Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Monday 25th - Minsmere

An early doors walk around Minsmere with a couple of birding mates and we were greeted with 2 Nightingales singing in the new day. North hide produced little aside from hundreds of Black-headed Gulls and a few reeves.
On the walk to east hide a Yellow Wagtail passed overhead and a female Eider was noted close in shore. East scrape provided plenty of interest with highlights being a drake Garganey, Caspian Gull, several Ruff, 4 + first summer Mediterranean Gulls, Little Tern and a few Black-tailed Godwit. Heading towards the levels another Yellow Wagtail headed north whilst the escaped Flamingo gave some good flight views. Highlight however was a Montague's Harrier that initially flew towards us along the beach before heading out to sea and carrying on north.

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The levels themselves held 3 Whimbrel that promptly flew north but little else. 

Next we went to North Warren with the main highlight being 3 Hobbies hawking over the reedbed, but not much else.

Last stop of the day was East Lane which allowed me to photograph some of the Swallows that were perching on the fence around the car park. All in all it was a productive day in brilliant sunshine.


Swallows - East Lane.



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