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  • 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 - 13.06.2014

    An absolute scorcher on the reserve this week. It must be a little harder for some of our species battling to feed hungry youngsters in such hot conditions -perhaps evenings and early mornings will offer more success for visitors. Some of the reserves inhabitants seem to thrive in these conditions. There...
  • 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 - 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 - 11.04.2014

    Firstly, apologies for the 2 week break with no blog. A mixture of me being away and computer issues have caused the delay. It leaves me however with a lot of catching up to do, so I'll start with a short round up of the 2 missed weeks before moving onto the last 7 days. The end of March still...
  • 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 - 07.03.2014

    Spring has most definitely sprung at Ham Wall. I enjoyed a fantastic moring on the reserve: the sun was shining some trees are in blossom and in bud, birds are singing their hearts out establishing territories, Bitterns are booming, butterflies and other insects are out and about and there's just...
  • 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 - 14.02.2014

    Once again, not surprisingly, it's the weather dominating all the headlines - and it's no different here I'm afraid. Wednesday and today have been particularly bad, with high winds and torrential rain at times. Thursday saw snow, sleet and rain but despite all this it was generally quite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 31.01.2014

    The winter months are hard enough for our birds & Wildlife but the perpetual rain we are experiencing on the Levels recently must really be causing a problem for some species. There are some spectacular sights though if you know where to look with thousands of Wigeon, hundreds of Pintail and several...
  • 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 10.01.2014

    The Somerset Levels have continued to take a hammering this last week with more rain falling to add to the plentiful supply of water we already have. Water Levels are high across the reserve but we seem to be fairing quite well, with just the Loxtons loop being closed. Surrounding roads are passable...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.03.2013

    The drier weather has continued this week and this has been a great help to staff in lowering water levels around the site to get them at the optimum level for our breeding birds. Fairly large numbers of visitors have continued to flow through the reserve this week in search of the Pied Billed Grebe...
  • 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...
  • 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 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: Great Day for Birding at Ham Wall!!!

    Good numbers of visitors have been enjoying the Ham Wall sunshine today and been treated to sightings of several of our more unusual visitors. The Pied Billed Grebe is still present form the second viewing platform and has actually been seen a lot closer in than it has been over the last few days...
  • 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: 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 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...