Latest sightings

Vismig!

Vismig!

Image- Shelduck on Bottom New Piece willow pollards- MJMThe VizMig (visible migration) was notable today, a number of species were recorded moving through the reserve or up the Severn or stopping off to rest, read on for details.Estuary TowerA Swift NE, a

23 April 2024

Red-breasted Mergansers and more

Red-breasted Mergansers and more

Image- Cuckoo near South Lake- MJMA pair of Red-breasted Merganser were floating on the Severn over high tide, an uncommon visitor here. Estuary TowerWhimbrel with three Curlew on the Dumbles (includes White Flag 28)+ 2 Redshank, male Wheatear at Middle P

22 April 2024

19-21 April roundup

19-21 April roundup

Spring migration has been ticking along nicely, the NE winds led to our first large scale arrival of Bar-tailed Godwits today, just shy of 90 birds about the reserve and estuary today.Sightings for today include the following.South LakeTwo Common Sandpipe

21 April 2024

Latest sightings for 18 April 2024

Latest sightings for 18 April 2024

Our first Cuckoo of 2024 from 16 April, as ever, most welcome.Estuary TowerSix Curlew including a colour ringed bird- Dark green over Yellow R above (Yellow has characters or a code that I couldn't read in the haze), Orange L above. 3 Redshank, 5 Lapwing.

18 April 2024

Braced for another windy day

Braced for another windy day

Image - Spotted Redshank- MJMAny time spent watching wild birds today highlights how much effort is needed for them to stay on their feet, the very gusty winds (up to 50mph) were certainly challenging.Sightings for today as follows.Tack PieceTwo Common Sa

15 April 2024

Wader passage ticking over

Wader passage ticking over

Image- Common Sandpiper- MJMWe have a good variety of wading birds albeit in small numbers about the reserve, a few more passage birds arrived over the weekend. Estuary TowerWhimbrel, 14 Curlew, 4 Lapwing, 7 Avocet Ringed Plover and Great Crested Grebe on

14 April 2024

A few more warblers in and on territory

A few more warblers in and on territory

Image- female Eurasian Teal- MJMReed and Sedge Warblers have certainly increased this week and along with Blackcap have been very noticeable on site today, it could be that they were here and the strong winds dissuaded attempts at singing or they may be g

11 April 2024

Another big tide flooding the Dumbles

Another big tide flooding the Dumbles

Image- Spotted Redshank, Rushy, MJMThe Dumbles and all foreshore areas flooded for the third day in succession on these very high spring tides. It wasn't as windy today so we didn't have the seabirds in our section of the estuary. A frake Common Scoter wa

10 April 2024

The Dumbles floods again on the high and storm driven tides

The Dumbles floods again on the high and storm driven tides

Image- Sandwich Tern with Black-headed Gulls on South Lake- MJM.A few more windblown Spring passage birds were about today with Sandwich and Arctic Tern noted. The Dumbles completely flooded on the high tides which were no doubt driven higher by the stron

9 April 2024

New migrants in

New migrants in

Image- Wheatear- MJMAn arrival of migrants was very noticeable, perhaps a few firsts of the year among them (in bold).Tack PieceSingle Snipe, Dunlin and Whimbrel, latter also visiting estuary and Dumbles, 11 Redshank, 20+ Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 40+ Shoveler an

8 April 2024

Very Windy April 2024 WeBS Count

Very Windy April 2024 WeBS Count

Count affected by the very windy weather, notable seabirds blown up the estuary included Kittiwakes and a Guillemot and some gull passage as they headed NE. Notable sightings included a Whimbrel, two Greenshank and a Yellow-legged Gull. Canada Goose115Bar

7 April 2024

First Sedge Warbler of the year

First Sedge Warbler of the year

Image- drake Eurasian Shelduck- MJMDeep in one of our reedbeds the first singing Sedge Warbler of the year was heard today, worth listening out near any of the reed bed areas as more will be arriving soon.Avocets also laid their first egg of the breeding

31 March 2024

Merlin on the Dumbles

Merlin on the Dumbles

Image- Willow Warbler in the Blackthorn blossom from Estuary Tower- MJM. Passage migrants continue to call in, although we have wintering birds that visit it's a great time of year to catch a passage Merlin on site. A female on the Dumbles this afternoon

28 March 2024

Bee news

Bee news

Look out for the BeesThe garden outside the Martin Smith hide, having an abundance of nectar rich spring flowers, is starting to buzz with insect life. Queen Buff-Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) and Early Bumblebees (Bombus pratorum) have both been

28 March 2024

Wednesday 27 March sightings

Wednesday 27 March sightings

Image- Black-headed and Common Gull on South Lake- MJMEstuary TowerTwo Grey Plover, 5 Dunlin and 7 Ringed Plover (Dumbles foreshore), Ringed + 2 Dunlin on the Dumbles pools + 217 R. White-fronted Geese, 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 P. Wagtail, 2 Crane, 39 Shelduck,

27 March 2024