Trip reports

Field Trip - Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Suffolk

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Despite a rainstorm during which most of the group were sheltered in a hide, it turned into a fine day at Minsmere RSPB Reserve. We were treated to excellent views of a water rail as we walked towards the beach where some scoter and velvet scoter were seen on the sea. A walk along the beach gave some close views of meadow pipits. Apart from the usual ducks some teal and wigeon were also seen in growing numbers. Black tailed godwits were also spotted. Walking along the temporary reed-bed path a bird was seen which was proving difficult to identify. It was later confirmed as a juvenile linnet. Bearded tits were also seen along this path. The highlight for many people was the sight of two great white egrets a first for many. Other members of the party who walked along the beach towards Sizewell were able to see red-throated divers whilst others saw the great grey shrike, kingfisher and bittern.