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Avocets hatching

Avocets hatching

Avocet attacking a Mallard and duckling, South Lake - M.J.McGill.The breeding Avocets have had rather a torrid time this Spring, predation has been heavy from Carrion Crows and Herring Gulls in particular but two colonies managed to establish at typically

13 June 2024

First brood of Shoveler for the year

First brood of Shoveler for the year

Martin Smith HideOur first Northern Shoveler brood appeared on the Tack Piece today, at least seven ducklings accompanied their mother, the habitat overlooked by the Martin Smith Hide is often favoured by the scarce breeding species. Two Kingfishers have

11 June 2024

Crane families all doing well and Sunday 9 June WeBS count

Crane families all doing well and Sunday 9 June WeBS count

Crane updateFive breeding pairs nested on site this Spring with another non-breeding pair also resident and early season at least we had a few visits from young birds and pairs from off site. Four pairs hatched seven young, at the time of posting all seve

10 June 2024

Avocets and Tufted Ducks hatch chicks

Avocets and Tufted Ducks hatch chicks

It's been a very tough early season for Avocets on the reserve, perhaps five attempts by the two main colonies to get going, heavy predation of 100s of eggs by Carrion Crows has caused complete abandonment until they finally managed to establish themselve

6 June 2024

A few late migrants

A few late migrants

Image- Green Sandpiper- MJMThe weather no doubt played a part in the appearance of late migrating waders today, a female Ruff (reeve) was seen on the Tack Piece paleochannel, viewed from the Summer Walkway. Four Ringed Plover arrived on South Lake and a s

4 June 2024

A day for Cuckoos

A day for Cuckoos

Image - A Speckled Wood butterfly

3 June 2024

26th of May sightings

26th of May sightings

The rain held off for the majority of today, much better than the stormy predicated forecast. Lots of lovely things to see around the reserve. South Lake Today on the South Lake there were 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 male Teal, 86 Avocet, a Mute Swan f

26 May 2024

Latest sighting highlights 16 to 20 May

Latest sighting highlights 16 to 20 May

A summary of sightings for recent days Middle PointThe male White-spotted Bluethroat was again singing and viewable from the Shepherds Hut this morning. The Lesser Whitethroat was still singing along the hedge inland. Click on the link for more details.ht

20 May 2024

14 to 15 May sightings

14 to 15 May sightings

Things are settling down, the occasional migrant sighted, a few new birds have been noted on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Many species are well into the breeding season.The male White-spotted Bluethroat, as far as we know, hasn't been sighted over the

15 May 2024

11-13 May sightings

11-13 May sightings

13 MayMiddle PointThe male White-spotted Bluethroat has been very helpful to those viewing, it was singing again this morning + numerous Reed and Sedge Warblers in this area, singing Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge. Estuary TowerA distant party of small

13 May 2024

Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the Tack Piece

Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the Tack Piece

Image - Little Ringed PloverTack Piece Lots to see on the Tack piece today including 2 Avocet, 5 Tufted Duck, 45 Shelduck, an Egyptian goose, an Oystercatcher, and a Barn Swallow. From Martin Smith Hide a nice group of waders were visible 55 Ringed Plove

10 May 2024

A few waders coming in on the high tides

A few waders coming in on the high tides

Image - Roe Deer from Kingfisher Hide - MJM.Just about all of the potential roosting spots for waders were flooded by the high Severn tides this morning, wader numbers on the mudflats aren't particularly high but we do have a little variety.Estuary TowerT

8 May 2024

7 May sightings- Black-headed Gull chicks and more

7 May sightings- Black-headed Gull chicks and more

Image - 2cy Mediterranean Gull on South Lake- MJMSightings for today include.Middle Point from Shepherds Hut HideShort-eared Owl and the male White-spotted Bluethroat singing from foreshore reeds, Reed and Sedge Warblers + Reed Bunting Estuary TowerSeven

7 May 2024

Information if coming to look for the Bluethroat.

Information if coming to look for the Bluethroat.

White-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula at Middle Point WWT Slimbridge, New Grounds. 2024 A male W.s. Bluethroat returned to its territory in the foreshore reed beds at Middle Point, this marks the fourth season on territory with us, which

6 May 2024

Sightings for 5 and 6 May

Sightings for 5 and 6 May

ImageGreenshank and Avocet on the Dumbles scrape - MJMA good couple of days with a few migrants getting through the rain and fog in the mornings. Warmer weather encouraged the Hobbies to fly, they're feeding on damselflies, this included one over the Five

6 May 2024