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Another cold start
07 Feb 2020

Another cold start

Not quite as cold as yesterday and thankfully no fog to hinder the morning's hide rounds...

Fog and ice to start
06 Feb 2020

Fog and ice to start

It has been a frozen and foggy start to the morning but the weather has cleared to reveal a glorious winter day bathed in sunshine and blue skies...

Goldeneye pair
05 Feb 2020

Goldeneye pair

South LakeThe male Goldeneye returned to the deep lake and was even displaying to the female, the Cattle Egret was present early morning and again after midday, it spent some time on the Tack Piece. The Black-tailed Godwit flock was present at the south e...

Merlin on the Dumbles again
03 Feb 2020

Merlin on the Dumbles again

Estuary TowerThe wintering Merlin was out on the Middle Point fence this morning with an immature Peregrine on fenceposts along the foreshore, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk in the Tack Piece and Marsh Harrier viewable on posts in the Bottom New Piece. A pair of...

Waders on high alert
02 Feb 2020

Waders on high alert

The weekend of 1-2 February has been very good for wader watching, we haven't got the really high numbers of some recent winters but it has been impressive nonetheless. The Tack Piece, Estuary Tower and Kingfisher Hide have been the best spots to see larg...

1900 Golden Plover!
31 Jan 2020

1900 Golden Plover!

A fabulous flock of 1900 Golden Plover were seen from the Estuary Tower this morning, flying over the North of the reserve. Another highlight for the day was the Cattle Egret returning to the causeway on South Lake.South LakeTowards the South was a nice f...

Cattle Egret and Green-winged Teal
28 Jan 2020

Cattle Egret and Green-winged Teal

Some of the highlights from this lovely crisp and clear morning include the drake Green-winged teal spotted on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide.Tack PieceLooked very busy this morning with high numbers of 1500 grazing wigeon, 500 Golden Plover and 150 Bl...

Goshawk returns
27 Jan 2020

Goshawk returns

Highlights for today includedThe male Goshawk returned to the Top New Piece and caught a duck. Drake Green-winged Teal still on the Top New Piece-viewed from the Zeiss HideCattle Egret once again on the South Lake islands8 Pink-footed Geese and the Russia...

Last Sunday in January
26 Jan 2020

Last Sunday in January

Some of the highlights from the reserve today included the followingTop New Piece/Zeiss HideThe drake Green-winged Teal was on the flood with the Eurasian Teal flock, it can roost close in to shore and be hidden by the rushes at times. 160 Wigeon were on ...

Goshawk and Marsh Harrier Hunting
24 Jan 2020

Goshawk and Marsh Harrier Hunting

A male Goshawk was seen hunting from the Zeiss Hide this afternoon, as well as a Marsh Harrier hunting across the Tack Piece and Dumbles. The lovely Green-Winged Teal was also seen again on the Top New Piece.Tack PieceLooking spectacular this morning with...

Green-winged Teal and great goose viewing
23 Jan 2020

Green-winged Teal and great goose viewing

A drake Green-winged teal was found on the Top New Piece by a visiting birder this afternoon, it showed from the Zeiss Hide for a time but moved to the the distant flood in the Bottom New Piece. It could be seen (with a scope) from the Kingfisher Hide. Ki...

Post Wild Winter Event update
22 Jan 2020

Post Wild Winter Event update

Thank you to all who attended the Wild Winter Event last weekend, we were very fortunate to have two splendid winter days and clear visibility. The ice and frost didn't linger all day which allowed the winter birds to feed once it had thawed a little. We ...

Wild winter extravaganza
18 Jan 2020

Wild winter extravaganza

Cracking day for the 2020 Wild Winter celebration. Superb weather forecast for the whole w/e do come along and take advantage of all the walks talks and displays among a stunning congregation of wintering birds. The flight of the swans film will be screen...

Signs of Spring
17 Jan 2020

Signs of Spring

Although we're gearing up for our Wild Winter Weekend tomorrow there are already signs of Spring across the reserve...

January WeBS Count
14 Jan 2020

January WeBS Count

13 January 2020 Wetland Bird Survey results182 Mute Swan84 Bewick's Swan128 Russian White-fronted Geese8 Pink-footed Geese511 Greylag Geese581 Canada Geese201 Barnacle Geese452 Shelduck3312 Wigeon111 Gadwall1402 Teal813 Mallard829 Pintail265 Shoveler172 P...