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  • Blog Post: Young hobbies

    Although there is a touch of autumn in the air now,our family of hobbies are still around and visitors this week have had brilliant sightings of the two juveniles being fed by their parents.Photographer Keith Clarke Lambourne captured this superb shot of one of the juveniles -thanks Keith!
  • Blog Post: Black to blue

    It's been nice and sunny today, so we are all modelling our brand new blue polo shirts, which have arrived to coincide with our Giving Nature a Home campaign. You'll be hearing a lot more about this campaign over coming weeks-and years! The birds on the reserve are now going a lot quieter...
  • Blog Post: Hobbies and flycatchers

    Although the breeding season is nearly at an end for most birds, we still have some exciting nesting activity going on at The Lodge. The spotted flycatchers are constantly on the nest on outbuildings beside the Gatehouse, after already raising four young here just a couple of weeks back.It's a race...
  • Blog Post: Birds of prey over the hillfort

    We have a group from the Beds,Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust on a visit to The Lodge today. I took them for a wander over the new heath to show off our heather, which is looking amazing this year. After leaving them to complete the trail, they came back happy after seeing hobbies, ravens and buzzards...
  • Blog Post: Hunting Hobbies

    What a gorgeous day with warm sun and no wind. Thirteen Buzzards were our reward for skywatching and the Hobbies performed very well indeed! Fred Roll got some great shots! In for the kill... NB: the insect is in the bottom left hand corner! Tasty!
  • Blog Post: It's never just a hobby!

    Yet another 'while I was away'! Hobbies became almost a daily feature over the last couple of weeks and as I said yesterday I saw one hawking around the car park. With Large Red Damsels now emerging and the first Hairy Hawkers imminent it is likely that sightings will only increase although hirundines...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for dragons

    With the weather being so grotty, Hobbies have been having a poor time of it in recent days and in such conditions can often be seen just loafing around waiting for things to improve. Mark Phillips got some great shots on Saturday and this is pick of the bunch. 22-5-13
  • Blog Post: Dashing Dragonfly Hunter

    With a little warmth in the air the Hobbies have become more active with some some spectacular sorties after both dragonflies, martins and even swifts! It is meant to be ok this weekend (not raining!) so hopefully a few more Dragonflies to be hunted with aplomb! Hobby (Mark Hart) 13-7-12
  • Blog Post: A lull

    No real rain or driving wind today gave a few small birds the chance to move with Linnets, Goldfinches and a Lesser Redpoll around the carpark and Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits moving south in ones and twos. House Martins and Swallows flitted across the marsh and it would seem that duck numbers had...
  • Blog Post: All we need is some dragons!

    The Hobbies are back and living off tiny flies at the moment as there are no dragons or damsels on the wing yet. We have seen them have a half hearted attempt or two at a passing Swift but without success. Most of the time they have been up high but Marianne Taylor got this stunner on the 1st May...
  • Blog Post: Still raining!

    Another hit and miss day with fairly sunny spells followed but apocolyptic downpours. These seem to have managed to just about every visitor to the reseve today and I do not think that anyone escaped without a dousing! Birdwise, the Grasshopper Warbler showed well and the Hobby got caught sheltering...
  • Blog Post: vapour trails in the emptiness!

    The last week has been quite strange at Rainham with clear blue skies and no evidence of non-feathered air travel anywhere to be seen. It made trying to point out passing buzzards and the odd peregrine difficult with no reference points to get visitors onto. A hobby has been seen today over the Silt...
  • Blog Post: Hobbytastic

    A fairly quiet day out on the reserve but a great walk nonetheless with epic views of Hobbies catching hawkers and two juvenile Marsh Harriers hunting together over the pools. A juvenile Garganey and seven Wigeon showed well and the baby Great Crested Grebe chick is still doing well. Six Yellow Wagtails...
  • Blog Post: Fudge anyone?

    Keeping up the insect theme (well, July is the month that many birdwatchers switch their allegiance to insects) I saw my first cinnabar moth caterpillars today. These are the yellow and black striped caterpillars that feed on ragwort plants. If you were like me as a child, you might remember "playing"...
  • Blog Post: Reasons to love Minsmere

    Minsmere has that special magic about it that means you never really know to expect. Take Wednesday morning, for example, when one of our regualr visitors who lives locally spotted a puffin flying north just offshore. Puffins are scarce birds in Suffolk, probably most likely to be spotted in the autumn...
  • Blog Post: Latest wildlife news

    First the bad news. Fiona has left us. Yes, after a long stay at Minsmere, it seems that our resident greater flamingo has once again got itchy feet and gone on her travels. She was last seen on 30 June. Intrigingly, a flamingo was spotted on Monday afternoon walking along the runway at manchester airport...
  • Blog Post: More of the same

    After all the furore of the last two weeks, it seems almost churlish to say that things feel a bit more settled today. That's not to say that we're lacking interesting wildlife. Far from it. It's more that the most notable species have now been here for a few days. The king eider continues...
  • Blog Post: Exmoors and Koniks

    Weekly habitat management update The main bulk of this week has been spent erecting corrals for the Exmoor ponies, which will be used for general livestock management purposes, including routine health checking, holding stock in preparation for being moved, etc. This will hopefully make life much...
  • Blog Post: Giving nature a home at Minsmere

    Have you seen our new logo? This week the RSPB launched our exciting new campaign, with the title Giving Nature a Home. If you check out the new pages on our website you'll find all sorts of ideas about how you can help give nature a home. Perhaps you're able to put up a new nestbox or dig a...
  • Blog Post: What a gorgeous day

    Spring truly has arrived in Suffolk. It was a lovely warm day, with a gentle south easterly breeze and hazy sunshine all day. A great way to celebrate spring - and the birds thought so too. Bitterns boomed throughout the day (there are nine boomers now) and showed regularly from Bittern Hide. The...
  • Blog Post: a new day dawns

    And what a glorious one it was too. It's always a joy to arrive at Minsmere before first light and watch as the reserve rapidly wakens - notwithstanding the lack of sleep that accompanies such an early start. In fact, my wildlife watching began within five minutes of leaving home this morning...
  • Blog Post: Fences, fences and more fences...

    This morning began with more moth ID, a standard beginning to every other day at Minsmere. We haven’t had a vast haul of moth individuals or species over the past few days since the weather’s been a little cold and more than a bit damp. This morning was no exception, with only eight individuals...
  • Blog Post: One of those special days

    Just occasionally, events conspire to make a good day into a special one. Today was such a day. I'd been offsite during the morning for a meeting on the National Trust's Orfordness nature reserve. Although the meeting was in the office, I did get to see a small part of this unique place on...
  • Blog Post: My First weeks at Minsmere

    Guest blog by Charlotte Bishop Hello, I am a new intern at Minsmere and I have been here for three weeks. I arrived on Sunday 3 July in glorious sunshine and after spending some time wondering when the road into Minsmere would ever end I made it to the volunteer accommodation. I was told I would...
  • Blog Post: Record breakers

    It seems hard to believe that as recently as the early 1990s any sighting of a little egret was a red letter day. Then, in 1996 a few pairs bred in Dorset and Devon and they haven't looked back. They began nesting in Suffolk a few years later, and we can now almost expect to see a little egret anywhere...