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  • Blog Post: "Wader Heaven" - Sightings, 28 Sept.

    Hi Folks! Brilliant sunshine and mild temperatures for the time of year were clearly too tempting for many watchers today and I’m glad to say that Old Moor was pretty busy for a Wednesday. The elephant in the hide however was an acknowledgement that dark nights are coming. This Friday will be the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings round-up: Dominated by ducks

    This week has seen a definite change in the weather, but little change in birds around the reserve. The solitary cattle egret continued to please, spending its days loafing on the islands of the main scrape with brief forays to join the cattle herd. The big duck numbers from the beginning of the week...
  • Blog Post: A Hide of activity - Wath Ings

    Good evening all, it’s me tonight just giving Nicola a break as it’s her birthday – I hope she has had a lovely day. It started as a bit of a dull day today although rather muggy but it did brighten up this afternoon. In the hides today a lot of the chat was around sightings of the...
  • Blog Post: Summer and autumn collide

    As we head quickly towards October, the hobbies have been seen today, letting us cling on to the last of summer, but a subtle change in the air as the first siskins have been heard flying overhead. Several flocks of goldcrests are foraging around the reserve and it's worth checking through these...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sighting 5th to 26th Sept 2016

    This time of year is usually dominated with the birding news but generally the migration has been relatively quite with a flash of excitement. The weather has been very favourable over the month with many sunny days which has favoured many of the migrant’s onward journeys to their wintering quarters...
  • Blog Post: Suffolk's Only Island

    This Saturday the Minsmere Wildlife Explorers set off for Suffolk’s only island. Two boats of eager explorers departed Orford quay and crossed the choppy waters to the stunning Havergate Island. We were lucky that the sun was out and the warm September weather had remained even if it was a little...
  • Blog Post: GWE - Sightings, 26 Sept.

    Hi Folks! Drizzle may well have dominated the day but I maintain that some of the best birding days I’ve had have been wild ones. Perhaps it’s the fact that birds have to work that bit harder on days like these and that, of course, makes them all the more visible. Sadly, there were fewer...
  • Blog Post: Wildfowl bonanza at Blacktoft

    A quick update, I'll try and post some photos later, the highlight of the last week at Blacktoft has been the great numbers of wildfowl feeding on weed seed on the recent flooding at Ousefleet. Peak numbers have included 770 teal, 540 wigeon, 430 wigeon, 85 shoveler and 16 pintail. Bearded tits...
  • Blog Post: Reservoir Ruff – Sightings, 25 Sept.

    Hi Folks! It took a little while for those clouds to clear this morning and things were pretty damp after last night's rain, but at the time of writing it is a wonderfully sunny afternoon in the Dearne Valley and quite warm too. Old Moor welcomed a group of visitors from RSPB York today and, if...
  • Blog Post: Poster of recent Sightings - Week ending 23rd September, 2016

  • Blog Post: 24th September Recent sightings – How time flies!

    It seems like only yesterday that I was last writing a recent sightings update, however a week has once again sped by (where does the time go?!), so apologies for this week’s update being a little delayed! The osprey continues to be the star of the show and has been seen daily across the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Ringing the reedlings

    With the nights starting to draw in and the leaves beginning to turn on the trees, autumn is certainly on its way and here at Leighton Moss that means one of its most secretive residents is coming out of hiding – the bearded tits or "bearded reedlings". These colourful little birds are...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24 September 2016

    Another very warm week for late September, although the autumn nights are beginning to take hold as the temperatures dropped to just six degrees on Wednesday night. There was a late contender for bird of the week, with ‘the’ glossy ibis making a return after a two week absence (Photo...
  • Blog Post: Yellow-browed Warbler Invasion!

    Bird migration is in full swing at Bempton Cliffs as we move into late September. The arrival of the Yellow-browed Warblers has had everyone in a spin, with a record breaking number of 14 (maybe more) spotted on the reserve in one day. Our previous record was 5, so quite exciting for us! These very pretty...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 17 - 23 September 2016

    Howdy folks! Welcome to another edition of the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the visitor guy. So, some really big tides earlier in the week brought in a lot of waders. And quite a few birdwatchers too. But we'll get to that in a minute. As you may remember, last time I set...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 23/09/2016

    Migration is in action at the moment! We've had two ospreys pass through us on their way back to Africa. There are also a lot of swallows on the reserve too and sadly they will be leaving us shortly, marking the end of summer (not that it feels like it!) We've had some fabulous sightings on...
  • Blog Post: Winds of change

    This week saw the first true signs of autumn, leaves have just started turning and the wetlands are becoming more and more exciting. Osprey numbers are down to the odd sighting, meaning they have journeyed south on their way to central Africa. Thank you Thomas Jolliffe for sending in this osprey photo...
  • Blog Post: Friday Sightings & Mr.Fox Tomorrow!

    Hello there, another lovely September day and the forecast this weekend looks quite good too. Tomorrow we have our annual 'Mr.Fox' event. I quote from our events page... 'As late night opening draws to a close Mr Fox will dance and celebrate handing the reserve back to the creatures of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.09.2016

    Well, as promised, the area in front of the 1st viewing platform is wetting up nicely and beginning to create a bit of interest. We managed to walk out on the flat area just in front today to place a grit tray for Bearded Tits to use. They change there diet around this time of year and move from a diet...
  • Blog Post: The Advancing Year at Radipole Lake

    A beautiful day at Radipole Lake today with sunshine and blue skies. Though many of us are still walking around with our T-shirts and sandals there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the reserve. The days are getting shorter and cooler in the evenings. The autumnal chill in the air is becoming more noticeable...
  • Blog Post: Autumn is coming! Recent sightings

    Autumn is coming! There's dew on the grass in the mornings, the berries are ripening on trees and shrubs, and leaves are starting to drop. That lovely, distinctive, earthy, "wet leaves warming in autumn sunshine" smell is up too. I've been breathing it in deeply as I've walked around...
  • Blog Post: WeBS

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 17 th – 23 rd September Autumn has arrived and that means that the Wetland Bird Surveys (WeBS) start again at Mersehead and Kirkconnell Merse. At 296ha Kirkconnell Merse is one of the largest expanses of saltmarsh habitat in Scotland. The best place to view the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Thursday 22nd - Wood & Curlew Sandpipers Still...

    Hello there, another lovely day we have had and I don't know about you but it feels a bit special to have such a warm and sunny September! The sightings are from the book today and thanks go to Lauren for sending them my way. Starting at Wath Ings there were lots of lapwing, 100+ golden...
  • Blog Post: I do like to be beside the seaside

    The autumn equinox signals the official end of summer today, although the weather bore more resemblance to a summer day than early autumn with bright sunshine, blue skies, barely a breath of wind, and robins singing constantly. All in all the perfect day for a stroll along the beach. The beach...
  • Blog Post: Rosemary beetles

    On a nice sunny warm day on the Autumn Equinox, perhaps the first bird of autumn has arrived, as we had a good report of a redwing on the apple tree in the gatehouse garden. This would be a very early record for this returning migrant thrush. A large flock of mistle thrushes have been about, a pair of...