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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 15 April 2016

    Another week of contrasting weather; warm sunshine at times followed by thunderstorms and persistent rain on Friday, quite a typical spring week. The birds have been continuing to arrive from Africa throughout the week with additions including reed warbler, grasshopper warbler and common tern....
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 7 April 2016

    A week consisting of typical April weather, mild and sunny days interspersed with cold winds and heavy showers, there was even a pretty impressive thunderstorm one evening. It has been another good week for unusual species on the reserve, with the penduline tit taking up the star position. The penduline...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 1 April 2016

    A week of spring sunshine, with some interspersed cloud. Enough warmth in the sun to bring out some insects. The highlight of the week was the penduline tit , after two months it finally gave itself up for the morning on Thursday being faithful to the area just beyond the first sluice. It was particularly...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 24 March 2016

    This week has seen some good birds at the site again; the penduline tit has been busy keeping people waiting throughout the reserve. It has now been seen either side of Tower Hide, half way along the riverbank and from the river end of Sandy Wall, so it does get around a lot, but it is possible to see...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 18 March 2016

    High pressure has brought a fairly settled week of weather, mainly mild and dry during the day with cool nights. The northerly and easterly winds have kept temperatures down and also held back some of the early returning migrants, although there was some evidence of migration. This week did see...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 10 March 2016

    A snowy start followed by a mild and sunny end to the week with the promise of a mild dry weekend ahead. This week has seen many of our more regular birds showing well. Marsh harriers have been talon grappling, displaying and calling well in recent days; the first few sticks have been seen being...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 4 March 2016

    A week of all weathers, we have had blue sky and sunshine, full cloud, warmth, cold and even heavy sleet, you could say it has been a typical late winter/early spring week. This week’s highlight was a fine male penduline tit , seen and photographed well by a single observer for just five...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 26 February 2016

    A week of relatively settled weather with fairly cool calm conditions. This week has seen a good increase in wildfowl numbers, today from reception; 112 gadwall, 12 pochard, 18 shoveler and nine tufted ducks. These ducks are busy pairing up and displaying making their interesting mating calls....
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 18 February 2016

    Another pleasant week with sunny spells, a few showers and in contrast to recent weeks, it was mostly calm. Avian highlights this week have included the Siberian type chiffchaff seen and heard on Thursday, most probably Wednesday too. This intriguing bird has sparked a bit of a debate as it has...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 12 February 2016

    A very similar week to last week weather-wise; strong winds to begin followed by a calm spell of pleasant early spring weather. One of the key themes of the week has been departure: flocks of fieldfare and redwing have been seen throughout the week, mostly at dawn and dusk. These birds appear to...
  • 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...