Sunday, 24 December 2017

Local stuff and Minsmere.

Friday 23rd December

Had a look from Ness point hoping to see Purple Sandpipers, managed to find 4 birds which showed fairly nicely in the gloom.

Nipped back down to Oulton Broad where the Great northern Diver was still about but it was more distant so I didn't bother with any pictures.

Saturday 24th December
Had the day at Minsmere and started at Island mere but it was very quiet minus the 6 displaying Marsh Harriers a brief Water Rail and 4 Goosanders.

Moved onto the Bittern hide where I managed a yes Bittern but only briefly in flight a Kingfisher and a nice Otter too.

Onto the other hides where there was many ducks and a few waders, mainly Black tailed Godwit, a Knot and half a dozen Dunlin.

Onto South Levels where it was nice to go through the Gulls, 2 Adult Yellow Legged Gull, and a 1st Winter Caspian Gull.

2 Bewick Swans were a bonus.

I then stood on the beach and scoped the sea around Sizewell where I managed to pick up a Juv Glaucous Gull.
I was going to head up that way but luckily the bird came to me instead, picking up the Glauc behind east hide.

On the way back to the VC 6 Stonechats and then a nice Chocolate cake back at the Café.
Finished back at Island mere for the start of the Cracking Starling Murmuration.
Nice day with all the birds on site ticked off.

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