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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Flaming June? Not really!

    Well it's not quite the wettest June we've had since we started recording rainfall here, (that honour currently goes to June 1997, when 184.4 mm was recorded) but it is getting close! Since Dave's blog last Sunday, not including yesterday's deluge, we have had an additional 37 mm of rain...
  • Blog Post: Moths and monsoons

    It has been a busy week and a very wet one here at Lakenheath Fen. So here is a little recap on what has been going on. We have had 34mm of rainfall in the last 4 days and half way into June we have already had slightly more than the average rainfall for the whole month and boy has it tipped down...
  • Blog Post: 15 June recent sightings: Damp dragonflies and damselflies

    Good morning. I will start off where I left off with some recent sightings from Saturday afternoon. A spotted flycatcher was feeding in the big willow near the visitor centre and the ringed white stork that has been hanging around the area recently flew over Mere Hide. There was also some excitement...
  • Blog Post: 11 June recent sightings: Moths take centre stage

    Good afternoon. I will carry on where I left off on Wednesday. Volunteer Nigel saw a red kite over the Washland viewpoint. I returned from a successful stint on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Wildlife Hour and was presented with a poplar hawkmoth that was trapped on the reserve on Tuesday evening: Image...
  • Blog Post: 8 June recent sightings: Back to summer

    Good morning. Apologies for the lack of updates recently, I haven’t been around much recently. I will begin by sharing an image of the white stork that flew over the visitor centre last Thursday: Image credit: Alan Johnson Thank you very much to Alan for sharing this great image with us...
  • Blog Post: 3 June recent sightings: When the winter winds are blowing thrill

    Good morning. It has quite honestly felt like winter here this week so I will begin with a picture that was taken in more summery conditions last Saturday: Four spotted chaser and scarce chaser : Image credit: Liz Knowles Thank you very much to Liz for sharing this great image with us. ...
  • Blog Post: Cranes (& others) caught on camera!

    Good morning. It has been like winter here over the last couple of days so in an attempt to brighten things up a bit, I thought that I would share an image from one of our reserve trail cameras from the last couple of days: Yes, it’s one of our crane parents and it has two chicks. How exciting...
  • Blog Post: 30 May recent sightings: Breezy Bank Holiday

    Good afternoon, as Katherine blogged some recent sightings yesterday, I will try to put a slightly different spin on today’s post. I will start off with some interesting news that we received this morning: As some of you may now, each year, we fit small numbers of our young marsh harriers with...
  • Blog Post: Aliens still emerging! And other sightings.

    Well, it's the end of another busy week, with lots going on down the reserve again. The non-avian stars of the moment are still the ever-emerging dragonflies coming out of our pond bed near the visitor centre. As I type, there are another four people staring intently into the vegetation, with warden...