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  • Blog Post: 24th September Recent sightings – How time flies!

    It seems like only yesterday that I was last writing a recent sightings update, however a week has once again sped by (where does the time go?!), so apologies for this week’s update being a little delayed! The osprey continues to be the star of the show and has been seen daily across the reserve...
  • Blog Post: 16th September recent sightings – What a difference a day makes!

    It’s hard to believe that for the last few days the reserve has been basking in sunshine and ever increasing temperatures, as today the skies are dark, rain is falling and thunder is grumbling! As I headed down the reserve this morning to check the route for this Sunday’s Ramblers Ramble...
  • Blog Post: 10 September recent sightings: Soggy September?!

    Good morning. It's a bit damp this morning but we definitely do need the rain! I will start of where I left off on Thursday with some recent sightings. Local bird ringer Simon Evans was ringing in Brandon Fen and while he was out, an osprey flew south over his head just after 09.30. It was being...
  • Blog Post: 8 September recent sightings: Sunny September!

    Good morning. It's a lovely sunny morning here so it's time for some more recent sightings. Although I have been out with my camera this morning, I will start by posting a couple of sunny pictures that I took on the reserve over last weekend: The Little Ouse river: New Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: 3 September recent sightings: Well look who's back!

    Good morning. I will get to "who" made a welcome return to the reserve yesterday below, but before that, I will post some pictures of this day last year and tell you a bit about what what was seen on Thursday. I took a photo for this blog post this morning and while I was trying to save...
  • Blog Post: 31 August recent sightings: Goodbye August

    Good afternoon. It's the last day of August so here is the last recent sightings blog post of the month. On Monday morning, local birdwatcher Nick counted six garganeys and 271 teals on the washland. As the day went on, a bittern , a bearded tit and a hobby were seen from Joist Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: 29 August recent sightings: Bank Holiday birds

    Good morning. We have had another busy week here so without further ado, I will start where I left off with some sightings from Wednesday afternoon. Our second willow emerald damselfly of the summer was photographed by the pond dipping platform along with a female red eyed damselfly . Meanwhile...
  • Blog Post: Toys for the boys and camera shy cranes

    Apologies, it has been a while since we last did a management blog so here are a few things that we have been up to in the last few weeks. Katherine, Emma, the Thursday volunteer team and I have been pulling ragwort - it is that time of year again. It is a great nectar source for insects and is home...
  • Blog Post: 24 August recent sightings: The wader fest continues!

    Good morning. I am pleased to say that our “wader fest” has continued recently so the majority of today’s blog post will be about that. Before we get to our long legged friends though, here are a couple more of Ken Clegg’s pictures that were taken recently on the reserve: Kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: 22 August recent sightings: A nice bit of "ruff!"

    Good afternoon. Wading birds have continued to dominate the headlines here recently but before I get into that, here are some images that have been taken recently on the reserve by regular visitor Ken Clegg: Juvenile green woodpecker : Stoat : Marsh harrier : Grass snake : ...
  • Blog Post: 18 August recent sightings: A lot going on

    Good morning. I have a large list of sightings from the last couple of days in front of me so without any further ado, I will begin. There was plenty of crane activity from Joist Fen viewpoint on Sunday. Our family were seen in flight along with two extra birds. Our family of four were also calling...
  • Blog Post: 14 August recent sightings: One more celebration

    Good morning. Yesterday was a busy day so I have a bit more time for posting recent sightings today! I will begin where I left off on Friday. As I hadn’t had a chance to get out on the reserve since last Sunday, I escaped the office for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint at lunchtime. I saw 17...
  • Blog Post: 12 August recent sightings: Preparing for another busy weekend

    Good morning. We have got another busy weekend ahead so before the mayhem starts once again, here are some recent sightings. I will begin with some images that have been taken on the reserve over the last week or two: Kingfisher : Bittern : Image credits: Matt Walton Thank...
  • Blog Post: 7 August recent sightings: Good morning campers!

    Good morning, its currently 05.45 on Sunday morning and I have spent the last two nights camping on the reserve as part of our Big Wild Sleepout event. With this in mind, I hope that this recent sightings blog post is at least partially coherent! I will start off where I left off on Friday afternoon...
  • Blog Post: 5 August recent sightings: A busy weekend ahead

    Good morning. We have a busy weekend ahead with our Big Wild Sleepout event this weekend so before the chaos begins, here are some recent sightings. I went for a walk yesterday morning and a kingfisher flew over the washland. A female marsh harrier was hunting over the second washland pool and three...
  • Blog Post: 3 August recent sightings: Hello August!

    Good afternoon. There has been plenty to see over the last couple of days so it’s now time for some more recent sightings. On Sunday morning, a very raggedly looking common buzzard flew over the visitor centre and there was plenty of kingfisher activity from Mere Hide. At one point, one was...
  • Blog Post: 31 July recent sightings: Some more good news...

    Good morning. I will begin with some good news: Our third crane chick fledged yesterday. How exciting! This is the first time that our resident birds have fledged young on a second nesting attempt in the same breeding season on the reserve. We are all really pleased that we have reached this significant...
  • Blog Post: 29 July recent sightings: High Summer variety

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some images that local photographer Matt Walton took on the reserve last week. Sunrise over the washland: Common tern : Bearded tit : Grey heron & cormorant : Kingfisher : Great crested grebe : Image credits: Matt Walton...
  • Blog Post: 27 July recent sightings: Here comes the rain

    Good morning. We have got some inconvenient but much needed rain here this morning so instead of gazing out of the window waiting for the rain to stop; I thought I would update you all with some recent sightings. I will begin with some great images that were taken on the reserve last week: A stoat...
  • Blog Post: 23 July recent sightings: Images and Words once again

    Good morning. I will begin with an apology: I didn’t post any images in my last recent sightings blog post . I hope you all accept my apology and rest assured, images will be back with a vengeance in today’s post! I went for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint before work yesterday morning...
  • Blog Post: 21 July recent sightings: Variety is the spice of life

    Good afternoon. I haven’t been here since the end of last week so this afternoon’s sightings may be slightly eclectically arranged! On Friday afternoon, a kingfisher was fishing in front of New Fen viewpoint and two bearded tits were feeding on the grit tray in front of the viewpoint....
  • Blog Post: 15 July recent sightings: Blue is the coulour

    Good morning. I will begin with some fantastic kingfisher images that were taken from Mere Hide on Tuesday: Image credits: Graham Joyce Thank you very much to Graham for sharing these wonderful images with us. There was a bittern survey yesterday morning and bitterns were seen from...
  • Blog Post: 9 July recent sightings: We have lift off!

    Good afternoon. I will begin with some fantastic news: One of the crane pairs that call the reserve home fledged two young yesterday! This is wonderful news and here are some pictures of the family: Image credits: Dave Rogers This is the second consecutive year that this pair...
  • Blog Post: 7 July recent sightings: A sight of summer, upon my return

    Good morning. I have returned from two extremely busy weeks working at RSPB Bempton Cliffs as part of my sabbatical to find that summer has come to RSPB Lakenheath Fen. I will begin with a couple of interesting sightings from last weekend. A great white egret in breeding plumage was seen from New...
  • Blog Post: 2nd July Recent Sightings – “Bittern heading your way!”

    Is, thankfully, the phrase I heard plenty of times over the radio on Thursday! As previous blogs have mentioned, it’s not been easy to pin down how many bittern nests we have on the reserve this year.Our surveys have recorded very little activity and been inconclusive to say the least, which...