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  • Blog Post: Blustery Saturday...

    Hello, I didn't visit Old Moor today due my continuing (get ye gone soon) bug.... Liane told me last week that if you put Vicks on the soles of your feet before bedtime, and then keep your socks on overnight, it does wonders for a chesty cough! I shall try it this eve and let you know, my wheezing...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

    Wishing all our visitors and especially our Blog reader(s) all the best for the festive season, from all the Crew at Blacktoft Many thanks for your continued and valued support. For 2015 I would like to ask you all to please help the Reserve and build the blogs readership so we can spread the Humber...
  • Blog Post: Still bobbing... if you have the patience to find him!

    Our wee little Jack Snipe has been seen during the week and was found on Africa Island (it's obvious why when you see it!) and on the bund closest to the Purfleet Hide. Jack to the right of a chunkier Common Dumpy Jack with the open stripy face Both shots at long range by Russ Sherriff...
  • Blog Post: Reed Bunting Showcase

    Last Saturday in the glorious sunshine that accompanied our fair, Basil Thornton took a superb series of shots of a single female Reed Bunting as she fed, completely unconcerned on a couple of Reedmace heads.... Simply a fantastic collection of images that proves that even the females of this familiar...
  • Blog Post: A Panic Striken Day

    Evening all... a bright and blustery day on the reserve today with a stiffening wind bringing down the afternoon temperatures... Anyway, I digress... Bill Rowe had a fantastic Water Pipit in Aveley Bay this morning with the Rockits and walked into the centre as I picked up two male Ruff heading off the...
  • Blog Post: Far from Mad Friday - Sightings, 19 Dec

    Hi Folks! Any ground feeding bird that took flight in the Dearne today did so vertically, propelled in a high arc by some pretty fierce winds. In fact, it made me wonder just how creatures that weight so little manage to make any headway at all in wind gusting at 35mph? Even those aerial experts, the...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore recent sightings, 12 - 18 December 2014

    Depending on how things go in the next few weeks, this may well be the last sightings blog of 2014. Although I'm in at the start of next week there's a lot to be done before the fella in red tours on his sled but will update sightings through the various channels at our disposal as often as possible...
  • Blog Post: Christmas!

    Just a quick one to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our blog readers. I will hope to update the blog over the holiday period, so keep an eye open for sightings news. In the last week we have had both bittern and marsh harrier sightings on site - the bittern was on Phase 2 this morning...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate the weekend with a mince pie and hot cuppa

    This weekend why not visit to see our wonderful harriers and wetland birds (see last blog for what's about) and then pop into reception (open 10am to 4pm) to have a free mince pie and hot drink to celebrate the festive season. The hen and marsh harriers have been superb recently with a good selection...
  • Blog Post: December 19th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - ringtail present this morning Great skua - 2 offshore Woodcock - 1 in scrub between the carpark and visitor centre Barn owl - 1 hutning at dusk along East Trail Avocet - 12 on the fresh marsh Chiffchaff - 1 along Meadow Trail giving brief snatches of song!! After several...
  • Blog Post: 'Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas'... The Final Countdown!

    The Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas! Get ready for our final Christmas countdown blog... ...four holly trees... Holly is a true icon of Christmas. We use it to decorate our homes during winter, but I wonder how many of us actually know why? Well there are loads of superstitious...
  • Blog Post: Round up of the week.

    Hello All The work parties have been busy this week clearing views into the reedbed near the kingfisher hide and off the boardwalk. Cutting the vegetation in front of the kingfisher hide has opened up a few pools and ditches that have been hidden away for a while and we have cleared the vegetation...
  • Blog Post: Coming up to Christmas sightings

    With Christmas just a few days away, I thought I would update you on all the latest sightings that you will hopefully get the chance to come and see over the festive period. We have a great variety of little birds at our feeding station in the garden and through the woodland. From the more well-known...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: Beardies, gulls and a cheeky weasel!

    It’s been a busy old week for birds of prey here at Fairburn. Buzzards have been spotted nearly every day with sightings at Newfield, Pick-up and from Lin Dike hide. Two red kites were also seen over Newfield at the weekend and another two flew over the visitor centre on Thursday. On Monday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th December

    It's been a slightly odd week of weather, with a balmy 12 degrees on Wednesday night followed by t shirt weather on Thursday (for working outside at least) and now we are warned of cold air coming to East Anglia over the weekend. This weather could push some more wildfowl south during the weekend...
  • Blog Post: New visitors at Nagshead

    If you visit the woods at Nagshead over the festive period, you will be sure of a big surprise thanks to art students from the Royal Forest of Dean campus of Gloucester College. The students have created six sculptures specifically for Nagshead as part of their course, which can be found around the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings by Angus Murray 1-14 Dec

    The proper winter finally arrived with weather to match, snow, hail, wind, rain, thunder and lightning all in the mix. Some good birds were seen though despite this with the yearlist even managing to increase by one, taking the total to 122 species, courtesy of a barnacle goose seen amongst canada geese...
  • Blog Post: Drizzle and Dunlin - Sightings, 18 Dec

    Hi Folks! Yes, that was a surprise wasn’t it? There you were expecting the lovely Nicola and this ne’er-do-well turns up! Sadly, Nicola is feeling pretty crook at the moment so you’re stuck with me. I hope you’ll join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. Drizzle and cloud best...
  • Blog Post: Counting down

    It's an exciting time in our household, as in many around the country, as we count down the days until Christmas. Advent calendars are opened to reveal festive pictures, chocolates, or in our case little Lego toys that will make a lovely Christmas scene when finished. With only seven more sleeps...
  • Blog Post: 18 December recent sightings: Twas a week before Christmas!

    It’s my last day in the office before Christmas so here are some recent sightings from the last couple of days along with some information about our Christmas opening times. I will start of with another picture from Monday followed by some exciting bird news. A lovely view from New Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: Birds eye view of Rainham

    Morning! Earlier in the week Howard posted a blog about the Drone'coptor that we had over the reserve the other day (if you missed it check it out here )... Well let me remind you... On Saturday 13 December our lovely Warden Nicole headed out onto Wennington with a chap and his Drone'coptor...
  • Blog Post: On the Rails - Sightings 17 Dec.

    Evening folks. Brilliant sightings from yesterday I’m sure you’ll agree but today, well, that was another matter and the book seems a bit sparse. ...Well, if truth be told, it’s non-existent. So, in true Old Moor style, I shall compile today’s sightings using reports from elsewhere...
  • Blog Post: Christmas greetings

    This will be my last post until 2015, as I'm heading away for Christmas and New Year on a birding trip to Kerala in South India. I'm looking forward to seeing plenty of new and colorful birds to add to my life list! My colleagues will add any sightings of note to this page while I'm away...
  • Blog Post: December 16th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - male hunting over saltmarsh this morning, ringtail to roost Snow bunting - 6 west along beach this afternoon Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh Greenshank - 1 on tidal pool Avocet - 12 wintering birds still present on the fresh marsh Barn owl - 1 hunting over the reedbed near...