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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 19.10.2012

    The first viewing platform at Ham Wall is still offering a great spectacle to visitors to the reserve. Good numbers of duck are present, particularly Wigeon with their familiar whistling call, Mallard and Gadwall. Lesser numbers of Teal and Shoveler (more are congregated in Waltons at present) can also...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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 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 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 22.02.13

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent sightings blogs for the last 2 Friday's. I was on annual leave last week and the week before I had to stay home and nurse my 2 daughters through chicken pox - mildly bird related I guess but I'm back now and ready to blog away. With all the stories of...
  • Blog Post: Ham Wall Species List for February 2012

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for Feb 2012 Short Eared Owl, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Curlew, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose,...
  • Blog Post: Ham Wall Sightings list for Nov 2011

    Here is a list of all the birds seen at Ham Wall during the month of November 2011. I will aim to do this every month from now on, so if you see anything unusual or something you think we might miss, just let us know: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Short Eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine,...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.01.2013

    It's been a very snowy day today so was unable to get into work myself what with school closures etc. I also can't be of too much assistance in giving info about the state of the roads close to the reserve but if you are out and about take great care or seek other local knowledge before traveling...
  • 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 04.05.2012

    Despite the huge amounts of rain we've been having over the last couple of weeks the reserve has managed to stay above water apart from a few puddles along the trails and there is quite a lot to report. Last Friday (27th April), discovered too late for last weeks blog, an Osprey flew from Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 02.12.11

    It was a very icy Ham Wall this morning but an early trip out to the reserve this morning proved quite fruitful. A female Hen Harrier was perched in willows around the Waltons section for some time and offered good views. A Song Thrush was singing merrily along the old railway line and on the northern...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.02.2012

    Lots going on at the reserve again this week, with plenty of interesting reports and one or two unusual sightings. Bitterns seem to be much more active over the past couple of weeks and there have been plenty of sightings at Ham Wall. The first viewing platform still seems to be the most fruitful...
  • 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: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - November 2012

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for November 2012: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Short Eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 28.06.2013

    The Little Bitterns are still being seen occasionally in Waltons from the watch point – but patience is needed. Both male and female were seen on Weds morning and seemed to do a swap over on the nest but Thursday and Friday mornings nothing was seen during the surveys. A male bird was also heard...
  • 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 Ham Wall 20.01.12

    There's still plenty happening on the reserve this week, with several interesting sightings and occurrences. One of the most significant came on Monday, while 3 volunteers were undertaking the monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey). In the north of the reserve a Bittern was heard to grunt (a sound often...