Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mrs ‘H’ Returns to Sculthorpe Moor and The Tawny Eggs are Hatching

Mrs 'H' and mate
Mrs ‘H’ and mate over Sculthorpe Moor reserve

Mrs ‘H’, our long serving marsh harrier female, has returned for her ninth season on the reserve. She has been seen displaying with a male and appears to be gathering nest material. A great time to see amazing mid-air food passes.

On Thursday April 4th at 9.21pm the tawny owl in one of the boxes on the reserve showed a first glimps of three owlets tucked underneath her leaving one egg to hatch. Today the fourth egg shows sign of hatching but mum is sitting tight and it is difficultto see what is going on.

A bittern is being spotted regularly on the reserve; there have been two seen and apparently displaying. Fingers crossed, they may stay to breed this year.

Tawny chick hatching in our nest box at Sculthorpe Moor
Tawny chick hatching in our nest box at Sculthorpe Moor

After the long spell of easterly winds it will be lovely to have some warmer weather though this will mean that we have to say goodbye to the winter migrants that have been here in numbers We have played host to huge flocks of brambling this winter and there are still good numbers tobe seen. On the other hand we are looking forward to the summer visitors. The first chiff-chaff arrived two weeks ago and has recently been heard singing.

A Fourth Egg for the Bath and Bristol Peregrines

Bristol and Bath Peregrine Group A blog all about the comings and goings of Peregrines living in the west. Thursday 4 April 2013 Another timely update from Hamish Smith: Now four eggs at Bath.  Male and female continue to share the incubation.  The female was being ferociously territorial today, flying CAP against the gulls for some considerable time before taking…

The Hawk and Owl Trust Urge You to Sign the Attached e-petition Against Raptor Persecution

The Hawk and Owl Trust urge you to sign the attached e-petition. Through illegal persecution the beautiful hen harrier has been virtually wiped out as a breeding species in England – just one pair bred last year. Many other species, including golden eagles, red kites, sea eagles etc fall victim to the poisoning, shooting, trapping,…

Definitely a Good Friday as Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Lay Fourth egg of 2013

The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have laid their fourth egg on 29 March, Good Friday morning, around 6.35am. The third egg appeared at about 17.00 on afternoon of Tuesday 26th March. Their first egg of 2013 arrived at…

Barns Owls Fly in for a School Visit

On Friday 15 February, Millie and Bundi, two Barn owls from Parrot and Seal animal displays and their handlers, Lauren Smith and Josephine Schneider, visited the Infants and aptly named Little Owls Pre-School at Bramcote Junior School. The owls were a little ‘fidgety’ as they really wanted to be flying around! Unlike real barn owls…