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  • Blog Post: Spring Tides in February

    This week has not only seen the tempestuous Imogen battering the reserve and causing traffic chaos but the highest Spring Tides of the year so far. Thankfully it was not that high on Monday when 70 mph winds were battering us but yesterday's was quite impressive but never really covered the saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: On the Spot - Sightings, 10 Feb.

    Hi Folks! As promised by the forecasters, it was a bright, sunny day in the Dearne Valley today and there was, as ever, plenty to see. Don’t just take my word for that, one look at Old Moor’s car park would tell you that there were tons of visitors today all enjoying the late winter sunshine...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday 10 February 2016 - Today's highlights

    Green woodpecker by Louise Winterbottom Barn owl - 1 along railway line towards inner Marsh Farm hide Short-eared owl - 1 on marsh seen from Burton Point Hen harrier - 1 on marsh seen from Burton Point Sparrowhawk - 1 in woods Black-tailed godwit - 500+ on scrape Bar-tailed godwit...
  • Blog Post: We've been waiting to see smew

    They've been a long time in coming, but on Sunday we finally welcomed two smews to Minsmere for the winter. Smews are scarce winter visitors to the UK, with only a few hundred present in most winters, but the mild weather this year has made them even rarer than usual, with very few present at...
  • Blog Post: February 10th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Long tailed duck - drake offshore Barn owl - 2 hunting over east trail Brambling - 3 on feeders Bittern - 1 from Fen Hide Velvet scoter - drake offshore Avocet - 48 on fresh marsh this morning, a new winter record count for the reserve Water pipit - 2 still on grazing meadow Lesser...
  • Blog Post: Barn Owls

    We are very lucky living and working in Norfolk to see barn owls on a pretty regular basis. The combination of rough field margins, wide roadside verges and good numbers of small mammals help to maintain a healthy local barn owl population in our area. They do have their 'ups and downs' and their...
  • Blog Post: A beautiful day to watch birds of prey

    It’s a beautiful day here in sunny Silverdale and what better way to spend it then basking in the sun and watching some wonderful wildlife! The sight of birds of prey swooping and soaring through the clear blue sky is truly magical and here at RSPB Leighton Moss we have not been short of these...
  • Blog Post: 10 February recent sightings: Things are changing

    Good morning. I have now returned and if you are wondering where I have been for the last three weeks, please read this blog post . I popped in briefly on Saturday and saw nine roe deer grazing alongside the entrance track. A group of four curlews flew over the visitor centre and a water pipit flew...
  • Blog Post: 9 February 2016 - Today at Frampton

    Apologies for the lack of blog yesterday. The high winds meant everything kept a low profile. Still relatively quiet today. The bittern took a stroll over to Freiston, then came back again
  • Blog Post: From Twitter - Sightings 9th Feb

    Hello, as you may have gathered from the title, I only have sightings from Twitter for you today as I didn't get back from work in time to ring up. Thanks go to the Barnsley Birders (@Barnsleybsg) for the sightings + a few others! So off we go... First thing this morning we had sightings...
  • Blog Post: February 9th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Velvet scoter - 2 drakes offshore late morning Water pipit - 2 on grazing meadow Avocet - 40 on fresh marsh Merlin - 1 over saltmarsh Brambling - 1 on feeders Chiffchaff - 1 in carpark Marsh tit - 1 on feeders
  • Blog Post: Whoopers reappear!

    Well sorry folks, I've tried my best to get the blog problem fixed and unfortunately I still cannot put up any photo's, maybe one day........................ Well upwards and onwards you'll just have to imagine the following or better still come to see it yourselves! We'd thought that...
  • Blog Post: Shifts - Sightings, 8 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Lots of showers today in the Dearne Valley and the odd appearance of sunshine – or maybe I imagined that. As a result the sightings have been a little sporadic today but I’ll do my best to sort it out for you. Starting at Wombwell Ings , today there were two little egret, two...
  • Blog Post: Sightings at Binn Green - Friday 5 February

    The brambling was back today in amongst about 20 chaffinch together with the now resident reed bunting (hope I've not tempted fate). Other visitors included a jay, male bullfinch, siskin, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, blue tit, coal tit, great tit and a small flock of 6 long tailed tits. There...
  • Blog Post: Sightings highlights 30th January - 7th February

    Did you take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch over the weekend? I did and I discovered that I had a lot more visitors to my garden than I first thought so that was super exciting! I'm now finding myself daydreaming out of the window a lot more than previously, hoping to catch the blue tits on the...
  • Blog Post: Kortnebbgås - Sightings, 7 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Today began with the news that THEY have been seen again... - the beardies of course! This is great news especially as it has now been twenty days since they were first reported. Today’s sighting was of two birds in the reedbeds at Old Moor but the sexes of the birds were not mentioned...
  • Blog Post: Sunday 7 February 2016 - Today's highlights

    Barn owl by Anthony Lovatt Barn owl - 1 along railway line Black-tailed godwit - 500+ on scrape Ruff - 4 on scrape Dunlin - 20+ on scrape Water rail - 1 in front of reception hide Kingfisher - 2 over mere pools Bullfinch - 1 in woods towards Inner Marsh Farm hide Fieldfare...
  • Blog Post: The most elusive bird of all

    Butterbump, Bogblutter, toasted Heron... there are many names for a Bittern. But before you all get excited, we haven't seen one this weekend! However I thought you might appreciate an update on the movements we've observed of them so far this winter. Despite the lack of really cold weather...
  • Blog Post: Northward Hill RSPB, the home of the Heronry

    As the village sign for High Halstow proudly displays, it is the Home of the Heron, nearly 150 pairs of grey herons nest in the trees at Northward Hill. Activity at the heronry starts early in the year and continues through spring, when the young herons begin flying. One of out largest birds and amazingly...
  • Blog Post: Brews, birds and a brand new boardwalk

    It might be a bit blustery out there, but the sun is shining, so it is the ideal day to come for a stroll round Leighton Moss. There's lots to see - large numbers of teals , wigeons and some shovelers are gathered at Tim Jackson hide, as well as a flock of redshanks and a lone dunlin on the bank...
  • Blog Post: February 6th 2016 - Today at Frampton

    After a blank day on Friday, the Bittern popped up again on the reedbed. This is probably due to more eyes out and about rather than anything. It was pretty quiet on Friday so hopefully a busy Sunday will get it seen again. It's the right time of year for birds of prey to be on the move and a...
  • Blog Post: February 5th 2016 - Today at Frampton

    Birds birds BIRDS!!
  • Blog Post: Saturday 6 February 2016 - Today's highlights

    Siskin by John Hewitt Peregrine - 1 hunting over scrape Sparrowhawk - 1 over scrape Short-eared owl - 1 on marsh seen from Burton Point Dunlin - 50+ on scrape Ruff - 4 on scrape Black-tailed godwit - 200+ on scrape Snipe - 20+ over scrape Water rail - 1 in front of reception...
  • Blog Post: A warming winter fire(crest)

    The two firecrests that have taken up winter residence around Scotts Hall and the Rhododendron Tunnel continue to attract a lot of interest - for those lucky enough to actually see them. Frustratingly, they seem to avoid the attentions of most of our volunteers, despite many visitors having had good...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st-31st January 2016

    The start of a new year is often viewed as a new start. While we may not be able to wipe all things from the past, here at the reserve we can at least clear the species list and look forward to compiling the new one. By the end of last year we had recorded a total of 118 bird species for the reserve...