Your recent sightings at Minsmere
Your recent sightings
A lesser yellow what?
Mid winter tends to be a time of predictability in terms of sightings, so it was a bit of a surprise when a rare visitor from North America was discovered on Sunday. The bird in question is a lesser yellowlegs, and it's the first one seen at...Posted 21 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe
A gatling of...
It's time for our third look at collective nouns, and this week I've chosen a group of birds that have far fewer different collective nouns associated with them then either of the first two. Perhaps this is because you rarely see more than a pair ...Posted 21 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe
The golden hour
Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the golden hour (or two): that magical time on a sunny winter afternoon when the sun sinks low in the sky, turning everything it touches to gold. I usually miss this, as I take my walk over lunchtime,...Posted 14 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe
A lamentation or a whiteness
With all three species of swans currently visiting Minsmere, it seems only right that for part two of our series looking at collective nouns we feature one of our most familiar groups of birds. Mute swans will be familiar to everyone who has ever...Posted 13 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe
A reliant or a rouge?
This year we celebrate Minsmere's 75 anniversary as an RSPB nature reserve, and we're planning an exciting programme of events throughout the year. Most of the spring walks are already on our website - https://events.rspb.org.uk/minsmere - and...Posted 07 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe
New Year brings new birds
Happy New Year everyone. I hope that you have all had a happy, healthy and relaxing break over the Christmas and New Year period. I'm sure that many of you will, like birdwatchers across the globe, have totted up your final totals for your 2021...Posted 06 Jan 2022 by Ian Barthorpe