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  • Blog Post: 25 January recent sightings: It's Big Garden Birdwatch weekend!

    Good morning. Although the majority of the reserve has been frozen up all week, there has still been plenty to see. On Thursday, a water rail was skulking around at the edge of the visitor centre pond and two bitterns were chasing eachother around on the washland. It was work party day and the team...
  • Blog Post: 22 January recent sightings: It doesn't take too long....

    Good morning. It has been really rather cold this week so wildlife watching has been limited to short forays out onto the reserve. However, you don't necessarily need to be out for very long to see something good! I went out briefly on Tuesday morning and here is the view that I had of the washland...
  • Blog Post: 19 January recent sightings: The joys of winter

    Good afternoon everybody. Slightly later than planned, here are some recent sightings from the last couple of days. I will start where I left off on Thursday. Ex-Site Manager Norman went down to Joist Fen viewpoint for the afternoon. He saw at least 18 marsh harriers and a male hen harrier . One...
  • Blog Post: 15 January recent sightings: A day early

    Good afternoon! Apologies for two posts in a day but I am going into a local school to talk about the Big Garden Birdwatch tomorrow morning so I won’t be able to blog then! I will begin with some pictures from Sunday: The washland in the morning sunshine with a great white egret just about...
  • Blog Post: 11 January recent sightings: A walk on the wild side

    Good morning. The weather has been a bit wild for the last couple of days so I will start with a few more pictures that were taken hear last week, in (mostly) calmer conditions: A chiffchaff that was ringed in Brandon Fen last Monday: Image credit: Lee Gregory A great white egret and a little...
  • Blog Post: 9 January recent sightings: Gulls & egrets

    Good morning! Gulls and egrets have definitely been the flavour of the week this week. Local birdwatcher and bird ringer Lee Gregory spent three hours up at the washland viewpoint on Monday afternoon. There were over a thousand gulls present, including two Caspian gulls : This included a second winter...
  • Blog Post: 4 January recent sightings: The sun, the wet and the cold!

    Good morning. It turned out to be a lovely day on Friday and there were plenty of people out and about enjoying the first sunshine of 2015. There was plenty to see from the Washland viewpoint and the most unusual sighting of the day was of a water shrew swimming around close to the viewpoint. There...
  • Blog Post: 2 January recent sightings: 50 not out

    Good morning. Now that I am back at work, I better at least try to get back into at least some kind of routine. I will therefore blog recent sightings today and then on Sunday. The weather wasn’t exactly ideal yesterday and it got windier as the day went on. However, I still braved the Washland...
  • Blog Post: 1 January recent sightings: Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had peaceful and enjoyable Christmases. I will start the New Year the way I usually do: by announcing the results of our staff and volunteer year list challenge! Well, inevitably, after Katherine won by one species in 2012 and I won by one species in 2013...
  • Blog Post: 18 December recent sightings: Twas a week before Christmas!

    It’s my last day in the office before Christmas so here are some recent sightings from the last couple of days along with some information about our Christmas opening times. I will start of with another picture from Monday followed by some exciting bird news. A lovely view from New Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: 16 December recent sightings: There is plenty going on!

    Good morning. I was going to wait until tomorrow to do a “recent sightings” post but circumstances have dictated that today is the day instead! Although the weather was a bit patchy on Sunday, there was still plenty to see. A barn owl was hunting at the edge of the car park first thing...
  • Blog Post: 14 December recent sightings: The week that was

    Good morning. Now that the technical issues have (hopefully!) been solved, here are some recent sightings from the last week: On Tuesday, Dave headed down the reserve before work and saw 47 whooper swans leaving their overnight roost at the far end of the reserve. He also saw at least four marsh harriers...
  • Blog Post: A warden's work is never done!

