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Sand martin pit stop

Posted on 15th August 2014 by Paul Stevens

Today brought around 40 Sand Martins outside the sand martin hide. A dozen at a time were perching just outside the viewing windows giving incredibly close encounters of these birds before they leave our shores for Africa[...]

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Weather changes

Posted on 10th August 2014 by Paul Stevens

After all the warm weather it felt more like early Autumn this morning. This was enhanced by the presence of at least a dozen Sand martins busily feeding over the water in front of the Sand Martin Hide, occasionally [...]

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Little egrets

Posted on 3rd August 2014 by Paul Stevens

A pair of Little egrets today to the right of the Ramsar hide were busy preening each other before dispersing to fish alongside a Grey heron. Three Shoveler, several Teal and many Greylag and Canada geese were also [...]

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Signs of Migration

Posted on 27th July 2014 by Paul Stevens

Swallow and martins have been increasing this week with over one hundred over the reedbed this morning. Several Sand martins have been spotted in amongst the flocks. Blackcap singing would also point to some of these [...]

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Kingfisher regulars

Posted on 13th July 2014 by Paul Stevens

We could well be seeing a return of regular sightings of Kingfishers with one known sighting yesterday and two today. All these were seen in different parts of the reserve so could be seen anywhere from the ditches to [...]

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Tern around

Posted on 22nd June 2014 by Paul Stevens

After the sad loss of the male Common tern, it was warming to see another pair briefly around the reserve at the beginning of the week roosting on the new island on Arun riverlife. Was it our female with a …

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Sunshine and heat

Posted on 13th June 2014 by Paul Stevens

The whole reserve is literally buzzing with life. Scores of Canada and greylag geese goslings, Mute swan cygnets, Mallard, Gadwall, Shelduck and Tufted duck ducklings and Black headed gull chicks abound. Swallows are [...]

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Day of the Grebes

Posted on 26th May 2014 by Paul Stevens

A pair of Great crested grebes this morning from the Ramsar hide were a welcome return with many sightings of individuals over the last few days. A Little grebe was also on wetlands discovery, calling in the hope of [...]

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Baby boom

Posted on 21st May 2014 by Paul Stevens

The Mallard ducklings from first broods are now well grown. Smaller second broods are now appearing but the other species of duck are now starting to hatch their first broods. Gadwall are the most numerous with four [...]

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Cuckoo returns

Posted on 27th April 2014 by Paul Stevens

After a brief calling male Cuckoo last week, the last few days have seen a male calling above the reed bed and various other places around the perimeter of the reserve. Highlights of the week although brief were a [...]

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