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  • 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 Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • 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

  • Media: November Osprey

  • Forum Thread: Satellite Tracked Ospreys (non-LG) Oct 2014 -

    This topic replaces Satellite Tracked Ospreys (non-LG) Aug 2012-Sep 2014 The scope - following the travels of tracked ospreys "not from Loch Garten", either originating in the UK or overseas. Can I ask for some help in starting off the thread. If you are the first person to post about a...
  • Blog Post: Osprey!

    The radio crackled into life. "There's an osprey fishing over Island Mere." I grabbed my binoculars and camera, clicked lock screen on the computer and headed out to the Whin Hill watchpoint to try to get a look. I called out to two passing visitors that there was an osprey at Island...
  • Blog Post: Reserve blog by Angus Murray

    Signs of early autumn were evident on the reserve, the ever popular photographic competition (now finished) and second hand book sale (running from 14 -20 September with some great bargains to be had) being two examples of this.Other signs, on the bird front, were meadow pipits heard over-flying the...
  • Blog Post: Early Autumn Update by Ben Lewis

    The autumnal feel on the reserve has been backed up by a few typical autumn species emerging or migrating through the reserve in the past few weeks. An Osprey has spent just over a week in the Strumpshaw/Rockland area, last being seen on the 9 September. Tower Hide has provided a very good spectacle...
  • Media: Osprey Ahoy!

  • Media: Autumn Osprey

  • Blog Post: Raptor Weekend Sat 6th & Sun 7th September

    Next weekend is Raptor Weekend here at Arne! We will be having viewpoints manned by volunteers and staff in the most likely spots for seeing birds of prey. Its fun for all the family as we will also have a trail for children to follow with prizes if they get all of the answers! Over the last couple...