Trip reports

Minsmere and Westletion Heath Friday 10 July

Friday, 10 July 2015

It was a breezy evening but fine. It was great to see lots of avocets on the scrape with oystercatchers.
I had seen 5 still dark spotted redshank and 1 greenshank from North Hide earlier. One med gull was asleep and several little gulls were sitting on the islands, two with all black heads. About 18 dunlin, in 2 groups, grubbed around in the muddy edges. We moved to West hide then bittern hide but little was seen. We did hear a reed warbler in the reeds along the path .A few of us walked to South Hide and had a Bittern fly over us and land in the reeds beyond the hedgeline We had Little Gulls, Common Terns and Knot but not very much else. We carried on to Bittern Hide and ended on Westleton Heath far too early at 8.30. It did not start getting dark until 9.30 but Phil J had shown me a Nightjar sitting on a stump a week before. I set my scope on the same stump and as soon as we could hear it "churring" we all saw it through the scope. We could hear others calling from the main part of the heath but called it a day then.

Daphne Hayward