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  • Media: The Washes in winter

    The Nene Washes are amazing all year round, but there's nothing quite like the din from a flock of plovers and ducks when it's flooded... Taken at Eldernell.
  • Blog Post: A rarity fest

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of an update for the last week - not enough time in the office between meetings and a weekend off are to blame. It's been an excellent few days on the reserve - typically as I've not been out looking for anything. Two groups of birds have stolen the show - raptors...
  • Blog Post: Winter is upon us

    It hardly seems right to be saying this in mid October, with the sun shining outside, but I can officially declare that winter has arrived. How can I be so certain? Well, I've defined the first day of winter as the day I see my first wild swan - Bewick's swans arriving from Siberia or whooper...
  • Blog Post: Northern invaders

    With winter's arrival, some of our more exciting winter migrants are beginning to put in an appearance. Waxwings , in particular, are always popular, and there have been many reports from throughout the UK over the last few days. As usual. most are arriving on the east coast before moving inland...
  • Blog Post: White winter wonderland

    It's beena while arriving, but we finally had the first significant snowfall of the winter yesterday. Not much compared to many places (Norwich, much of Norfolk, West Suffolk for example almost ground to a halt yesterday), but enough to turn everything white. It was glorious day here providing you...
  • Blog Post: trumpets, whistles and bells

    With the dark winter nights now upon, I thought it was perhaps time for a musical interlude to while away the hours of darkness. Don't worry, I'm not about to post a link to me singing - you'd all soon leave the Minsmere group if i did. No, instead, the musical theme is inspiried by our...
  • Blog Post: heralds of winter

    Despite the current spell of relatively mild weather, there's plenty of signs of the coming winter. For a start, the rapidly changing colours of our deciduous trees, which always make an autumn visit to the countryside such a special one. Then there's typical autumnal highlights such as jays...
  • Forum Thread: natural food advice??

    i am still happily feeding bird seed variations to my garden visitors but would like any advice on trying some natural foods? i have been given lots of ideas like bacon and meat roast fat strips, obviously bread and others.....anyone got anything they`ve tried and had luck with? someone recently told...
  • Blog Post: Feeding frenzy

    With the plunging temperatures, the lakes and pools of Saltholme are beginning to freeze over. As with the smaller birds, we like to provide food at this time of year . Each morning, grain is scattered around the waters edge, for the ducks and geese to enjoy. As you can see, after the cold night...
  • Blog Post: Stars and Stripes

    Hi, December produced some great birds at Saltholme for example, the record breaking Marsh Harrier , Short-Eared Owls and Eurasian and Greenland White-Fronted Geese . With December over with I thought I would write a blog looking into the future, not too far, January 2012. As a bit of fun I am going...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 7th December- 13th December

    Hi, The final WeBS Count of the year was completed during the week. Icy conditions meant that species like Golden Plover had undertaken escape movements meaning numbers were significantly down (17x Golden Plover during WeBS compared to c.2000 a few weeks ago). However there were still plenty of other...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Supplement: December Predictions

    Hi, I’ll begin with a summary of last month, Soup and Starling events ran throughout and the Starlings didn’t disappoint with some great murmurations observed. Waxwings continued to feed on the reserve and a Long-Eared Owl roost was opened up to visitors for viewing. As for my November...
  • Blog Post: Grub's up by the pond

    Our new water bird feeding area, for Grub's up season, is proving a success with the swans, ducks, coots and moorhens. As these are wild birds they can be a little bit cautious, so my top tip is to scatter the grain and relax on the nearby bench and wait for the birds, like this curious coot,...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 18th – 24th January 2013

    Hi, A week of freezing and thawing meant that many of the wetland birds had a good work out whilst flying between the Tees Estuary and the reserve. One of the most impressive sightings was seen by a lucky few from the Visitor Centre when a Kestrel was observed eating a freshly killed weasel! This...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 22nd – 28th February 2013

    Hi, As we progress towards spring a greater number of plants and animals are starting to express breeding behaviour. Out on the lakes this is portrayed by displaying Great Crested Grebes , in the reedbeds Water Rails are beginning to squeal like pigs as they establish territories and on the grassland...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 8th – 14th March 2013

    Hi, On Sunday 10 th our WeBS team journeyed into the snow showers to count all the wetland birds present on the reserve. Some quality birds were found including 3x Bittern , 2x Smew and a Jack Snipe . The survey also highlighted the huge quantity of birds on the reserve for example 1654x Wigeon ,...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 8th – 14th February 2013

    Hi, February’s WeBS count was undertaken during the week. I was allocated the Haverton circuit which incorporates all the pools you can see in front of the Haverton Viewpoint and adjacent Allotment pool. Setting off from the Visitor Centre I was hoping to get Red-Throated Diver (a WeBS MEGA...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 4th – 10th January 2013

    Hi, The drake Green-Winged Teal stayed for another week. It spent most of its time frequenting Back Saltholme with its European friends before popping over to Dormans Pool for the second half of the week. The Long-Eared Owl roost proved popular with visitors as up to three birds showed well from...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 21st December 2012- 3rd January 2013

    Happy New Year and welcome to a bumper edition of the Recent Sightings blog! It was a trio of ducks which stole the show over the festive period. It all began on the 21 st December when a drake Smew was sighted from the Saltholme Pools Hide. The Smew stayed for two days and is the first male to visit...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 11th – 17th January 2013

    Hi, It was a week of two halves here at Saltholme. The first half consisted of mild conditions, lots of open water and green grass. Stereotypical winter weather took control for the second half and most of Saltholme’s water bodies froze and the grassland was covered in a carpet of snow. Luckily...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 15th – 21st February 2013

    Hi, Has anyone else noticed the increase in bird song during the last week? Perhaps stimulated by the glorious sunshine, Skylark , Blackbird , Robin , Wren , Chaffinch , Dunnock and Wood Pigeon have been noted warming up their vocal chords. A few new birds arrived during the week, with the fine...
  • Blog Post: The Month Passed, the Month to Come

    I’ve checked, I’ve doubled checked, I’ve asked around the office and, as it turns out, it really is the end of January already! It seems mere moments ago that we were all gathered around Christmas trees, watching the Queen in 3D and peeling ourselves out of our beds at some late hour...
  • Blog Post: Smew arrival

    Hi, A female smew has become the latest visitor to Saltholme this winter. This little duck will have made the short hop across the North Sea to avoid the freezing temperatures that occurred on the continent recently. The smew has been commuting between Saltholme and a nearby site called Cowpen...
  • Blog Post: The sun's shining, the fleeces are off!

    Hi everyone, What a difference a bit of sun makes at Saltholme. Today's weather was almost tropical. The sun shone non-stop, and before long, we were pulling off our RSPB fleeces because it was too warm. Honest. Lots of visitors also enjoyed the day, with more than 40 heading up to Haverton to...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 14th December- 20th December

    Hi, I’ll begin with the news that not one but two Bitterns were sighted on the reserve during the week. With temperatures above freezing both birds converted back to their elusive nature, however a trip over to the Haverton Viewpoint to play the waiting game will provide the best opportunity...