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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 18/07/14

    Here we are with another recent sightings update! First up, following on to last time's big news, I'm pleased to report that we've still had a fair number of late puffins hanging around the cliffs, as you can see.... Some puffins are still here! Photo taken 18 July, by Jaime. As...
  • Blog Post: April showers

    Its now the middle of the month and the signs of summer continue to encroach despite the freezing air and the odd snow shower. I'm sure many of the regular visitors to the reserve are now aware of the new Konik ponies that arrived last week. They can be located at the far west of the reserve near...
  • Blog Post: Newport Wetlands now has wrens on the menu!

    We’re used to seeing birds outside the cafe window at Newport Wetlands, but this little wren had somehow managed to get trapped inside the visitor centre and was sitting in the corner of the shop. When it was first sighted, ironically, it was in the fake tree where the ever popular signing birds...
  • Blog Post: Displaying, singing and nest building

    A lot of displaying seems to be happening all around Blacktoft - from the marsh harriers busy chasing, patroling and doing a bit of skydancing to the little grebes calling and displaying on some of our lagoons. We have been watching two spectacularly marked male marsh harriers busy at work in front...
  • Blog Post: On the Blacktoft menu this week

    With our FEED THE BIRDS OPEN DAY this Sunday 24th October, I thought that we should focus on what you might like to eat. Lets start with insects. They are nice and crunchy and favourites of the 58 black-tailed godwits that are around at the moment. Also liked by our snipe, shoveler, shelduck, redshanks...
  • Blog Post: Winter meets Spring at Blacktoft

    It has certainly felt like spring these last few days on the reserve but there were also a few reminders of winter. For winter, we still have a variety of ducks scattered throughout the lagoons from wigeon to that female goldeneye and on Monday a hen harrier was spotted. For spring, avocets are...
  • Blog Post: Now we have 3 Spoonbills

    What a wonderful Saturday on the reserve. We arrived to find we now have 3 spoonbills feeding on first. They quickly decided it was time for a rest so off they went to their normal sleeping spot on singleton - by that island! They then slept until around 3pm before having a short flight to townend to...
  • Blog Post: Into November at Blacktoft

    Well we now have made it into November and if you were to visit Blacktoft Sands then I recommend that you spend a little time going around the lagoons ending up at singleton or townend for the roost between 3pm and 5pm at the moment. Recent roosts have included around 10 marsh harriers, sparrowhawks...
  • Blog Post: More than one hen harrier!

    In recent weeks we have been seeing up to three different hen harriers joining our regular birds of prey on the reserve. At least two of these, a male and a ring-tail were seen coming into roost towards dusk in the last few days so why not join us this weekend and you may be able to compare a male hen...
  • Blog Post: Bittern Flies past reception!

    On Monday we had an extremely close view as a bittern flew past reception just 10 metres in front of us and ended up going into the edge of the reeds on the right hand side of first. This offered us excellent views of the wonderful marked pulmage on this rare bird. This last few weeks has seen a increase...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier acrobatics begin

    This week has seen the return of our spactacular male marsh harriers to the reserve stirring things up with those young males that stayed the winter. Today our marsh harriers were soaring, falling, twisting and turning all over the the reserve and this is just the start! In the coming weeks more males...
  • Blog Post: Hares, water rail and the bittern

    Well today started with another sighting of our friendly hare running along the path in front of reception. Then down on marshland, we had a spotted redshank (in full summer plumage), those black-tailed godwits , the noisy avocets (and chicks), sedge and reed warblers along those reeds. This afternoon...
  • Blog Post: The case of the fallow deer

    After first been seen on November 1st - we appear to have a fallow deer living at Blacktoft Sands. It was seen quite a few times during the first week of November but then we have had no records until today (Friday 26th) and then it was only seen very briefly out the front of reception. If anybody has...