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  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th -22nd February 2015

    Hi, During my final week as a Mid Wales Conservation Intern it was the large high tides that produced excellent wildlife watching. An early start in the Breakwater Hide on the 20 th produced good wader numbers on the Breakwater field including, 105+ Dunlin , 100+ Redshank , 16x Bar-tailed Godwit ...
  • Blog Post: Aren't birds brilliant!

    One thing I like about working at Middleton, is that you are never far away from a wildlife encounter. While I am writing today, I can hear a pair of kingfishers on the moat by the office. They have been a great thing to watch this week as they zoom up and down chasing each other, perching in the over...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 20 February

    A fine sunny start to the week gave us t-shirt weather while working for the first time this year. This warm sunny weather broke on Thursday afternoon when all of a sudden 12 hours of rain hit us. The fen has seen a busy half term week for people, luckily there were good viewing opportunities for...
  • Blog Post: Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of. Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon It was Valentine’s last Saturday. How did you show the love? I bought flowers for my wife but I also sent...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th -15th February 2015

    Hi, Of the five British owl species, the Barn Owl is one of the most nocturnal in habit, therefore a day flying Barn Owl observed hunting over Covert Coch (10 th ) was a real treat and a personal highlight for me on the reserve this week. Another sign of Barn Owl presence on the reserve are their...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming . . .

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month II

    There have been some really crisp clear days so far this month – perfect for wildlife watching. This blog is all about some of the wonderful wildlife you can see around Scotland in February. What to see in Scotland this month II When I was little my favourite creature to spot any time I was...
  • Blog Post: Activity in the mist - 8th February

    It started as a rather unpromising day with a thick mist over the Reserve and Estuary. At 1.45pm, we could just to say detect small skeins of Barnacles passing west along the shoreline. High tide was due at about 2.30 pm which is when this sort of movement usually occurs, so we concluded that the mist...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd -8th February 2015

    Hi, Temperatures plummeted as high pressure took charge this week, this led to all of the reserve’s waterbodies freezing over and the wetland birds moving to the estuary in search of open water. The highlight on the main reserve was a 2 nd winter Glaucous Gull which roamed the saltmarsh between...
  • Blog Post: The Coombes Concert - conducted by Heather Watkins?!

    Don’t be fooled by the quietness of our woodland valley in the heart of winter. There is lots of life and as spring nears, the woodland appears to ‘wake’as the birds become vocal again. Even now, in snowy February, it is impossible not to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds...
  • Blog Post: Frozen February Sightings

    What has been about this week? Out on the wetlands, it has been fairly quiet with the water being frozen on some days. The usual tea l, shoveler, mallard , gadwall , goldeneye , tufted ducks, great-crested grebes and shelducks are spread out between Fisher’s mill, Jubilee and the North pit....
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say β€œYes In My Backyard!”

    RSPB Scotland Youth Officer, Nicole Brandon has this new blog on a fantastic new project the Edinburgh Phoenix group are raising funds for. Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say “Yes In My Backyard!” This February, Edinburgh Phoenix group are asking for help in raising the funds...
  • Blog Post: January records of wintering wildfowl and waders at Campfield - amongst other things.

    Flock of 2000+ Barnacles viewed from Campfield Lonning looking NE, 29 1 15 (credit - U Reungsuwan) Good numbers of wintering duck, geese and waders have been reported from the Reserve this month. The most spectacular sightings for us birdwatchers were on those days where the highest tides of that...
  • Blog Post: Recent January sightings.

    The weather has been so changeable this week with it feeling rather balmy and spring like on Tuesday to the snowy infused wind gusts of Thursday. The wildlife doesn’t know whether to sing for territory or fight over scraps of frozen food! When it has felt more Spring like, the impact on the...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 19th-24th January 2015

    Hi, In a week with large high tides fingers were crossed that a few goodies would turn up on the reserve. We weren’t left disappointed with 1x Bean Goose in amongst a flock of 25x Greenland White-fronted Geese (viewed from Poggles Bench, 24 th ), 2x Slavonian Grebe (Estuary, 22 nd ) and 1x Glaucous...
  • Forum Thread: Can you please identify these birds?

    I was participating in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch when I saw this pair of birds at the end of my garden. They were about 150 feet away from where I was standing. Can you tell me what they are please?
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 12th-18th January 2015

    Hi, A calm frosty start to the 18th provided the perfect opportunity to head out onto the reserve and do a bit of wildlife watching. On arrival at the Visitor Centre a Water Rail skidded across the frozen pools below. A Woodcock rose up from a small woodland pool on the lower Green Trail. Further...
  • Blog Post: Gallery Exhibition by Illustrator Phil Hayes 20th January – 20th March

    The new exhibition at Geltsdale Visitor Centre features the work of London based illustrator Phil Hayes. Inspired by childhood books and charts, he presents a series of pen and ink portraits of British birds. Working in black and white, and with little or no attention paid to background details, the...
  • Blog Post: A few more Winter sightings.

    2nd December Little Egrets seen flying along the saltmarsh. 4 seen at Saltmarsh Pool at 11am. Barnacles by Saltmarsh Pool. Dave had counted 540 on the saltmarsh early morning. Cheviots brought down from Haweswater Reserve for winter lowland grazing. Lapwings gathering...
  • Blog Post: Helping our birds through the winter

    Kat Jones, RSPB Scotland’s Public Affairs Manager in South and West Scotland, looks at the importance of feeders for birds during the colder months. Helping our birds through the winter The weather may be chilly and the evenings dark, but, for me, this is the time of year when I look forward...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 5th-11th January 2015

    Hello and Happy New Year to you all! I’ll begin with an update on “JNA” a drake Teal with a lime green nasal saddle . The bird sighted on the Ynys Edwin pool back in December was ringed in 2012 on the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux, France. Over 160 Teal remain on the Ynys Edwin pool...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month

    There’s plenty of wonderful wildlife to enjoy in Scotland and each month of the year can offer you something different. This blog is all about the sights you could see across the country in January. What to see in Scotland this month Throwing your head back and suddenly kicking out your feet...
  • Blog Post: Rough weather - 7th January 2015