Friday, June 30, 2006

Monty's Return Part 2

Friday was very warm and sunny, so after an early breakfast, we headed down to Minsmere. From the North Hide, many Avocets were obvious, and a smaller almost black wader was amongst them, a stunning summer plumage Spotted Redshank. Marsh Harriers were in view for much of the time, and Hobbies were seen. Walking from there to the beach, a Bittern flew low over us from the Dunwich direction. Many Sedge Warblers competed for our attention. On the beach, some nesting Little Terns showed well, a distant dark phase Arctic Skua flew north, and from the East Hide 3 Med Gulls, including 2 adults were visible. A Spoonbill dropped in near North Hide, and another Bittern flew over the scrape. We walked past the sluice, where 4 newly fledged Swallows were still being fed, and on to the South Hide. Common, Sandwich and Little Terns were all present, as were 3 summer plumaged Knot. From the West Hide many Avocets showed well, but no chicks were visible. After a quick snack back at the Visitor Centre, we made our way to the Bittern Hide, where a Marsh Harrier showed well in a nearby tree, and at least 2 more Hobbies were hunting. From Island Mere Hide, many glimpses of Bearded Tits were had, mainly in flight low over the reeds. Just before we left, 2 1st summer Little Gulls appeared over the water.

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