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  • 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: 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 09.03.2012

    There have been some beautiful days on the reserve this week, although there has been a cold wind at times. Spring is slowly creeping it's way upon us, but as yet, I cannot report the first Sand Martins (usually the first to arrive) or Swallows of spring at Ham Wall. The odd one or two have been...
  • 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: Listen to a Ham Wall booming bittern!

    At Ham Wall our bitterns are in full voice at the moment with their booming calls. Our dedicated team of volunteers have been out early in the morning and at dusk listening and plotting their locations to give us a picture of how many there are. Team members Pete and Reg both have a keen interest...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 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: 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 30.03.2012

    It's been a very warm week on the reserve as everywhere and there's been a real buzz of activity. Birds are most definitely on the move with a few Swallows seen on the reserve this week as I reported in a previous blog. However, it appears that some Sand Martins did beat them after all. On Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 26.04.2013

    Another bumper week of sightings on the reserve this week, with yet again plenty to report. In fact one of our volunteers and local birdwatcher Joe Cockram got over 90 species from Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath on his visits to the reserves on Monday. That's pretty impressive and shows just how well...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightins at RSPB Ham Wall 02.03.2012

    Well there's certainly more than a hint of spring in the air this week, with some glorious days to be out and about on the reserve. There have been birds in full song such as Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock and Great Tit amongst others all creating a dawn chorus feel during the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.04.2013

    Firstly, please accept my apologies for the missing blog last Friday, I was away from work for the whole week, so this week we have a bit of catching up to do. Overview of last week (30th Mar-5th April) Sand Martins and Swallows continued to arrive on the reserve and were greeted by some quite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.04.2012

    Hi All, well it's been another pretty miserable week as far as the weather goes but it's not been an uneventful week on the reserve. There are plenty of warblers out on the reserve to keep people occupied, with as usual, the railway path tree line proving very fruitful, with a good number of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.03.2012

    It's been a very misty week in general on the Avalon Marshes and this has meant a slightly cooler week too, but this has not dampened the spirits of our breeding birds. This week, staff and volunteers at Ham Wall had an extra early start, coming in at 5am on Thursday morning to undertake the first...
  • Blog Post: First Swallows of the season at Ham Wall

    Reported to me today at 3.30pm ( I missed them by seconds myself), 2 Swallows flying left to right in front of the first viewing platform at Ham Wall. No Sand Martins as yet but only a matter of time. Also a great looking male Marsh Harrier hunting over Loxtons 3.35pm and another male seen just a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 03.05.2013

    Another great week nearly over, with once again plenty to report. The wonderful weather and the amazing variety of birds on show at Ham Wall & Shapwick Heath has proved to be a big draw for visitors and we have been very busy all week. The new car park for Ham Wall (work should begin in August) can't...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.03.2013

    The last 2 days have been a bit of a contrast here at Ham Wall. A very cold start yesterday led to a gloriously sunny day and today the slightly warmer start has lead to some miserable and wet conditions this afternoon. It looks like they chose the right day to undertake the Bittern survey yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 05.04.2012

    An early Blog this week as it's Good Friday tomorrow and I'm lucky enough to have a long weekend off. I've also been on annual leave on Monday and Tuesday so have had to work a little bit harder than usual to find out what's been happening on the reserve this week. The blazing summer...