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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Marvellous month of may

    Our woodland is a sea of violet-blue flowers, English bluebells are now in full bloom bringing their sweet delicate scent to the Gorse Covert Woodland trail. English bluebells by Helen Bannister The reserve is alive with youngsters at the moment. Our avocets are doing well with 25 chicks...
  • Blog Post: Insects emerging

    The beautiful warm weather over the last couple of days has encouraged a wider variety of insects to emerge as adults and take their first flights - though sadly it looks as if the temperatures may be set to fall again later in the week. Two of our volunteers were out completing their weekly butterfly...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 11/05/15

    Hi there everyone! So after a busy bank holiday weekend at Arne the sightings have been rolling in! Everything ranging from Marsh Harriers to Spotted Flycatchers, Sand Lizards to Wall Browns have been observed between Shipstal Point and Coombe Heath, making it a perfect experience for anyone visiting...
  • Blog Post: Poster of notable birds seen between 1 - 9th May 2015

  • Blog Post: After a night of heavy rain - what a surprise!

    9th May. The rain was slow to clear but by mid afternoon the sun gradually strug gled through. Having already noted a Reed Bunting singing from the hawthorns on the saltmarsh near the hamlet and a Large Red Damselfly shimmering in the weak rays of the sun, we decided to pay a visit to the Lonning...
  • Media: What a girl

    Female Marsh Harrier in flight
  • Blog Post: Swiftly does it

    On Tuesday morning a message came over the radio that there were good numbers of swifts over the reedbed. I looked at the date on my watch and remarked "28th April. Right on cue." Over the years I have come to expect the mass arrival of swifts to occur within a day or two on 27 April. Yes,...
  • Blog Post: Variety: the spice of life

    There can be absolutely no doubt that spring is here, despite the, at times, chill northerly wind that has been blowing this week. Wader migration is in full swing, warblers are arriving en masse, insects are flitting around the reserve in increasing numbers, and a few unexpected bonuses are thrown in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.04.2015

    It's felt like summer for much of the week at the reserve and visitors have been out in their droves enjoying the local reserves and what they have to offer. It's certainly been busy - thank you to those of you who sent me information or photos to include in the blog this week - at least 6 of...
  • Blog Post: 'Spring is in the air' by Dave Saunders

    Spring is in the air (or The Cuckoo and the Nightingale) After meeting up with the Bird-Ringers and seeing a beautiful long-tailed tit out of the nets, suitably weighed, measured and rung I made my way to the Ernest Hemsley Viewpoint. At least two cuckoos were calling around on the newly leaved Silver...
  • Blog Post: An unexpected bonus

    Yesterday was a red letter day for me in many ways. I had a rare full day birdwatching, saw my earliest ever swift, and found the rarest bird I've actually found for myself at Minsmere - and that's on my day off! I usually only manage to have a quick lunchtime walk, or visit one or two hides...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.04.2015

    Things are certainly hotting up on the reserve - in more ways than one. A beautiful week has seen plenty of visitors to the reserve enjoying the sunshine and they have been rewarded with a host of wildlife. Migrants arriving - some staying and some just passing through - but it's a time to keep...
  • Blog Post: Southerly airflow brings migrants pouring in

    Is it really mid April? With the thermometer hitting the mid 20s Centigrade yesterday and today it feels more like mid July than mid April - and with the unseasonably warm weather have come scores of migrant birds, flooding onto our shores. Such has been the variety of migrants arriving this week...
  • Blog Post: Sky full of trails....

    What a difference a day makes... dawn rose with a glorious sunshiny smile and a windless disposition. The lack of the latter was short lived and by 9.30 it was really getting up from the south west but at least it was not freezing cold. It made birding (and other wildlife watching!) quite difficult at...
  • Blog Post: Let's all build a nest

    The breeding season is really getting underway now, with nests and displaying wildlife appearing throughout the reserve. One of the most popular species at this time of year is always our great crested grebes. If you are lucky you may spot their famous famous weed dance - though usually only snippets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.04.2015

    It's been a wonderful week at Ham Wall - the sun has been shining making it almost feel like summer and the wildlife is very active. It's a special time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as creatures awaken from winter slumbers and migrants are on the move. Ham Wall has had its share with grass...
  • Blog Post: More unbroken blue.... eventually!

    So it was back down to the bay for me this morning for an early morning walk to try and find a few migrants. However, I had trouble finding the car park let alone any birds. Visibility was pants with claggy wet fog but the sounds out on the marsh were amazing and, if you excluded the drone of the A13...
  • Blog Post: Easter sunshine brings out the visitors and the wildlife

    I was feeling slightly grieved at not seeing Spoonbill number four yesterday so I headed back down to Aveley Bay first thing and thanks to Russ Sherriff I soon had this immature bird in view out on the Target Pools where it remained all day and was even actively feeding at times. Spoonbill (Pat...