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  • Blog Post: Siskins arriving

    The weather forecast didn't look promising today, but, although it is cold, in fact it's been a dry and mainly sunny day. The siskin numbers are really building up now, with a group of around seven birds on the ground seed under the entrance feeders, and larger numbers in trees around the...
  • Blog Post: Icy blasts and wintery weather!

    8th January. Rained most of the day but still cold.. There had been snow showers overnight on high ground: looking across the Solway, the Scottish hills were snow-capped. There was a flurry of garden birds eager to top up from the feeders. An interesting article appeared in Birdguides: British...
  • Forum Thread: Just a couple of pictures from yesterday's walk (Buzzard & Barn Owl.. I think)

    On my dogwalk yesterday I was lucky to see a couple of larger birds, I believe they are an adult Buzzard and a Barn Owl. I'm far from an expert in such matters but having consulted the RSPB handbook I've arrived at this conclusion. Please enjoy the snaps.
  • Media: Buzzard, Sholden, Kent UK

    An adult Buzzard taking flight, Sholden, east Kent. Seen 20/1/16.
  • Blog Post: What delights doth the New Year bring!

    New Year's Day Although a cold and quite dull day, the Reserve was brimming with hardy soles enjoying the great outdoors after the Christmas break. 'Col' reported having seen a female/juv Marsh Harrier from the hide. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS NVH - Marsh Harrier perched in front of the LH...
  • Forum Thread: Day 2 - Northwich Woods Area (MC Pics)

    On the Sunday, we went to Northwich Woods and surrounding area. Hazel stopped to take photos of a group of what appeared to be mainly Finches and so Mike and I continued on our way. Just a couple of hundred yards down the path, Mike spotted something in the trees to our right, which is apparently the...
  • Forum Thread: Day 1 - Woolston Eyes (MC Pics)

    Luckily Hazel has saved me a lot of time by posting first! My pics are very much along the same lines, but maybe with more emphasis on Robins. I switched between the 600D and the SX40, so the quality varies. The bridge camera has an 840mm equivalent, so I used it for long range or ID purposes. The woodland...
  • Forum Thread: Day 1 - Woolston Eyes

    Hello again folks; been a busy week enjoying some birding days out with our formumate friend MC (Paul) who came to stay with us in Cheshire for 5 days; we visited Woolston Eyes, Tatton Park (briefly), Leighton Moss for two full days, Burton Mere Wetlands and Northwich/River Weaver/Marbury Country Park...
  • Blog Post: Splendid sightings of mid-October - diary.

    Barnacles flying west past Campfield Marsh. 13th October. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS D B - Rogersceugh arable field, 30 Tree Sparrows and 35 Reed Buntings. David J - Meadow in front of the hide - male Hen Harrier. 15th October. A calm colder day with some sunshine. Today's highwater...
  • Blog Post: Early October Diary

    1st - 11th OCTOBER. 1st October. After a misty start the day cleared to be fine and sunny. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS Bill R. - Kestrel, Rooks, Long-tailed Tits, Heron, Hen Harrier. N Rowe - In the fog, we heard lots of birds and saw some ducks and small birds on the wires. 2nd October. Very...
  • Blog Post: The last few days of 'Summer'.

    20th to 30th SEPTEMBER A series of red sunsets over the next few days heralded sunny conditions. 20th September Started off dull and wet but sunshine broke through in the afternoon. Walked to Saltmarsh Pool at 2.30pm. In the region of 150 Wigeon had gathered. On a further trip down to...
  • Blog Post: Mull of Galloway Migrations

    As the day draws to a close we start to review our visible migration festival- and what a day it was! This is the first time we have run this event so we were anxious to ensure the winds were from the right direction and that there was plenty to see. We were not disappointed! We began our visible...
  • Blog Post: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" - (John Keats)

    MID SEPTEMBER 9th September. The day started off misty but soon cleared to fine sunshine. Plenty of bird activity, particularly on the Estuary. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. RDC - 1 Little Egret (Viaduct West), 4 Little Egret (Marsh Pool). HKM - 1.45pm from Bowness railings: Whimbrel, Ringed Plover...
  • Blog Post: Migration, Migration, Migration

    The sky is alive at the Mull of Galloway with a constant stream of birds migrating overhead. Taking advantage of the nice weather and gentle winds, many birds can be seen flying past the Mull of Galloway enroute to their wintering grounds. This week has seen some amazing records! On Wednesday we recorded...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday

    It was such a lovely weekend on the reserve and a great variety of wildlife was enjoyed by lots of visitors out enjoying the sunshine. It's also noticeable how much fungi is out, and the fly agarics were one of the highlights of the day for many. On the new heath yesterday, a pair of ravens perched...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings and a hello from me!

    Hello there! I think it’s definitely about time I introduced myself. My name is Laura and I’m the new Visitor Experience Intern at Fairburn Ings. After spending the first 5 months of my internship with the puffins at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, I’ve moved back in land and am going to be here...
  • Blog Post: A Mixed Bag - early September 2015

    1st September. Oystercatchers in thunderstorm. re Blog - The spectacle of Campfield's high tides, 30th August to 1st September. http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/campfieldmarsh/b/campfieldmarsh-blog/archive/2015/09/02/the-spectacle-of-campfield-39-s-high-tides-31st-august...
  • Blog Post: Better weather and birds

    After the Bank Holiday washout, the birds were out again yesterday and the hobbies in particular were really busy, dashing around the new heath and feeding their two youngsters. The Tuesday walk group saw one mixed flock of spotted flycatcher, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, goldcrest...
  • 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...