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  • Blog Post: And whinchat - Sightings, 27 April.

    Hi Folks! It seems an age since I last wrote up the day’s sightings. You see, I’ve been off gallivanting again and, such is the pace of spring, that so much seems to have changed in my absence. At this point in the year, new sightings of spring migrants alter daily and you never completely...
  • Blog Post: April 27th 2015 - Today's highlights

    Grasshopper warbler - 1 reeling by screen on East Trail Red crested pochard - 6 around the reserve Spotted redshank - 4 on saltmarsh this morning Little ringed plover - 3 on fresh marsh Hobby - 1st of the year over the reedbed this afternoon Dunlin - 19 on fresh marsh Red kite - 1 just...
  • Blog Post: Bluebells are blooming

    One of the sp ring highlights at The Lodge is the wonderful display of bluebells on the path to the gardens. It seems that it's becoming more and more popular to come and enjoy these sweet scented flowers and last week a Canadian lady, who was staying in Cambridge on holiday, called me as she'd...
  • Blog Post: Please don't pinch me - this dream is fantastic!

    Where in the world could you be? You could be in lots of amazing and exotic places with some fantastic birds but this weekend our little old wetland reserve here at Blacktoft provided some absolutely stunning birding for all our visitors that I'm sure would have also wowed many people from abroad...
  • Blog Post: Amazing adders

    Minsmere's adders have proved extremely popular over the last few years, so we opened a dedicated adder trail this spring to make it easier to watch these amazing snakes without disturbing them. We also trained many of our guides to give them more confidence to find and talk about adders. Here's...
  • Blog Post: Moths in abundance and not as boring as you may think!

    Spring has sprung and we’ve had the moth trap out more regularly here at Coombes! The days of capturing one lonely early moth, or the exciting day in early march when we caught a grey shouldered knott AND a dotted border, are over. Moths are abundant now and we see species like common quaker...
  • Blog Post: 27 April recent sightings: The hobbys are coming!

    Good morning! The weather has been a lot better than forecast which is good news! There were several photographers around early in the morning on Friday and here are a couple of pictures from Matt Walton: The sunrise over the river: A muntjac deer browsing in some vegetation: A stoat concealing...
  • Blog Post: Three Year Firsts!

    Hello, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor with lots and lots of sunshine....lots! The title refers to three year firsts for me today, a whitethroat, a wasp and a little holly blue butterfly! The whitethroat was singing away on Green Lane at the end near Wath Ings, the wasp was also on Green Lane...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Roundup 26th April

    The first Cuckoo of the year was heard during the week at Broadwater Warren as well as the first common whitethroat . Willow warblers have started to be heard singing along the eastern track with several males displaying, blackcaps have also been seen in the scrub behind the car park. Chiffchaffs are...
  • Blog Post: Latest WeBS....

    It was WeBS time again this week and volunteers Stuart and Roger kindly conducted the survey this month. It's getting quieter on the wildfowl front at this time of year, but the presence of breeding waders (and of course the chance of something good turning up!) more than makes up for that. here...
  • Blog Post: Whimbrel!

    Hello, there's been a whimbrel at Old Moor today. It's been there all day, or at least it was until I left which was about 4pm. It was asleep or just sitting/standing quietly for quite a chunk of today and then mid-afternoon it woke up and started to feed. It had been behind grasses to the right...
  • Blog Post: The Delights of Dawn

    Hello everyone, how are you? Singing white throat by Michael Franklin There is nothing like hearing birds in full song in the morning! Did you know you can join us, before usual opening hours, to explore the reserve and enjoy the magic of dawn? Tony O'Brien We are running...
  • Blog Post: What's been about - 25 April 2015

    Afternoon! How are you today? I'm back, I wrote a blog earlier talking about some of the smaller reserve creatures, but I wanted to tell you some of the others... Stunning reserve picture by Jo Collins There's been all sorts of wildlife around - here are some of the highlights...
  • Blog Post: Isn't it Springly!

    Yes, I know that springly isn't a word but I like it! It's that interesting time of year when you never know what you will find here at Rainham Marshes. The Lapwings in their swirly aerial display, Warblers are singing away, the Hirundines are whizzing over on the hunt for prey... ...
  • Blog Post: Further early April highlights - a photodiary.

    Good to see both female and male Great Spotted Woodpeckers about. 5th April. Early morning mist. Little Grebe and Canada Geese across the Meadow Pools. Linnet on arable field near farm . . . . . . and Meadow Pipit too. Hawthorn coming into leaf. Several pairs of frogs seen...
  • Blog Post: Another kingfisher sighting!

    Hello, it's always a good when whenever you catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, usually a flash of brilliant blue that zips on by and doesn't stay for you to have a good look! Today somebody did have that moment on the bridge from the car park to the TPT, great stuff! I've quickly had a look...
  • Blog Post: Variety: the spice of life

    There can be absolutely no doubt that spring is here, despite the, at times, chill northerly wind that has been blowing this week. Wader migration is in full swing, warblers are arriving en masse, insects are flitting around the reserve in increasing numbers, and a few unexpected bonuses are thrown in...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 19th - 24th April 2015

    Egyptian goose – two at Denge Marsh on 24 th . Tundra bean goose – two at Denge Marsh on 23 rd . Brent goose – at Denge Marsh on 21 st . Garganey – at Denge Marsh on 24 th . Spoonbill – Denge Marsh and over reserve on 24 th . Bittern – booming...
  • Blog Post: April 24th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Redstart - male in hedge along East Trail. Scarce spring bird at Titchwell Pied flycatcher - 1 reported in bushes by Island Hide Little tern - 11 offshore Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Red crested pochard - 3 on Patsy's reedbed
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.04.2015

    It's felt like summer for much of the week at the reserve and visitors have been out in their droves enjoying the local reserves and what they have to offer. It's certainly been busy - thank you to those of you who sent me information or photos to include in the blog this week - at least 6 of...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 24th April

    Spring has moved up a gear since last week, the fine weather this week with warm sunshine has caused many invertebrates to emerge. The same can be said for bird migration which has been helped by high pressure systems and some southerly winds. At the fen we have had two bitterns booming with multiple...
  • Blog Post: 24 April recent sightings: Reeling us all in!

    Good morning! We have been very lucky with the weather this week and there have been plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Here are a few that I just had to share: A female marsh harrier hunting: Image credit: Ron Smith Two images of cuckoos : Image credits: David Capps ...
  • Blog Post: Good birding continues with late hen harrier and pinkies

    There's no doubt that birds have been moving en-mass recently with something different every day, making some excellent birding here on the Sands. Some birds are departing - take the black tailed godwits for example, the other evening I watched as a group of 10 full summer plumaged birds that...
  • Blog Post: Three Black Terns!

    Hello, another glorious day to be out and about and at Old Moor in particular this afternoon when 3 black terns decided to pay us a visit! As of when I rang up for the sightings, they were still there. They can be seen on the Mere from the Family Hide. Terns are such beautiful birds and I could watch...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Farming wetlands - USA Style

    If you want to watch a little video of you tube that has been an inspiration for my last year of work here on the Humber reserves - why not see how they are re-creating wetlands on farmland in America, its truly awesome as they would say and very thought provoking especially in the very dry spring we...