Trip reports

North Warren and Minsmere

North Warren and Minsmere
Jane Bond

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Although it was below freezing there was not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind and walking among the snow encrusted trees and bushes it was like walking through Narnia. Our first tick as we entered the reserve was a Sparrowhawk sitting on a fence post. From the new viewing platform along with an abundance of Lapwing were several Curlew flying and calling and a Marsh Harrier swooped low over the reeds. Further along the disused railway track several Redwing were spotted in the woodland. The mere at Thorpeness was mostly frozen but amongst the Mallards and Coots squashed on the only open water were Teal and Shoveller. On the walk back to the car a fieldfare was spotted hopping around the bushed at the side of the road. White-fronted and Pink-footed Geese were on the scrape but no Red-breasted ones or the Barnacle Geese they usually hang out with. A most enjoyable walk.

Birds : Blackbird, Magpie, Jackdaw, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Starling, Sparrowhawk, Greylag Goose, Redshank, Wren, Rook, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Curlew, Moorhen, Marsh Harrier, Robin, Blue Tit, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Shoveller, Feral Pigeon, Egyptian Goose, Teal, Coot, Fieldfare, White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, Great Tit.