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  • Media: Mixed flock of Pinkfeet and Barnacle Geese, North Plain Farm, 24th February 2011

    Mixed flock consisting of 1050 Pink and 1250 Barnacles (including 4 leucistics) were grazing the wetland pastures which had been specially managed for them by the RSPB.
  • Media: Grey Heron overlooking wetland 25 10 12

    Keeping and eye on the Great White Egret which was fishing out on the wetland.
  • Media: Small Barnacle flock low over the Solway.

    25 12 11 - flock keeping low over rough seas.
  • Media: Waxwings in Joe's garden, 17 12 12

    Seven were feeding on Apples in Joes garden in the hamlet.
  • Media: Great White Egret on Campfield wetlands - 27 11 11

    It had been hunting for invertebrates amongst the rushes near the hide. Unfortunately it was silhouetted against afternoon sun for viewing, but its hunting success could be clearly seen. Two young Heron joined in the affair later on, and seemed to benefitting from its trampling technique to disturb prey...
  • Media: Barnacle flock over Campfield Marsh

    25 11 12 - Flock fly in low over the saltmarsh as they round Scargavel Point.
  • Media: Barnacle skeins along the estuary at high tide

    25th November - high tides, coupled with gale force winds, brought what seemed like the whole of the Barnacle flock from their inner estuary pastures to the outer estuary pastures of the Cardurnock Peninsula. Here they can be seen off Scargavel Point on Campfield Marsh.
  • Blog Post: The Great White returns ?!

    Huge excitement at Campfield! We believe that we have a return visitor to the marsh and wetland. The Great White Egret seems to have remembered us and was first reported on the saltmarsh on 10th October by Norman Holton, our Cumbria Coastal Reserves Manager - at which point the bush telegraph went into...
  • Blog Post: So you want wildfowl - Well come on down!

    Whoopers taking off from the hide wetlands. Since Christmas here on the Solway, and by implication, our very own Campfield Marsh, the weather has been very wet and windy. But, surprisingly, in the last few days it has been calm and windless - really rather pleasant. There has been a high tide...
  • Blog Post: New Year Antidote – 4th January 2013

    Great! The New Year had arrived . . . but I had hit the ground stumbling. Not, I have to say, from the after effects of 'bacchus' or some extreme Hogmany roistering! My only claim to fame in that respect had been watching Jools Holland's 'Hootenanny' and listening to that splendid...
  • Blog Post: “When of't upon my couch I lie . . . ”

    Today, I was in pensive mood after yesterday's events. It was a day for garden birds. Yesterday, I'd speculated about the identity of parties of small birds moving along the saltmarsh. But, whilst into my third cup of coffee, I had a minor triumph: a small party came swanning down the saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: The thrill of the hunt - 19 8 12

    We knew that there had been regular Marsh Harrier sightings over the wetlands in front of the hide, during the past week or so - so we thought we would like some! It’s a sport that can involve many hours of patient and fruitless watching but that can sometimes present the persistent birder with...
  • Blog Post: A selection of birds on the Reserve around the Solstice.

    Across the Meadow Pools towards the snow clad Lakeland Fells - 20 3 13 10th March. Small flocks of Curlew are regularly appearing on the tideline. Watched this Kestrel hunting along the wetlands in front of the hide. It kept dropping down amongst the rushes but rapidly re-emerged...
  • Blog Post: Return of our winter visitors.

    For the past week or so we have been able to hear the wonderful sound of Whoopers , back over on the reserve wetlands, from the hamlet here at West Common. Although the weather has been very inclement recently and yesterday was no exception, we decided to take a walk down North Plain Lonning in hopeful...
  • Blog Post: Spring Scratchings.

    This typifies Campfield Marsh on a late April afternoon - sun coming in at a low angle under storm clouds. A wonderful colour combination: dark grey April skies and blazing gorse. Male Great Spotted Woodpecker seems to be hording a small delicacy in hole in the tree trunk. He is already in pristine...
  • Blog Post: Another Barnacle recce party at Campfield . . . Hmm, Great!!

    Barnacles on Campfield Marsh at Scargavel Point - 26 10 12 Barnacles appear to have arrived in force on the Solway this year - total numbers will emerge later - but the noteable feature for us at Campfield is the arrival, 4 days running, of a small flock prospecting the saltmarsh. We are starting...
  • Blog Post: Exciting 20 minutes on Campfield Wetland at noon today - 26 6 12

    Not a great deal happening from the hide at midday. Birds were generally quiet: a few Larks, Herons, Crows and spiralling Sparrowhawk. Then from the far Moss, a grey bird appeared coming straight towards the hide. We initially took it to be a Heron but it soon resolved itself to be a Hen Harrier...
  • Blog Post: Extreme Haymaking 2012

    For some time now we had been able to detect a slight air of despondency, amongst the Staff on the Reserve, mixed with hope and anticipation - brought about by this monsoon-like summer that I’m sure most of us in the British Isles will have experienced. Our situation here on the Reserve is...
  • Blog Post: Celebration - Little Grebe's Happy Event

    End of June is a joyous time of the year with young birds everywhere filling the hedgerows, meadows, woodlands and ponds Loaning Sedge Warblers are still to be heard singing along the track. One was observed on 27th catching insects in the bushes round the hide – presumably feeding young...
  • Blog Post: Hide Fever

    3 rd January, 2012 - Barnacles at Campfield ‘Hide Fever’ by John Rogers “I must go down to the hide again, to the lonely hide and the sky. For I’ve left my gloves and Collins there, and I only hope they’re dry.” No, seriously folks, I’d decided...
  • Blog Post: Snow at last, believe it or not! - 26th January 2013

    Barnacles with snow-clad Criffel in the background. The day started really well. Judith appeared in the bedroom with a fully loaded breakfast tray. “Strange,” I thought, 'It's not my birthday and it's only the beginning of Lent.” So, not wanting to look a gift-horse in...
  • Blog Post: The first equinoctial gale strikes Campfield - 6th September 2012

    Female Marsh Harrier hunting over hide wetland. The high tide series were starting to fall back - but with the gale, today‘s high tide had a really good push on it: white horses - the lot! We decided to tackle the wetlands first. Battling down the Lonning, the willow trees and ashes were...
  • Blog Post: Winter has its rewards!

    Today was the last day of the high tide series here on the Solway and we seem to have escaped any serious flooding. The weather people had been forecasting high winds, rain and lots of floods coupled with the high Spring tides. All in all, we had the perfect storm in the making - but it just didn't...
  • Blog Post: A black and white theme - 13 2 13

    Barnacles flocks in snow at Cardurnock The weathermen had been quite precise with their forecast with snow at low level followed by sleet turning to rain. So on awakening to a world of white, I said to Judith, “I'll get the van ready while you get your camera stuff together. We can look...
  • Blog Post: Oh Well, Didn’t it Rain!

    … the words of Tom Jones’ song come to mind. The family were up for Christmas from the arid east Midlands. They couldn’t remember the last time it rained down there and were just amazed at the amount of rain and water we had here at Campfield - and were fascinated by the grey...