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  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers, a quail and a reality check

    Yesterday afternoon, I decided to visit a site not ten miles away from RSPB Headquarters to do some birding. This was to be my sixth visit in recent days, and my target was a hitherto elusive bird of prey - a male Montagu's harrier . These beautiful, rare breeding raptors have a unique elegance...
  • Blog Post: Birds and beers

    In the past few weeks, as summer has finally got into its stride, I've had reason to visit various beer gardens. After a 'hard' day in the office, what's nicer than a beer garden with a glass of your favourite beverage and some good company? It just happens that beer gardens can be great...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: soaraway success

    This month we're highlighting our nature reserves where you can see birds of prey. The beauty in the photo above is a marsh harrier , a species that made a remarkable comeback from only a handful of pairs back to around 360 breeding females today. (Male marsh harriers often mate with more than...
  • Media: Marsh Harrier

    One of several Marsh Harriers seen at RSPB Leighton Moss recently.
  • Media: Male Marsh Harrier

    Male Marsh Harrier at Blacktoft Sands today.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Titchwell Marsh

  • Media: Marsh Harrier Strumpshaw Fen

    Male Marsh Harrier seen from Fen Hide at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
  • Media: Female Marsh Harrier

    Female Marsh Harrier at Blacktoft Sands today.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harrier hunting over the Norfolk Broads taken on near maximum zoom on my lil ole camera sorry its not clearer
  • Media: Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harrier From Fen hide at Titchwell, 24/04/09
  • Blog Post: Harriers Roost

    The nights are getting longer and the days shorter but there is still lots to see at Titchwell Marsh if you plan your visit. One of the highlights as dusk approaches is the roosting harriers. Both marsh harrier and hen harrier use the reedbeds at Titchwell Marsh as a safe haven during the hours of darkness...
  • Blog Post: Raptor-tastic

    I don’t know if it the change in the weather over the last few days but there seems to have been an increase in the number of birds of prey around the site. Most of the species are arriving to spend the winter and have probably been following the migrating flocks of passerines that are on the move...
  • Blog Post: It's show time!

    The skies may still be void of planes but there is lots of action in the air at Titchwell. The milder weather over the past two days has really spurred the marsh harriers into action and courtship is well underway. Sky dancing is the name given to the display flights of marsh harriers. It involves...
  • Blog Post: Better than a bazillion waders?

    The roost of harriers at the reserve this year is phenomenal! This is not an exaggeration, despite my propensity of sometimes displaying this characteristic. Who can forget the bazillion waders on the fresh marsh, or the starling roost that was so huge it blocked the sun out and brought forward dusk...
  • Blog Post: Finally tracked down A7...

    Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a young marsh harrier with green wing tags visiting the roost in the evening. With the poor light conditions it has been very difficult to record any code on them but last week our luck was in. While Ray was leading a guided walk he spotted a tagged bird sitting...
  • Blog Post: Sightings for week 28th September to 5th October

    This week has seen good daytime conditions. On Monday we had a pied flycatcher, blackcap, yellowhammer and good sightings of bullfinches in the woods between the car park and the (new) East trails. There have also been high numbers of jays on the reserve, with up to 25 being seen in the the same area...
  • 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: Mystery Wild Sounds: Super 8

    So the last week of mystery sounds has regrettably arrived although undoubtedly it won't be the last you'll hear of our sound clips as there are still so many to share. It's not been the best week for weather as some soggy cattle would have been more than happy to confirm on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbills, avocets and some waders

    A wide variation of birds to see at Blacktoft right now. From our spoonbills to some young avocets to those spotted redshanks. Lets start with those spoonbills . They are sleeping a lot this week - often at the back of townend. These two have been here for three weeks now. Today they left their sleeping...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular harrier roost continues into 2012

    The spectacular harrier roost continues into 2012 with the male hen harrier joining the two ring-tail hen harriers (pictured above) at roost time between 2:30pm and 4:15pm. These three hen harriers have been flying around with up to 24 marsh harriers these first few days of 2012. Other highlights...
  • Blog Post: Blacktofts wader week continues

    Our fantastic week for seeing waders on the reserve continues today with common sandpiper being added to the list, meaning we have now seen 22 different types of wader this week! Todays highlights include 9 curlew sandpiper , 2 little stint , wood sandpiper and those amazing spotted redshank . ...
  • Blog Post: Harriers around

    During recent days we have been seeing signs of both marsh harrier and hen harrier using the reserve. We have spotted two different male hen harriers hunting over the reserve on a regularly basis. Marsh harriers have also started using the reserve as a place to roost again as the water begins to free...
  • 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: Festive Roost part 1

    Today saw the first of our two festive roost events - so this is what happened. A minimum of 14 marsh harriers into roost - these were still flying around at end of event (4pm) so number may be more. Two ring-tail hen harriers joining the fly around with the marsh harriers. Thousands and...
  • Blog Post: Natures Numbers - Friday 3rd June

    It all started with a meeting with this monster when we emptied the moth tarp - an eyed hawkmoth. So todays numbers with highlights are as follows: 62 species of bird. Top being 3 little gulls on marshland, the pair of garganey on first (once again appearing in the afternoon), black-tailed godwits...