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  • Blog Post: Autumnal August

    As August arrived there was an excitement in the air. The seabird breeding season was drawing to a close and the autumn migration was just around the corner. The weather has been incredibly nice: regular sunshine, very little wind and only the odd day of rain (this is Scotland afterall!). Despite the...
  • Blog Post: August 30th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Garganey - eclipse drake still present on Patsy's reedbed Curlew sandpiper - 8 on fresh marsh Little stint - 2 on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 14 on fresh marsh Peregrine - 1 hunting over saltmarsh Hobby - 1 over reserve
  • Blog Post: Waders, raptors & more along the North Levels Trail

    I certainly picked a good time to go on holiday, with the bee-eater turning up on the first day of my break! While it was obviously disappointing to miss such a stunning bird, I was at least able to find a few species that are hard to come by in Suffolk: chough, raven, Manx shearwater, shag and what...
  • Blog Post: What a day for darters and hawkers...

    Another glorious summer day at Old Moor. Sightings from the book today were: Mere : Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Sand Martins and a Common Sandpiper. Wader Scrape : Ringed Plover (2) Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, 3, Little Egret 3, Lapwings...
  • Blog Post: Comical Cormorants and Clever Cows – Sightings, 29 Aug.

    Hi Folks! What’s this? A warm, sunny August Bank Holiday? Yes, there were plenty of visitors rubbing their eyes today in disbelief only to then hurriedly apply sun tan lotion and sunglasses! One of summer’s last hoorahs greeted watchers today as they enjoyed all the sights of a late summer’s...
  • Blog Post: August 29th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Curlew sandpiper - 8 on fresh marsh Little stint - 6 on fresh marsh Avocet - 210 on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 35 on reserve Spotted redshank - 2 on fresh marsh Garganey - eclipse drake on Patsy's reedbed Wheatear - 1 on grazing meadow this morning Buzzard - 14 feeding in ploughed...
  • Blog Post: Crowds and clouds over the Bank Holiday weekend at The Lodge

    It's definitely been an action packed weekend at The Lodge. We held three amazing outdoor theatre performances by the Pantaloons, with a packed crowd on Friday evening enjoying Romeo and Juliet and then two hilarious adaptions of Gulliver's Travels on Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime. We...
  • Blog Post: A walk in the blazing heat of a Campfield summer's day - 27th August 2016

    On such a glorious day how could one not take advantage of the sunshine and see what was alive on the Reserve. A recent poster needed to be installed in the Wetlands Centre foyer and I knew my volunteer friends would be there welcoming all, so with a quick scan along the estuary to survey the ebb...
  • Blog Post: 29 August recent sightings: Bank Holiday birds

    Good morning. We have had another busy week here so without further ado, I will start where I left off with some sightings from Wednesday afternoon. Our second willow emerald damselfly of the summer was photographed by the pond dipping platform along with a female red eyed damselfly . Meanwhile...
  • Blog Post: Always variety

  • Blog Post: Britain’s Beaches Need YOU!

    There is nothing I like more than being by the sea and over the summer I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time down on the beach at Minsmere. I love the sound of the waves, the breeze in my face, the smell of salt in the air and of course the stunning wildlife that can be found there. Today...
  • Blog Post: Toys for the boys and camera shy cranes

    Apologies, it has been a while since we last did a management blog so here are a few things that we have been up to in the last few weeks. Katherine, Emma, the Thursday volunteer team and I have been pulling ragwort - it is that time of year again. It is a great nectar source for insects and is home...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular waders

    Visitor operations manager Kevin Kelly tells us all about the wonderful world of waders... With autumn in full swing from a birds perspective, one particular family of our feathered friends are in the midst of their mind-boggling migration. If you haven’t guessed it, the clues in the title....
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sightings - 26th August

    Hello! What a fabulous day at Old Moor I've had. I got there early doors and left around 5pm. The reserve was pretty busy today with lots of families enjoying the 'Free Friday' today. That's free entry for children on Fridays during the school holidays. Early doors at OM was a magical...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 20 - 26 August 2016

    Howdy folks! Chris the visitor guy, once again here with your weekly round up of all that has been special around the reserve. Two words for you.... curlew sandpiper! Yes, we've had just one or two of these little beauts. But we'll get onto that... let's start with today and work backwards...
  • Blog Post: Some superb wildlife watching!

    The last few days have really seen some fantastic wildlife watching here on the Sands with an eclectic mix of superb birds, insects, amphibians and mammals on site, here's just a few highlights hopefully giving you an idea of just how good its been at times. High tide can be particularly good at...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 26 August 2016

    Glossy Ibis by Ron McIntyre This week’s star bird was the fine looking glossy ibis . This rather lost bird has been finding the Tower Hide scrape much to its liking throughout the week. It has been feeding well on the muddy edges, usually on the opposite side of the broad, but occasionally...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings & news from RSPB Ham Wall - 26.08.2016

    It's the start of a very busy time at Ham Wall for staff and volunteers (even if the birds are a little quiet). We're making good progress with clearing the reeds from the islands if front of the 1st platform. It may well be a couple more weeks before we finish but the end results are usually...
  • Blog Post: Yummy mud

    By carefully drawing down water and exposing wet mud, the larvae of Chironomid midges become easy prey for waders. At this time of year, migrant waders are moving back from their breeding grounds further north and wet mud is where you’ll find them. This last week we’ve had a good variety...
  • Blog Post: Spider in the Hide

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 2nd -8th July A male Siskin is occasionally popping by the bird feeders at the Visitor Centre and I’m sorry to say I missed the male Sparrowhawk taking a bird from the feeders earlier in the week. Sorry in both senses. Good numbers of Lapwings (approximately 60) are...
  • Blog Post: Telegraph wires

    Mersehead Recent Sightings 20th – 26th August The start of the week felt very autumnal with the cool breeze and birds starting to flock together. Out on the beach a flock of 22 redshank have suddenly made an appearance whilst over the merse a group of 46 lapwing went sailing by. Round on the...
  • Blog Post: Running out of steam...

    Now is the time of the Hawker with literally dozens of these aerial predatory dragonflies on the wing (at last). Migrant Hawkers are the most numerous and can be seen patrolling the ditches and hunting at height which opens them up to attack from the returning Hobbies, while the bigger Emperors and Browns...
  • Blog Post: A mixed week ending 12th August, 2016.

  • Blog Post: Soggy Sightings

    A fairly dull start weather wise today but when I arrived at Old Moor around 2pm the heavens opened and it just poured – what a soggy afternoon. We made it to the Tree Sparrow Farm before the real downpour started and it was lovely to see lots of smaller birds around. Sightings from the...
  • Blog Post: August 25th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Curlew sandpiper - 16 on fresh marsh Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh Garganey - eclipse drake on Patsy's reedbed this afternoon Spotted redshank - 4 on fresh marsh Ruff - 52 on fresh marsh Green sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Dunlin - 21 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper...