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Crook of Baldoon
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  • Blog Post: Who needs Autumnwatch?

    Autumnwatch was, as usual, a fantastic showcase for RSPB reserves and the work that we do but did you watch it? I didn’t, at least not live and the reason for that was that my wife and I decided to have a holiday that week and to take in the wildlife sights where I usually work. Not so much...
  • Blog Post: What have we been up to

    On National Moth Night we have organised a ‘Moth and Bat Night’ during which Paul the warden for the Crook led a walk at the reserve discussing moths, echolocation and the importance of bats to our natural habitats. The night started by setting up a moth trap after which we got our bat detectors...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the ospreys gone?

    We waited with great enthusiasm for the return of our ospreys this year in the hope that they would nest and that we would have some great views from our camera of the next generation being born. Nature being what it is, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned and although the Male arrived...
  • Blog Post: Remarkable Raptors

    Today we held our 2nd Remarkable Raptor days in Wigtown County buildings. These family events are running every week on Tuesdays - your chance to find out about our local raptors and for the kids to have some fun with arts and crafts. Today, children made their own prints with finger paints or made osprey...
  • Blog Post: Osprey back on the nest!!!

    SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!! This morning we have an Osprey sitting on the nest!!! Blue HJ is the leg ring and it may be a male as there a few fresh twigs on top of the nest. He's a beautiful bird sitting having a good preen on the branches above the nest. Here's hoping he likes the look of the...
  • Blog Post: Icebergs at the Crook!

    What a beautiful day! A crisp blue sky, long fingers of frost on the grass and large mounds of ice over the lower reaches of the merse and chunks floating out to sea on the tide. I would never have believed it was cold enough last night for ice in the sea at midday but there it was glistening in the...
  • Blog Post: Whooping with joy!

    I'm getting reports of 5 Whooper swans being seen at Wigtown Bay. I saw four Whoopers doing a flypast near NTS Threave Estate Castle Douglas this morning, and I was down at RSPB Mersehead yesterday where they had 1000 pinks arriving, 500 + Barnacle Geese and a male Goshawk, great to see! Please...
  • Blog Post: January WeBs count and Dawn Flight events

    Happy New year to you all. The first WeBs count of the New Year provided a couple of interesting birds for the Crook and the wider Wigtown Bay with a Glaucous Gull ans a Long Billed Dowitcher on the Crook and further up the Bay a Icelandic Gull. The WeBs for Crook of Baldoon Grey Heron...
  • Blog Post: EP got lucky - romance is in the air!

    Despite seeing nothing on the nest yesterday; early morning watching revealed that a female has arrived at the nest!!! Love is definitely in the air, a brief mating was seen at 7am. A fish was brought into the nest and the female was seen eating it near the nest. She's been spending more time perching...
  • Blog Post: Peregrines instead

    Apart from occasional views of an Osprey down on the Crook, our most regular bird of prey in the area is a Peregrine Falcon. Over the last few weeks we've been lucky enough to have regular views of the peregrine sitting on the bell tower gargoyles of the County buildings in Wigtown. This bird has...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!

    It's with baited breath I walk into the visitor centre these days. Any day now an Osprey could land on the nest or be seen in the Bay. The first report came in today of an osprey sighting at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds back? We'll just have to wait and see. 3 other ospreys have...
  • Blog Post: Up and coming events for the October holidays

    Hello everyone, Below are details of a few extra events that I'll be running for families in the Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre during the holidays. So if you're looking for a way to keep the children occupied drop in to the County Buildings for some fun and games. What's for Dinner - Owl...
  • Blog Post: Super swifts & 2 ospreys

    Hello everyone, Do you love the scream of swifts on warm summer evenings? I find there is nothing that evokes relaxed summer evenings with a cold G&T better, than the sound of their calls over the town. But swifts are in trouble. Fewer are returning to their nest sites and these secret places...
  • Blog Post: The Visitor Centre has been reopened with the RSPB now as lead partner.

    A fantastic team of staff and volunteers helped us on Friday and Saturday to take down the interpretation boards, paint the walls, and put some of the boards back up. There are still some more boards waiting to be installed and still some to be made, but all in good time. Now it’s up to me to...
  • Blog Post: Ian goes on Migration!

    On Friday, 22nd July I am going up to visit the Aberfoyle Osprey Project, the birthplace of H/D our resident female. Hopefully this visit will give me some inspiration as to what could be improved with our own visitor centre at the Wigtwon County Buildings. It's just a pity that Aberfoyle has...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown Bay Ospreys

    Hello, and welcome to the new Wigtown Bay Ospreys Blog on the RSPB Crook of Baldoon 's page. My name is Ian Brown, and I am the RSPB's new Wildlife & Community Officer for Wigtown and the surrounding area in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. This includes the new RSPB reserve at Crook of...
  • Blog Post: Cirrus, are you out there?

    Does anyone know who Cirrus65000 is on youtube, and Cirrus on the RSPB Loch Garten blog is? I need to contact them to ask how they put clips onto youtube. I have very high resolution CCTV footage from the Wigtown Osprey Project (i.e. a few minutes is 1GB) and I need to reduce the quality to post...
  • Blog Post: Both JD and H/D still around, 25/08/2011

    I was pleased to see that both JD our Wigtown Bay 2011 chick and H/D his mum were still around yesterday, and hadn't migrated yet. I assume EP our adult male is still here somewhere too. They had all been rather elusive recently, but when I came into the Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre at 3.30pm, JD was...
  • Blog Post: No sign of HJ

    After the excitment of last Tuesday, we have not seen any sign of HJ or indeed EP visiting the nest. The local ravens have been regularly hanging about the nest, and have taken to removing all the twigs that were brought in by the ospreys last week. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for...
  • Blog Post: 2 ospreys in Wigtown Bay

    2 Ospreys were seen yesterday near the nest. One sitting on the nest, the other on the ground nearby. There was no interaction seen between them, so obviously not a pair yet..... Could it be the young male from last year? Or perhaps a bird from another pair in the area? Pop down to Wigtown Bay Visitor...
  • Blog Post: New link and address shortcut that can now be advertised to the world!

    Hurray, thanks to the fantastic RSPB webteam this blog is now linked to the RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve webpage, which means you can now use the following link to find us: http://www.rspb.org.uk/crookof​baldoon This address can now been advertised to the world, so hopefully we'll get some more...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon Open Day

    Well the weather smiled on us through a cold breeze but in the sun it was very nice we did not have hundreds of visitors for the Crook's first open day but every one seemed to enjoy the day and I know I did it was good to talk to so many interested visitors and describe some of our ideas for the...
  • Blog Post: No recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay

    It seems that the Wigtown Bay Ospreys have gone, they were last seen at the nest on Thursday 24th August, and we haven't had any recent sightings of ospreys over Wigtown Bay since Paul Tarling saw one on Thursday 1st September. There are still ospreys been sighted in Dumfries and Galloway, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Movie night in Wigtown

    We are pleased to say that Wigtown has secured a place for one of 6 showings of “Born to Fly” – a cranes story in Dumfries and Galloway and a film on osprey We will be showing the film at Wigtown County Buildings on the 6 th March. Personally I am very pleased that we have been...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys seen at Wigtown nest again.

    My day was certainly brightened today, not just by the super sunshine but also by seeing both EP and DK at the nest over lunchtime. At 1.30pm, EP landed on the microphone next to the nest. He was just by himself it seemed and he re-arranged some twigs and grass before disappearing, only to return with...