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  • Blog Post: North Wall purple patch continues

    The North Wall has been the place to be at Minsmere recently. Following on from the red-spotted bluethroat, then some incredibly showy bearded tits, we've had regular bittern sightings from there and then last week's bee-eater. Today, in a case of deja vu, a small crowd of staff, volunteers and...
  • Media: Front view of Marsh Harrier

    At this view they look very menacing.
  • Blog Post: Records tumble

    The early indications are that we're set for one of the best breeding seasons at Minsmere for a long time. Indeed several records look like being broken. One record that has been broken this morning is for the biggest ever flock of bee-eaters to be seen in Suffolk. Adam Rowlands, our Senior Sites...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.06.2015

    A nice bunch of photos this week thanks to contributions from both John Crispin and Robin Morrison - thank you both very much - the photos really make the blog what it is - rather than just my ramblings. During the last couple of weeks there has been, not surprisingly, an increase in the number of...
  • Blog Post: Speedy Wildlife Walks

    A speedy circuit this morning to open up the hides but quite rewarding in the breezy conditions. It was already pretty warm and there was plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were out egg laying on the Nettles and the first Meadow Brown of the year (for me) was flying strongly....
  • Blog Post: Otter action!

    It's always a special day when I see an otter at Fowlmere. There have been about a dozen sightings a year since the first record in 1997, so the chances of being in the right place at the right time are slim, but it does happen occasionally. I was in Reedbed Hide at about 8pm last night, listening...
  • Blog Post: Insects galore - but they'd better beware

    With the return of warmer sunny weather today, the reserve has been alive with buzzing, flitting, chasing and feeding insects. A quick walk this afternoon revealed a superb variety of butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies, hoverflies and bumblebees. Possibly the best place to watch dragonflies and...
  • Blog Post: Reflections on Springwatch

    After another wonderful three weeks of Springwatch, I thought I'd look back at some of the wildlife stories from this year's series. Where else can I really start than with the biggest star of this year's series: Spineless Simon. At just 5 cm length he's certainly not the biggest species...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.06.2015

    Another great week on the reserve, with plenty to see for our growing numbers of visitors. It's been so great to be hearing such positive things from our guests and even more rewarding to be able to give them an interesting wildlife spectacle. There are several stars of the show each week at present...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers nesting

    It has taken some time to confirm that our male and female marsh harriers are actually a pair and have nested. As they have cunningly chosen a site out of view of the hides in an inaccessible part of the reed bed, the early stages of their season have been largely unobserved. The female has adopted a...
  • Blog Post: Hobby's steal the show

    Spineless Simon might be stealing the limelight for BBC Springwatch viewers, but although he continues to attract a crowd of admirers at Island Mere, the highlight for many visitors over the last couple of days has been the hobbies at Bittern Hide. These super-sleek highspeed falcons have been dashing...
  • Blog Post: Chicks galore

    Another week of Springwatch is over, with more amazing wildlife stories and footage to remind us all what an amazing place Minsmere is, and how much wildlife is out around the country, often unseen by even most observant wildlife enthusiasts. From the incredible journeys of tiny red-necked phalaropes...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.06.2015

    The very windy weather on Monday & Tuesday meant there was a lot less activity - that is apart from the hundreds of Swifts swooping around the reserve who seemed to buck the trend - it was a fantastic sight. I'm guessing the wind must have kept the insect life a lot lower and the Swifts took...
  • Blog Post: Birds! (plus otter)

    Apologies for the long delay in reporting on our breeding birds. Fowlmere continues to be one of the best places in Britain to see turtle doves , with at least 4, possibly 5 singing birds, and 2 pairs seen mating. The most visible individual has been in the dead tree just south of the barn owl nestbox...
  • Blog Post: May splutters out...

    The weekend was a mixed bag of weather and birds. One of the four Temminck's Stints was seen on Saturday afternoon but not subsequently and Pat Hart managed to get some distant footage on Friday afternoon. Swifts were superb on Sunday in the blustery conditions with some stunning aerial moves...
  • Forum Thread: Minsmere's Bitterns

    Bitterns are very popular amongst Minsmere visitors, but far from the only species of wildlife that visitors come to see. There are over 5,000 species of wildlife that either are resident or visiting this magnificent and very large site. Below we can see a female Marsh harrier flying over the marshes...
  • Blog Post: Like London buses

    Just like waiting for a London bus, birdwatching often sees a cluster of exciting birds arriving in quick succession, after a long period of more routine species. So it has been at Minsmere this month. Following hot on the heals of the bluethroat and long-staying red-necked phalarope, we've had several...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.05.2015

    There seems to have been an increase in Bittern activity this week - suggests that perhaps some females are off nests and out feeding youngsters. There have again been several chases involving multiple birds. his photograph taken by John Crispin is likely to be a female being chased by a male. The size...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere and the marsh harrier

    If there is one bird we're all waiting with bated breath to see on the Springwatch cameras, it’s the marsh harrier. We were given a tantalising teaser at Easter-time, when we were introduced to Minsmere’s ‘marshes’, but they've yet to make an appearance in the main event...
  • Blog Post: "Loving Minsmere today. The wildlife is amazing"

    On a busy Bank Holiday Monday, the day the BBC Springwatch cameras went live, it was great to hear comments like that in the title of this blog, time and time again from our visitors. We had worked hard to ensure that we were ready for an influx of visitors, and despite records numbers coming to the...
  • Media: Osprey being mobbed by Marsh harriers

    This, ahem(!), record shot shows a distant Osprey flying away from two pursuing male Marsh harriers after a successful dive (it does have prey, presumably fish, in its talons). You can see quite a marked size difference between the birds, although male Marsh harriers are quite a bit smaller than female...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.05.2015

    Yet another interesting week on the reserve. It seems that even after 9 years of working here there's always something new to experience and enjoy. I was out trying to find poo of various animals for our who's poo? event next week ( this is not the new experience I'm talking about), I was...
  • Blog Post: Turning from blue to red

    After the excitement of Friday's red-spotted bluethroat, another rare visitor was found at Minsmere last night. Unlike the bluethroat, this time the bird stayed into a second day, allowing many visitors to see it - especially as it was first located after most of the staff had gone home yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 15.05.2015

    Another week packed full of wildlife on the reserve, although the mixed bag of weather hasn't made things easy. Thursday in particular was so awful we cancelled the Bittern surveys and the Bitterns in Hot Pursuit event or as Ray Summers the Warden put it Bitterns in Wet Suits event. We'll be...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful in blue

    There was great excitement at Minsmere yesterday with the discovery of a beautiful male bluethroat feeding along the edge of a reedbed pool close to the North Wall. Despite breeding in good numbers just across the North Sea in The Netherlands, bluethroats remain rare visitors in the UK. The last record...