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  • Blog Post: 25 January recent sightings: It's Big Garden Birdwatch weekend!

    Good morning. Although the majority of the reserve has been frozen up all week, there has still been plenty to see. On Thursday, a water rail was skulking around at the edge of the visitor centre pond and two bitterns were chasing eachother around on the washland. It was work party day and the team...
  • Blog Post: Planets and Pintails - Sightings, 24 Jan.

    Hi Folks! What a day it’s been at Old Moor today. The reserve was very busy indeed – probably in part due to it being the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend but also because the sun shone and at times it almost felt – well, spring-like. Speaking of the Big Garden Birdwatch , I note that...
  • Blog Post: Spring is round the corner

    Next Sunday, 1 February, we switch to summer opening at Minsmere. This means that the visitor centre remains open until 5 pm, and the cafe hours switch to 9.30 am to 4.45 pm. To help us to get ready for spring, the cafe will be closing early on Monday, at 2.30 pm, for a deep clean, so if you're planning...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 19th-24th January 2015

    Hi, In a week with large high tides fingers were crossed that a few goodies would turn up on the reserve. We weren’t left disappointed with 1x Bean Goose in amongst a flock of 25x Greenland White-fronted Geese (viewed from Poggles Bench, 24 th ), 2x Slavonian Grebe (Estuary, 22 nd ) and 1x Glaucous...
  • Blog Post: Ice skaters

    With ice holding the stiller waters in its cold grip for the last few days it has made interesting viewing around the woodland feeders where previously dropped seed that would have sunk in the blackness is now just sitting around waiting to eaten... This has provided visitors with excellent views...
  • Blog Post: Who hasn't seen a Kronker yet?

    Ravens are early breeders and it will not be too long before 'our' pair of these goose sized monster corvids start a new family on their breeding territory a few miles away. I would like to think that as they have become so accustomed to the marsh and the bounty that it holds that they will continue...
  • Blog Post: Predatory Action

    The Marsh Harriers were especially active again yesterday with at least four different females-types being seen and some brief talon grappling and squabbling going on. I still find it amazing that we appear to have ten Marsh Harriers wintering on our wonderfully wet marsh. To the best of my knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 17th - 23rd January 2015

    Brent goose – three on Burrowes pit on 20 th . Pintail – on Burrowes pit on 19 th . Goldeneye – at Scott hide and at ARC pit on 23 rd . Smew – two redheads and one drake on Burrowes pit at Scott hide on 23 rd . Goosander – one female at ARC pit on 23 rd ....
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore recent sightings, 16 - 22 January 2015

    Normal service has resumed. We have a map, we have pictures and we have a few birds to talk about too in this weeks sightings. The biggest surprise and the biggest news of the week was a/the/OUR glossy ibis seen on the Frampton grassland on the morning of the 18th before flying off towards Freiston...
  • Blog Post: Friday 23rd January & The Sightings...

    Hello, my turn today and the sightings are from the book, thanks go to Craig for emailing them to me :) I'll start in the bird garden where there were sightings of pheasants, blackbirds, robins, greenfinches, goldfinches, long tailed tits, dunnocks, collared doves, wood pigeons, bullfinches, great...
  • Blog Post: January 23rd 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    After a few cold days, the reserve witnessed a movement of birds escaping the cold weather further afield. Most obvious was an almost constant westerly passage of small groups of fieldfares moving through at tree height, their presence given away by their distinctive 'chack chack chack' calls...
  • Blog Post: Hello, Harriers!

    It’s been a busy few weeks here at the Wetlands recently, and we’ve been a bit behind on getting the weekly sightings up so apologies for that! To make up for it, here’s a nice long blog with lots of interesting sightings from the past week or so. I’ve even included a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Smews and sparrows: recent sightings

    Another amazing week for birds of prey here at Fairburn. Red kites and marsh harriers have been seen every day, a peregrine was over Hickson’s Pool on Tuesday and today five buzzards were seen together from Pick-up Hide. One of the most exciting sighting this week was a female smew out on main...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.01.2015

    Yet another busy week on the reserve this week, scrub work underway on the old canal bank/footpath side of the reserve and the new small pedestrian bridge is now open. This will eventually allow access to a new hide (the Avalon Hide) which will be built behind the wood diagonally right of the first platform...
  • Blog Post: Drawbridge

    Last autumn I dug a moat around the Water Vole feeding table to prevent access to it by predatory mammals such as Weasel, even in dry spells. This was in response to the Voles disappearing after a Weasel was seen in the cage. At the time, I was very much aware that when the water came back, which it...
  • Blog Post: Latest Sightings to 23 September

    Easterly winds at the beginning of last week brought a fall of migrants to the reserve, starting with a yellow-browed warbler in the Plantation on 15 Sep, followed by another two on Tuesday, along with two red-breasted flycatchers and a barred warbler . There was a red-throated pipit and a pied flycatcher...
  • Blog Post: Misty Monday Morning...

    ...and just a short update on what’s about. A red kite flew over the Visitor Centre last Monday (8 Sep) and a marsh harrier has been around all week. The first of the winter’s pinkfooted geese arrived; there are now about 72 of them, with more anticipated every day, although the majority...
  • Blog Post: Reserve Round-up, 13 October.

    Whooper swan – Ben Hall (rspb-images.com) The autumn migration is in full swing as the birds continue to pour in to the Loch – 57 whooper swans on 3 October had increased to 292 seen during the WeBS count on the morning of Sunday 12 October, with 201 mute swans , 1046 wigeon , 444 teal...
  • Blog Post: One sandpiper, two egrets and geese by the thousands!

    Aberdeen and District RSPB Members Group paid their annual autumn visit to Strathbeg on Wednesday 25 Sep, and in their travels discovered a buff-breasted sandpiper by the lagoon – a nice find and one that resulted in some good pictures: Shown with dunlin for size comparison – all...
  • Blog Post: Some high tide wader action...

    As the tide slowly came in today the Dunlin swirled in and spent most of the afternoon wheeling around and around, settling of a while, preening, dozing and then something would spook the lot and off they would go once again. Thirteen Curlew were also to be found along with the usual Lapwings, Golden...
  • Blog Post: Ice and Easy

    Any visitors to the hides at Mersehead over the last few days will have noticed the wetland is more of an ice sheet at the moment. With the vast majority of the open water covered with a layer of ice the ducks have largely been forced in to the only open bit of water which is located out from the Meida...
  • Blog Post: Winter Wildlife, Big Garden Birdwatch & Farewell to Michelle

    Its 2015!! and winter has well and truly arrived. Across Radipole Lake amongst the floods we have had freezing winds, frosty nights and icy days. All this hasn’t deterred the male and female marsh harrier from cavorting about as if it were spring, tumbling through the air, sky dancing and people...
  • Blog Post: January 22nd 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Snow bunting - 50 west along the beach mid morning Water pipit - 2 on drained grazing meadow pool Long tailed duck - 1st record of the New Year of a drake offshore this morning Velvet scoter - 1 offshore Avocet - 7 on the fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 1 on the saltmarsh
  • Blog Post: Stripy Britches

    Given how wonderfully our Water Rails have been showing it is perhaps not too surprising that some words sprang to mind.... 22-1-15
  • Blog Post: A new 'wally' at Winpenny

    Some of you may remember the rather splendid water rail nicknamed 'Wally' who paraded in front of the Visitor centre for us several winters ago. I still get asked whether he has come back... Fond memories....Wally the water rail, photographed by Howard Statham Whilst there has been no...