Trip reports

Minsmere RSPB Reserve Wednesday 22 May

Minsmere RSPB Reserve Wednesday 22 May
Pat Chilvers

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The "early birds" stopped at Westleton Heath and were rewarded with the sound of a turtle dove calling but unfortunately remained hidden but the nightingale which tempted us for a while with it's beautiful song, flew across the small clearing. A good start to the day. On the reserve, the water levels were still high so waders, except for avocets, were noticeably absent. A lone redshank put in an appearance and a single dunlin in summer plumage was spotted. Whitethroats were in the north bushes and a willow warbler was singing at the top of a tree, easy for all to see unlike the nesting stone curlew which was hidden from view by the growing vegetation. Common terns and several kittiwakes were on the scrapes with the sky above full of swallows, swifts and sand martins. Spoonbills were spotted feeding in the south levels. The Bittern Hide lived up to it's name with a bittern feeding, preening and then flying and then a hobby arrived and perched in a dead tree outside the hide. A great finish to the day. Altogether 48 species were seen and another 5 were heard.

Jane Bond