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  • Blog Post: Waders on the move

    While September is usually the best time for numbers and variety of waders on the reserves, we have hit a little purple patch and through some good planing and management of our water levels, we have some excellent feeding opportunities across the reserve, which in turn has brought in some great birds...
  • Blog Post: IX! – Sightings, 25 July

    Hi Folks! I’m still trying to take it in. Nine. Really? Yes, nine young bittern fledged this year at Old Moor. With the four adults that we know of, that’s a very lucky thirteen birds in, on and over Old Moor’s reedbeds! Just imagine it, a sky full of bitterns beating their cryptically...
  • Blog Post: Stoats, hobbies and ravens top the Monday bill

    We've had a lot of stoat action at The Lodge in recent weeks, and today a couple were playing around beside the hide pools, then suddenly jumping in for a quick splash about. Tim Felce was in the hide with his wife at the time and took the following amazing images... A party of six ravens were...
  • Blog Post: July 25th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 21 roosting on fresh marsh this morning Curlew sandpiper - 5 on fresh marsh Avocet - 484 on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 4 on fresh marsh Lapwing - 155 on fresh marsh Dunlin - 71 on fresh marsh Ruff - 34 on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 347 on fresh marsh ...
  • Forum Reply: RE: 2016 Year List

    145. white-rumped sandpiper (22 Jul - lack of internet to inform folks until 25 Jul!)
  • Blog Post: The Little Pictures - Sightings, 24 July

    Hi Folks! Are you a ‘Downplayer’ or an ‘Understater’? Ask people what they’ve seen on any RSPB reserve at any time of year and often they’ll start with, “Oh, not much”. Keep them talking however, and within a few minutes they’ll say, “Oh, I...
  • Blog Post: Whiteout!

    The week has been book-ended by two rare species. Monday kicked off with a great white egret , only the second reserve record (and the first to plant its feet firmly on reserve mud). The size of a grey heron, it dwarfs the many little egrets feeding in the Shallow Lagoon, as shown in Adrian Foster's...
  • Blog Post: Clearing the Cliffs

    One of the highlights of a visit to the Mull of Galloway is experiencing the vocal and visual display of large numbers of seabirds nesting on the cliffs. Guillemots and razorbills make up the largest percentage of seabirds that breed on the Mull of Galloway. Their chicks that spend the first few weeks...
  • Blog Post: Sixteen Hours of Magic - 22nd July 2016

    With a long Centre bound day in the offing, I decided to get into work even earlier than usual and go for a walk around the trails before tings warmed up too much. And so at about half six I started on my circuit along the river wall. I fact it was overcast and trying to drizzle but it was pleasant...
  • Blog Post: A Harrier By any Other Name.

    Before I started working at Blacktoft I had one serious pet hate: the pathetic fallacy. The pathetic fallacy is the idea that non human things can exhibit human feelings and responses; this is often prevalent in children’s stories and nature documentaries; and, to a degree, why not? If done skillfully...
  • Blog Post: July 23rd 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Black tailed godwit - 463 on fresh marsh Arctic tern with 51 common terns on fresh marsh Green sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Avocet - 357 on fresh marsh Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh Turtle dove - 1 singing in carpark this morning Greenshank...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • Blog Post: A night with nature

    The wait is over and Big Wild Sleepout is finally here! At Minsmere the Wildlife Explorers group could not wait any longer and had their camp night last weekend. We were very lucky with the weather and wildlife and a lot of fun was had by all. The Camp Night event began in the afternoon with the Wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Hide the place to be

    Saltholme Hide is the place to be just now as there are over 30 noisy Black-tailed Godwits in front of the hide, along with Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and our very slowly developing Avocet chick. Black-tailed Godwit by Mark Stokeld And on the way to the hide, make sure you see the first of...
  • Blog Post: 23 July recent sightings: Images and Words once again

    Good morning. I will begin with an apology: I didn’t post any images in my last recent sightings blog post . I hope you all accept my apology and rest assured, images will be back with a vengeance in today’s post! I went for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint before work yesterday morning...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 16 - 22 July 2016

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the visitor chappy. So what do we have for you this week? Well, it had been seeming to be a bit quiet of late, hadn't it? Oh boy, did that ever change over the last couple of days.... It was evidently so...
  • Blog Post: Twitchers arrive at Pagham --- but it is not for the birds!

    When the term twitching is used in connection with wildlife then everyone immediately assumes the hoards of people rushing to some rare bird that has turns up lost on its way south or northwards during migration. However it is not only birds that migrate many invertebrates do as well. Many of the well...
  • Blog Post: July 22nd 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Spotted redshank - 14 on fresh marsh Ruff - 16 on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 281 on fresh marsh Avocet - 350 on fresh marsh Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 8 roosting this morning then on saltmarsh this afternoon Oystercatcher - 82 on fresh marsh Sandwich tern...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.07.2016

    Yet again another wonderful week on the reserve - although the very hot weather has made working quite difficult as well as perhaps calmed down some of the activity from the birds. The early mornings have been the time to come by the sounds of it, with cooler weather, good light and a magical feel. ...
  • Blog Post: Water rail, marsh harriers, avocet's and beardies - I wont squeal!

    A really nice morning around site today with a great selection of birds putting on a fantastic show. Here's a few snaps I took as I had a quick look around. A few more waders evident too today with three little ringed plovers, dunlin, whimbrel, 3 oystercatchers west as well as most of the other...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Again - July 21st

    Hello again! I was at Old Moor for a long time today and thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine, the warm weather, the insects, the birds, the chats with people and everything else. A good day! Early on at OM via the Barnsley Birders via Twitter, we had sightings of - a ruff, 4 green sandpipers, 2 little...
  • Blog Post: July 21st 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 6 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 11 on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 244 on fresh marsh Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh Avocet - 376 on fresh marsh Ruff - 6 on fresh marsh Curlew sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh
  • Blog Post: 21 July recent sightings: Variety is the spice of life

    Good afternoon. I haven’t been here since the end of last week so this afternoon’s sightings may be slightly eclectically arranged! On Friday afternoon, a kingfisher was fishing in front of New Fen viewpoint and two bearded tits were feeding on the grit tray in front of the viewpoint....
  • Blog Post: Beardies and weather sizzling hot

    With the ongoing settled weather the bearded tits are continuing to rear their third broods while many of the earlier fledged juveniles are now oozing out of the reedbed and putting on a fine show around the edges of the lagoons. How many birds are present over the whole reserve is anybodies guess but...
  • Blog Post: Some highlights -12th to 30th June 2016.

    A rural scene across the Buttercup meadows.. As the warm weather continued, although with some rainfall, young birds and butterflies were very much in evidence on the Reserve. Young Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue; Great and Coal Tits were numerous. Greenfinch (3 juvs), Bullfinch(3 juvs), Robins...