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  • Blog Post: Mammals and insects come into their own in mid July.

    8th July . Sunshine and showers most of the day but substantially cooler due to the NNW wind. The Tawny Owl put in a short appearance in the hamlet early afternoon. 6 Goldfinches; lots of Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows; 2 Male Bullfinches and a juvenile were on the feeders. At 4.30pm, a group...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. S.P x 2 - Pair of Sedge Warblers, Stonechat, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Summary.

    10th June. A hot sunny day brought forth a range of creatures for us to view. Catching up on sleep perhaps? Mallard and Shelduck enjoying the channel off Scargavel Point, on a hot sunny day. Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. House Sparrow on gorse. Large Red Damselfly. Sheep...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: A splendid walk round the Loop (Blue route).

    On a brisk but sunny 1st of May, we had a splendid afternoon walk round the 'Loop' route. There was a cold easterly wind blowing which had cleared the sky and transformed the landscape - with a powder blue sky and billowing clouds. Billowing clouds and powder blue sky. As we crossed...
  • Blog Post: Highlights - last week in April, 2015

    24th April. Spring sunshine - the Lonning . . . . . . with the track carpeted in dandelions and daisies. Female Blackcap picking insects from the blossom. . . . or is it sipping nectar? Nevertherless, a good pollinator! Female Wheatear in newly ploughed arable field near farm. Logbook...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 17th -23rd April

    Robin in the Spring sunshine - will join you as you walk along the Lonning. A surprise find today - a Spotted Redshank feeding with two Common Redshank on the floodwater - LHS of the Lonning. Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Swallow over the wetlands in front of the hide. A few Shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Further early April highlights - a photodiary.

    Good to see both female and male Great Spotted Woodpeckers about. 5th April. Early morning mist. Little Grebe and Canada Geese across the Meadow Pools. Linnet on arable field near farm . . . . . . and Meadow Pipit too. Hawthorn coming into leaf. Several pairs of frogs seen...
  • Blog Post: Why not try the 'Red Route'- certainly a walk with a difference!

    . . . and so we did. The day had dawned bright and sunny, with virtually no wind - a change from the uncertain weather of the last week or so! A good day to explore the new extension to the existing routes across the farmland. This addition would take us out from the new loop walk (the Yellow Route)...
  • Blog Post: One day brightened up what turned out to be a dull end to March.

    25th March . . . and this was it. Inspite of the low temperatures overnight, the morning dawned sunny. A walk onto the Reserve saw Stephen with the digger installing a table near the new pond for ponding dipping purposes. Lesser celandine, which like sunny conditions, were flowering now - such a cheerful...
  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Media: 1st capture of Buzzard

    This is my 1st capture of a Buzzard that is relatively clear so i was chuffed
  • Blog Post: Visit to the Reserve on a Spring day

    Thank you John Howard (from Hawick) for recounting your visit today (4/3/15) and sending photos below: "What a nice change today after the stormy weather of the last few days. While the wind was moderate and still cool it was nice to see the sun. It was this that tempted me to spend the afternoon...
  • 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: 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...
  • Forum Thread: Bird of Prey

    Good afternoon, as I am new to here please excuse me if I am in the wrong chatroom. I went for a walk today near to where I live where there is plenty of fish filled water. I saw a rather large bird of prey, in fact hugh like I have never seen here before fly overhead. A little time later I followed...
  • 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 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'...