Wednesday 24th April 2019
Day at Minsmere
16’C in car when we arrived. Sunny blue sky.
On the way coming through Henham in the woods there was a carpet Blue, the Bluebells were all out.
The Nest Box with the camera in it has a pair of Great Tits in it and there are nine eggs in the nest.
This week when we stopped at the North Wall, we had a tweet waiting for us! The Stone Curlew was sitting on a nest. Luckily, Steve one of the Volunteer was there and he lowered his Scope so I could have a clearer view. After seeing the Stone Curlew, I had a search through my Binoculars and found a Male Black-Cap sitting in a bush that was the first one I have ever seen and along the North Wall Path, I saw my first Sedge Warbler and a Reed Bunting too. I see the Reed Bunting a lot.
When we were going back for Lunch, the Sand Martins were going in and out of their holes in the Bank.
As it was a nice day, we decided to have Lunch outside, and while we sat there, we could hear the Sea and it sounded rough, it was not just the rough Sea that we could hear the Gulls were making as much noise today too. There are a lot more Gulls around this week and I noticed that there was a number of the Black Headed Gulls are starting to build their nests on the Scrapes.
After Lunch, we walked down to the Sluice, as we got past the South Hide and along the Sluice path; there was a Black Cloud over Sizewell. The next thing we felt was little spots of rain, and then they got a bit bigger, so we turned and headed straight for the South Hide. Once we were settled in the South Hide the rain had stopped and the sky was Blue again. Out the front of the Hide looked like Gull City.
We been in the Wildlife Hide for a while and I saw the Black Winged Stilt fly past and land and the back of the Scrape near the number three marker post. I was not the only person to see it the people sitting on my left saw it too, but did not see where it landed.
That was the end of a great day at Minsmere.
North Hide Wildlife Hide Behind Wildlife South Hide
Little Egret Grey Heron Mute Swan Barnacle Geese
Greylag Geese Gadwall Coot
Canada Geese Teal Black Tailed Godwit
Shelduck Oystercatcher Bar Tailed Godwit
Mallard Black winged Stilt Redshank
Moorhen Mediterranean Gull
Avocet Grt Black backed Gull
Behind South Pond North Wall North Wall Path
Shoveler Pheasant Stone Curlew Common Tern
Black Headed Gull Lapwing Sedge Warbler
Dunnock Black Cap
Blackbird Reed Bunting
Bank Car Park Café Heard
Sand Martin Grey Wagtail Robin Stone Chat?
Jay Blue Tit
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