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  • Blog Post: Avocet chicks

    This year two Avocet chicks successfully fledged on the reserve. We still have Avocets with chicks at our Hesketh Out Marsh just up the road if you missed seeing these iconic birds at Marshside. Telescopes are recommended though as the views are unfortunately not as close as you get here. Three Common...
  • Blog Post: Is Autumn here?

    Do 20+ Curlews, 80+ Lapwing, one Pink footed Goose, one Golden Plover and two Snipe mean it is autumn already? There were also good views of a Merlin hunting out on the marsh this afternoon. Common and Green Sandpiper were seen as well.
  • Blog Post: Avocet news!!

    This afternoon the first Avocet chick has hatched. Photographers and other visitors in the hide were lucky to see the first glimpses of the very cute newly hatched chick. The adult birds are still sitting on the nest with the chick and remaining three eggs which should be hatching soon. The chick could...
  • Blog Post: Wet and Windy but still great for wildlife

    Today was very wet and windy on the reserve with the odd hail shower added for good measure, but the wildlife (birds especially) definitely made up for it. Views from Sandgrounder's out across the marsh were difficult first thing but eight European white fronted geese were spotted in amongst the...
  • Blog Post: Closest views you'll get...

    One Avocet chick has been pleasing visitors with the closest views you are likey to to get. It has been feeding so close to the hide that it often went out of view under the windows. This picture was taken on thursday but the family were still there today. Today joining the Avocet family out...
  • Blog Post: Come rain or shine...

    Although it makes for a miserable day out, the rain was much appreciated and the marsh looks all the better for it. And the birds didn't seem to mind too much either. Avocet chicks have not hatched yet but any day now and the first nest should be hatching. Two Lapwing chicks however were showing...
  • Blog Post: Avocets are back!

    Two Avocets arrived back at the reserve today. They were first seen in front of Sandgrounders hide on Suttons Marsh this morning but have since moved over to Rimmers Marsh and can be seen from Nels hide or the half way screen.
  • Blog Post: Great views and good excuses to buy new binoculars

    There were great views of the great white egret in front of the visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) over the weekend. Today the lapwings, golden plover and black-tailed godwits were showing well in good numbers instead. Don't forget if you need to update your binoculors or just want to try...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbill surprise

    Today visitors are been treated to an unusual sight on the reserve. A Spoonbill can be clearly seen from Sandgrounders feeding at the edge of Rainfords lagoon. There are also good views of Avocets and chicks, Redshank, Lapwing and lots of Black headed gull chicks.
  • Blog Post: Superb sparrowhawk

    Here are a few photos taken yesterday of this very obliging juvenile sparrowhawk . The photos were taken from the Visitor Centre (Sandgrounders hide) where it spent most of the morning, either feeding on a previous kill or resting to let it's food go down with a good preen as well.
  • Blog Post: Love nature at Marshside

    There are great views of the surviving Avocet chick in front of Sandgrounders hide (you don't even need binoculars it is that close). Best views in the country?!! Unfortunately earlier in the week we lost the other two chicks but this well one is doing well so fingers crossed!!! There are another...
  • Blog Post: Egg...citing Avocet news

    Two Avocet pairs that have nested in front of Sandgrounder's hide are now sitting on eggs. As of yesterday one pair had three eggs and the other pair had two. A pair of Oystercatchers are also looking like they are going to nest in fron of the hide. Yesterday they were mating and the female keeps...
  • Blog Post: Excellent day for waders

    As well as the fantastic views of the Avocet chicks at Sandgrounders hide. There were also two Little ringed plover on the islands this morning. A spotted redshank has been showing well at Junction pool, over 30 Dunlin and numerous Redshank and Lapwing all enjoying the afternoon sun at Nel's Hide...
  • Blog Post: Life as a Reserve Warden Intern

    It's strange to think that I have been volunteering at RSPB Marshside for nearly 6/7 years on and off now and I am still coming back for more enjoyment. Working alongside the past Warden of the reserve and now working with the present warden and site manager I have been able to digest an awful amount...