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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.04.2016

    Another interesting, wildlife packed, week on the reserve this week. You could be fooled into thinking it was winter at times on the reserve this week until you hear the chattering of Reed warblers in the reed beds, the calls of Cuckoo, booms of Bitterns and the melody of warblers and other song birds...
  • Media: Male Marsh Harrier I

    The male returning to one of his ladies with a present
  • Media: Female Marsh Harrier

    Female Marsh Harrier on the prowl over Leighton Moss
  • Media: Male Marsh Harrier with catch

    The male in Leighton Moss carrying a recent catch.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Males

    Two of them in the same frame, what a beauty!
  • Media: Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harrier on the prowl over Leighton Moss
  • Media: Male Marsh Harrier I

    The male in Leighton Moss carrying a recent catch.
  • Media: Male Marsh Harrier

    The male in Leighton Moss carrying a recent catch.
  • Blog Post: What a great hobby we have

    Working at Minsmere has to be one of the best jobs ever - even if I do spend much of the day in front of a computer rather out enjoying the wildlife. Afterall, as highlighted in the latest (Summer 2016) issue of Nature's Home magazine, Minsmere is the Number One RSPB nature reserve when it comes...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.04.2016

    Another brilliant week on the reserve this week with, once again, loads to report. Birds of prey feature highly this week, although I'm falling short of photos in this area I'm afraid. Last weekend, Monday and Tuesday saw Short Eared Owl hunting over the reserve (probably 2 different birds...
  • Blog Post: One cuckoo may not make a summer, but one swift certainly does!

    Yes folks, it's official. It may be quite cold outside, with a chill breeze and only intermittent sunshine, but summer is here. One of our guides reported the first swift over the Scrape this afternoon. With several swallows and house martins over Island Mere this morning, and well over 100 sand...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.04.2016

    If there was any lingering doubt that spring had sprung last week - there can be no doubt now. It's been a week teeming with new arrivals and great wildlife sightings. It's hard to know where to start, so lets start with some spring arrivals. Tuesday saw the first report of Cuckoo on the reserve...
  • 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: Exciting explorations

    On Wednesday, I joined many of the wardens from the Suffolk Area Team, as well as other members of the Minsmere visitor experience, catering and admin teams, exploring our reserves farther south along the Suffolk coast. This was a chance to learn about the exciting work being done on these reserves,...
  • Blog Post: New arrivals and old friends.

    Well what a week its been here at Northward Hill RSPB reserve. You wait weeks for a migrant to turn then a whole bunch turn up together. As reported earlier in the week, the Cuckoo and the Nightingale are arrriving and there are quite a few Whitethroats here now claiming territories and singing already...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the moss

    If you read our guest blog this week by the fantastic Anya, you will know that RSPB looks after over 200 nature reserves like Leighton Moss as well as working to create more habitats in adjoining sites. Here at Leighton Moss our wardening team have created two new reedbeds since 2005; Barrow Scout fields...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

    It's been a superb spring day at Minsmere, with migrants galore a few notable surprises. The wet start clearly grounded a few migrants, and it didn't seem to put visitors off either. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a cuckoo heard calling a couple of times beyond Island Mere late...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.04.2016

    The star of the show this week was probably the White Stork. It's been seen a few times in the local area and was first seen circling high over Ham Wall on Tuesday. It was than seen flying in front of the Avalon hide the next day too and is still currently in the local area as far as I know. John...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 7 April 2016

    A week consisting of typical April weather, mild and sunny days interspersed with cold winds and heavy showers, there was even a pretty impressive thunderstorm one evening. It has been another good week for unusual species on the reserve, with the penduline tit taking up the star position. The penduline...
  • Blog Post: Getting down to business

    It’s been a wonderful week here at Leighton moss with spring really kicking into action! The big news from this weekend is that one of two female marsh harriers is probably on eggs. This is fantastic news for nature as the marsh harriers numbers had declined in the UK to only one breeding pair...
  • Blog Post: Sub-Saharan Splurge

    Another early start but the sun rose effortlessly and after the rain last night it felt like there should be some migrants to be found. Although we were not knee deep in them there had certainly been a fall of birds and by the end of the day we had tallied up over 20 Wheatears (including four on the...
  • Blog Post: Frogs, logs and hairy dogs.

    About now as the weather slowly warms up Common frogs are rousing from hibernation and making their way to their home pond. this beautiful green female is in a pond in nearby Strood along with 43 others, they have been there for the last three weeks as has their frogs spawn. They are not however the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.04.2016

    There's a bit to catch up with as I was away last week but there's so much going on I'll focus mainly on the past 7 days or so. Yet another mixed bag of weather this week: rain, high winds and hail and then some glorious sunshine. Spring has most definitely arrived and there is evidence all...
  • Blog Post: And the marsh harrier is back too!

    Thanks to Ted Logan for this lovely photo of a male Marsh Harrier who was seen at Kinnordy this morning (1 April 2016)
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: what joy an osprey can bring!

    Well, we may as well begin with the big sighting of the week; the osprey! Our Assistant Warden, John, claims that he has spent the past two years giving every gull over Fairburn a shrewd assessment during the spring and summer. His diligence paid off on Wednesday when he spotted an osprey flying West...