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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.12.2014

    The Starlings have yet again dominated the headlines here this week with the main bulk of the roost dropping into the Waltons section of the reserve. It is likely that the cold weather will swell the numbers further as birds arrive from the north & east of the continent. The rail path or the Tor...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.10.2014

    A week similar to the last at Ham Wall this week. It still feels as though we are in a bit of an autumn lull before the bulk of wintering birds arrive. There's plenty to get excited about though, as we are privileged enough to have a fine selection of resident birds here in the Avalon Marshes to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.10.2014

    Things are most definitely changing on the reserve now - the leaves are turning brown (as is the reed), the wind has picked up and with colder nights and bouts of rain, autumn has arrived. Wildlife is responding to this too, with small parties of Swallows have passing through each day and even 1 or 2...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 26.09.201

    It's been another busy week on the reserve with the car park construction in full swing, the building of an otter holt undertaken (pictures on our Facebook page) and plenty of habitat management underway. The parking areas are expected to be completed in around 4 weeks time before Western Power install...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.09.2014

    The lovely "Autumn" weather has continued this week - great wildlife watching weather at a great time of year. There's a huge variety of wildlife on offer and plenty of birds "on the move". The Osprey looks to have finally left the area late last week. Despite spending most of...
  • 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 - 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 - 21.03.2014

    Things are moving on at a pace on the reserve with the arrival of c200 House Martins today, giving great views over Walton Heath. Some Sand Martins have also been seen but not in the same numbers, just small pockets of between 7 & 12 birds but a sure sign of good things to come. Skylarks have also...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 07.02.2014

    Firstly, apologies for the slightly later posting than usual - I wrote this on Friday morning but intended to publish it at the end of the day but got side tracked. The rain persists on The Levels like much of the south west region. Of course there is very little we can do, but just stick it out. Luckily...
  • 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 15.11.2013

    It's been a lovely week out on the reserve this week, with lovely cold, crisp mornings trurning into bright clear days. It's times like this I realise just how lucky I am to work in such a fantastic place. Despite the odd frost, we are still seing a few Butterflies and Dragonflies frerquenting...
  • 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 25.10.2013

    Plenty more signs of Autumn on the reserve this week - with a few new characters to report. After the sighting of a single Fieldfare last week, Thursday saw a flock of 50 or more fly over the reserve. It's worth noting the call of this one - quite an easy one to learn I think. Another familiar Autumn...
  • 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 13.09.2013

    As you might expect, post breeding, activity has much reduced from birds over the last couple of weeks and many of our summer visitors have left. There are still plenty of Swallows however, to be seen and a few House Martins, but it’s been a few days since I’ve seen a Reed Warbler flitting...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - July 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for July 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hobby, Bittern, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 26.07.2013

    Some welcome rain on the reserve this week - although it's still been hot and muggy. The activity of the birds, not surprisingly is following the same pattern. Much more activity in the early morning and by late morning/lunchtime - a much quieter reserve. There's still plenty to see though and...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - June 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for June 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Red Kite, Hobby, Bittern, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose...
  • 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 Ham Wall 06.01.12

    Despite some very wet and windy weather conditions this week, there have been some good sightings to report. A Yellow-browed Warbler was spotted on three consecutive days this week Mon-Weds and although no reports as yet form yesterday this doesn't mean it's not still present. If you want to...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - May 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for May 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Osprey, Hobby, Bittern, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Cranes, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose...
  • 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 11.01.2013

    Still a very wet Ham Wall at the moment making some of our duties a little more tricky than normal. We are still managing to run our somewhat sticky guided walks albeit with a slightly diverted route but there's still plenty to be picked up across the reserve. The Marsh Harriers in particular...