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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Snakes and lizards alive, but migrants only trickling in

    The cool temperatures and persistent easterly and northerly winds over the past week have delayed the arrival of some our expected early migrants, but with southerlies forecast for a few days, and a rise in temperature, hopefully a few more will arrive this week. Sand martins and swallows have slowly...
  • Blog Post: Easter Bank Holiday Monday, Sunshine, Warm, No Wind.....

    This was a recipe for a very busy day on the reserve; in fact one of the busiest ever, and the visitors never stopped streaming through the doors all day. It started well with three Common Terns found on the mirror-flat Thames by Rich Jones and two adult Med Gulls ‘kowwed’ their way up river...
  • Blog Post: Look up..... ! Mmm... quite a good catchphrase...

    So..... at last a nice spring day and after an unsteady start it turned into something quite memorable. Despite the lack of early morning Garganey things soon started to look up (quite literally) with the first of several obviously moving Buzzards from Paul and Jack Hawkins. By late morning this had...
  • Blog Post: The door cracks open a tad....

    Yesterday was blustery and still pretty cool but there were signs of some movement with a Greenshank out on the MDZ Pools and the most breathtaking Red Kite I have ever seen (away from the breeding areas) which cruised over the top of the Garrison and headed straight for the Centre balcony where everyone...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings RSPB Ham Wall - week 21st - 27th March 2015

    Apologies for the lateness of this blog. Technical issues and being absent from work for a couple of days have really delayed this one! It was written ready for last Friday so concentrates up to that date only...... Another steady week of activity on the reserve this week as we await the big April...
  • Blog Post: #signsofspring

    Firstly, apologies for the delay since my last sightings blog. I’ve spent much of the last week in conferences or meetings (more of that later), and then the Community pages had to be closed for maintenance. At last they are back on line, so here's an overdue update. The last time I updated...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.03.2015

    Spring has most definitely sprung and the evidence is all around. Last weekend saw the arrival of 100's of Sand Martins on the reserve and even during this week small groups c20 can be seen most days. They are not always flying low though so familiarising yourself with their call can help you locate...
  • Blog Post: Eagle alert

    Wow! I'm still trying to get my breath back after running to the Whin Hill watchpoint to see one of the most impressive of British birds, a juvenile white-tailed eagle, circling low over Island Mere. With a two metre wingspan and broad wings, these truly are impressive birds, and it totally dwarfed...
  • Blog Post: Springtime doors are ajar....

    There has actually been quite a bit to see out on the reserve so far this week although the weather has not been to kind. We have all been desperately looking out for migrants and at least the Liittle Ringed Plovers (now three) have been seen each day out on the marsh. They seem to favour in front of...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the skies

    There are many good reasons to be looking at the sky this week. On Friday and Saturday evenings we are working with two local astronomy groups to bring you star gazing at Minsmere. These events, which are free, take place in the Discovery Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, and there is no need to book...
  • Media: Marsh harrier with undercarriage down!

    It was great to see these majestic birds, shame I didn't get any better shots of them but there's always next time!
  • Media: Marsh Harrier

    Marsh harrier seen swopping over reads at Blacktoft Sands, 14/03/15.
  • Blog Post: Spring has sprung!

    Some people will disagree, but it has by my personal criteria - I heard the first chiffchaff singing on the reserve yesterday. In fact, we seem to have had one overwintering, but this is just the right time for a migrant to arrive, so that's how I'm viewing it. Of course, everyone knows that...
  • Blog Post: It's all adding up to spring

    What a fantastic few days we've had. The spring sunshine has led to unseasonably high temperatures, reaching well into double figures, and prompted the emergence of various insects, reptiles and amphibians. Several people reported seeing adders over the weekend, especially between Bittern Hide...