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  • Blog Post: What's been about - 25 April 2015

    Afternoon! How are you today? I'm back, I wrote a blog earlier talking about some of the smaller reserve creatures, but I wanted to tell you some of the others... Stunning reserve picture by Jo Collins There's been all sorts of wildlife around - here are some of the highlights...
  • Media: I call this image going home....

  • Media: A fine female taking in the sun......

    A fine female taking in the sun......
  • Blog Post: Southerly airflow brings migrants pouring in

    Is it really mid April? With the thermometer hitting the mid 20s Centigrade yesterday and today it feels more like mid July than mid April - and with the unseasonably warm weather have come scores of migrant birds, flooding onto our shores. Such has been the variety of migrants arriving this week...
  • Blog Post: Sky full of trails....

    What a difference a day makes... dawn rose with a glorious sunshiny smile and a windless disposition. The lack of the latter was short lived and by 9.30 it was really getting up from the south west but at least it was not freezing cold. It made birding (and other wildlife watching!) quite difficult at...
  • Blog Post: Easter sunshine brings out the visitors and the wildlife

    I was feeling slightly grieved at not seeing Spoonbill number four yesterday so I headed back down to Aveley Bay first thing and thanks to Russ Sherriff I soon had this immature bird in view out on the Target Pools where it remained all day and was even actively feeding at times. Spoonbill (Pat...
  • Media: Homeward

    Female returning to the nest
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th March

    What a difference a week makes! In stark contrast to last week it has been cool, overcast and had a moderate breeze from the North and East, dropping the temperature and insect life considerably. The fen has had a selection of stand out species such as two cranes today, these flew in and landed in...
  • Blog Post: That was close...

    Our Kingfisher season was almost over before we started last weekend as one of the local male Peregrines made a valiant attempt to snaffle him up for breakfast. Dave Morrison saw him being persistently chased up and down the river over Aveley Bay. He dived into the Thames on several occasions but unusually...
  • Media: A Kingfisher duo

  • Forum Thread: Kingfisher on the River Leven, Balloch.

  • Media: A different view point on things

  • Blog Post: Return of the avocet

    Our first avocet has arrived at the reserve, a good sign that Spring is on its way. The high tides last week were as spectacular as usual on the Dee Estuary with the 10m tides reaching the wall at Parkgate. The views of the 5 short-eared owls hunting were a highlight along with the 2 ringtail...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: More Minsmere murmuration magic

    Yes folks - after a couple of months away from Minsmere, our starlings have returned! Since the middle of last week we've had about 10000 starlings roosting in the North Marsh reedbed at dusk. The flock, which usually forms at about 5 pm, is best watched from the North Wall, or even from outside...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Banton Loch autumn arrivals

    Managed to get a bit closer to the kingfisher today ... he must be getting fed up of me!
  • Blog Post: A bird's nest in February?

    There was great excitement this week following the discovery of these nests close to the visitor centre! Nests with eggs in February. Surely not? When I posted the pictures on the RSPB Suffolk Facebook page on Saturday, more than one person thought they were chocolate cups filled with white chocolate...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher - Bird of the Moment

    Did you see Saltholme on Look North tonight? A volunteer, new to the reserve, was interviewed as he cleared out a drianage ditch and he said how wonderful it was to have seen a Kingfisher. I guess that he had been looking out of the Visitor Centre and saw it on the Sand Martin bank. I saw it there on...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Banton Loch autumn arrivals

    I'm really thrilled, over the moon. After stalking my local kingfisher for months I finally managed to get a few pictures today .. but I also captured four lapwings, which I have never seen before on Banton Loch. Lots of other goodies to see, but watching the kingfisher fishing just made my day...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere is number one

    That's what you tell us anyway. We're now rated as the number one visitor attraction in Suffolk according to Trip Advisor , with 97% of reviews rating Minsmere at least four out of five. We really enjoy reading reviews on Trip Advisor. Many reviews thank our amazing volunteer guides and reception...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

    Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend If the build up week to the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend didn’t produce the goods, we had hope that the the bird identification sessions, birdwatching walks and not to mention the bird ringing demonstrations would turn up trumps over the weekend. Well, the build...
  • Blog Post: Snow & woodland Kingfishers

    Kingfishers may not be the first bird you think of when visiting Nagshead , but at certain times of year, they can be quite regular on the reserve ponds. It is always intriguing to see one flash past in a blue blur at waist height through mature woodland, commuting between water bodies. Late summer into...
  • Blog Post: 15 December - 7 January

    Recent sightings blog Lochwinnoch 15 Dec 2014 - 7 Jan 2015 The old year finished up on the reserve with some nice sightings though there were no additions to the yearlist, the total for 2014 thus ending on 122 species. The slavonian grebe was seen again on the Barr Loch on 23 - 28 Dec with a ringtail...
  • 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: Further sightings from Campfield.

    18th November. A fine morning though a cold easterly wind was blowing. A walk down the Lonning about 2pm. Met a number of interesting people with stories to tell: Hedda, Warden of Dufton Youth Hostel until it closed, having recently moved into the area, plans to join Campfield volunteers. Andy...