Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Minsmere fill-up: Groppers, Savis, Firecrests and much more!

Norman picked up Brian and me at around 7.30 for a run down to the Suffolk Coast. We were sort of hoping for a Ring Ouzel, but that was in fact the only species we failed to find!

From Island Mere we had somewhat distant views of at least four Bitterns, while - to our amazement - there were two Savi's Warblers reeling away! Since both sexes 'sing', this could be an exciting event! The walk around to the Sluice Bushes added Bearded Tit and Grasshopper Warbler to the tally, while overhead Mediterranean Gulls gave their strange Eider-like calls.

Looking for the reported Firecrest in the Sluice Bushes seemed a little 'needle / haystacky ' but Norman beat the odds by finding it in just a few minutes! We all enjoyed super views of this ultra-confiding bird.

The walk back along the beach gave us Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Sandwich Tern and Bar-tailed Godwit, while (courtesy of a ranger's scope) we added Stone Curlew to the yearlist.

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