Sunday, 6 May 2012

Minsmere 05-05-12

After a late start I headed to Thorpeness in search of migrants via North Warren. The flashes failed to produce the hoped for Black-winged Stilts with only a couple of swifts and a few Little Egrets present. Thorpeness provided a bit more interest with a couple of Garden Warblers, and several each of Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers. It seemed most birds were keeping their heads down in the stiff north east wind.
I headed to Minsmere as the south levels are really starting to look good with all the flooding.

South Levels from the Eastbridge footpath looking south.

Viewing from the beach side the levels soon produced a drake Garganey that promptly disappeared into some long grass and up to 8 Grey Plover, 10+ Bar-tailed Godwits and a couple of Whimbrel. Several hundred Swifts, and hirundines hawked low over the rising water. 3 male Greenland Wheatears bounced around a small semi-flooded field near the sluice. I walked west along the Eastbrdige footpath to view the levels from just past the ruined abbey. I soon picked out more waders with 5 Greenshanks all looking smart in Summer plumage, 3 Garganey (2males, 1 female), 6+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe and best of all a Wood Sandpiper. 2 more Wheatears were also picked out.
Walking back 5+ Greenland Wheatears were on the north wall and a Black Redstart flicked around the bushes whilst a large assembled crowd admired the still present Wryneck.

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