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Lots of water = lots of pintails
The brooks are 100% under water, but the trail still passable with wellies/waterproof boots and all hides accessible, though please be aware this situation may change over the coming days. The floodwaters were covered with thousands of ducks this morning - I estimated ca.210 pintail and 1200 teal...
24 Dec 2012
Weekly wildlife roundup - Like a rubbish dump in India...?
If you have ever been to Asia, you will have probably been past or even birded a local rubbish dump (I kid you not!) and seen large numbers of gulls, storks and raptors feeding on leftovers. It is an amazing sight watching hundreds of black kites circling in the air together. Well we have something...
22 Dec 2012
Godwits, pintails, Bewick's
It has been rather damp for the last week, and it is looking like it will get a lot damper in the next 24 hrs. The brooks here at PB are already about 70% flooded, and teeming with ducks and waders. This month's waterfowl count produced ca.235 black-tailed godwits, 85 pintail, 650 wigeon, 350 teal...
19 Dec 2012
Improving the view from Drewer Hide
Do you remember the female hen harrier that stayed at Fowlmere for a couple of months last winter? It was often seen well from Reedbed Hide, but views from Drewer Hide, although close, were frustratingly brief. See photo here http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3567 in Birdguides article...
15 Dec 2012
Less than zero
Single Bewick's swan on the north brooks all day yesterday with hundreds of the commoner ducks - wigeon, teal, pintail and shoveler. 2 Bewick's swans on the north brooks this morning until about 11.00. Hen harrier still putting in regular appearances and 2 barn owls now hunting along the riverbank...
12 Dec 2012
Recent Sightings - 4-10 December 2012
What a beautiful, frosty and crisp weather! Sun is shining brightly and all vegetation is covered in a layer of sparkling frost, turning the reserve into a really magical place. There is a lot of action on the lochs and at our feeding stations. Even though the weather was not always that good this week...
11 Dec 2012
Work party on Thursday 13th December
At Fowlmere, as at other reserves, facilities such as hides and paths need maintaining, and habitats need to be managed. Sometimes, striking the balance between providing facilities for our visitors and allowing people to enjoy those facilities is difficult to get right. However, we recognise that occasionally...
10 Dec 2012
Waxwings again but not for long
Eleven waxwings appeared just after first light this morning in the same spot as yesterday, but sadly didn't stay long. They flew off north at about 08.30 and were not seen again. Peregrine, hen harrier (hunting over the north brooks this afternoon), buzzard, kestrel, and sparrowhawk all noted today...
7 Dec 2012
Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - November 2012
Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for November 2012: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Short Eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag...
7 Dec 2012
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