Trip reports

Minsmere May 25th 2017.

Minsmere May 25th 2017.
Sue Bayliss

Thursday, 25 May 2017

We visited the north hide first and continued along the north wall, unfortunately not being able to find the nesting stone curlews on the heath which could not be seen even with a telescope.

Our walk continued to the east hide where a good number of waders and ducks were visible. Continuing along the dunes we spotted a pair of ringed plovers with two very young chicks which was a bonus, although nothing was viewable on the very calm sea.

We continued to the sluice, missing out the south hide as time was getting away and instead visited the west hide where a good selection of birds were viewable including a very colourful mandarin which was pleasing to the eye. Returning to the centre through the woods a treecreeper was seen and this brought our total of birds to 44 (including some that were only heard).

As well as birds we also identified a four-spotted chaser and a blue damselfly; not bad for a very pleasant morning's walk.

Birds seen or heard were oystercatcher, sand martin, chiffchaff, lapwing, dunnock, mallard,
greylag goose, avocet, black headed gull, pheasant, starling, pied wagtail, reed bunting, shelduck, dunlin, wren. gadwall, coot, mandarin, treecreeper, great crested grebe, blackcap, moorhen, jackdaw, wood pigeon, cettis warbler, Canada goose, barnacle goose, mute swan, whitethroat, Mediterranean gull, green woodpecker, buzzard, ringed plover, common tern, little egret, stonechat, shoveller, marsh harrier, bar tailed godwit, robin, heron, magpie.

David Jeffries