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  • Blog Post: 5 February Recent Sightings – Cranes everywhere!

    Well, maybe not quite everywhere but it certainly felt like it yesterday afternoon when we were watching 11 cranes flying around the reserve, making a racket with their distinctive bugalling calls! Thursday, as ever, was work party day and we were just finishing lunch when the first crane calls were...
  • Blog Post: 31st January sightings and reserve management

    Saturday brought sunshine and cranes back to Lakenheath Fen. Both our resident pairs were seen on the reserve yesterday with Little and Large plus their chick sighted in the New Fen area and flying over the reserve to feed south of the railway line. Pair A2 and their twins were seen further down the...
  • Blog Post: 27 January Recent Sightings – Wind swept!

    The strong winds have once again returned to Lakenheath, though thankfully it’s not brought the snow that America has had recently! As I sit in the office listening to the wind howling (also keeping a watch out for any birds being blown past the window that could top up my year list!), it’s...
  • Blog Post: 22 January recent sightings – Rainy days!

    We’ve enjoyed some lovely frosty mornings recently; an ice covered reserve glistening as the winter sun shines down on it. Unfortunately today has seen a slight change in the weather and whilst it’s a little warmer it’s also a little wetter! An icy washland on Sunday morning ...
  • Blog Post: 19 January recent sightings: Well it's goodbye from me!

    Good morning all. This will be my last recent sightings blog post for a while now so without any further ado, I will begin! Saturday afternoon proved to me a very eventful afternoon. A male sparrowhawk dashed low over the visitor centre and I had a pleasant surprise when I popped up to the Washland...
  • Blog Post: 16 January recent sightings: The cold winds are rising

    Good morning. It has certainly been a lot chillier than usual over the last couple of days, hasn’t it?! It wasn’t too bad on Wednesday and the work party in New Fen North, the first area of reedbed, were lucky enough to see four cranes flying over towards the visitor centre. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: 13 January recent sightings: It's owl time!

    Good morning. I have attached Simon Evan’s latest ringing data, this time from last Monday. As you can see, it shows that there are still plenty of bramblings and lesser redpolls on the move. This suggests that the recent chillier weather has encouraged them to move further south for a bit more...
  • Blog Post: 9 January recent sightings: Typical January

    Good afternoon. Well, we have had some typical January weather over the last couple of days haven’t we?! It has been damp, wet and cold. However, there has still been plenty to see nonetheless. Katherine went up to the Washland viewpoint on Wednesday and she saw an unidentified wader. It was...
  • Blog Post: 6 January recent sightings: Back to normal

    Good morning. Now that the twelve days of Christmas are over, things have gone back to normal here. I will begin this morning’s recent sightings post with some pictures of the eight cranes that were photographed here on 29 December and seen again on 31 December: Image credits: John Dixon...
  • Blog Post: 3 January recent sightings: Review of the year so far

    Good morning. We have had a good start to 2016 so far. I took a couple of trips up to the Washland viewpoint on New Year’s Day to look at gulls. There were at least four herring gulls present at lunchtime and by mid-afternoon; at least three yellow legged gulls were present. A group of four shelducks...
  • Blog Post: 1 January recent sightings: Another year begins

    Good morning. Happy New Year to you all! The last couple of days have been great here so I will pick up where I left off on Tuesday. Two lucky visitors saw two pink footed geese flying east along the river, which is a great record for here. They also photographed a total of eight cranes , which were...
  • Blog Post: 29 December recent sightings: My last recent sightings post of 2015

    Good morning. It’s time for my last recent sightings blog post of 2015 so without any further ado, I will begin. I will begin with some late news from 26 December. One of our regular visitors was down at the far end of the reserve and had great views of an otter . He also saw a juvenile peregrine...
  • Blog Post: 27 December recent sightings: ...And so that was Christmas!

    Good morning. I hope you had a good Christmas and are enjoying the festive period! There are plenty of interesting sightings so without any further ado, I will begin! Simon Evans, our local bird ringer was ringing on Monday 14 December and Friday 18 December. I have attached the ringing reports from...
  • Blog Post: The last post - of this year

    Today is my last day at work before the Christmas holidays. I thought I would just post one last management and sightings blog before closing up the visitor centre. Last Saturday I was working at Lakenheath Fen and we had really good sightings of goldcrest with at least 3 birds flitting around in the...
  • Blog Post: Come on baby light my fire

    As Emma said last week we have started cutting and burning reed in New Fen North and after a week of solid raking up, pitchforking piles of cut reed and lighting fires I can say I have burned off a few calories as well as quite a bit of reed. The 360 excavator started cutting last week but we have to...
  • Blog Post: 16 December recent sightings: One more from me before the big day

    Good morning. It’s time for my last recent sightings blog post before Christmas so without any further ado, here we go: I have attached some ringing data from last Wednesday to the bottom of this blog post. It includes a new reserve record catch of 40 bramblings , which is great news. I have...
  • Blog Post: 13 December recent sightings: Festive finches

    Good morning. Although the weather hasn’t been particularly festive recently, it is almost Christmas! I will start by posting these excellent pictures of some our wintering finches, that were taken near the visitor centre at the end of last week: Lesser redpoll : Siskin : ...
  • Blog Post: 11 December recent sightings: For all the owls

    Good morning. It has been an interesting week so I will launch straight into some recent sightings. On Sunday, two great white egrets were on the washland and a kingfisher flew across the visitor centre pond. We had a very successful barn owl walk on Sunday afternoon, although we did have to be quite...
  • Blog Post: 6 December recent sightings: Red sky in the morning...

    Good morning. I will begin with a detour back to next week, when local bird ringer Simon Evans was ringing in Brandon Fen on both Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December. I have attached a comparative report from both days to this blog post. I hope you find it interesting. Also, here are a few details...
  • Blog Post: 4 December recent sightings: December days

    Good morning. So, the, short, dark days of December are finally with us! I will begin with a couple of sunset pictures that were taken earlier on in the week: Image credits: Dave Rogers Image credit: David White In terms of recent sightings, I will start with a brief detour back to...
  • Blog Post: 29 November recent sightings: Bright and breezy days?!

    Good morning. It has been a bit wild here recently! Before I get into what has been seen over the weekend so far, here are some great pictures that were taken here on Thursday, in slightly better weather conditions: Flying bittern : Perched kingfisher : Image credits: Brian Edmonds...
  • Blog Post: 27 November recent sightings: Lovely landscapes and record breaking redpolls

    Good afternoon. We have had an interesting week here. As ever, I will start where I left off on Tuesday when some visitors braved the wind and rain to see a bittern from Joist Fen viewpoint. It was a nice day on Wednesday and there was plenty to see. A water rail was seen at the edge of the visitor...
  • Blog Post: 24 November recent sightings: When the winter winds are blowing chill....

    Good afternoon. Finally, we have had some cold weather! I escaped down to Dorset for the weekend this past weekend so thank you very much to Emma for here fantastic blog post from Sunday. If you haven’t read it yet, it can be found here . A bittern swimming across the pool in front of Mere Hide...
  • Blog Post: 22 November Recent Sightings: Brilliant bittern

    What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was mostly spent sheltering from the rain, sleet and wind, with only a few people braving the elements. Fast forward to this morning and whilst there was a definite chill in the air, it was a perfectly calm sunny morning – great for being out and about on...
  • Blog Post: 17 November recent sightings: Speeding through November

    Good morning. Without any further ado, I will start of where I left off on Thursday. Simon Evans, our local bird ringer had another successful ringing session in Brandon Fen. I have attached his ringing data to this blog post. One of our locals saw three cranes from Joist Fen viewpoint during the...