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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...
11 Feb 2013
Knots fear not
The big ‘spring’ tides of the autumn blow in again soon (seasons can get confusing can't they!) and the birds are even more mobile than usual. On the September spring tides our Marshside guided walk participants enjoyed some great close-up views of knots and dunlins out on the estuary...
5 Oct 2012
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.
24 Sep 2012
Blue winged teal photos as promised
As promised here are a couple of photos taken by local birder Neill Hunt who spotted the bird first. Thanks Neill.
16 Sep 2012
It was certainly a first for me! Blue winged teal at Junction pool screen today at midday doing exactly what it says in the book; associating with shovelers . Consensus from the birding crowd was that it was an adult female. According to BTO the last record of these American birds turning up in the area...
16 Sep 2012
I just paused on the coast road to look across the vastness of the estuary in the hope of either the short-eared owl seen last week or one of the marsh harriers (a male is around as well as a few juveniles). Quite sensibly, raptors were not bothering to fly in what was turning into quite a gale. What...
14 Sep 2012
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.
27 Feb 2012
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...
4 Dec 2011
Last minute decision paid off
As I was about to leave Marshside today I thought I'll just check the saltmarsh from the end of the sand works. I'm glad i did! First was a Peregrine perched up, then a buzzard also perched up, then a Marsh Harrier flying/hunting over the marsh and then a Kestrel also hunting. But the best...
24 Sep 2011
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