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  • Blog Post: Saturday 30th April 2016 - Today's highlights

    Chiffchaff by John Hewitt Marsh harrier - 1 hunting over reed bed Sparrowhawk - 1 over scrape Avocet - 77 on scrape, 30 nests Black-tailed godwit - 300+ on scrape Bar-tailed godwit - 1 on scrape Ruff - 3 on scrape Spotted redshank - 6 on scrape Knot - 4 on scrape Dunlin...
  • Blog Post: A good tern and another

    I was eagerly optimistic as I left my desk at lunch time and walked down to Bittern Hide. I had recently heard over the radio that there had been many sightings of bitterns in flight today and I thought that today may be the day that I saw a bittern for the first time. As I strolled down the hill with...
  • Blog Post: Nearly May - Sightings 29th April

    Hello, here are the sightings from today! I'm afraid I'm going to cheat a bit as I've just got home and I'm going out soon too...so, I'm putting up a photo of the book today which was kindly sent to me by Jenny from the VC. If you click on the photo then you'll get a larger...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Sightings 22 - 29 April 2016

    Howdy folks! Chris here with another weekly round-up of the week's news. Well, that weather's not been doing us any favours, but there's some gold in them thar hill...... er, flat bits. So let's move 'em on and head 'em up. Time to get stuck into the maps: Really rather...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings 23rd - 29th April

    The wildlife at Mersehead has been braving this week’s bizarre weather and even flourishing despite it. Bluebells are out in the woodland and young are emerging. Nine mallard ducklings can be seen from the visitor centre. We hope it won’t be long before oystercatcher chicks join the nursery...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.04.2016

    Another interesting, wildlife packed, week on the reserve this week. You could be fooled into thinking it was winter at times on the reserve this week until you hear the chattering of Reed warblers in the reed beds, the calls of Cuckoo, booms of Bitterns and the melody of warblers and other song birds...
  • Blog Post: Expect the unexpected!

    Remember the question I asked in my blog three weeks ago – Has Spring arrived ? Well, if it had, we seem to have had summer and autumn in the last couple of weeks and already arrived back in winter! A couple more early mornings this week to look for grouse were cold and crisp with the weather turning...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Ducklings Toddler Group

    Ducklings Toddler Group Dates: Friday 13th May, Friday 10th June, Friday 8th July Time : 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost : £5 per child: includes organised session, juice drink and a hot drink for parents/guardians Radipole Lake presents a new nature themed toddler group for the under...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 29 April 2016

    Cold air still hangs over us, but the suns warmth is clearly strengthening, the temperatures are predicted to rise soon. This week has seen the last of our expected migrants return, namely garden warbler . We now have the full set on our sightings board, even if a hobby just put in a brief flyover...
  • Blog Post: The summer migrants certainly late - but defiantly not forgotten

    It seems that in the last couple of days a few more migrants have started to trickle in with a nice selection of warblers on site today and a fantastic adult male whinchat who was feeding out on the grazing marsh as I shepherded the sheep. Yesterday evening I recorded the first singing reed...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 28th April...

    Hello! I've dug out all my winter woollies again after enjoying a couple of 'coat-less' days last week...Hat, scarf, gloves and so on and so on. Soon be summer :) From the book at Old Moor today we have sightings from Green Lane of: linnets, a male blackcap, a lesser whitethroat, a common...
  • Blog Post: 28 April recent sightings: Just "Purrfect"

    Good afternoon. There have been some interesting sightings on the reserve over the last couple of days so here is an update for you. There were plenty of cuckoos around on Tuesday afternoon and Site Manager Dave saw a single crane flying from south of the railway line into Humphrey’s Paddock, the...
  • Forum Reply: RE: 2016 Year List

    110. willow warbler (21 Apr) 111. sand martin (24 Apr) 112. wheatear (28 Apr)
  • Blog Post: Back Chat? - Sightings, 27 April.

    Hi Folks! I hardly need mention the fifty-seven varieties of weather we’ve had today in the Dearne Valley. This unseasonably cold April continues but, I’m glad to say, it doesn’t seem to have put too much of a dampener on the unstoppable force that is the spring. There were tons...
  • Blog Post: April 27th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Red kite - 2 over reserve this afternoon Med gull - 2 adults on fresh marsh this afternoon Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Brambling - 1 on feeders Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: well that was swift!

    Snow? At the end of April! There has been every imaginable type of weather at Fairburn this week; rain, hail, sleet, snow, high winds, and a few rays of sunshine. There have also been some pretty nifty sightings, which is why we’re all here! Swift, Mike Langman (rspb-images.com) First...
  • Blog Post: Birds and bees

    Imagine being a chick. For the last few weeks, you've been cosseted in an egg, warmed by the downy feathered lining of your nest and the warm belly of your parent(s). Most birds - generally females - have a 'brood patch' of bare feathers so that eggs and chicks get warmth from the adult's...
  • Blog Post: Snowing as I type! Sightings 26th April

    Hello again, the view from my window right now is of snow falling, or maybe more like 'snowhail'.....really! Thanks go to Ali from the VC for sending the sightings my way today. On Green Lane today we had sightings of blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, linnets, lesser whitethroat, newly...
  • Blog Post: April 26th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    With frequent snow, sleet and hail showers throughout the day it is not that surprising that it has been a rather quiet day on the reserve!! Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Med gull - 2 on fresh marsh
  • Blog Post: 26 April recent sightings: Arctic blast

    Good morning. It is pretty chilly this morning so I will begin with some photos that were taken in more hospitable conditions. A bittern from Mere Hide on 6 April: Image credits: Ian Saggers Thank you very much to Ian for sharing this great picture with us. A couple of mine from 17 April...
  • 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: Avocet still with the Oystercatcher flock - 25th April 2016

    View of Oystercatcher flock from Campfield Marsh as the tide was starting to make. After not having seen the Avocet for over a fortnight, it suddenly popped up again this afternoon. It had been a morning of sunshine and showers - some of them with hail. A cold strong NW wind was blowing and...
  • Blog Post: In Swift Pursuit - Sightings, 25 April.

    Hi Folks! April is always a bit of a mixed-up month for weather and today was no exception in the Dearne Valley. Bright, warm sunshine battled with the cooling effects of the odd sleet shower this afternoon! I’m glad to say, as I write this, it looks like the sunshine won but change it seems, is...
  • Blog Post: April 25th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    White wagtail - 1 on grazing meadow Little ringed plover - 4 on fresh marsh Red kite - 1 west over Thornham saltmarsh Grasshopper warbler - 1 singing on grazing meadow Bittern - 1 still booming Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Peregrine - 1 on beach...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers Reunite

    When I woke up on Saturday morning to a bitter north wind I thought to myself, well at least the sun is shining! That thought didn’t last long as on the drive into work the skies opened and it poured with rain! I always pay attention to the weather but I was particularly interested on Saturday...