    Sometimes, it’s very easy to get caught up with paperwork in the office, and lose track of what is happening down the reserve. Luckily, there are several jobs that do get me out and about, mainly volunteer work parties (what a lovely day we have planned this Thursday...!), bird surveys and tree...
  • Blog Post: 7 December recent sightings: Double the fun

    Good morning. I will start where I left off on Friday with some more sightings. Dave and Emma went down to the far end of the reserve and saw a treecreeper on Botany Bay and a bittern in flight near Joist Fen viewpoint. They also saw a sparrowhawk flash across the hard track near the visitor centre....
  • Blog Post: 5 December recent sightings: To new beginnings!

    Good morning. I will start by introducing our new member of the team: Emma Cuthbertson! Emma is our new Warden and she started on Monday. She joins us from RSPB Fairburn Ings and RSPB St Aidan's in Yorkshire. I am sure you will join us in welcoming Emma to the team and if you visit the reserve regularly...
  • Blog Post: 30 November recent sightings: Yesterday was a good day

    Good morning. I will focus mostly on sightings from yesterday, purely because there was so much to see! I went for a walk before work and in descending numerical order, I saw four little egrets , three water pipits , two Egyptian geese and one great white egret . The great white egret was feeding...
  • Blog Post: 28 November recent sightings: It's been a while

    Good morning. As I expected, I would not have a chance to post this week until now so here's for making up for lost time! As is often on the case on a Friday, I will start with a few pictures. This first picture is a couple of weeks old, but I think you'll agree that it is definitely worth...
  • Blog Post: 21 November recent sightings: This week in pictures once again

    Good morning. This week can moreorless be summed up in pictures, so here we go: It wasn't too bad a day on Tuesday and Matt Walton took this lovely landscape shot from New Fen viewpoint: The great white egret was also present on the washland, looking as elegant as ever: Image credits...
  • Blog Post: 16 November recent sightings: A window out into the wild

    Good morning. The last couple of days have certainly been interesting here. I will start with a couple of kingfisher pictures from Thursday. Thats quite a large fish!: Image credits: Matt Walton Thank you very much to Matt Walton for sharing these great images with us. It poured it down...
  • Blog Post: 14 November recent sightings: November sun

    Good morning. As long as you get the weather right, its a great time of year to come and see both sunrise and sunset on the reserve. Here is an assortment of landscape shots from the last week: The gloomy visitor centre pond on Sunday morning: Moreorless the same view at the end of the day:...
  • Blog Post: 9 November recent sightings: Typical November

    Well, the last couple of days have been very seasonal. We have had a bit of sun, a bit of wind and a bit of rain! It was unsettled for most of the day on Friday. As I was opening up the visitor centre, I spooked a female sparrowhawk that was perched on the veranda behind the visitor centre. There was...
  • Blog Post: 7 November recent sightings: "Reflecting" back on the week just gone

    Good morning. I will begin this morning with two images that we have been sent this week that have captured some great reflections: A mute swan : A cow: Christine, who took these two pictures, also captured the fiery sunset on Tuesday evening: Image credits: Christine Nelson Thank...
  • Blog Post: 2 November recent sightings: A brief return to summer

    Good morning. It is feeling a bit more like November this morning (.i.e. its raining!) The last couple of days have felt like August! The good conditions have meant good news for photography so here are some picture that have been taken here in the last week: I will begin with some truly exquisite...
  • Blog Post: 30 October recent sightings: Raptor spectacular

    Good afternoon. It has been a good week for birds of prey so I thought I would do a raptor themed blog this afternoon (which includes a sighting of a rare bird of prey on the reserve yesterday!) Rewinding back to Saturday, regular visitors Roy and Ken counted a group of at least seven common buzzards...
  • Blog Post: 26 October recent sightings: An extra hour in bed? An extra hour on the reserve more like!

    Good morning. As you can see from the title of this blog post, I have already been around the reserve this morning! After having to put up with some horrible, dark, mornings recently, it was great to get up in the light for a change and go for a walk before work! I went out armed with my camera and...