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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st-31st January 2016

    The start of a new year is often viewed as a new start. While we may not be able to wipe all things from the past, here at the reserve we can at least clear the species list and look forward to compiling the new one. By the end of last year we had recorded a total of 118 bird species for the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Brave Goldeneye

    In case you haven't noticed, it's a tad windy. I've just been around the reserve to open hides and feed the birds, water voles and mice this morning in the gator, as there was no way I was going to attempt it on my bike. All the waterfowl are hiding where they can, mainly behind reeds. The...
  • Blog Post: All Frozen Up!

    This weekend’s WeBS count saw a reasonable start time of around 7.00 am, and the Loch practically frozen over! Most of the birds are gathered around a small stretch of open water in the middle, or on the fields and wet areas. Highlights were 8010 pinkfooted geese , 1012 mallards , 1277 teal , 1470...
  • Blog Post: Take care on the drive

    Look carefully as you come up the main drive to the car park. There is a Short-eared Owl currently hunting along either side of the drive, around the workshop, over the Discovery Zone and in front of the Wildlife Watchpoint Hide. Short-eared Owl by Lockhart Horsburgh These are birds that breed...
  • Blog Post: Mellow yellow

    A welcome slash of colour from a yellowhammer at The Lodge on a dull, cold 'proper' winters day.
  • Blog Post: Banners and bramblings

    I took a new volunteer around the reserve today and although it was cold, many birds were in song and lots of plants are flowering, including a rhodedendron and red-hot poker in the gardens, and in the sunshine it felt almost like late March, not mid January.! The entrance banners are now completed;...
  • Blog Post: Get those wellies on!

    If you have been keeping an eye on these recent sightings blogs, you will be aware of the amount of water we have had recently. With a further down pour over the last few days we have had to close the path to Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides. The rest of the hides are accessible in wellies , so It’s...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays

    The roof is taking shape, with the load-bearing walls and roof trusses fitted, so we’re starting to get a good idea of the space we’ll have – at the moment it looks huge, but I expect we’ll fill it quite quickly. The ongoing process of sorting out the stuff that needs to be moved...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch - and will winter happen this year?

    Aside from the sacking of football managers Jose Mourinho and even more importantly! John Stills from Luton Town FC yesterday, the news has been full of the exceptionally mild weather; with stories of flowering holly, blooming daffodils and snowdrops, birds mating, great-spotted woodpeckers drumming...
  • Blog Post: See it now before something eats it

    It's been a while since we had a Water Vole feeding at the Watchpoint Hide on the feeding table, which is protected by a cage. The last one was predated by a Heron in April. Before that, a Weasel managed to get into the cage during the drought in summer 2014. Since then, we've done a lot of work...
  • Blog Post: Brambling arrives and the strange , greener than usual greenie!

    Aside from the very gusty winds, there's been little sign of winter in recent weeks, but over the weekend a brambling under the feeders near the shop added a winter element to the wildlife here. Having had a scan today, the female type bird was around again, at the feeding area to the side of the...
  • Blog Post: A little auk(ward) wind

    What a difference a few days makes. this time last week temperatures were still in double figures, but the strong northerly wind on Saturday saw a marked drop in temperatures, accompanied by a scattering of snow in Suffolk on Sunday morning and the first proper frost of the year yesterday. It's a...
  • Blog Post: A touch of winter?

    Autumn is finally in full flow today, with the leaves dropping in large golden swathes across The Lodge- and there's even a touch of cold in the wind now, so perhaps winter will arrive after all. Even so, yesterday we watched a couple of red admiral butterflies flitting over the roofs near the shop...
  • Blog Post: Winter's arrived

    I'm back from a superb week watching eagles, otters, dolphins and much more on the beautiful island of Mull, and it sounds like I've missed quite an exciting ten days here at Minsmere too. I always consider that winter arrives with the first sighting of a "wild" swan. For me, that...
  • Blog Post: Winter Thrushes.

    The recent cold snap has promoted an influx of thrush species to the reserves and surrounding countryside. Movements of blackbirds and song thrush have seen the local population temporarily expand and northerly species the redwing and fieldfare have dramatically increased in the past week. The main driver...
  • Blog Post: Butcher birds and ghost hunters

    The fantastic autumn migration has continued apace this week with hundreds more goldcrests arriving, as well as the first significant arrival of redwings and fieldfares. With them have come more starlings, helping to boost numbers gathering for the evening murmuration over North Marsh. Finches have...
  • Blog Post: Confusing seasons

    Perhaps it has something to do with the supermoon/blood moon/lunar eclipse that many people enjoyed watching in the early hours of Monday morning, or maybe the recent autumn equinox, but the seasons seem a little confusing at the moment. Talking of the supermoon, I hope you manage to see it if you...
  • 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: Welcome sound of bird song.

    With the weather a little milder and winter slowly heading towards spring, it's noticeable that the birds are singing again. On just a short walk this morning, song thrush, mistle thrush, great tit and dunnock were all in song and making everything seem cheerier in the slightly gloomy conditions...
  • Blog Post: The Coombes Concert - conducted by Heather Watkins?!

    Don’t be fooled by the quietness of our woodland valley in the heart of winter. There is lots of life and as spring nears, the woodland appears to ‘wake’as the birds become vocal again. Even now, in snowy February, it is impossible not to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds...
  • Blog Post: Stoats in the snow

    The main action on the reserve away from the busy bird feeders has been the regular sightings of a stoat around the Gatehouse. This little creature is often seen whizzing around in pursuit of an unfortunate rabbit - which it invariably catches - and today it charged through the snow and caught another...
  • Blog Post: One avocet doesn't make a summer

    No sooner had the first avocet returned to the Scrape, signalling the imminent arrival of spring, then the temperature dropped and the snow showers arrived. It's still bitterly cold today, with both the Scrape and Island Mere largely frozen this morning, but at least the sun is shining and the days...
  • Blog Post: Snow on Sandy

    We arrived at The Lodge this morning to find much more snow than we expected. It seems that most of the areas south of us had none at all, but I went out with the camera this morning so I have proof of how white it was here! Although the feeders are busy and bustling with lots of chaffinches, tits...
  • Blog Post: What's about at Coombes: A Wintery Wander

    Our guest blogger Paul tells us about his woodland wonderings through the reserve. If your wondering what's about at Coombes, read on... What’s about at Coombes: A Wintery Wander Just a quick walk through Coombes Valley to stretch my legs and get some fresh air in my lungs. It’s...
  • Blog Post: What will the cold snap blow our way?

    It's been relatively quiet at The Lodge over the last week, but with strong arctic winds on the way- this may be about to change! Just a few redpolls have been reported recently, but numbers of siskins, usually here in good numbers, are virtually non- existent this year. Likewise for bramblings and...