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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th December

    It's been a slightly odd week of weather, with a balmy 12 degrees on Wednesday night followed by t shirt weather on Thursday (for working outside at least) and now we are warned of cold air coming to East Anglia over the weekend. This weather could push some more wildfowl south during the weekend...
  • Blog Post: Counting down

    It's an exciting time in our household, as in many around the country, as we count down the days until Christmas. Advent calendars are opened to reveal festive pictures, chocolates, or in our case little Lego toys that will make a lovely Christmas scene when finished. With only seven more sleeps...
  • Blog Post: What to spot and Christmas opening times

    Merry Christmas everyone! Across the reserves wintering bird numbers are really starting to rise with plenty of waders and wildfowl. Over 1000 each of lapwing and wigeon have been feeding amongst the scrapes and wet grasslands, Bowers Marsh and West Canvey Marshes are the best places to see them....
  • Blog Post: Winter has arrived on the Dee...

    Winter has arrived, with the first snow flurries falling at the reserve and snow on the Welsh hills visible from the reception hide. Recent sightings on the reserve have included two ring tail hen harriers , brilliant to have these stunning birds back for the winter months on the estuary, two marsh...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.12.2014

    The weather this week has certainly reminded us that it's winter. Although the WeBS count (wetland bird survey) for this month was slightly down on Novembe,r the winter pattern of species on the reserve continues.There have been fluctuations in the numbers of wildfowl visible from both platforms...
  • Blog Post: A ode to starlings

    Last night I took advantage of a beautiful evening and cancelled meeting to head out onto the path between Wildlife Lookout and South Hide to watch the starling murmuration. It was such a beautiful evening that I've been inspired to write a rare poem. An icy wind blows from the north As...
  • Blog Post: Robin the rich to give to the birds

    I am sure we have all started thinking about what’s on our Christmas lists, but have you thought about what the birds might like? Because we have had such a mild autumn many of the birds we see in our gardens may be unprepared for winter. Just a few minutes work can make all the difference and...
  • Blog Post: What a rail place to have a good time!

    The water rail is a relatively common, yet highly secretive bird. It is more often heard than seen. Its high pitched squeal (like a piglet) is really distinctive and is often the only sign of them being present in an area. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts and black-and-white barred flanks,...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings December 6

    After a slightly dull week the sun has come out today to reveal a beautiful crisp frosty day, a great day to be out and about. The cold weather movements that I have been predicting for the past few weeks have finally arrived. The continent has finally started to freeze up a little, which means that...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.12.2014

    The Starlings have yet again dominated the headlines here this week with the main bulk of the roost dropping into the Waltons section of the reserve. It is likely that the cold weather will swell the numbers further as birds arrive from the north & east of the continent. The rail path or the Tor...
  • Media: Minsmere Marsh Harrier

    This is one I took a week ago from Island Mere Hide, Minsmere. She came, she saw, she swooped! Low light and some 300 yards away from the hide, but nevertheless a grand pose.
  • Blog Post: Nothing 'otter than an otter

    From frolicking otter cubs to bold bitterns , Leighton Moss has some truly stunning wildlife views to offer at the moment. One of our resident female otters has had two cubs this year. They are keen to play all day, often right in front of the hides. This unusually bold behaviour offers both fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch revisited

    After all the wet weather recently, it was great to have a couple of dry days on Monday and Tuesday. We even managed to see the sun again. (Sadly it's wet again today, though the forecast is better for the rest of the week). The better weather couldn't have better timed either, as I welcomed...
  • Blog Post: Arne Autumn Arrivals

    As the temperature is finally starting to drop, the familiar Autumn colours are starting to show which is wonderful to see. At Arne over the past few weeks we have seen large numbers of avocets , brent geese and lapwing moving in, as well as the spoonbills which many people have come to see after their...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 21.11.2014

    Don't seem to have had much time for actually getting out on the reserve this week and seeing what's about. A training course took up Tuesday and we've spent a good couple of day doing odd jobs in the new car park area. Things are starting to come together but there's still a fair bit...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 21 November

    At long last our penduline tit decided to reveal itself to a few lucky observers. I first heard the bird on 11 October and it has taken up until this Wednesday for anyone to see it properly enough to fully confirm identification and what's more is that there are actually two birds present. They both...
  • Blog Post: No need for a long walk

    Don't let the short days, with the nights rapidly closing in and the continuing dull weather, put you off visiting Minsmere this winter. There's lots to see without the need for a long walk around the full circular walks. You may simply want to visit the shop or cafe for some pre-Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Recent Sightings 15 November

    A slightly cooler week caused a small movement of wildfowl across the reserve, this was most noticeable at Buckenham Marshes. On the marshes the pink footed goose numbers rose to the 1000 mark along with 80 white-fronts, 200 Canada, 25 Barnacle, 17 Egyptian and 140 greylags, this has produced a mini...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.11.2014

    A week more in keeping with the time of year this week. Some very rainy days have not dampened our spirits however and there's plenty to report as always. Very little progress with the car park this week as we await more material to infill the, soon to be planted blocks, between parking areas...
  • Blog Post: Friday 14th November 2014

    The flow of Whooper Swans going through the reserve continues with 16 birds on Monday. We still have a couple of Little Stints in with 30 Dunlin, 2 Ruff and 30 Black Tailed Godwit. The numbers of Golden Plover have swelled to 3000 along with 2000 Lapwing. We now have 1000 Wigeon with 3 Goldeneye and...
  • Blog Post: A guide in a hide

    Guest blog by Ally Hoadley, volunteer guide Not having been a guide since the summer migrants all wended their way back to warmer climes, a day’s guiding was a great way to reacquaint myself with the birds that call Minsmere home during the winter months - especially ahead of assisting with...
  • Blog Post: Northern waifs

    One of the birdwatching highlights this week, for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, has been the passage of several little auks offshore. These tiny seabirds breed on rocky scree slopes in the high Arctic and spend the winter close to the southern edge of the sea ice. Autumn...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.11.2014

    The colder weather has seen some significant changes on the reserve over the last couple of weeks. Temperatures have dropped steeply for a few nights and it may have finally put pay to the majority of the remaining dragonflies we had on the reserve. Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter have both been seen...