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  • Blog Post: They're almossssst ready

    The benches that is....but more on those later! This week has been a mixture of office work (never the popular choice as spring is springing outside!) and a good bit of survey work to cheer us up. Dave and I have finally finished the Annual Report, which summarises everything that happened at Lakenheath...
  • Blog Post: Here today, gone tomorrow

    After all of the crane related excitement of Sunday, things have returned to some state of normality on the reserve. Although there are five cranes in the area again, that doesn’t make them any easier to see........................... Take Monday for example, Dave, our Site Manager went for...
  • Blog Post: Bird of prey days

    In a way, all of this fine weather is misleading. We all thought that it would bring in lots of summer migrants. In reality though, things have been happening fairly slowly. One possible explanation is it may be something to so with the weather conditions further south. I heard the other day that there...
  • Blog Post: Much ado about a swan

    You may have noticed in the last recent sightings blog post there was mention of a Bewick’s swan on the washland north of west wood on Sunday afternoon. Opinion was split as to the identity of the bird. It was associating with mutes and was rather distant. It was almost a 50% split as to whether...
  • Blog Post: Woodpecker wonderland!

    More about today’s blog title in a minute, but I will start with a few reports from the last couple of days. The great grey shrike was still present yesterday and it was favouring the Brandon Fen family trail. There was also good numbers of wildfowl on the washland. This included three shovelers...
  • Blog Post: How can something so big be so difficult to see?!

    I find myself asking myself the very above question quite often! Despite the fact that “our” young crane can now fly, it (and its parents for that matter) have been keeping an extremely low profile over the last couple of days, and had not been seen at all since Saturday. However, “the...
  • Blog Post: The egret has landed (for a while)

    As they say, life is full of surprises! A few lucky visitors saw a great egret on the river near Joist Fen viewpoint. It eventually flew west and was lost to view as it disappeared beyond the far end of the reserve. Here is a photograph of the bird in question taken by Ken Clegg: These birds...
  • Blog Post: A busy week

    It has been an extremely busy week with lots going on both work and wildlife wise. Here are some of the highlights. A red kite is still wandering around the area and it was seen here on Sunday. I saw presumably the same bird just the other side of RAF Lakenheath yesterday. There are still plenty of...
  • Blog Post: May, May, please don't go away

    The month of May at Lakenheath Fen is a pretty hectic month. The reserve is extremely busy with both birds and people. Lots of people have been coming to the reserve for a chance to hear and see the elusive golden orioles and some of them have been lucky, whether it is just a fleeting glimpse of one...
  • Blog Post: The proof of the pudding

    As promised here is one of the pictures of otter taken on the reserve on Monday. I hope the link works!: 4617.Otter.docx Thank you very much to Scott Pollock who was lucky enough to take the picture of this elusive creature. It is not just here at Lakenheath Fen that otters have been showing...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns are like buses...............

    .......... You wait for for one ages and four turn up as once. Yes, you did read it right, four! We were lucky enough to see four bitterns display flying high over New Fen viewpoint this morning. It was amazing! At least three were flying around together for at least ten minutes. Hopefully somebody managed...
  • Blog Post: These are the days!

    The last couple of days here have just been magical! The weather has been fantastic and there has been plenty to see. Things started well on Sunday morning with a grass snake swimming across the visitor centre pond. Here is a picture of one from later on in the day: Photo credit: Tim James The...
  • Blog Post: Fun in the sun!

    Just in case you were wondering, we still haven’t positively identified the mystery bird from yesterday’s blog post. However, we have sent it to several people including the Dorset bird recorder (long story!) so let’s hope we find out soon. When we know, you will know! It has been...
  • Blog Post: September RSPB Ouse Washes sightings

    Please find the attached sightings from another great month of birding at RSPB Ouse Washes. Here are some of the highlights. Please note that all records mentioned below are peak counts: · Purple heron - (1/9/- 5/9) · Glossy Ibis - 2 (20/9) · Spoonbill - 3 (21/9) ...
  • Blog Post: Things are warming up!

    Wow its warm today, it has got over 10 degrees! The vast majority of the ice and snow have now melted and things are now gradually getting back to normal on the reserve. There was still plenty of ice around on the reserve yesterday morning and I saw a weasel scuttling across the ice in front of me in...
  • Blog Post: Cranes in the rain

    I don’t know about you but I miss spring! The last few days have not felt anything like the season when everything wakes up from its winter slumber. However, our “locals” have been continuing with their daily lives........ Both pairs of cranes were seen yesterday, presumably looking...
  • Blog Post: What a difference the sun makes!

    The sun has been shining on the reserve for the last couple of days which has been fantastic. Its amazing how all of our local wildlife responds to a bit of warmth in the air though. Two things before I start though: Firstly, the spoonbill has not been seen since Friday and secondly, the photos that...
  • Blog Post: The icon

    Much has been said about the bird on the RSPB logo, the avocet . Despite being quite numerous as nesting birds in the Fens, they are by no means a common sight here. However, on Friday, two of these beauties dropped into the washland pool: Photo credit: Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: It begins.......................

    This recent period of settled weather has certainly made it feel more spring like. A small trickle of summer migrants have now arrived and hopefully more will come soon. A wheatear was on wires near Lakenheath railway station on Monday and there are now plenty of chiffchaffs singing their name on the...
  • Blog Post: Hide and seek

    Bird of prey identification difficult can be very difficult. After much deliberation and head scratching whilst looking at photos, the possible black kite from Sunday seems to be in fact a marsh harrier . The bird had some tail feathers missing and looked very dark which didn’t help with identification...
  • Blog Post: An interesting hobby

    Hooray, the hobbys are back! It is always wonderful to see them hawking for insects high over the reedbed. During our Wednesday walkabout this morning, two were hunting over New Fen North. One even flew directly overhead, so that we could admire its red stockings! This fails in comparison with what was...
  • Blog Post: This morning's blog post and Lakenheath railway crossing closure

    Unfortunately, this morning’s blog post doesn’t seem to have appeared on the Lakenheath Fen website so here is another link to it: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/lakenheathfen/b/lakenheathfen-blog/archive/2012/06/23/making-a-quot-beeline-quot-for-the-reserve.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye January, hello February!

    Before I launch into another week of sightings, (there are a lot by the way!) Here are just a few loose ends from last week. Firstly, I have attached the results from the bird ringing demonstration here on Saturday. As you can see, it was very successful and 87 birds were caught in total. Secondly...
  • Blog Post: Its "bat" time again

    Although it took a while for things to get going, we had a very enjoyable bat night last night. It seems that New Fen viewpoint was the place to be, with a noctule patrolling back and forth just after dark. There were also plenty of pipistrelles around. These were mostly common pipistrelles , which can...
  • Blog Post: Hunting in Botany Bay

    This week, and the end of last, has seen us undertaking a hunt for the larvae of an extremely rare species of moth, known to make Lakenheath Fen its home. The Marsh Carpet moth , which is Nationally Scarce, is found in wetland habitats such as fen and marsh. While the moth is distinctive in appearance...