Trip reports

Visit to Minsmere

Visit to Minsmere
The Group on the Dunes, Minsmere (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Acting on information from the Visitor Centre we headed for the beach. A juvenile king eider had been seen on the sea for the last couple of days and two lapland buntings were in the dunes.

The king eider was the first record for Suffolk and we arrived at the beach full of anticipation. Alas, the eider had not been picked-up by the other birders already there, but further up the beach a large group had found the laplands. The two buntings were very approachable and the group had stunning views.

Pretty soon news filtered down the beach that the king eider had put in an appearance so we all headed back.

The bird was completely alone in the expanse of sea between us and distant view of Adnam's Brewery in Southwold and drifting slowly that way on the off-shore breeze. Nevertheless decent views were obtained with the help of our scopes.

The group managed a respectable seventy species for the day and many of us had at least two 'lifers'.

Peter and Lesley Berrill