Trip reports

Visit to Minsmere

Visit to Minsmere
North Marsh from North Wall (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 28 April 2013

We were greeted enthusiastically by the staff outside the Visitor Centre at Minsmere and informed of what we might see, or not.

Taking our usual clockwise walk towards the beach rewarded us with marsh harrier, sand martin, bearded tit, reed warbler, sedge warbler, whitethroat and blackcap.

A seal was spotted bobbing in the waves just off the shore and before we reached the East Hide two oystercatcher and a whimbrel flew passed.

From the hide avocet, redshank, turnstone and black-tailed godwit were seen. The latter looking splendid in summer plumage. We took lunch here deafened by the constant din created by the large population of black-headed gulls.

At the sluice the usual swallows flitted about and the amount of deep water covering the Minsmere Level was remarked upon. Little grebe was seen on the North Levels and Cetti's warbler heard.

From South Hide two common and two Sandwich terns roosted on an island. After patiently scanning the reed bed behind the hide for the reported ferruginous duck, she was located on the island in the foreground asleep. She awoke, had a preen and took to the water for a feed.
Bittern gave the occasional boom and from the Bittern Hide more marsh harrier were on the wing. Two red deer passed close by and a distant flock of swift numbered about fifty.

A brilliant day at Minsmere as usual finished off by a singing nightingale at the car park entrance.

Peter and Lesley Berrill