British sedge warblers, other birds, prepare for autumn migration

This video from England says about itself:

Sedge Warbler

This clip was taken along side one of my photographic projects at Cley next to the sea, Norfolk, England, recorded during July 2009 at 05:30am.

From the Daily Express in Britain:

Ingham’s World: Feeding frenzy for Britain’s birds

DEEP in the reedbeds yesterday noisy little brown birds were busy embarking on a binge diet whose scale is normally seen only at the buffets of cruise ships.

By John Ingham

PUBLISHED: 09:28, Fri, Aug 14, 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46, Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Sedge warblers, whose manic song rattles over wetlands in spring, will nearly double their weight over the next three weeks in a frenzy of feasting.

They pile on the ounces by devouring aphids, storing up enough fuel for a longhaul migration south of the Sahara.

While many of you will still be looking forward to your summer holidays, for many of our birds it is autumn already.

Piratical skuas are streaming across the North Sea having quit their northern breeding grounds.

The vast majority of our swifts have lived up to their tag as the last summer visitors to arrive and first to leave.

Most of the British Trust for Ornithology’s satellite-tagged cuckoos are already south of the Sahara while the first pied flycatchers, redstarts and wheatears are gathering on the coast, preparing to head south for the winter.

Few natural feats come as close to animal magic as migration, a marvel of instinct and experience which lets birds from swallows to ospreys boost their chances of survival.

And the RSPB magazine Nature’s Home reveals just how spectacular it can be.

This autumn about 1.5 billion birds will fly south from Europe and Asia’s western fringes to seek refuge in Africa.

Similar numbers will be on the move across the Americas, Asia and Australia. Between now and next spring our Arctic terns will clock up 25,000 miles as they head south for the Antarctic summer before returning here to breed.

Some species, such as swifts, will range widely, never once landing between quitting the nest and their return, sleeping on the wing above Africa’s jungles.

But wood warblers from Britain’s oakwoods will behave like holiday homers, returning to the same clump of trees in such countries as Burkina Faso. Others have a strict gender divide.

Dunlins – little waders – reach the UK from Greenland in three waves, females in July, males around now and the young next month.

As for sedge warblers, they store enough fuel from their food orgy to make the journey south across the Sahara in just one hop. So for sedge warblers greed is good.

No need to worry if the birds seem to have quit your garden. At this time of year the adults are moulting and skulking and there’s plenty of natural food in the woods and hedgerows.

Icterine warbler in England, video

This video says about itself:

Icterine Warbler, Burnham Overy Dunes, Norfolk, 15/08/2015.

Good English Sandwich tern news

This video from the Netherlands is called Sandwich Tern chick preening.

From the Norfolk Coast National Trust blog in England:

21 June 2015

Over the past two weeks, we have seen an influx of late-arriving Sandwich Terns. Today, a total of 314 new nests were counted on the tip of Far Point alongside Common and Little Terns. This year, we are continuing our research into the factors affecting Little Tern breeding success, which involves the use of trail cameras on nests.

Good English conservation news, with David Attenborough

This video from England says about itself:

The Feathered Marsh – Cley Marshes nature reserve, Norfolk

8 July 2011

The Feathered Marsh is a beautiful short timelapse film made by Elixir Media Productions with the support of Norfolk Wildife Trust. It was filmed entirely at Norfolk Wildlife Trust‘s Cley Marshes nature reserve, which this year celebrates its 85th anniversary, making it the oldest Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

From Wildlife Extra:

David Attenborough opens new stretch of Norfolk reserve and education centre at Cley

A new footpath across a recently connected 8km swathe of continuous Norfolk coast welcomed its first visitors last Friday, 12 June 2015.

President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, Sir David Attenborough, and two young naturalists, Connor Lonergan and Sasha Carter-Lonergan took the first steps along the path as it officially opened to the public.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) purchased the missing stretch of land in 8km of protected coastal sites in 2012, thanks to a £900,000 public appeal and a grant of over £1.5m from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The land – 143 acres – sits between its nature reserve at Salthouse Marshes, and NWT’s flagship reserve, Cley Marshes. Cley Marshes is one of the world’s leading bird-watching destinations and is a historic jewel in The Wildlife Trusts’ crown – it was The Trusts’ first ever nature reserve when it was acquired in 1926.

Over the past three years the new land has been transformed from its former use as land for commercial shooting.

Now the once-degraded pools have been restored and reed beds created, which are already being used by breeding avocets. They are welcome habitat for many other rare species too, including marsh harriers, bitterns, bearded tits, otters and water voles.

At the same event there was the officlal opening of the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, which has been built in order to engage more young people such as Connor and Sasha, who volunteer at the reserve.

Sir David was joined by BBC broadcaster and Ambassador of NWT, Ben Garrod, to open the brand new education centre officially. It will also serve to connect people to this fantastic wild landscape through a range of events from performance poetry to Tai Chi at sunrise.

These will go hand in hand with more traditional methods to engage people with wildlife – such as guided walks on the nature reserve and talks by respected naturalists.

Chief Executive of NWT, Brendan Joyce says: “Our new events programme is for those who know a lot, a little or nothing about wildlife. It’s for those who love art and music as much as those who enjoy wild spaces.

“The new education centre will help thousands of people from across the UK get closer to nature every year – both through wildlife events and also with highly creative activities.”

The Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre has been built behind the Cley visitor centre. It was made possible thanks to an appeal to NWT’s membership, the public and support from the HLF. It was designed by LSI Architects and is named in memory of local naturalist, Simon Aspinall.

NWT Ambassador, Ben Garrod says: “I grew up watching Norfolk’s amazing wildlife: bearded tits in the reed beds, marine wildlife off our beautiful coastline… I can even remember the first time I saw a marsh harrier at Cley gliding through the vast skies.

“These are our wild places, our wildlife and this fantastic new centre will enable everyone to develop their own wild life, whether its art, music, workshops, film or crafts that floats their boat!”

Reward for catching bird criminal in England

This video is about a marsh harrier and its nest.

From Raptor Politics in Britain:

The Eastern Daily Press offers £1,000 reward to catch egg thief who raided marsh harrier’s nest at Guist, near Fakenham in Norfolk

Police say an unknown number of eggs were taken from the site, on the marsh off Bridge Road, on Sunday, May 10. There are around 380 breeding pairs of marsh harriers in the UK.

Most nest in East Anglia, with dense reedbeds on the Norfolk Broads, north Norfolk coast and Ouse Washes among their strongholds.

Feeding on small mammals and birds which live around the wetlands, harriers carry out low-level swoops of their hunting grounds, with their wings held in a distinctive ‘V’ shape.

They are famed for their aerobatic courtship displays carried out in spring, when the male and female birds soar and loop around each other, sometimes throwing items of food in mid-air.

While it is impossible to put a precise figure on the birds’ value to our tourism industry, tens of thousands visit Norfolk from across the UK and further afield each year to see our county’s rich birdlife, including marsh harriers.

Pete Waters, brand manager for Visit Norfolk, said: “Norfolk has an enviable position as being the birdwatching capital of the UK and incidents like this can only damage our reputation.”

Marsh harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Mark Thomas, senior investigations officer with the RSPB, said: “Marsh harriers lay between three and five eggs on the ground, usually in a reedbed or among tall vegetation.

“Whoever has taken them is clearly someone who’s been watching the birds. My understanding is it’s a bird which had only been sitting on eggs for a short time. It’s a species which has been targeted before. We’re all on high alert.”

Up to 300 illegal collectors are believed to be active in the UK, with eggs from rare species highly-prized. They “blow” their booty using small drills before displaying them in cabinets.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover said the newspaper would offer a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief.

“These people damage our wildlife and tourism business just so they can admire something in private. It shows the sort of individuals they are,” he said.

Norfolk is one of the once-rare harrier’s strongholds, with nature lovers flocking to bird reserves like the RSPB’s Titchwell Marsh, near Hunstanton, to see the birds.

Pete Waters, brand manager at Visit Norfolk, said: “Norfolk has an enviable position as being the bird watching capital of the UK and incidence like this can only damage our reputation.”

•Anyone with information should call PC Jason Pegden, at Norfolk police, on 101.

This article written by Chris Bishop was first published by the Eastern Daily Press.

You can read the Norfolk Constabulary Press Release here.

May 14th, 2015

Stone curlew nest camera in England

This video from England says about itself:

Weeting Heath stone curlew nest camera

13 May 2015

Part of the Wings over the Brecks project.

From the Watton & Swaffham Times in England about this:

Stone curlew secrets to be revealed after live streaming nest camera set up

17:39 13 May 2015

Andrew Fitchett

The secrets of one of the country’s most elusive birds will be revealed for the first time after a live video stream was set up and opened to visitors.

Nature lovers will be able to get a long-awaited glimpse of the iconic stone curlew thanks to the Wings over the Brecks project after it set up a nest camera to record the bird’s activities.

The project, a partnership scheme between the Forestry Commission, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), aims to show people the secret lives of five of the rarest birds of the Brecks’ heathland and forest: woodlark, stone curlew, nightjar, hobby and goshawk.

The stone curlew live stream will be shown at several locations, including in the cafe at High Lodge, at Weeting Heath and on roaming displays in town centres including Thetford and Brandon.

Sammy Fraser, RSPB Community Engagement Officer, said it was hoped the project would put the Brecks in the spotlight.

“So much of the Brecks is protected for rare species such as the stone curlew but until now hardly anyone got to see them,” she said.

“Showing live footage from the nest of a rare bird like a stone curlew allows people to get closer to these amazing animals than they ever would have otherwise.

“We hope it will inspire local people and visitors to the Brecks with what a fantastic landscape we have here, both for people and wildlife.”

A special event is being held to launch the second live stone curlew nest camera footage on Monday May 25 (Bank Holiday) at High Lodge.

Talks by the project team and guided walks will take place from 11am to 1pm followed by a buffet lunch, with bookings for this being taken on 01842 753732 or

From 1pm to 4pm families will be able to enjoy outdoor activities, including a bird ringing demonstration, bug hunting and nature detective trail. And keen birders and families will have the chance to see the project species and explore the habitats they are found in.

A programme of public events is planned over the lifespan of the project and will provide people with the opportunity to explore the Brecks and its wildlife.

Wings over the Brecks are looking for people to join their team of volunteers at High Lodge and Weeting Heath, helping visitors find out more about the project species and get involved in the projects event programme.

Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch on 01842 753732 or email

Wings over the Brecks is a 3 year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is one of 37 Breaking New Ground landscape partnership scheme projects.