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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.03.2013

    Although there is a hint of spring on the reserve, it seems the winter is reluctant to release its grip for the moment. It's been a cold and wet couple of days on the reserve and wildlife has seemed more reluctant too to show its face - not surprising (I've felt the same way). There has been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.12.2012

    Well, as suggested by some, the world didn't end today and the reserve is indeed full of life. A visit out this very morning proved highly productive with a host of species on show. The female Smew is still present from the 1st platform but often swims down the channels and is hidden from view. Today...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.05.2012

    The highlight of the week has got to be the Osprey. It was first seen last Saturday (12th) and has been hanging around Ham Wall even until today. The area in front of the 2nd platform it's favourite spot (a scope best for a good sighting if settled). It has been seen circling, hovering and making...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.06.2012

    Another wet and windy week on the reserve has got to be taking its toll on a number of birds and their nesting attempts. However, several species have been seen feeding well or carrying food this week so there's still plenty of good news to spread. From the 1st platform Blackcaps have been seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.02.2012

    Despite a brief thaw early in the week, it's remained very cold at the reserve here in Somerset and it's giving the wildlife a tough time of it. Groups of wildfowl have congregated in areas in front of the first viewing platform and within the Waltons section and kept some of the water, ice free...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.05.2013

    The weather was pretty dour early in the week and the blog was looking a bit lean a couple of days ago but the brighter weather has woken everything up again and the last few days has seen plenty more activity on the reserve. Last weekend saw a huge influx of Swallows and Martins and Swifts in particular...
  • Blog Post: More migrants return to Ham Wall

    After the first Cuckoo was heard last week and then one seen at the weekend we can now add Whitethroat and Swift to the list. A Swift was seen flying over on Saturday and Whitethroats have been heard over the weekend and I had great views myself this morning and heard at least 3 individuals. Opposite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 06.07.2012

    Although not so heavy the rain has continued this week and we have had to close Loxtons Trail for the moment as it has flooded in two areas. There has been a fair amount of activity on the reserve though this week. Bitterns continue to make flights with the 1st platform still a good vantage point...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 29.03.2013

    A very cold week on the reserve this week but spring is just around the corner. A number of Sand Martins have been seen on a daily basis. You got to feel for them though - they must be wondering what the hell they are doing here at the moment. As many as 20 have been seen daily from several locations...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.01.2013

    Thankfully the snow we had in midweek came to nothing, although the temperature has remained low as I have found out to my cost after slipping in a ditch up to my waist on Wednesday morning and filling my wellingtons with more icy water this morning - I seem to be making a habit of this lately. Thank...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.06.2012

    It's been a mixed week weather-wise on the reserve this week but the heavy rain still continues to cause problems for our breeding birds. Last weekend however, saw some interesting sightings with Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret & Bittern all seen. The highlight...
  • Blog Post: Booming Marvellous

    The Starlings seem to very happy at the far end of Shapwick Heath as they have now settled for their 2nd week. The numbers of birds are still huge and crowds of people who have been coming down to enjoy the spectacle have not been disappointed with their fantastic displays. In fact this week the displays...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.05.2013

    We've experienced a range of weather this week on the reserve with cold winds, calm sunny spells, rain & hail. It's confusing for us so imagine how it is for the resident wildlife, nest building, incubating eggs or rearing young. It's been an interesting week again though with the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 05.10.12

    Work has now finished in front of the first viewing platform and we have been gradually raising water levels in here over the past week to suppress any re-growth on the islands. Happily, the by product of this is splashy islands being enjoyed by a host of ducks and waders. It's a pleasing site at...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.03.2013

    The drier weather has continued this week and this has been a great help to staff in lowering water levels around the site to get them at the optimum level for our breeding birds. Fairly large numbers of visitors have continued to flow through the reserve this week in search of the Pied Billed Grebe...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.08.2012

    With the area drained down in front of the first platform to access for reed cutting we have provided some muddy areas for waders - particularly Snipe. At first glance the area may appear empty but scan the cut islands on the left or just wait and small groups of Snipe will pop up and sometimes circle...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.10.2012

    The area in front of the 1st viewing platform is a top place for a bit of bird watching at the moment. We are aiming to hold the water levels at their current position to create a great feeding area for ducks and waders. The varying heights of the islands offer varying depths of water to suit a wide...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.05.2012

    What a scorcher of a week and probably a welcome relief for some of the birds and indeed visitors on the reserve. The hot weather has brought the visitors out in force, of course coupled with the news that the Great White Egrets are nesting at neighbouring Shapwick Heath. The Egrets can be seen daily...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.03.2012

    It's been another great week for working on the reserve and you can really now get the sense that things are changing. There's been some great Dawn Choruses on the reserve already, with Blackbirds, Robins and Song Thrushes all trying to outdo each other. Chiffchaffs are singing in several areas...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.08.2012

    It's been very changeable with the weather over the last 7 days with bright sunshine one minute and showers (sometimes heavy) the next. There are signs also that things are on the change with the birds too. Swallows can be seen gathered on telegraph wires close to the reserve and groups pass through...
  • Blog Post: Boom Boom!

    We heard a booming bittern at Ham Wall last week and two grunting bitterns (one of which probably the boomer). I mentioned this in the last Recent Sightings blog on Friday. We are interested to hear from any visitors who have heard bitterns during their visits to Ham Wall recently and those you hear...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 07.06.2013

    Well, what a beautiful week on the reserve weather wise, with lovely hot days almost across the board. The downside is of course that activity in the main part of the day is a bit reduced but of course the early mornings can bring their rewards. This was the case this morning as local birder & volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.05.2013

    The amazing weather of last week continued into the early part of this week and with it the interesting sightings continued to flow. The weekend saw a huge influx of Swifts over the Avalon Marshes, with 1000's seen and there were several hundred flying over the reserve today as well along with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 19.04.2013

    Spring has finally sprung for good this week and what a week it's been on the reserve, with an awful lot to report. The warmer weather of the last week to 10 days has made an amazing difference to the reserve. There are warblers galore along the treelines of the old rail path and the reedbeds...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.03.2013

    Spring hasn't exactly sprung on Ham Wall but it's certainly stirring from its winter slumber. There's been plenty of bird song of all kinds on the reserve this week including: Great Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin and Wren amongst others. Song Thrush too has been...