Trip reports

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 21 November 2019

The outside feeders were covered with blue, great and coal tits together with chaffinches, all enjoying a free breakfast. A wren was spotted behind the centre.

A kestrel was seen hovering over the reeds and a green woodpecker flew away from us as we approached North Hide. A little egret was wading near with black tailed godwits, teal, mallard, shoveler and shelduck. A lot of the bushes had been stripped by hungry birds but a redwing was still finding some berries.

As the path from the sluice was flooded, I decided it was best to spend time in East Hide with protection from the wind off the sea. There were lots of young cormorants with the adults, great and lesser black-backed gulls, black-headed gulls too. Mick, the guide, pointed out a yellow-legged and one Caspian gull, split from herring gulls. There were lots of gadwall and a pair of Canada geese.

A lone male pintail was sheltering along the reed edge. A snipe was at the end of an island and several lapwing and one oystercatcher was reported.
In the distance a marsh harrier and a mute swan flew away.

By midday, some of us went back to the cafe for warmth and lunch.

Daphne Hayward