Trip reports

RSPB Minsmere, Thursday, 20th February 2020.

RSPB Minsmere, Thursday, 20th February 2020.
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Eleven members and one guest arrived for the 10 am start on what was a very blustery day although rain held off till we had finished.

For some time now a green winged teal and a red headed smew have been at Minsmere; sometimes seen often not.

The walk started by overlooking the scrape from the "hill" near the dipping pond but quickly moved to the North Hide where for the next 40 minutes or so both the previously mentioned teal and smew we seen. Three telescopes were trained on them allowing the group to get an excellent view plus a good number of the other species you would normally expect to find.
Because the "plan" had been to get as far as possible around the reserve before the predicted heavy rain arrived it was decided to crack on along the North Wall, stopping to see a lone stonechat along the way. Arriving at the end a view out to sea gave us a view of a small group of black ducks. Scopes up and these were identified as scoter (believed common) although difficult to see among the swell.

On to the East Hide where pintail, more (non-green winged) teal, avocet, shelduck and tufted duck were seen.

The weather looked good so we continued around to South Hide. Before reaching this, six whooper swans flew over, landing in one of the pools to the left of the path. It looked like a family group of adult and young.
We passed the South Hide without going in arriving lastly at the Wildlife Lookout hide. It was busy and once we were settled we were given a feeding demonstration by an otter. It was visible for many minutes and everyone enjoyed watching.

In total I noted 38 species plus the otter seen by us all and I list them below.

Howard Bayliss

Great tit
Blue tit
Lapwing
cormorant
Mallard
Avocet
Shovler
Black tail Godwit
Little Egret
Curlew
Red headed Smew
Pintail
Stonechat
Scoter (common?)
Tufted
Mute Swan
Marsh harrier
Pied Wagtail
Woodpigeon
Otter
Marsh tit
Pheasant
Robin
Canada goose
Shelduck
Teal
Widgeon
Green winged Teal
Oystercatcher
Gadwall
Jay
Magpie
Crow
Turnstone
Black headed Gull
Greater Black back Gull
Whooper swan