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What long ears you have!
Over the past couple of weeks the lovely long-eared owl has been making an appearance on the reserve. Because these owls are so well camouflaged and roost during the day, they can be hard to spot and easy to disturb. We've set up a Viewpoint in the scrub allowing you to see them whilst letting...
29 Jan 2012
Last chance for long-eared owls
Hi everyone, I blogged a few weeks ago that we'd be leaving Saltholme's long-eared owls to their own devices soon. That time has almost arrived. Sunday 13 March will be the last day of long-eared owl viewing. Another great shot from the gallery , this time from Degsy - thanks! ...
11 Mar 2011
Ducks, geese and some owls too
Hi everyone, The highlight for many visitors was the two white-fronted geese that were in front of Paddy's pool hide. Toby took a video of them, which you can watch over at Saltholme's YouTube page . They're called white-fronted because they've got a white forehead, not because they've...
3 Mar 2011
Even owls need their beauty sleep
Hi everyone, March is creeping closer, which means that we'll be leaving Saltholme's long-eared owls to their own devices soon. Most long-eared owls that spend the winter in communal roosts in Britain have migrated from Scandinavia - so our lot will be heading across the North Sea over...
24 Feb 2011
Feet for every occasion
Hi everyone, Today's update is brought to you by feet of every kind. With feet built for climbing trees, we've had no fewer than two male great spotted woodpeckers in the trees by the visitor centre. Voles and mice are the quarry of choice for the feet of the long-eared owls, which continue...
12 Feb 2011
Peregrines, ducks and a party in the scrub
Hi everyone, February is here, though things haven't changed all that much at Saltholme. Some visitors were treated to the amazing spectacle of two peregrines patrolling the vast expanse of grassland, almost in tandem. Toby snapped this goldeneye from Saltholme Pools Hide. The fanciful...
2 Feb 2011
No owls on Monday
Hi everyone, We're doing a little bit of work up near Haverton, so the cycle way and the Wildflower Walk will be closed. This also means that we won't be able to show people the long-eared owls. We should be all finished by the end of the day, ready to show you the owls on Tuesday. Bye...
30 Jan 2011
All change at Saltholme
Hi everyone, Who'd believe it? From snow, snow, snow and ice, ice, ice, to signs of spring ... all within 3 weeks! The last lingerer was the ice on most of Saltholme's lakes and ponds. Thankfully it's all gone now and things have been hotting up. The ducks are starting to display and...
13 Jan 2011
It's still winter ...
Hi everyone, We're still in the grip of winter at Saltholme. Last time I blogged, I was hoping that some of the ducks, geese and swans would make their way back to Saltholme, but most of the ponds and lakes are still frozen. At the moment, it's still the tough (they told me to say that) mallards...
6 Jan 2011
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