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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 5 February 2016

    This week has been mostly dry, mild and earlier in the week very windy. The star bird this week was the Siberian chiffchaff , which returned briefly on Saturday and Sunday along the riverbank. The bird stayed long enough for a few people to see it and then it was gone, until I heard it again in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 9 January 2016

    Wet, mild, and very wind to end, just about sums up this weeks weather! It has not quite decided which season it should be at the moment, so unsurprisingly the wildlife is also beginning to feel a little confused. Sightings from the fen this week have included a hen harrier, a juvenile male seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 22 January 2016

    A freezing start to the week brought ice to much of the reserve, but with clear skies it was a most pleasant until Friday when a mass of warmer air arrived, bringing cloud and rain to the fen. The colder conditions did not push the hoped for wildfowl to the area, perhaps it was too little too late...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 17 January 2016

    Winter has finally arrived! As I write this sightings blog the sky is blue, the air is crisp and Reception Broad is covered in ice apart from a 15m hole containing over 50 ducks of varying species. A cold snap has come as quite a shock to the system, but a welcome and quite needed shock. The avian...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 27 December 2015

    With the mild weather still with us, it has at times, felt quite spring like over the past week. While we have calendars to tell us that it is in fact still December, some birds have really started to sing rather well in recent days. The classic fen species are all being seen with some frequency from...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 18 December 2015

    Another incredibly mild week, with night time temperatures holding at 12 degrees! This mild weather has caused a slight lull in winter bird movements. The highlight (for me) this week was finding an intermediate phase snow goose with the pink footed geese on the 11 th at Buckenham, this bird did not...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 5 December 2015

    This week has been quite mild, but as is the usual story the wind has been quite relentless at times. The stand out days of the week were Wednesday and Friday where the sun shone all day and the temperature of around 13 degrees felt quite mild. The week’s highlights have included many of the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 27 November 2015

    A brief blog this week I'm afraid. The main events of this week were a short eared owl on wednesday seen in the meadows and a female goosander on the Reception Broad on the same day. We have had a report that the taiga bean geese have arrived back at Buckenham and Cantley, on Thursday 22 were...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 20 November 2015

    A very mild start to the week, with southerly winds followed by Barney, the first depression of the late autumn period; gusts of 50mph+ were recorded in the area. The end of the week has seen a drop in temperatures and it looks like that is set to continue through the weekend and then due to rise again...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 13 November 2015

    Another mild week with mixed weathers, there is even a hint of November in the air today, but its still nice and sunny, a bit windy though. This week has seen a steady flow of winter migrants, mostly winter thrushes , but also siskins and redpolls flying over. The siskin flock has broken up a little...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 6 November 2015

    A very mild week with a mixture of fog rain and patchy blue skies. The winds have predominantly been from the southern half and have veered from southwest through to south east throughout the week. The fen has taken on a more wintery assemblage of species despite the mild weather. Fieldfare and redwing...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 28 October 2015

    The clocks have changed and all of a sudden the evenings are dark, however it does mean that there is more light before work for wildlife watching. Birds are certainly on the move at the moment; there has been a fairly steady stream of chaffinches, siskins and redpolls over the reserve over the past...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 16 October 2015

    A week of easterly winds from Russia, cloud with occasional showers is certainly a forecast you want to see in October if you are after migrant birds... and they have started arriving. The star bird of the week has to go to a fine great grey shrike; myself and the work party found this bird by coincidence...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw fen recent sightings 8 October 2015

    I have been away for two weeks and it looks like autumn has arrived in my absence! The trees have started to get a bronzy tint and leaves are starting to fall in the wind already. Yesterdays grey sky and showery rain compared to today’s bright blue sky and chill in the air confirms the autumnal...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings, Strumpshaw Fen 18th September 2015

    A very mixed bag of weather once again this week with some bright sunny spells along with a fair amount of rain, particularly on Wednesday when it didn’t appear to stop all day. The fen speciality species are still showing well from around the fen, these include kingfishers, bitterns and bearded...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 14th September 2015

    The past week has seen some more subtle changes of season. The warblers are slowly thinning out in number while the overhead passage is just starting to commence. The overhead passage has mainly consisted of the first trickle of siskins and meadow pipits, this will increase over the coming month. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 28 August 2015

    A largely pleasant week of sunny spells although Wednesday will be remembered for its very heavy rain, which flooded nearby roads and topped up the fen a bit! We still have the great white egret in residence, it has remained very faithful to Tower Hide Broad for the past 7 days and is still happily...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 14 August

    A fine mid August week with a good amount of sunshine, overcast humid conditions and a small amount of rain on Thursday night. This weeks star bird was a great white egret, this grey heron sized egret came in from the east on Monday morning and spent three days...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 5th August 2015

    A short update I’m afraid this week due to other work pressures. The highlights of the week included a single swallowtail butterfly seen on Saturday. This could be the first of the second brood or it could be the entire second brood! Last year we saw just 3-8 butterflies for second brood and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 31st July

    Yet another mixed week of weather, with below average temperatures, cool nights, showers, wind, as well as warm sunny spells to remind us of the season. Despite the weather we have had some good sightings over the week. We are pleased to see that the second bittern nest is still active from Fen Hide...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24th July 2015

    A sunny start to the week with dark rain clouds building as I write, this has produced a week of butterflies, dragonflies as well as some bird species featuring on this weeks round up. Swallowtail caterpillars can be seen in all stages of their development from the small black and white stage right...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 17th July 2015

    This week started off overcast and drizzly and ended up hot and windy, so once again we have seen a range in weathers bringing a range of sightings. Now is the traditional quiet time for birds at the fen. The birds have had a very busy time for the past 3 months singing, feeding young and in some...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 2nd July

    Wow what a hot week! The weather here at Strumpshaw has been up to 31 degrees on Wednesday, with warm sunny spells to continue into the early part of the weekend at least. The hot weather has certainly had a large affect on the wildlife here at the fen. The invertebrates have had yet another explosion...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th June

    This week has seen some warm sunny weather and some cold windy weather, so the sightings for the week have been up and down with the weather conditions playing a large part in what is seen each day. Swallowtail butterflies are past their peak now, so the chances of connecting with this magnificent...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 15th June

    When the sun shines the fen comes to life! Thursday was a very nice sunny day and rewarded visitors with good views of many swallowtails, Norfolk hawkers, scarce chasers as well as marsh harriers and bitterns! The adult marsh harriers are still busy feeding their young, with many food passes occurring...