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  • Blog Post: Eyes to the sky

    It's certainly been a wet few days at Minsmere, as elsewhere in the country, and it pays to keep an eye on any approaching black clouds before deciding to move on to the next hide as showers continue ot rattle through on a regular basis. Some of them are pretty heavy too. Storm clouds over...
  • Blog Post: July 28th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Red crested pochard - 7 around the reserve Bittern - 1 over reedbed Spoonbill - 7 on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Garganey - moulting female showing well on Patsy's reedbed Med gull - 1 on fresh marsh
  • Blog Post: Stoat and other top mammals put on a show stopper

    Its certainly been a pretty good week or two for sightings of many of our superb mammals, but there are also signs that there is much more around than you can see! Take for example the otter spraint that our Warden Mike found near one of the lagoon sluices the other day, he had a quick sniff of it and...
  • Blog Post: A planned day out on the Great Moss – 21st July, 2015

    Panorama of Lily Pond - our goal for the day. I don’t know why but we both woke up in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and decided a good walk was a prime requirement - so why not kill two birds with one stone and make the walk an attempt to traverse the Red Route, recently designated as...
  • Blog Post: National Whale and Dolphin Watch

    Did you know that 28 species of whales and dolphins can be seen around the UK? Several species are recorded annually from the Mull of Galloway so this Wednesday (29.07.15) the RSPB are taking part in the Seawatch Foundation’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch. This week long study will help create...
  • Blog Post: Monday 27th July 2015 - Todays highlights

    Grey herons by John Hewitt Common sandpiper - 1 on scrape Kestrel - 3 juvenile being fed by adults on roof of barn Spotted redshank - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Ruff - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Black-tailed godwit - 100+ on scrape Lapwing - 50+ on scrape Little...
  • Blog Post: A young 'un! - Sightings, 27 July.

    Hi Folks! First of all tonight my hearty congratulations to the one hundred or so people today who braved the (frankly appalling) July weather in order to enjoy a bit of wildlife watching at Old Moor. Excellent work there all! Sadly, conditions did not make it easy to see very much but we do have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.07.2015

    Apologies for another late blog - I've been laid out with a sickness bug and have just got back on my feet. I was even happier to be back when I caught up with the Osprey which several people reported to me this morning. It was seen over Waltons (and beyond), Loxtons and from the second platform...
  • Blog Post: Is it Autumn already??

    Well, given today’s weather you’d be forgiven for thinking it is the middle of autumn. This weekend’s birds sightings are starting to suggest that the autumn migration is getting underway. Osprey is now becoming a regular fixture with Middlebeare channel being a favoured spot. Wader...
  • Blog Post: August Wader Walk

    The return of the Blacktoft Sands Wader Walks starts on Tuesday 4th August at 10am. The walk is led by our very knowledgeable volunteer Ian Traynor. It's £4 per person which includes a fantastic guided walk and a hot drink from the reception hide! Spaces are limited so if you'd like to join...
  • Blog Post: July ending on a crescendo of birding par excellence

    The last few days has been so unbelievably busy I'm going to have to split the blogs into two, the second one will be about the mammals which may have to appear in the next couple of days depending on time. Sunday morning was amazingly calm and as I walked around site the young warblers were just...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore recent sightings 17-23 July 2015

    Waders continue to dominate the highlights this week with a good spread across the reserve and over at Freiston too. Let's see what's where.... 1. The turtle doves haven't been as noticeable in recent weeks. We have our fingers crossed that it's because they're having a second...
  • Blog Post: Audible Shorts – Sightings, 26 July.

    Hi Folks! If Mary Shelley had been into birding then this afternoon at Old Moor would have been right up her street. Although the morning was pleasant enough – well, dry at least – the afternoon cast a Gothic gloom over our favourite RSPB reserve. As I was walking by the wildlife ponds...
  • Blog Post: The last two weeks at Beckingham....

    The last two weeks at Beckingham have seen a huge boom in the numbers of butterflies on the wing, with any flower heads on site positively teeming with meadow brown , gatekeeper , small and Essex skipper and small tortoiseshell . This is certainly the largest number of butterflies I've ever seen...
  • Blog Post: Second brood on the way for the spotted flycatchers.

    Coming up the path from the hide on Thursday, I had a cursory glance at last year's spotted flycatcher nest hole in an old birch and was pleasantly surprised to see a spotted flycatcher tucked up and sitting inside. After the torrential rain on Friday and constant rain again today, I popped down...
  • Blog Post: River watching and some Garden Wildlife

    Not too bad a list for today out on the marsh and river Thames with a fair selection of waders including two Oystercatcher, 25 Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, two Snipe,two Little ringed Plover, 4 Greenshank and three Dunlin. Ruth saw two Sandwich Tern down by the Barges and despite there being...
  • Blog Post: Saturday 25th July 2015 - Todays highlights

    Red admiral butterfly by John Hewitt Dunlin - 4 on scrape Avocet - 2 by Bridge Screen Little ringed plover - 10 at back of scrape Water rail - 1 at back of scrape Hobby - Hunting over reserve Kestrel - 3 juvenile being fed by adults on barn roof Green woodpecker - 1 around Mere...
  • Blog Post: Friday 24th July 2015 - Todays highlights

    Juvenile kestrel by Anthony Lovatt Quail - 1 heard from Bunker hide screen Kestrel - 1 juvenile with adult on barn roof Golden plover - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Little egret - 16 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Black-tailed godwit - 100+ on scrape Lapwing - 55 in front...
  • Blog Post: Night Heron!

    Wow, another wonderful bird was seen here this afternoon, a night heron! And I was there! I was watching the wren family (very sweet) to the right of Wath Ings when it was flying and it was called from the other end of the hide. I quickly went there and managed a 'sort of pic.' To start...
  • Blog Post: 24 July 2015 Recent Sightings

    Great white egret – one at Denge Marsh on 24 th Bittern – Denge Marsh on 22 nd Hobby – two at Denge Marsh on 21 st Peregrine – two juveniles over Burrowes pit on 23 rd Marsh harrriers – seven + (incl three juveniles) over Denge Marsh on 21 st Avocet...
  • Blog Post: July 24th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh Ruff - 41 on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 12 roosting on fresh marsh this afternoon Avocet - 419 on fresh marsh Dunlin - 25 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh Lapwing - 104 on fresh marsh Little gull - 3 on fresh marsh Whimbrel - 4 over...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24th July 2015

    A sunny start to the week with dark rain clouds building as I write, this has produced a week of butterflies, dragonflies as well as some bird species featuring on this weeks round up. Swallowtail caterpillars can be seen in all stages of their development from the small black and white stage right...
  • Blog Post: The female of the species....

    Clive "Waspy" Watts has been diligently searching out our Wasp Spiders and must have located over 200 by now and has witnessed some interesting behavior involving the diminutive males as they make their way with trepidation towards their potential love interest. Last year Clive often saw...
  • Blog Post: Friday 24th July 2015

    It's that time of year again when waders that have failed to breed in the Tundra regions start to return, looking for wet mud to stick their long bills into for midge larvae and other wriggly delights. These waders are still in their breeding plumage and look their very best. However, this year the...
  • Blog Post: Summer holidays are here!

    The summer holidays are here, as I’m sure you can tell as the visitor centre is full of the sounds of children playing and the thundering of footsteps from the tree house! That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of wildlife to see though! It’s not been a bad week for waders; green...