Starlings at Strumpshaw Fen (November 2017)

I had heard that large flocks of starlings have been seen most afternoons at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk and they had been murmarating in fairly large numbers to the delight of enthusiastic crowds - so we had to make the trek and have a look for ourselves. For those unfamiliar with the term 'starling …

A September day at Strumpshaw fen

Today we went for a trip out in the windy autumnal weather to Strumpshaw fen in Norfolk. It's an RSPB reserve famous for its bitterns, kingfishers and swallowtails (though of course no swallowtails this time of year). It's largely a broadland habitat, with reedbeds and marshes, loved by bitterns, marsh harriers, otters and wader birds, …

Montagu’s Harrier killed

Last month came the sad news that Sally, a Montagu's Harrier featured on BBC Autumnwatch, had gone missing and presumably killed illegally. The bird was tagged and released into the wild on the show last year and researchers followed her migration to and from Africa. The RSPB, who were monitoring Sally's progress, lost track of …

Binoculars I rely on

Finding the right pair of binoculars for a fussy consumer like me is a time consuming business, one I don't care to repeat again. Luckily, I got an excellent pair for my birthday this year, and so far they have been so reliable and handy for birding. The Eyeskey Binoculars *** are waterproof, lightweight, and offer very …

Nightjar

I've not blogged in a while because I have been busy with others thing (including overtime at work) and also I suppose I was waiting for the warmer weather to appear to give me an opportunity to find something to write about. Last week we went to Lakenheath Fen on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, a reserve …