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Swifts under attack
Following the recent blog about the sad plight of some of our hobbies this spring, there's been a few more dragonflies on the wing this week, especially four-spotted chasers, so hopefully these stunning raptors may now have more food available. There's also been reports of hobbies feeding on...
28 May 2013
One day wonders
Minsmere has had a bit of purple patch in the last week or so, although you had to be quick to catcha glimpse of all our unusual visitors. Typically, I missed them all. The first week of May saw sightings of two rare herons in the reedbed: purple heron and two great white egrets. Typically, they were...
15 May 2013
A spinning coin
Early on Saturday morning I arrived at Minsmere to lead the first of our regular spring dawn chorus guided walks. It was crystal clear night with a huge full moon casting shadows over the reserve. As we met at 4 am the nightingale at the car park entrance could already be heard, and the first bittern...
30 Apr 2013
A spring in my step
It's been lovely to have a couple of short strolls around parts of Minsmere this week. The warm sunshine has put a real spring in my step, and it really feels like the seasons have changed at last (especially after a week in up to a foot of snow in Estonia earlier this month!) The bumblebees have...
23 Apr 2013
Migration steps up
After a relatively quiet week for birds during the spell of westerly winds, there's definitely been evidence of autumn migration beginning to hit full swing in the last few days. Perhaps the most obvious movements were at sea on Monday, when counts included minima of 575+ gannets , seven great...
9 Oct 2012
Late summer means that migration is in full swing, and there's certainly been a constant stream of wading birds passing through over the last few days. Some stay for a few days, others for just a few minutes, so there's no guarantee that you'll catch up with all of them, but it will be fun...
25 Aug 2012
Seven spoonbills a-wading
We’ve still got spoonbills aplenty this week! Up to seven have been moving between Island Mere, West Scrape and the South Levels. This is a great photo by Jon Evans . Don't forget that we use your photos for the blog - you can add yours to the community after you’ve registered ...
18 Aug 2012
It seems hard to believe that as recently as the early 1990s any sighting of a little egret was a red letter day. Then, in 1996 a few pairs bred in Dorset and Devon and they haven't looked back. They began nesting in Suffolk a few years later, and we can now almost expect to see a little egret anywhere...
1 Aug 2012
Bees, butterflies & barbeques
Midsummer is often a quiet time for birdwatching at Minsmere, but luckily there's some fantastic wildlife to spot wherever you are on the reserve. Insects probably take centre stage right now, especially with the glorious sunny weather we've been experiencing this week - at long last. Butterflies...
25 Jul 2012
27 Jul 2010
Re: Things to do at or near Minsmere
Hi Pete Here's a few suggestions for early August: At Minsmere: look for migrant waders on the Scrape - esp E Scrape look for terns and little gulls on S Scrape marsh harriers and hobbies should still be visible at Bittern Hide, but bittern may be more tricky unless still a few...
15 Jun 2010
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