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  • Blog Post: Ducks and raptors and reedbed birds

    Water levels are finally beginning to return to normal on most parts of the reserve, with all paths now fully accessible - if a little muddy near the sluice. The Levels are a still looking superb, with shallow floodwater covering the marshes. Huge flocks of ducks are gathering out there, including...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere's Springwatch

    Have you been watching Springwatch on the BBC? It was heartbreaking to see those dead lapwing and osprey chicks yesterday after Friday's massive storm, but I was so pleased to see the goldcrest nest has survived - and as for those treecreepers ! After April's flooding at Minsmere, we know how...
  • Blog Post: The west wind blows

    It was bound to happen. No sooner had I blogged about migrants finally flooding in then the wind swung back to the west, the showers set in, and migration slowed down again. Typical. The main consequence of this has been a relative status quo for the last week. The red-crested pochard remains on Island...
  • Blog Post: A good start to the year

    Last year finished with second highest bird list ever at Minsmere - an impressive 238 species. This year has started in a similar vien, with 101 species recorded on 1 January alone. Here's a few of the highlights from the first week or so of 2012. Several hundred red-throated divers and great...
  • Blog Post: Pretty in pink

    As the spring migration gathers pace, new birds are being added to the reserve year list ever day. The following species have already arrived: Sandwich and common terns, little gulls, sand martins, swallows, house martins, sedge warblers, reed warblers (including the earliest ever Suffolk record), blackcaps...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful winter wildlife

    After the closure due to snow, it's been great to be back at Minsmere and enjoying some of the wonderful winter wildlife on show over the last couple of days. The ice and snow can be a hardship for some species. We try to give some of our reedbed species a helping hand in these conditions by putting...
  • Blog Post: A taste of the Costas

    Firstly, an apology for the lack of recent updates. I've been away for a couple of weeks and with so much work going on at Minsmere I didn't ask anyone to write an update in my absence. Also a reminder that you can see more regular, brief updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. With spring...
  • Blog Post: Happy Christmas

    As another year slowly draws to a close, it's time for my final sightings update of the year. The main news is not much change over the last few weeks. That;s not to say that it's quiet. Far from it. Just that as is usual in mid winter, most of the birds are staying put. An exception was...
  • Blog Post: Island Mere Hide RIP

    Island Mere Hide is dead (almost). Long live Island Mere Hide. For those who haven't heard yet, we are replacing the very old Island Mere with an exciting new one that will offfer improved access for all, better viewing and the same impressive range of species that can be seen from the current...
  • Blog Post: The name is Bond. Mr Bond.

    It's not everyday that we get a superstar visiting Minsmere, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard that Mr Bond was at Minsmere. Yes, 007 himself. Here on the Suffolk coast. OK, so this Mr Bond is not the spy who has single-handedly thwarted every international terrorist for the last...
  • Blog Post: Migrants trickling in

    After the incredibly warm dry early spring, April has been typically damp, cool and windy. This has delayed the arrival of some of our earlier migrants. Sand martins are now being seen daily above the reedbeds, but still in small numbers, and several swallows are now present too. The first house martin...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns on top form

    It's mid March, so bitterns have finally started to steal the show back from otters in Minsmere's reedbeds. During the first early morning survey work last week wardens heard at least eight grunting bitterns. Grunting is the precurso to booming. A kind of tuning up. Although they were less vocal...
  • Blog Post: Popular visitors

    Since my last sightings update, the picture has been much the same. Waxwings have been seen in small numbers on most dates, but rarely lingering for more than a few minutes. Bewick's swan numbers have fluctuated between four and eight, and they're commuting between Island Mere and the Scrape...
  • Blog Post: Emerging from the marshes

    In earlier blogs you'll have read that the much loved old Island Mere Hide and boardwalk are no more. Consigned to the great recycled wood pile so that we can reuse any suitable planks. Gone, but not forgotten. For those who recall treasured memories of incredible wildlife views from Island...
  • Blog Post: Winter is here

    As I sit here and type the sun is trying to break through the heavy black clouds that have been dumping wintry showers on us all morning. We've had reports of snow and hail in nearby villages, and with a strong northerly wind it certainly feels like winter has arrived. For me, the arrival of winter...
  • Blog Post: En suite marsh tits

    There are certainly compensations for being a residential volunteer on an RSPB reserve – non-financial but high value nonetheless. Top of the list has to be the location - surrounded by stunning land- or seascapes and wildlife to match. Here at Leighton Moss, there’s often something to entertain...
  • Blog Post: Exciting sightings

    It's all getting busier here at Leighton Moss and it's high time we posted some more sightings - sorry for the pause since the last one. I am going to start with the Saltmarsh hides because we've had some very nice news from there: three early avocets have been seen over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: On the move or stay at home

    As June drifted seemlessly into July, Minsmere's wildlife responded accordingly. In many ways the birdlife has a more autumnal feel now, with few signs of the recent spring. Meanwhile, for our plants and insects summer is definitely well and truly in full flow. Among our breeding birds, midsummer...
  • Blog Post: Black and white stars

    The star species over the last few days have had a rather monochrome feel to them. Our three long-staying great white egrets remain on Island Mere, where they are often seen resting on the island, or feeding along the reed edge. They are often accompanied by some of our resident little egrets. On Sunday...
  • Blog Post: They're here!

    Well it has been a whirlwind few days but the BBC are here and set up and the presenters have arrived! It is literally too exciting for words! Autumnwatch has arrived! Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham, Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams have been out and about already, filming some of the fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Having a whale of a time

    We often talk about how easy it is to see the UK's largest land mammal (the red deer) at Minsmere. Well, today many of us have been lucky enough to see something far bigger: an impressive humpback whale has been watched close to shore from both Minsmere and National Trust at Dunwich Heath this afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Otter-ly amazing

    One of the great things about working at Minsmere is that we're surrounded by fantastic nature. It's easy to spend hours watching the feeders at the visitor centre, being entertained by flocks of marsh, coal, blue and great tits, chaffinches, greenfinches and goldfinches vying for the prime spots...
  • Blog Post: Leighton Moss - simply superb!

    We seem to have moved into a cold start to the winter but with the cold has come some nice dry weather which means that its a really great time to get out early to see what is about. This morning we held a Birding for Beginners walk around the reserve and we were joined by 14 enthusiastic people who...
  • Blog Post: Starling update

    Following the flooding at Snape and Dingle marshes it's likely that the flocks of starlings roosting at these reserves have declined or moved - I've not had any updates. However, we have at last located a sizable roost - 6-8000 birds - at RSPB North Warren. These are best viewed from the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: There were ten in a bed...

    The latest results of our bittern monitoring are very promising with at least ten males now booming throughout the reedbed. Although they are most vocal early and late in the day, they can be heard at any time - and from anywhere on the reserve. I heard one from outside the visitor centre at lunchtime...