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  • Blog Post: Some images of birds and insects at The Lodge this month

    I'm have been sent a lot of images that have been taken of birds here at The Lodge this month, so I thought I'd add a selection here to share with you. On the reserve, most of the migrants are here now, with cuckoo, whitethroat and garden warbler the most recent arrivals- and two common terns...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it's bluebell time!

    If you go down to the woods today... you could see some bluebells. The first purple flowers are bursting open at The Lodge right now. This photo was taken at our Gwenffrwd-Dinas nature reserve in Wales in May last year. Find out where else you could see bluebells soon . Bluebells are renowned...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.04.2015

    Things are certainly hotting up on the reserve - in more ways than one. A beautiful week has seen plenty of visitors to the reserve enjoying the sunshine and they have been rewarded with a host of wildlife. Migrants arriving - some staying and some just passing through - but it's a time to keep...
  • Blog Post: April 15th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Red crested pochard - 5 around the reserve Tawny owl - 1 calling in the carpark early morning Wheatear - 2 on grazing meadow Spoonbill - immature on the fresh marsh all day again Mediterranean gull - up to 6 through the reserve today Peregrine - 1 harrying marsh harriers this morning ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings (from the moth trap)

    After 6 months in a dusty cupboard in the warden's office, the Saltholme moth trap emerged and was set a couple of nights ago for the first time in 2015. It's one of the best things about Spring; the start of the moth trapping season. At Saltholme we have been regularly trapping and recording...
  • Blog Post: April 14th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Ring ouzel - 1 west over the grazing meadow Male ring ouzel by Andy Thompson. A summer migrant heading to northern England and Scotland to breed. Similar to a male blackbird but has the white crescent on the chest and grey scalloping on the sides. Red crested pochard - 9 (5 male) in reedbed...
  • Blog Post: April 13th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Glaucous gull - immature west through the fresh marsh @ 15:40 Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Red kite - up to 4 birds west this morning House martin - 1 west over the visitor centre Pink footed goose - 2 late birds on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 2 on fresh marsh Little...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spotted woodpecker and new spring arrivals

    Although it can be a frustrating search for many - the lesser spotted woodpecker is still around and the lucky few ( including me this morning! ) have had views of it working through the birches, mainly in the area to the W of the pylons at the bottom of the Sandy Ridge trail. It seems to be best seen...
  • Blog Post: Let's all build a nest

    The breeding season is really getting underway now, with nests and displaying wildlife appearing throughout the reserve. One of the most popular species at this time of year is always our great crested grebes. If you are lucky you may spot their famous famous weed dance - though usually only snippets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.04.2015

    It's been a wonderful week at Ham Wall - the sun has been shining making it almost feel like summer and the wildlife is very active. It's a special time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as creatures awaken from winter slumbers and migrants are on the move. Ham Wall has had its share with grass...
  • Blog Post: What's that tap-tap-tapping?

    The great spotted woodpecker drumming is a common sound here, it’s loud and resonates around the woods. But at the moment, it isn’t the only woodpecker tapping out there. There is a rapid but weaker drumming sound which seems to stop suddenly rather than peter out. This is the lesser-spotted...
  • Blog Post: April 8th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Little ringed plover - 3 on fresh marsh this afternoon Goosander - female on fresh marsh briefly this morning Sedge warbler - 2 singing males in reedbed Mediteranean gull - 4 adults on fresh marsh throughout the day Bittern - male booming near Fen Hide Greenshank - 1 on tidal pool Swallow...
  • Blog Post: Are You Coming or Going?

    It’s that time of year when many birds are starting to arrive in the UK, from Southern Europe and Africa, to set up home while those wintering here are thinking about heading north to Greenland, Iceland and Northern Europe. For the next few weeks there will be an interesting mix of migrants, with...
  • Blog Post: Springing into the recent sightings!

    It has been a wee while since the last sightings blog! There is the obvious sense of change in the air and I get I get a bit giddy thinking about the approaching spring and migration and waders and butterflies! My first butterfly of the year was a small tortoiseshell. Other people have seen peacock butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.03.2015

    Spring has most definitely sprung and the evidence is all around. Last weekend saw the arrival of 100's of Sand Martins on the reserve and even during this week small groups c20 can be seen most days. They are not always flying low though so familiarising yourself with their call can help you locate...
  • Blog Post: March 17th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Firecrest - 1 again in scrub although mobile and elusive but seen well on the guided walk this afternoon Red crested pochard - pair on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Water pipit - 1 on Fen Hide pool Woodcock - 1 in scrub near carpark Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh Marsh...
  • Blog Post: Early spring birds are arriving.

    Just checking on the Bird News forums and there is plenty of activity around the country, with wheatears, garganey, osprey, swallow and sand martins all arriving over the last week. No reports of any early migrants at The Lodge yet, but we should get the first chiffchaff or maybe a wheatear on Sandy...
  • Blog Post: Save the date: Rye Meads Funday Sunday 19th April 2015!

    Just a quick one to remind you all that our annual family fun day is happening again on Sunday 19th April (the last day of the Easter holidays) from 10 am - 4 pm ! Plenty to do for all the family, pop along and find out more about nature and what lives on the reserve and in the wider area. Check out...
  • Blog Post: A few winter migrants appear at the Lodge

    On Sunday, two ravens were seen flying together and later in the day, I noticed a raven mobbing a buzzard over the Galley Hill end of the new heath. As we haven't had any signs that they are nesting on the reserve, this is interesting behaviour at this time. Are they starting to nest later this year...
  • Blog Post: It's all adding up to spring

    What a fantastic few days we've had. The spring sunshine has led to unseasonably high temperatures, reaching well into double figures, and prompted the emergence of various insects, reptiles and amphibians. Several people reported seeing adders over the weekend, especially between Bittern Hide...
  • Blog Post: Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live on a nature reserve? (by Luke Wake)

    If so, I can tell you that it is an awesome experience. I am currently one quarter of the way through my residential volunteering placement at RSPB Strumpshaw fen, and would definitely recommend it. Every morning I take my coffee outside and am serenaded by the sound of blue tits, great tits, bullfinches...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: among the blossom

    As Kevin mentioned last week , spring is just about here - or very close. Yesterday I saw my first blackthorn blossom of the year. It was a cold, windy day, but seeing a few buds bursting reminded me of what's to come. I've read some reports of long-tailed tits starting to build their nests...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: Spring, and the Birds and Bees

    It certainly felt as if spring was coming on Saturday - then back to winter. On the reserve there are signs of spring with the Skylarks singing on warm days, Reed Buntings looking smart in their best plumage and courtship behaviour being seen everywhere. In the Wildlife Garden the bulbs are flowering...
  • Blog Post: Aren't birds brilliant!

    One thing I like about working at Middleton, is that you are never far away from a wildlife encounter. While I am writing today, I can hear a pair of kingfishers on the moat by the office. They have been a great thing to watch this week as they zoom up and down chasing each other, perching in the over...