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  • Blog Post: Sunny Sightings - 26th August

    Hello! What a fabulous day at Old Moor I've had. I got there early doors and left around 5pm. The reserve was pretty busy today with lots of families enjoying the 'Free Friday' today. That's free entry for children on Fridays during the school holidays. Early doors at OM was a magical...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 20 - 26 August 2016

    Howdy folks! Chris the visitor guy, once again here with your weekly round up of all that has been special around the reserve. Two words for you.... curlew sandpiper! Yes, we've had just one or two of these little beauts. But we'll get onto that... let's start with today and work backwards...
  • Blog Post: Some superb wildlife watching!

    The last few days have really seen some fantastic wildlife watching here on the Sands with an eclectic mix of superb birds, insects, amphibians and mammals on site, here's just a few highlights hopefully giving you an idea of just how good its been at times. High tide can be particularly good at...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 26 August 2016

    Glossy Ibis by Ron McIntyre This week’s star bird was the fine looking glossy ibis . This rather lost bird has been finding the Tower Hide scrape much to its liking throughout the week. It has been feeding well on the muddy edges, usually on the opposite side of the broad, but occasionally...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings & news from RSPB Ham Wall - 26.08.2016

    It's the start of a very busy time at Ham Wall for staff and volunteers (even if the birds are a little quiet). We're making good progress with clearing the reeds from the islands if front of the 1st platform. It may well be a couple more weeks before we finish but the end results are usually...
  • Blog Post: Yummy mud

    By carefully drawing down water and exposing wet mud, the larvae of Chironomid midges become easy prey for waders. At this time of year, migrant waders are moving back from their breeding grounds further north and wet mud is where you’ll find them. This last week we’ve had a good variety...
  • Blog Post: Spider in the Hide

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 2nd -8th July A male Siskin is occasionally popping by the bird feeders at the Visitor Centre and I’m sorry to say I missed the male Sparrowhawk taking a bird from the feeders earlier in the week. Sorry in both senses. Good numbers of Lapwings (approximately 60) are...
  • Blog Post: Telegraph wires

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 20th – 26th August The start of the week felt very autumnal with the cool breeze and birds starting to flock together. Out on the beach a flock of 22 redshank have suddenly made an appearance whilst over the merse a group of 46 lapwing went sailing by. Round on the...
  • Blog Post: Running out of steam...

    Now is the time of the Hawker with literally dozens of these aerial predatory dragonflies on the wing (at last). Migrant Hawkers are the most numerous and can be seen patrolling the ditches and hunting at height which opens them up to attack from the returning Hobbies, while the bigger Emperors and Browns...
  • Blog Post: A mixed week ending 12th August, 2016.

  • Blog Post: Soggy Sightings

    A fairly dull start weather wise today but when I arrived at Old Moor around 2pm the heavens opened and it just poured – what a soggy afternoon. We made it to the Tree Sparrow Farm before the real downpour started and it was lovely to see lots of smaller birds around. Sightings from the...
  • Blog Post: August 25th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Curlew sandpiper - 16 on fresh marsh Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Garganey - eclipse drake on Patsy's reedbed this afternoon Spotted redshank - 4 on fresh marsh Ruff - 52 on fresh marsh Green sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Dunlin - 21 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: A week of ospreys and other exciting visitors

    Here is our sightings board for the week and it's pretty exciting: It's not every week that we can say we've seen ospreys every day at RSPB Loch Leven. The record for the week is six ospreys but we're hoping we may beat last year's record of thirteen in the coming days and weeks...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 20th July to 24th August 2016

    Well the summer is coming to an end with soaring temperatures and sticky summer days. The breeding season is now over and the beginning of the autumn movement of birds. Out on the pools the passage waders are starting their long journey southwards Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Ringed...
  • Blog Post: Sun's out at Dungeness!

    We’ve had a jam packed couple of weeks of activities on the reserve! Both Cub Scouts and Brownies have visited and had a wonderful time pond dipping and exploring the reserve learning about wildlife. Brownies with a newt tadpole We also hosted 3 Wild Families events which included; pond...
  • Blog Post: What’s all the fuss about curlew sandpipers?

    If you have been to Frampton Marsh over the last few days you might have heard us talking about the curlew sandpipers. They’re getting a lot of attention at the moment as our reserve is playing host to around 258 of them (I say around as they just won’t sit still to be counted!). Usual highs...
  • Blog Post: Say hello wave goodbye - female Montagu's harrier pays a brief visit

    You never quite know when she will show but suddenly she appears over the reedbed out of the ether of the Humber sky , just like yesterday evening when I spotted our faithful female Montagu's harrier who appeared alongside two of the marsh harrier chicks. She continued to fly around the reserve for...
  • Blog Post: Warming Up Nicely - Sightings, 24 Aug.

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious sunny one in the Dearne Valley today with acres of sunshine and hardly a breath of a breeze. Ice-cream sales were through the roof and I’m very glad to say that Old Moor was very, very busy. Visitors today included a very enthusiastic group from Wetherby U3A ....
  • Blog Post: Swifts, swiftly gone

    A few blogs ago I was writing about how short a period some of our summer migrants are with us on the reserve. Now as I haven't seen a Swift overhead at Northward Hill or Cliffe Pools for about 2/3 weeks I can safely say most have left to begin their long journey south. Seemingly one minute they’re...
  • Blog Post: August 24th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Curlew sandpiper - 8 on fresh marsh Little stint - 2 juveniles on fresh marsh today Juvenile little stint by Andy Thompson Greenshank - 25 on fresh marsh this morning then 8 flew west Common sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 15 around reserve Whinchat - 1 in dunes Migrant...
  • Blog Post: First flyover of the 'Flying bum'

    The morning started well with two spotted flycatchers and a willow warbler catching insects from the edge of the trees in the overflow car park. Ravens were calling from the new heath and the corner of Sandy Ridge, close to the Gatehouse. The hobbies are still around, although starting to range further...
  • Blog Post: Clouded yellows and cuckoo - a sightings update

    Thanks to volunteer Gary for his report and photo. Green sandpiper at Winpenny Hide. Another hot and sunny day at Pulborough Brooks. First stop was west mead and as I walked into the empty hide something flew very close to the windows and landed out of site to the left. I dashed down to the...
  • Blog Post: 24 August recent sightings: The wader fest continues!

    Good morning. I am pleased to say that our “wader fest” has continued recently so the majority of today’s blog post will be about that. Before we get to our long legged friends though, here are a couple more of Ken Clegg’s pictures that were taken recently on the reserve: Kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: Gravesend Local Group visit to Cliffe Pools.

    Group Visit to Cliffe Pools Posted: 23 Aug 2016 02:13 PM PDT We knew that the black-winged stilts and the mediterranean gulls would have already left their breedings sites at Cliffe but Sally counted about 30 little egrets loafing around the edges of the pools. With the temperature just a fraction...
  • Blog Post: Another warm one...

    Another warm day at Old Moor with temperatures reaching the mid to high twenties today. I do think if someone from the VC did an ice cream run with a tray like they used to have in the interval at the ‘pictures’ (showing my age now!) they would make a fortune Ha! Sightings from the book...