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  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Eggs-traordinary ospreys hatch new plan

    Egg-citing news: the two most-famous ospreys in Britain – Loch Garten’s EJ and Odin – have laid three eggs this spring! The pair have settled down to family life once again at RSPB Scotland’s Osprey Centre, and appear to have put last year’s Eastenders-like love triangle...
  • Blog Post: April sightings

    Here is the start of our April list for Kinnordy. 48 species so far: Greylag Pink footed goose Mute swan Whooper swan Mallard Teal Tufted duck Wigeon Goldeneye Gadwall Shoveller Goosander Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Curlew Redshank Little grebe ...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the moss

    If you read our guest blog this week by the fantastic Anya, you will know that RSPB looks after over 200 nature reserves like Leighton Moss as well as working to create more habitats in adjoining sites. Here at Leighton Moss our wardening team have created two new reedbeds since 2005; Barrow Scout fields...
  • Blog Post: Has Spring arrived?

    It may be early April but there is still a touch of winter lingering on. April showers consist of hail and snow which isn’t much of a surprise given the temperatures, with the dam in full flow after a night of heavy rain. Despite the cold, signs of Spring have certainly arrived with frogs spawn...
  • Blog Post: April Showers

    So April is here and so are the birds! As are April showers which have soaked a few people out of the reserve today but it's worth the effort! The last couple of days has seen the return of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps which are now joining Chiffchaffs and Swallows which have been building up over...
  • Blog Post: Round the Bend & Up the Pole

    This has been one of those months when things have been pretty much non-stop. We have a new Species & Habitats Warden –welcome to Lorna Dow, who has been on secondment since the end of last year and is brave enough to want to stay! We also have a Meadow Officer starting on 4 April –...
  • Blog Post: Welcome back to the osprey at Kinnordy

    Thank you to Ted Logan for sending us these wonderful photos of the osprey fishing pike at Loch of Kinnordy on the 30 March.
  • Forum Thread: The Lake District Osprey Project for the year 2016

    The Lake District Osprey Project for the year 2016
  • Blog Post: What a Good Friday!!

    Who’d have thought I’d be in the office on Easter Saturday writing a blog... It should be lovely and sunny with Arne bustling with enthusiastic visitors spotting all the signs of spring. Well, that’s exactly what happened yesterday! It was a stunning day and provided everyone with...
  • 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...