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  • Blog Post: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: What's been about?

    Hello all Thought you might appreciate a small update on unusual and less unusual sightings we've had lately on the reserve. First and arguably foremost.. Kingfishers! Our pair settled down to incubate their first clutch on the 8th April, and have been spotted changing over at roughly 2 hourly...
  • Blog Post: Hello to Rachel, our new visitor intern!

    Hello all! This is my first blog as the new visitor experience intern at Fairburn Ings. My name is Rachel and I have committed to volunteering here for the next six months. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and sharing my experiences with you over this period. I am originally from Essex and...
  • Blog Post: April sightings

    Here is the start of our April list for Kinnordy. 48 species so far: Greylag Pink footed goose Mute swan Whooper swan Mallard Teal Tufted duck Wigeon Goldeneye Gadwall Shoveller Goosander Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Curlew Redshank Little grebe ...
  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: A cold start to March 2016.

    A double rainbow - it looks like Spring! Start of the Meteorlogical Spring. We certainly experienced milder conditions and spring-like sounds from the birds along the hedgerows. 2nd March. Back to square one today with Storm Jake bringing icy blasts of gale force NW winds. However some sunshine...
  • Forum Thread: common buzzard

    took this photograph about a year ago.. i never took much notice of it until recently when going through the files it caught my eye so i decided to process it .. it does look like it's lost a few battles...
  • Blog Post: Mid-February 2016 archive,

    12th February Today's hightide at 2.41pm produced the most splendid display of Dunlin, surging and wheeling back and forth across the marsh front - eventually dropping in to feed on the flooded saltmarsh. There must have been in the region of several thousand! The long -staying Avocet could also...
  • Blog Post: Very pale buzzard

    After some debate and scrutiny, the 'osprey' report yesterday is in fact a very pale common buzzard- so excitement over!
  • Blog Post: 'Twas a stormy end to the month.

    23rd January A mild bright start dulled in with the high tide at 11.35 am. A Brambling was spotted on the roadside feeders earlier. 4 Shelduck were out on the mudflats and a Grey Heron was perched along the tideline. Grey Heron hunched up on the edge of the saltmarsh. The usual flocks...
  • Media: Buzzard 'take off'.

    This Buzzard I spotted in Zuid-Limburg in The Netherlands. It took off with this mighty wing flap.
  • Media: Buzzard on a fence

    This photo was taken last summer but could not get close enough to get a deent photo but is my 1st decent shot i have of these beautiful birds
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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...