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  • 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: Good start to 2015 and a Happy New Year to All.

    2nd January, 2015 Shelduck flying along a turbulent estuary against a backcloth of snowy Scottish hills. 4th January, Dawned bright and sunny - no wind and much warmer than of late. Before the tide came in there were a good number of Oystercatchers and small grey waders out on the mudflats...
  • Blog Post: New year, new things!

    We're slowly getting back into gear at Rye Meads after the Christmas break, and despite a weekend where the weather spent one entire day pouring with rain on us, and one day where the entire reserve was shrouded in freezing fog (!) we managed to gather a reasonable list of sightings together, including...
  • Blog Post: A Reflection on 2014

    As expected, 2014 got off to a good start at Tollie with the number of red kites coming in to feed reaching double figures, along with the usual mob of buzzards, crows and gulls. As spring developed, we started to see bonding activities as the resident kites at Tollie started to reaffirm their pair bonds...
  • Blog Post: A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13th December 2014

    A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13 th December 2014 On a clear frosty afternoon much of the water on the Reserve was frozen. A walk round the ‘loop’ elicited a small flock of finches over the arable fields and a Buzzard flying beyond. Frozen pool by the 'broken'...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen Las Hide, 12 th ). This Green-winged Teal...
  • Blog Post: An Appeal for the Living – Help us Find our Lost Kites

    Red kites and Buzzards in the north of Scotland have been in the news quite a bit this year with the poisoning incident that happened in the spring; see the previous blog for details. This sort of thing is not the only hazard that a kite faces during its life. To this end we have a monitoring process...
  • Forum Thread: River Weaver walk

    A beautifully sunny day with clear blue sky so too nice a day not to get out on a walk which lasted 5 hours, meandering from Northwich town centre past Carey Park and towards the River Weaver, a quick look around Neuman's flashes area and back along the Weaver. It was a mixed day for photo opportunities...
  • Media: Buzzard Overhead

    Buzzard take somewhere south of Aberfoyle
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 25th October- 1st November 2014

    Hi, The Dyfi Estuary plays host to the only regular wintering flock of Greenland White-Fronted Geese in the whole of Wales and England, therefore news of our first returning birds, ten on the 28 th October, was a real highlight on the reserve this week. The geese were sighted regularly throughout...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 11th-24th October 2014

    Hi, Welcome to an eventful fortnightly addition of the sightings blog. With so much going on at this time of year it’s been difficult to pick a highlight, however two daytime sightings of otter, one from Domen Las Hide (20 th ) and one from the Ynys Eidiol viewing screen (23 rd ) is exciting...
  • Blog Post: An early Autumn Miscellany

    2nd September. A flat calm estuary with Shelduck out on the mudflats . Good to see so many Bumblebees amongst the clover planted partly as a green manure and partly as an end of the season seed crop for birds. 4th September. Another warm sunny day brought out the bees. A large...
  • Blog Post: We beheld Nature's Canvas - 18th October.

    I stuck my nose out of the door - to test the air, as it were – and was amazed to find how warm it was! I could see that there was a good rip on the tide and that the trees were definitely rocking. Called to Judith, “You won’t need a heavy anorak on today – but put your wellington...
  • Forum Thread: stonechat? and friends

    I thought I was photographing linnet as I see them in this area quite regularly but I believe these to be stonechat, unless you know different! dark head and the half collar being the identifying features. the buzzard is quite majestic and nice to see that there are some grouse left after Aug 12th...
  • Forum Thread: Coastal holiday wildlife (Wales)

    Not long back from a 5 day/4 night camping holiday on the Welsh coast and wanted to share my experience with you. It was the first time I have been to this particular camp site and I'll be sure to return: Camped within a stones throw of the sea Obviously there were gulls, Herring and black...
  • Blog Post: Perfect Day

    After a weeks holiday I had probably the most enjoyable trip of the year today at Mull Eagle Watch with a great group of 20 visitors. The weather was overcast this morning and rain was forecast this afternoon, but it held off until after the walk when I was on the way home. After giving an introduction...
  • Blog Post: Hairy shield-bugs and hobbies

    Everyday now we wonder if the hobbies will head off on the start of their migration, but at least one bird is still lingering around the new heath and was seen several times today. Eight or nine buzzards were up in the air together around mid - day, although rather distant and hard to see in the hazy...
  • Blog Post: The impressive high tide wader roosts of Campfield Marsh - late August.

    The Solway estuary is recognised as a site of international importance for both Eurasian Oystercatchers and red Knot, holding the 2nd and 10th largest population respectively, within the UK. These overwintering waders mainly feed on cockles, mussels and Baltic tellins from the tidal mudflats and are...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Weekend Sat 6th & Sun 7th September

    Next weekend is Raptor Weekend here at Arne! We will be having viewpoints manned by volunteers and staff in the most likely spots for seeing birds of prey. Its fun for all the family as we will also have a trail for children to follow with prizes if they get all of the answers! Over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Flying High

    The white-tailed eagle chick from the Glen Seilisdeir nest fledged safely back at the beginning of August and, after over a week spending much of its time on the ground in the clearing below the nest, is now to be seen soaring high above Tiroran Forest and the adjacent moorland. Last week the visitors...
  • Media: Buzzard

    See these everyday, and it's always a great sight
  • Blog Post: Further July reminiscences

    LONNING AND RAISED BOG With the hot sunny days of summer, bird song has fallen silent with birds concentrating on raising their young. However, welcome colour to our suite of wildlife has been provided by the burgeoning insect life. The hedgerows and meadows were alive with butterflies, dragonflies...
  • Blog Post: The Spring of Awakening

    I was ignorant. That was my first mistake. Don’t get me wrong- I consider myself to be a nice person and constantly strive to say the right things and do my best at all times, trying my hardest to generally be a decent member of society. I’m sure I speak for most people when I say this...
  • Forum Thread: moorland walk-harassed by curlews and a stranger in town (ID)

    I can identify most of them but the little grey bird around the reservoir I don't know as for the rest- Buzzard, Curlew, Grouse, Lapwing. Golden Plover, Meadow pipit, Mistle ? Thrush, Cormorant and is the grey one a stint?
  • Forum Thread: Assorted Photos From My Mid-Wales Trip (inc: Monty & Glesni!) :)

    Hi again! As a special early birthday present, and because of recent ill-health, my best friend Sue treated me to a few days in Aberystwyth last week, somewhere I'd always wanted to visit but had never got around to! It was lovely there. Gorgeous seafront with amazing views across Cardigan Bay and...