Trip reports

Minsmere

Minsmere
Jane Bond

Thursday, 21 March 2013


A nice clear day and with suitable clothing to keep the cold weather at bay it turned out to be a rewarding day. We had eighteen members turn up plus two guests (Father and Daughter) who found the
information about the group's visit today via the website. On arrival at reception and waiting for others to turn up we managed to see the following: coal, blue and great tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds, dunnocks and a magpie.

Daphne briefed the group that the only accessible hides were North hide, Bittern hide, and Island Mere. With this in mind, we set off to the North hide where we had very good sightings of smew, snipe, tufted ducks, lapwings, cormorants, coots, black-headed and herring gulls, teal, wigeon, greylag geese, gadwall, shovelers, Canada geese,
mallards, barnacle geese, mute swans, wood pigeons, avocets, ruff, oyster catchers and redshanks. We then took a slow walk to the other hides seeing on our travels, rabbits, squirrels and one Muntjac deer and quite a few long-tailed tits, pheasants and goldcrestsOn arrival at the Bittern hide we were given the opportunity to go in there or move onto the Island Mere hide. Jane and I stayed at the
Bittern hide and the rest went onto the other hide, not a good move on our part. All we saw was a marsh harrier, then moving onto Island Mere we saw a wren, a green woodpeckers and had several sightings of the treecreepers, great crested grebes, buzzards and little grebes.

Meeting up with the rest of the group coming back, they said that they had seen a bittern flying. On arrival back at the reception they added salt to our wounds by saying that they had had a further two sightings of the bittern at the Bittern hide. Although the two hour walk turned out to be a little longer as people took advantage of the nice weather; most people ended up at the Café, enjoying the good food that they provide. We addad siskins and goldfinches to the list which were seen at the feeders directly outside the cafe. Some members went home from here but others stayed adding great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches to the list.

A good day had by all, it was certainly worthwhile making the effort to attend.

Charles Goddard