Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Minsmere

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, the birds they are awaiting, so Minsmere we're heading your way. (I do hope folk sung along!!)

It was indeed a fabulous day; the sun shone warm and welcoming, not a breath of wind and the birds played their part as they entertained us with acrobatic swirls through the reeds, fleeting flights above our heads and laid back gentle swims through the pools of glistening water. The four excellent guides with their bird identification skills made the whole day a memorable and enjoyable occasion. Grateful thanks to Neil Greenaway, Phil Luffingham, Alan Harris and Sedley Underdown.

The birds seen at Minsmere were hobby, marsh harrier, sand martin, swallow, sedge, reed, Cetti's and willow warbler, reed bunting, chiffchaff, blackcap, white throat, house sparrow, avocet (pictured), oystercatcher, ringed and golden plover, redshank, black tail and bar tail godwit, common sandpiper, lapwing, turnstone, common, sandwich and little tern, sanderling, greylag, barnacle and Canada geese, herring, lesser black back, black headed, great black backed, Mediterranean and common gull, dunlin, whimbrel, kittiwake, cormorant, magpie, crow, jackdaw, dunnock, robin, blackbird, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, wren, blue, great, bearded and long tailed tit, pied wagtail, rook, shelduck, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, shoveler, coot, moorhen, mute swan, heron, kingfisher, black throated diver, bittern, little egret, jay, wood pigeon, linnet, stonechat, little grebe, treecreeper and pheasant. Three birds were heard namely garden warbler, nightingale and cuckoo, while through a heat haze a stone curlew was seen.

Of the other wildlife on the reserve, stoat, adder, grey seal and muntjac deer also put in an appearance.