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  • Blog Post: Sea-Swallow Success

    It's the time of year when we start to review and reflect on the recent breeding bird season. I can now share with you the exciting news that at least 278 pairs of common tern decided to rear their offspring at Saltholme this year! Creating the ideal conditions for nesting terns required a lot of...
  • Blog Post: The life of a Guga

    Gannets are Britain’s largest seabird and Bempton Cliffs is the only place in England where they breed. If there are any avid Bempton Cliffs followers, you will no doubt know about Gannet pair number 33; they are always among the first Gannet pair out of all the 13,400 Gannet pairs here to come...
  • Blog Post: All change on the Scrape

    We always know that the seasons are changing from winter to spring when we arrive at work in late February or early March and are greeted by the sound of gulls. So it is in mid July when a sudden eerie silence descends on the Scrape as the gulls depart en masse following the end of the breeding season...
  • Blog Post: Breeding Bird Surveys - Ginny's Wonderful Sightings and Photographs!

    I retired from teaching in December 2009 after a career that spanned 34 years. However I had a cunning plan…. Catch up on jobs, pick up old hobbies, catch up with friends, have a project, enjoy days out, volunteer and learn something new (photography!). The plan to volunteer led me to Fairburn...
  • Forum Thread: Blue Tit No Wing

    Hello, I have a blue tit nestling with only one wing. I also have a nestling with one wing not flapping. To top it all they appear to have just become entangled somehow. It is very distressing to see in the nest box . They are approx 13/14 days old.
  • Blog Post: Stilts and kites

    After almost two months with barely a drop of rain, the last three days have been a bit of a shock to the system. The rain, though, was much needed, as it brought much needed relief to gardens, and more importantly to wetland habitats that were looking decidedly dry for the time of year. Rain may...
  • Blog Post: To a sublime springtime!

    With Spring just around the corner and the migrants booking their flights, we have seen some strangely familiar sights here at Fairburn Ings this week.. The tree sparrows have been hard at work gathering nesting materials for renovating their new homes. This wonderful work is being captured by...
  • Blog Post: Even more mouths to feed

    The UK Tree Sparrow population crashed dramatically between the 1970’s and 1990’s. There were 30 times more Tree Sparrows in our countryside in the 1970’s than there are now. Tree Sparrows feed their young on invertebrates of wetland margins, and so here at Saltholme, our mosaic of...
  • Blog Post: Surprising ducks

    Every spring one of rarest ducks, Garganey arrive at Saltholme. Fewer than 100 pairs of Garganey breed in the UK so we’re always filled with excitement and every year I am determined to find where these secretive birds are nesting. But I always fail miserably. We usually get about 5 males which...
  • Blog Post: Come and see the Avocet chicks

    We have week old Avocet chicks in the Saltholme Scrape in front of Saltholme Hide. Come and see them before they grow up !
  • Blog Post: Katharine's on the case #2

    Another update from Katharine! With the monitoring that Katharine is doing, she gets to be right in the heart of the action and so I really look forward to reading her blogs, as I'm sure you do too. 20 th June 2016 I was thinking it might be a good idea to let you know some of the tell tale...
  • Blog Post: Little Things Mean A Lot

    It’s summer festival season, and here at Strathbeg there’s a lot going on. Little gulls – Ian Francis (RSPB) Headline Act : As you may have seen from the main Scotland blog we are rather excited. We have little gulls confirmed as breeding on the island in front of the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: A bit of ruff

    On Wednesday, we went out in the ranger to monitor the breeding birds on the central wet grassland. Although we do seem to have lost a few chicks here and there, generally things are looking quite good. We have 7 fledged Avocets from 3 nests, with another 7 well feathered. There are 14 part grown Avocets...
  • Forum Thread: For the love of mealworms

    A few photos taken today of the young Great Tit chicks who are as confiding as their parents when mealworms are on offer lol
  • Blog Post: Auk, gannet and kittiwake chicks + Recent Sightings

    This time of year is so exciting at Bempton Cliffs! We have chicks everywhere and every time I catch sight of one I can't help but feel warm and fuzzy inside. In the last week or two we have started to spot the auk chicks huddled with their parents on their tiny ledges. I didn't know this, but...
  • Blog Post: Chick food ?

    It’s been a bad week for creatures of all kinds out there. The newly emerged Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies must be wondering why they emerged in the middle of winter, and of course if there are no insects about, then there is no bird food, and even seed eating birds feed their chicks on insects...
  • Forum Thread: Why did all 7 baby Blue Tits die?

    In our camera bird box a pair of Blue Tits laid 10 eggs. 7 hatched 2 weeks ago, but numbers very quickly dwindled, and about a week ago the male adult disappeared leaving Mum to tend to the 3 remaining chicks herself. But today with only one baby left we found it dead. It was doing rather well; feeding...
  • Forum Thread: Great Tits nesting in a (very tall) gate post - not sure if the chicks can get out...?

    Hello, I've just discovered a family of Great Tits nesting in a gate post. They enter through an old hole where the lock used to be, and dive about 1.5 metres down to the nest, which is right down at the base. I've managed to identify about 6 chicks inside, currently feathered but I think with...
  • Forum Thread: HELP! URGENT! Coot/Moorhen eggs! How to incubate?

    There is a lake in my garden and lots of ducks, coots and moorhens have settled to breed. There are around 12 mallard ducklings already, which have been adopted by a coot funnily enough. They are living on a floating duck house we got a few years ago. The mother duck keeps going back there to try and...
  • Blog Post: Time to reflect

    Guest blog by Adam Rowlands, Senior Sites Manager, North Suffolk Reserves [This was originally written as a thank to you our amazing volunteers, but nicely summarises what an amazing year we've had - Ed] As time creeps forward to the winter equinox it feels like the ideal time to reflect on...
  • Media: Common Tern Chicks

    Common Tern and two chicks from the Rotary Hide at Snettisham
  • Blog Post: Sightings hotting up as heatwave hits

    Today has probably been the best day of the summer so far with unbroken clear blue skies and a gentle cooling breeze making a walk around Minsmere's nature trails very pleasant - and much less oppressive than further inland. It was less comfortable in some of the hides, as they quickly heat up like...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen the avocet chicks yet?

    If you’ve visited us in the past couple of weeks chances are you’ll have been treated to some wonderful views of avocets and their chicks (and you’ll know how excited we all are about it!). Avocet chicks are completely adorable; tiny little bundles of fuzz with a miniature bill on these...
  • Blog Post: Up from the depths

    As regular readers of these blogs will know, Minsmere has an amazing variety of wildlife, from majestic red deer to minute fungi, but some species remain hidden from view, below ground of beneath the water. Just occasionally they may leave the safety of their burrows or pond, affording visitors a rare...
  • Blog Post: Records tumble

    The early indications are that we're set for one of the best breeding seasons at Minsmere for a long time. Indeed several records look like being broken. One record that has been broken this morning is for the biggest ever flock of bee-eaters to be seen in Suffolk. Adam Rowlands, our Senior Sites...