Trip reports

18 May Trip to Blacktoft & Potteric Car

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites
rspb images

Friday, 13 June 2014

We had a good trip to these two reserves, Blacktoft in the morning with
excellent views of quite a few Marsh Harrier, about 30+ Avocet in total.
Only had distant flight views of a couple of Bearded Tit although the
warblers, Reed, Sedge & Whitethroat all showed well. There was also a first
summer Mediterranean Gull from the Ousefleet hide. A bit quiet for other
waders though as only noted Oystercatcher and Lapwing.
We left at 12:30 for Potteric Carr arriving at 13:15. Most, although
unfortunately not all our group, saw the bird of the trip here as earlier in
the day a Spotted Sandpiper in full summer plumage had turned up on the West
Scrape. It provided excellent views for most and I believe it is the first
time on any of our trips that this bird has been seen! We were very
fortunate as it was only seen for this one day. Other birds on the reserve
were Ringed & Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Oystercatcher. A
Sparrowhawk flew across Huxter Well Marsh putting many birds up. Quite a few
of the group, not me though, saw the pair of Kingfisher's that was breeding
on Piper Marsh, although I did hear two Cuckoo's. Making up more of the
summer visitor sighting were Swift, Sand Martin, Chiff Chaff, Whitethroat,
Blackcap & Reed warbler.