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The countdown has begun. It's only 32 days to Christmas - as anyone with children will know. Although advent Sunday is next weekend, we've started the celebrations a week early today with our first Christmas shopping day. The decorations have gone up in the visitor centre. There was a fabulous...
23 Nov 2012
Since my last sightings update, the picture has been much the same. Waxwings have been seen in small numbers on most dates, but rarely lingering for more than a few minutes. Bewick's swan numbers have fluctuated between four and eight, and they're commuting between Island Mere and the Scrape...
17 Nov 2012
With winter's arrival, some of our more exciting winter migrants are beginning to put in an appearance. Waxwings , in particular, are always popular, and there have been many reports from throughout the UK over the last few days. As usual. most are arriving on the east coast before moving inland...
6 Nov 2012
Winter is here
As I sit here and type the sun is trying to break through the heavy black clouds that have been dumping wintry showers on us all morning. We've had reports of snow and hail in nearby villages, and with a strong northerly wind it certainly feels like winter has arrived. For me, the arrival of winter...
27 Oct 2012
A magical week of “mothing” at Minsmere.
Guest blog by Robin Harvey, Sites Manager, North Suffolk Reserves. The awful spring and summer weather in 2012 has had a knock on effect on invertebrates. In general it has been a poor year for moths and the lack of activity has meant a reduction in the amount of effort staff and volunteers have been...
26 Oct 2012
The west wind blows
It was bound to happen. No sooner had I blogged about migrants finally flooding in then the wind swung back to the west, the showers set in, and migration slowed down again. Typical. The main consequence of this has been a relative status quo for the last week. The red-crested pochard remains on Island...
19 Oct 2012
Rare visitors rain down
After days of moaning about the westerly winds, many Suffolk birdwatchers have been getting excited about the prospects offered by a couple of days of easterlies. Sure enough, elsewhere along the coast there have been reports over the last couple of days of yellow-browed warblers , firecrests and a red...
12 Oct 2012
Migration steps up
After a relatively quiet week for birds during the spell of westerly winds, there's definitely been evidence of autumn migration beginning to hit full swing in the last few days. Perhaps the most obvious movements were at sea on Monday, when counts included minima of 575+ gannets , seven great...
9 Oct 2012
Time to celebrate
We're hosting a special celebration event on Saturday to thank our funders, contractors and consultants for their fantastic support during the recent redevelopment work at Minsmere. This event, which will be in the Discovery Centre, is for invited guests and their families. They will all be arriving...
26 Sep 2012
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