Thursday, 7 June 2018

Minsmere

So the patch has for me been very quiet, missed a flyby Red Rumped Swallow and a brief Icterine Warbler but did twitch a Marsh Warbler on North Denes. Patch tick.  Yellow Wagtail over Corton church, a Guillemot on the sea. Wheatear in the OSW. Imm mute swans flew out to sea and landed. Cuckoo distantly calling.
That's all Ive manged since returning from Lesvos.

It was Works Conference Tuesday and i couldnt make it so took the day off to visit Minsmere.
Started at Island Mere with great views of many Bitterns flying to and from there nests. A nice male Whinchat too apparently first of this year here. Hobbies on a few occasions and lots of Swift.





3 Otters showed briefly too which was great.
Over at Bittern Hide more Bittens and good views of the Marsh Harriers.


Made my way around the other hides where it was pretty quite but from the platform on the East bank a 1st Summer Little Gull was nice




Only Waders were Blaack Tailed Godwit, Knot and Ringed Plover. Avocets too of coarse.


From the path of east hide a Drinker Moth Caterpillar.


From the East hide i had time to practice some digiscoped shots of the Common Terns and Sand Martins.









Lastly plenty of Mediterranean Gulls.



Plenty of Northern Marsh Orchids



On Returning to the patch no birds but Emperor and Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies.



Wall Brown Butterfly was it otherwise


Back in the garden my first Broad Bodied Chaser to the pond.



Thats it for another week.

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