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  • 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...
  • 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 01.06.2012

    After all the headlines in the media this week about Buzzards and its happy outcome (for now at least) thought we should celebrate with a couple of Buzzard pictures to get us started. Of course buzzards can be seen every day at Ham Wall almost without exception, often in pairs or larger groups...
  • 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 20.07.2012

    The last couple of days have been a welcome relief for us (and no doubt the wildlife) on the reserve and the water levels will soon reduce to a more suitable level. For the moment however, Loxtons Trail remains closed due to the flooded paths but the rest of the reserve is open as normal. The Great...
  • 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 11.05.2012

    Well it's still raining most days and it must be having a bit of an effect on some of our breeding birds, but hopefully it will ease off and get back to normal (although in May that normally means some rain anyway). Bitterns are still booming however undeterred and some sightings have been seen...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.01.2013

    Firstly apologies for the lack of blogs recently. Of course, it was the Christmas break but then I had a bout of sickness which means I have only just returned to work. This means there is plenty to catch up with and I have done my best to gleen information from wherever possible - thanks to John Crispin...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.09.2012

    Every day this week there has been a fairly steady stream of House Martins and Swallows with a few Sand Martins thrown in for good measure. A sure sign that things are beginning to change. The mornings are noticeably more chilly and we should soon expect a build up of our winter visitors. Groups of duck...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 26.10.2012

    The area in front of the 1st viewing platform continues to offer a wide range of birds to please the more experienced birder as well as the newbies. Good numbers of Wigeon, Mallard and Gadwall are easy to see along with groups of Shoveler (more in Waltons too) and a few Teal, which prove harder to...
  • 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: 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 20.04.2012

    A more typical April week has seen plenty of rain, bouts of hail and a colder wind but still plenty of migrants turning up for the breeding season or passing through. Better numbers of Martins and Swallows throughout the week, although they must be wondering what they're doing here, with it being...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.06.2013

    It could be considered that it’s fairly quiet on the reserve at the moment. With very few birds moving around/migrating at this time of year the focus turns to our breeding and resident birds. The tree lines are alive with birds as youngsters fledge their nests but are still sat calling for...