large stone barn has been converted in to a new information point, classroom and offices as part of the Solway Wetland Project partnership. Local...
  • Blog Post: Early October Review

    1st October. Heard the chatter of first Fieldfare this morning. Surprisingly late juvenile Goldfinch being fed. Good numbers of Tree Sparrows about the area. 2nd October. A regular group of about 30 Mallard are frequenting the mudflats at Scargavel Point - seen here around high...
  • Blog Post: Whoopers' arrival

    Photo credits - Urisa Reungsuwan Whooper Swans have been coming in to roost in the early evening on the pools at Campfield, on and off now for the last twelve days or so. Yesterday, in reference to these events, Urisa Reungsuwan sent the following email: "Joe( Murphy) and I saw 6 Whooper Swans...
  • Blog Post: A Birder's life is always full of the unexpected.

    17th September. Two days of more or less continuous rain had enforced indoor activity. Now even the most fascinating of inside occupation can start to pall, leading to the feeling akin to 'cabin fever' and, in my own case, it can progress to feelings of the 'black dog' ( a north country...
  • Media: Whoopers in flight, North Plain 21st March 2010

    Having spent the night on this pool on Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, the calm of early morning gave way to a strengthening wind. The swans started to take off in to it in small groups, to find grazing on the surrounding grassy farmland.
  • Media: Canada Goose with three Whooper Swans.

    12 12 11 Canada Goose and three Whooper Swans taking advantage of recently cut rushes on North Plain Farm.
  • Media: Small group of Whooper Swans 20 10 10

    Whoopers swimming and upending in the Autumn sunshine - First Meadow Pool, North Plain Farm
  • Media: Whoopers on Campfield wetland.

    31 12 11 - 77 Whoopers sheltering from the fretful weather on hide wetland.