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  • Blog Post: 27 February recent sightings: So much to say, so little time!

    Good morning. This week has been great as there has just been so much to see! I will start with some photographs that have been taken in the last week: Firstly, we have these lovely images of a long tailed tit that were taken by eight year old Amber Wallis: Image credits: Amber Wallis ...
  • Blog Post: 21 February recent sightings: A bit of variety

    Good afternoon. I've got a busy day planned tomorrow so, slightly earlier than usual, here are some recent sightings. Suzanne went for a walk at lunchtime on Thursday and saw two great white egrets from New Fen viewpoint. She also saw a stonechat perched up on the riverbank. The reserve team...
  • Blog Post: 19 February recent sightings: Breezy days

    Good morning. With the exception of Monday, the weather has been really good for birds of prey this week. It has been sunny and breezy which have meant that we have had great views of them. The conditions were especially good on Tuesday morning and local photographer Matt Walton was out and about...
  • Blog Post: 15 February recent sightings: What a difference (two weeks) can make

    I returned to the reserve yesterday after two weeks "down south". I was amazed by how much things have changed: lots of our resident birds are now singing and both pairs of cranes have (finally) returned! Before I get on to some recent sightings, here are some pictures that were taken recently...
  • Blog Post: 10th February recent sightings – Counting cranes (and other birds!)

    As the sun started to rise on Sunday morning, myself and Katherine were ready and waiting at Joist Fen viewpoint, in order to see how many cranes had roosted on the reserve the previous evening. There had been regular sightings of two pairs during the week, but we weren’t sure if they were heading...
  • Blog Post: Up close and personal to a bittern! (and roadworks are complete)

    Firstly, the roadworks on the B1112 are complete, and access to and from the reserve is now much nicer! Now on to more interesting things! I'm quite lucky working as a Warden on a fantastic nature reserve. My job means that I have, fairly unrestricted, access to every nook and cranny of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Happy World Wetlands Day for tomorrow!

    This blog post has been inspired by several factors: It’s my last blog post for a couple of weeks Its World Wetlands Day tomorrow It’s the year of the reserve’s twentieth birthday If you are not familiar with World Wetlands Day , it celebrates the adoption of the Convention...
  • Blog Post: 31 January recent sightings: It's getting lighter!

    Good morning. Apologies for the slight delay in providing some recent sightings, I have had a busy week. Fortunately, the reserve has also been busy with wildlife as well! Starting on Monday, a great white egret was on the washland along with three wigeons . A drake pintail was also present, which...
  • 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...