What an enjoyable time we had at Minsmere on Friday. The sun was shining albeit a bit of a nip in the wind but wrapped up in layers it didn’t really matter. Fuelled up by a ham and cheese toastie (scrummy, lovely ham!), we weebled our way along the paths, spending an enjoyable 10 minutes just admiring the Sand martins near to the visitors centre. It was marvellous seeing them swooping in and out of their nest holes. Moving on to the hides on the Scrape we saw the usual suspects, plenty species of duck, Godwits, Lapwing, Dunlin, Avocets (doing their thing) Spotted Redshank and too many others to list. The cacophony of the Black Headed gulls could be heard throughout.
As we meandered along the paths out by the Scrape we heard a Sedge Warbler (spotted briefly), Reed Buntings, along with swallows flitting above us, Harriers and Buzzards soaring over the ruins where the ponies grazed beneath them .
At the Island Mere Hide we heard the booming call of the Bittern, it was so close to the left of the hide that we waited with many others, cameras poised, to show itself. Bang! slam of the hide door was enough to make it fly off! You could hear the collective sighs of all those in the hide. Never mind, we consoled ourselves by watching a Little Egret, Great Crested Grebes, Grey Heron and the Harriers displaying in the distance. Fantastic!
At the Bittern Hide more booming calls of the Bittern were heard, two that were not far off but again it was not to be.
The woodland walk we spotted Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Woodpeckers, Chaffinches, Chiffchaff, and Coal Tits. Really would have liked to have seen a Tree Creeper.
When the time came to go, we found it really hard pulling ourselves away.
EDIT: Have removed the photos and will load into gallery at some point as I realise I have posted them in the wrong place - Apologies :-)
Nice one Kezmo,
Nice shots as well. I can't wait!
Great stuff! Sounds like a terrific day out!
And some great photos! Especally like the 'in-flight' ones.....
Now, tell me, is that a Black or a Bar-Tailed Godwit? 8-)
I have a week's holiday in Suffolk next month and Minsmere will be on the list - really looking forward to it!
Best wishes, Graham
I am renowned for getting my Blacks and my Bar Tails confused but I believe this one is a Black Tailed Godwit :-)
Please get the chance to go to Minsmere on your holiday, it's absolutely lovely, you won't regret it.
It's a Bar-tailed Godwit! Note the rather short legs, slightly uptilted bill and rich unbarred red underparts.
ahem!....thank you for that, well I did say I am renowned for getting these two mixed up!!!! :-)