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  • Forum Thread: The name Loch Garten

    I’ve visited Loch Garten on several occasions and have always enjoyed my time there. However, it has always fascinated me and cannot find the answer of our it obtained its name Loch Garten. My surnames Garten (Meaning; garden) which originates from Germany?
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st August – 31st October by Alan R & Claire M

    After a pretty dismal summer weather-wise, the better weather in August was a welcome relief! It was a great month for raptors, with osprey spotted hunting on both the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow throughout the month, a peregrine over the Aird Meadow on the 14 th , frequent sightings of kestrel , and a...
  • Forum Thread: Osprey north of Southease in Sussex.

    Hi Folks There have been several reports of an Osprey hunting around Southease in Sussex on the forum Osprey sightings thread so I thought today was worth the trip down to see if I could find it. I arrived at around 08.40 and headed to the bridge across the river just beyond Southease railway station...
  • Blog Post: Feeding up and heading out

    The last of the September sun has been out and shining down on everyone on the Exe estuary this week before the inevitable Autumnal wave comes in. This has meant a few important changes for the wildlife around us. We’re fortunate enough in this area to see some of the magnificent Osprey as they...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit

    29/09/14 - Pink-footed Geese dropping in to the hide pool on their way south on migration. As autumn migration is in full swing, it will not be long before the first redwings and fieldfares being to appear in the fields and hedgerows around the parish. These thrushes are continental migrants, arriving...
  • Blog Post: The lull after the storm

    After all of the excitement of last week, sightings have become a little more predictable this week, though there have still been a few unusual species to look out for between the showers and more prolonged rainstorms. The barred warbler remained near the sluice until Sunday before eventually departing...
  • Blog Post: End of August review.

    Butterfly Days - Painted Lady 29 8 15 24th August. Warm weather continued. Lots of butterflies about. Have never seen so many Walls and Peacocks flying. Ideal weather for haymaking which was progressing at a good pace. Report from birder: David J. who reported having seen three Osprey on the...
  • Blog Post: Mid August review - a photodiary.

    Cattle at sunset across the meadows. 12th August. Blue-tailed Damselfly - male. Common Darter (Male) Green-veined White Butterfly on Great Willow Herb Peacock Butterfly on edge of arable field Flax and Bistort in arable field Female Southern Hawker LOGBOOK SIGHTING 3 Green...
  • Forum Thread: Ospreys are starting to pass through!

    Over the past week three separate individuals have been seen on different estuaries in Devon. Plym & Tamar, Teign and several minutes later the same juvenile bird entered the lower Exe and today one was seen on the Taw estuary in north Devon. I have yet to see an Autumn Osprey though there is several...
  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Skytower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The whoosh of wings and circling in the sky is the spectacle of the week from the Skytower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard chattering as you ascend the tower, but then it really is incredible when they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and wheel around. We’ve been managing the water...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st - 31st July

    July has been a strange month, with much more rain than is normal for this time of year. We have however had a few sunny days scattered throughout the month, and also a few exciting bird sightings! The highlight of the month for me was the brief appearance of a little egret on the Lochall channel...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VIII

    We can’t quite believe it’s August already. It feels like we’ve only just finished talking about Scotland’s fantastic summer visitors and now they’re up and leaving again! But don’t worry; there is still plenty to see this month. Here are some tips and facts from us...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the sky

    It's certainly been a wet few days at Minsmere, as elsewhere in the country, and it pays to keep an eye on any approaching black clouds before deciding to move on to the next hide as showers continue ot rattle through on a regular basis. Some of them are pretty heavy too. Storm clouds over...
  • Blog Post: How's the hide coming along?

    If you read my blog last week, you'll know that we are in the process of replacing Public hide. The old one was taken down last week by our wardens and volunteers and then on Monday, Gilleards arrived with the brand spanking new one! The weather on Monday was not kind to them as you can see from...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st - 30th June

    June began with the cool and wet weather that seems to have followed us throughout spring. This unseasonable weather has meant that June was a mixed month for breeding birds on the reserve. Some species such as blue tits seem to have struggled due to the lack of available food caused by the cold, damp...
  • Blog Post: Juvenile or immature, formative, first-basic or first-cycle?

    Juvenile or immature, formative, first-basic or first-cycle? I sometimes think it is best to clear things up before we start and this week’s clearing up act involves the topic of one of our non frequent feathered friend visitors, the Osprey. First of all, wouldn't it be fantastic if Ospreys...
  • 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...
  • 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: April surveys complete

    Things have been great for birds this month with a pair of Little Ring Plover showing well on the bogbean islands and Lapwing, Redshank and Oyster-catcher regularly visible from the Gullery hide. The first wader survey has been completed and indicates we have good numbers of Redshank, Lapwing and Snipe...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: nests, a new electric fence and a summery feel to things

    Exciting news! I was lucky enough to witness our first avocet egg of the year actually being laid on Saturday afternoon. There are now avocet nests in front of both Sandgrounders and Nel's Hides so why not come to have a look! Avocet with a newly laid egg by Caroline Clay We will be attempting...
  • Blog Post: Migrant Arrivals

    From late March the summer migrants start to arrive back at Lake Vyrnwy, often a little later than the surrounding area given its altitude. The first migrant to arrive was the Chiffchaff during the last week in March and can now be heard all around the lake and a Redstart was reported just off the reserve...
  • Forum Thread: RSPB Limited Prints

    I've been given two RSPB limited edition prints to sell for a charity. I don't know anything about them or their value, but the person I got them from said they should be worth around £70. They are both prints out of an edition of 500 by Gillies Campbell. Short-Eared Owl from 1980/81 and Osprey...
  • Forum Thread: Bird of Prey

    Good afternoon, as I am new to here please excuse me if I am in the wrong chatroom. I went for a walk today near to where I live where there is plenty of fish filled water. I saw a rather large bird of prey, in fact hugh like I have never seen here before fly overhead. A little time later I followed...
  • Blog Post: Aren’t bogs brilliant!

    No, I’m not talking about toilets – although they certainly come in handy – the bogs I’m most concerned with are ‘lowland raised peat bogs’. At first glance, peat bogs appear as a barren wasteland, but take a closer look and you’ll discover an amazing hidden...
  • Media: Osprey at Murton 9/11/14