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  • Blog Post: 26 May recent sightings: Barking mad!

    Good morning! As you can probably imagine, having Suffolk’s first little bittern since 1979 on the reserve has meant that we have been really rather busy recently! However, there has been plenty of other things going on as these great images show: Dawn over the washland on Friday: A pair...
  • Blog Post: Little bittern pictures

    Good morning. A more extensive recent sightings blog post will follow tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some pictures of the little bittern . Thank you very much to Jon Winnan for sharing them with us: Image credits: Jon Winnan It has been heard barking regularly but is only...
  • Blog Post: 21 May recent sightings: A game of cat and dog

    Good morning! Well, after listening to it barking for around three hours last night, I am pleased to say that I saw the little bittern last night at around 8.30pm! There were plenty of eyes and ears down there last night and local birdwatcher Richard Thewlis did these fantastic sketches of it: ...
  • Blog Post: 20 May recent sightings blog post: The little bittern is back

    Good afternoon all. This is just a quick note to say that the little bittern is back! It has been barking intermittently this afternoon and was seen at around 3.30pm. It is present in the part of the reserve that we know as "New Fen North triangle". This is between Mere Hide and Joist Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: 19 May recent sightings: A "little" bit of time off

    I have been on holiday for the last three days. It’s just typical that the reserve’s first little bittern would turn up while I wasn't around! Sadly, it hasn't been heard or seen since Saturday but hopefully it will reappear soon! Anyhow, there were plenty of people here on Sunday...
  • Blog Post: 17 May Recent sightings – Once little bittern, twice shy?

    As David blogged last night, a little bittern has been seen at Lakenheath Fen; a rare visitor to Britain and an amazing first ever record for the reserve! Some great views were had last night; after ‘barking’ for a while, the bird was seen climbing up some reed stems before making a brief...
  • Blog Post: 16 May recent sightings: Little bittern

    Good evening. This is just a quick note to say that after a brief sighting between Mere Hide and Joist Fen viewpoint this morning, a male little bittern has been heard "barking" in the same area this evening. It was also seen in flight briefly just after 9pm. This is a very rare bird in Britain...
  • Blog Post: 15 May recent sightings: Little beauties

    Good afternoon! We have had a great couple of days here are there has been plenty to see. Here are some pictures that have been taken recently, courtesy of Tim James: A dunnock : A common whitethroat : A sedge warbler : Image credits: Tim James Thank you very much to Tim...
  • Blog Post: 13 May recent sightings: Everything is better when the sun is shining!

    Good morning. It’s a lovely morning this morning so it’s about time to update you about what is around! The local hobbys have definitely been the stars of the week so here are a few pictures of them: Two images by Roderick Woods from Thursday: Image credits: Roderick Woods ...
  • Blog Post: 9 May recent sightings: ...As unpredictable as ever!

    Good afternoon. The last couple of days have been pretty unpredictable here! I will start with a few photographs that local photographer Tim James has taken here this week: A little egret on the washland from Monday: Some images of young coots from Monday: A male gadwall with an unusually...
  • Blog Post: 8 May recent sightings: Golden oriole

    Good morning. A male golden oriole was heard singing and calling intermittently in the western edge of West Wood (the furthest poplar plantation) yesterday afternoon and evening. We have been out listening since first light this morning and unfortunately, we haven't heard anything yet. However, hopefully...
  • Blog Post: 7 May recent sightings: We are back in action

    Good morning. After having to close the reserve on Tuesday and Wednesday for safety reasons , I am pleased to say that we are fully open once again! I will begin with some photographs that were taken on the reserve on Monday morning, courtesy of Richard Gannon: A buck roe deer : A cormorant...
  • Blog Post: 3 May recent sightings: On being rained off!

    Good morning. I should have been out leading a dawn chorus walk this morning but we had to cancel it due to the weather forecast. This is really rather frustrating, as I really enjoy leading dawn chorus walks! Anyhow, that's enough of me grumbling. There has been plenty going on here over the...
  • Blog Post: 1 May recent sightings: Sing when you are "whinning"

    Good morning! The last couple of days have been just great here! I last blogged on Monday morning and shortly after I finished my post, a common lizard was showing near the visitor centre and several large red damselflies were on the wing. A “spare” pair of cranes were on the riverbank...
  • Blog Post: Taking the roller out for a spin

    Last Thursday our trusty volunteers gathered for one of their least favourite jobs - path repairs. The plan was to finish off the ramp up to the New Fen viewpoint and to start repairing the potholes in the tracks. But first we had a bittern survey to do. We started at 7:30 with Phil covering New Fen...
  • Blog Post: 27 April recent sightings: The hobbys are coming!

    Good morning! The weather has been a lot better than forecast which is good news! There were several photographers around early in the morning on Friday and here are a couple of pictures from Matt Walton: The sunrise over the river: A muntjac deer browsing in some vegetation: A stoat concealing...
  • Blog Post: 24 April recent sightings: Reeling us all in!

    Good morning! We have been very lucky with the weather this week and there have been plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Here are a few that I just had to share: A female marsh harrier hunting: Image credit: Ron Smith Two images of cuckoos : Image credits: David Capps ...
  • Blog Post: 21 April recent sightings: Weekend warbling

    Good morning. After I baffled you all with my blog post about surveys last week , here is a more “normal” post. Katherine blogged on Sunday and shared some of Tim James’ pictures. Here are a few more: An extremely showy Cetti's warbler : A grasshopper warbler striking...
  • Blog Post: Weekend ramblings

    Well, I've just spent my first weekend for a while on duty in the visitor centre. On the whole the weather has been quite good, and we've had lots of visitors through who have seen some of the newly returned migrants. It's always an exciting time of year, with new birds turning up all the...
  • Blog Post: 15 April recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. We have all been busy this week with various different things. Those of you who have visited the reserve in the last couple of weeks will have noticed that the visitor centre pond has had a haircut: Suzanne has also been busy maintaining the wildlife garden outside the visitor...
  • Blog Post: 11 April recent sightings: April showers

    Good afternoon. Until this morning when it rained, the weather has been great for the last couple of days. Here are a few images that were taken on the reserve yesterday: Two marsh harrier action shots: A pair of great crested grebes exchanging a gift of weeds: A greylag goose flapping...
  • Blog Post: 9 April recent sightings: Things are starting to happen!

    Good afternoon! The recent settled weather has meant that things have started to happen here. Here are a couple of pictures from the last week: A male marsh harrier : A pair of great crested grebes : Image credits: Matt Walton Thank you very much to Matt for sharing these images with...
  • Blog Post: 4 April recent sightings: Barn owl bonanza!

    Good morning! The last couple of days have been absolutely fantastic for barn owls and these beautiful birds have been showing really well. Here are a couple of recent pictures of them: Image credits: Matt Walton I went for a walk after work on Thursday in the evening sunshine. I saw at least...
  • Blog Post: 2 April recent sightings: We are back!

    Good morning! Apologies for the lack of updates recently, there have been technical issues with the blog pages. As usual, I will start by sharing a few photos that were taken recently on the reserve: A male reed bunting : A roe deer : A pair of great crested grebes : A pair of...
  • Blog Post: 22 March recent sightings: How wonderful it is to see the sun!

    Good morning. Once the solar eclipse was over and the sun actually came out on Friday, it was a lovely day. Emma went down the reserve in the morning. She saw a great white egret and two cranes just west of Joist Fen viewpoint. She also heard two bitterns booming in the same area. I finally saw my...