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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.07.2014

    There's a distinct feeling that everything has just slowed down a little on the reserve the last week or so. That's normal for this time of year - many birds have finished their breeding and are resting up - regaining strength & condition to prepare for the autumn & winter months (a fair...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.06.2014

    Another very hot week on the reserve. It's hard going out there undertaking work on the reserve and must be too for wildlife busy nurturing and feeding youngsters during this time. I'm not going to complain too much given the weather conditions we were experiencing in the early part of the year...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.06.2014

    A fairly similar week to last week - this of course means plenty of wildlife on offer. Bitterns continue to make themselves quite obvious and there's always a good chance of a sighting or two every day. There are still sightings of multiple birds at the same time with several birds seen chasing...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.05.2014

    Not quite such a nice week weatherwise on the reserve but we've still had plenty of satisfied visitors and a great selection of wildlife on offer. During sunnier spells one of the most noticeable things has been the sudden movement of invertebrates when the temperature goes up. Dragonflies are some...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.05.2014

    Another busy week on the reserve has seen a slight increase in Bittern activity - as is normal for the month of May! Staff & volunteers will be out on a weekly basis recording flights and behaviour from Bitterns to try and establish the number and location of nests and later, if possible, establish...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.03.2014

    Spring has continued to make its mark on the reserve this week and the evidence is there for all to see. The best news this week came from our early morning Bittern survey on Thursday with a minmum of 21 booming males counted on Ham Wall alone. 41 in total for the Avalon Marshes (with some areas not...
  • Blog Post: Somerset - Heron County

    Welcome to heron county - Somerset! Somerset is home to lots of different herons, especially on RSPB reserves where we do our best to create and maintain the right homes or ‘habitat’ for these birds. In the last four years, as well as grey heron and little egret, the great white egret...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.02.2014

    It's been a much better week weather wise on the reserve and it really shows with the reserve full of bird song during the sunny spells. Most noticeable this week have been Blue Tits, Dunnocks and Wrens perching up and singing loudly. Wrens can often be seen flitting in amongst brambles or thickets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.01.2014

    I've been lucky enough to have been on annual leave this week until today. This of course makes it hard to gather information to pass on in the blog but thanks to John Crispin and Ray Summers and 30 mins out on site myself, I think I've gathered sufficient data, so here goes! Volunteers undertook...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.11.2013

    A mix week on the reserve this week, weather wise. Warm Clear days followed by rain and winds and now thunder & lightning as I write this. There is a real sense now that winter is not too far away. Our winter visitors are much more in evidence, including the Starlings which have swelled from just...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.11.2013

    At first glance the reserve can seem pretty quiet during the month of October. It could be that we are quite spoilt with the range of wildlife we have and can start to overlook how wonderful it is to have Bitterns and Great White Egrets on our doorstep permanently. There's nothing wrong with looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.10.2013

    Seasonal changes are still very much in evidence on the reserve as the wildlife alters its behaviour in response to the changing weather and daylight patterns. Grass Snakes have disappeared from the reptile area we have created out on site (just a Wood Mouse seen here this week) , the reedbeds are much...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.10.2013

    Firstly, apologies for yet another late showing with the blog. Problems with machinery and a full work load have conspired against us and meant a delay for a few days but better late than never I suppose. I'll stick to what was around last week and mention just 1 or 2 things from this week, so I'm...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 19.07.2013

    Another scorching week on the reserve, with temperatures hitting 32C at times. It's made any kind of physical work quite difficult this week - unless my age is finally catching up with me! Not surprisingly this has an effect on how the birds are behaving on the reserve. We are still drawing in plenty...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.07.2013

    The Little Bitterns are still proving to be a big draw for visitors, with a fairly steady flow of people visiting in the hope of a sighting. For the most part people have been successful in this aim- some having to wait longer than others but that’s the luck of the draw I guess. Sightings have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 05.07.2013

    An Increase in the number of Little Bittern sightings over the past week leads us to believe that the adults are feeding young. It is towards the back of the Waltons area now and still best viewed from the official watch point. Patience will be required as the flights are often fast, low and brief. It...
  • 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 14.04.2012

    A day later with the blog this week, as I've been off since Wednesday and therefore have had to do a bit of digging to get some interesting sightings to report - and there have been several. Good Friday did indeed turn out to be good for a select few, who witnessed an Osprey flying over Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - January 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for January 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Crane, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler...
  • 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: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - April 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for April 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Osprey, Hobby, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Cranes, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, White Fronted...