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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 24 October recent sightings: Some welcome whoopers and a brief encounter with a wizard

    Good morning. As promised from my blog post on Tuesday, here are the pictures that were taken on the reserve on Monday: A redwing : An otter showing how long it is: Image credits: Matt Walton Thank you very much to Matt for sharing these pictures with us. Suzanne and John were lucky...
  • Blog Post: 21 October recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. It has all been a bit mad here recently with Sunday's Race for Wildlife. However, there is still plenty to see and I some pictures that were taken from and around Mere Hide at the end of last week: Some lovely shots of kingfishers : A female reed bunting : A long...
  • Blog Post: 17 October recent sightings. "Well, I'm back!"

    Good morning. Apologies for the lack of updates for the last two weeks, I have been volunteering for the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) at Poda protected area . Here is a picture of me helping out with a reptile survey: Image credit: Yuri Kornilev Anyhow, now is not the...
  • Blog Post: 3 October recent sightings: Good morning October!

    Good morning all. It has remained dry and mild all week which has been good news for the wildlife that calls the reserve home. I will begin with some pictures that were taken here on Tuesday: A lovely male bearded tit : Two female bearded tits : A kingfisher : Image credits: Matt...
  • Blog Post: 26 September recent sightings: Kingfisher quest indeed!

    Good afternoon. The local hobbys have been out and about this week and here are a few pictures that were taken here earlier on in the week: Image credits: Matt Walton Thank you very much to Matt for sending these great images over. I have been elsewhere for most of the week but I returned...
  • Blog Post: 22 September recent sightings: The Long Walk

    Good morning. I went and did a recce for yesterday's "Long Walk" on Saturday. Although it was quite damp, I heard lots of bearded tits and saw plenty of roe deer. There was also a very damp ruddy darter resting on some riverbank vegetation: Image credit: David White I lead the...
  • Blog Post: 19 September recent sightings: Stars of September

    Good morning. Two species have definitely dominated the headlines this week: kingfishers and hobbys . Both species have been showing very well and have also been performing in front of the cameras. Here are some great pictures that we have been sent this week: Some action shots of kingfishers : ...
  • Blog Post: Its "bat" time of year!

    I last blogged on Saturday afternoon , just before I had a very successful evening looking for bats with the Lakenheath Fen Kingfishers Wildlife Explorers club. As I said in my post, I had already been lucky enough to see an otter earlier on in the day and a lucky visitor had also seen one from New Fen...
  • Blog Post: 13 September recent sightings: Sun, fun(gi) & much, much more!

    Good evening. We have had a nice couple of days here at RSPB Lakenheath Fen so here is an update on what has been going on. I went for a walk around Brandon Fen yesterday morning and it was a lovely, sunny morning. The Brecks part of the reserve looked really rather autumnal: Image credit: David...