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  • Blog Post: Sightings at Binn Green - 12 February

    A lovely bright dry day together with peanuts and seed attracted the usual pheasants and chaffinches at Binn Green together with siskin, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, robin, brambling (male and female) and our solitary reed bunting. Other visitors included a jay...
  • Blog Post: This weeks sightings 8th - 12th February

    Hello! It's been fairly quiet here on the reserve today. Yesterday was a different story however! It was such a beautiful winters day - this was my view from the Visitor Centre window! There was no wind at all yesterday and Burrowes pit was so still it reflected the sky like a mirror. We had lots...
  • Blog Post: Friday the 12th of Feb & the Sightings

    Hello, it's time for the Friday sightings from the book from Old Moor today. I'll start again with the good news that the bearded tits have been seen today! 3 of them were seen in the reedbeds at about 11.45pm and then there was a further sighting of one from the reedbed screen at 12.45pm...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 12 February 2016

    A very similar week to last week weather-wise; strong winds to begin followed by a calm spell of pleasant early spring weather. One of the key themes of the week has been departure: flocks of fieldfare and redwing have been seen throughout the week, mostly at dawn and dusk. These birds appear to...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spott update

    A visiting birder has been trying for three days to see the lesser-spotted woodpecker, and he finally did see it today! So, it is still around, but I went out this afternoon and still didn't see it- although a treecreeper, a pair of ravens. fieldfares and siskins were compensation.
  • Blog Post: February 12th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Greenshank - 1 on tidal pool Barn owl - 2 hunting around the reserve Brambling - at least1 on feeders throughout the day Spotted redshank - 1 on volunteer marsh Kingfisher - female showing well by main path this morning Eider - 4 offshore Avocet - 23 on fresh marsh
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings 6th - 12th February

    Green-winged teal was spotted in the wetlands from Meida hide on Sunday. Green-winged teal are the North American equivalent of our native Eurasian teal and can be identified by the vertical rather than horizontal white stripe. On Monday, we were out completing the monthly wildfowl and waders reserve...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Swan Lake

    Have you every wondered who rings the swans at Radipole Lake? Today I found out! I spend a couple of hours with Derek who rings the swans at Radipole and around the Weymouth are. He invited me to join him in checking the swans and ringing any of last year's young that had not yet been done. ...
  • Blog Post: Friday 12 February 2016 - Today's highlights

    Redwing by John Hewitt Little owl - 1 on hut in field Barn owl - 1 along railway towards Inner Marsh Farm hide Avocet - 1 on scrape, 1st of the year Black-tailed godwit - 500+ on scrape Redshank - 1 on scrape Snipe - 1 in front of reception hide Water rail - 1 in front of reception...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.02.2016

    We've had it all this week in terms of weather. High winds, rain, snow, hail and lovely calm sunny periods. The wildlife is amazingly adaptable however and as always there's plenty to talk about. The Glossy Ibis is still being seen quite regularly - as last week it been seen several times...
  • Blog Post: Raven and misbehavin’ with those crazy corvids

    Raven and misbehavin’ with those crazy corvids The birds that stood out for me this past couple of weeks were a family of birds that sometimes create a love hate relationship with people. In the UK they are known commonly as the crow family but technically speaking they are known as the corvid...
  • Blog Post: Siskins arriving

    The weather forecast didn't look promising today, but, although it is cold, in fact it's been a dry and mainly sunny day. The siskin numbers are really building up now, with a group of around seven birds on the ground seed under the entrance feeders, and larger numbers in trees around the...
  • Blog Post: Gloria Smew, 6 months and counting.

    Today is a special day for Gloria, our female Smew. For today, it is exactly 6 months since she first appeared here. Smew are a tree hole breeding diving duck that breed in Scandinavia and Russia. Less than 200 birds winter here and they generally arrive on inland water bodies in very cold conditions...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings 6th- 12th February

    Green-winged teal was spotted in the wetlands
  • Blog Post: The ebb and flow of the tide

    The recent high spring tides as expected gently flooded across the reserve to replenish the water in our reedbed and across the grazing marsh giving some pretty spectacular results in terms of waders and duck feeding on site. Probably best sighting though was the long eared owl that was near to the...
  • Blog Post: February 11th - Today at Frampton

    Roads Farm 3 Spotted Redshank 20 Ruff 3 Rock Pipit Reedbed drake Scaup Avocet Tuftchard 71 Pochard Sparrowhawk Barn Owl at reserve entrance Marsh Farm 208 Pink-footed Geese 4,000 Golden Plover 2,500 Wigeon Saltmarsh 5 Rock Pipit ...
  • Blog Post: An extra one...or maybe more?!

    Hello, my title refers to the news that today we had at least 5 bearded tits in the reedbeds, 3 males and 2 females. That in itself is wonderful news but there's more! It seems that at around the time they were seen on reedbed 5 by some of our staff, another 2 were seen between the reedbed screen...
  • Blog Post: February 11th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Water pipit - 2 on grazing meadow Avocet - 49 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 2 on tidal pool Common scoter - 1000 offshore Long tailed duck - drake offshore Peregrine - 1 hunting over fresh marsh Hen harrier - ringtail over saltmarsh late morning Goosander - female west offshore...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: that woodpecker is drumming!

    Reed bunting sightings have exploded this week, there is at least one pair that has been regularly seen at the wildlife garden feeders, and we’ve had some lovely views of them from the office windows! Male reed bunting, Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Each week we get one or two recorded sightings...
  • Blog Post: A Roof Over Our Heads!

    Finally – the roof goes on! (Ed Grace) The new office building is really taking shape now, and we’re starting to feel that we actually will be in there one day soon-ish! The roof panels going on, and the interior walls being set out give us a good impression of how it’s going to...
  • Blog Post: February 10th 2016 - Today at Frampton

    Full to bursting with birds once more. A raptor spectacular over the saltmarsh in the afternoon with Barn Owl, male Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier all together in one binocular view! Thank you for the feedback on the writing by one of our regular readers. There was a misunderstanding that the...
  • 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...