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20th October 2016 – RSPB Minsmere and RSPB North Warren

Loved the display of Marsh Harriers from Island Mere hide this morning even though all the action was quite a way away.

Good lunch at the Eels Foot Inn dodging the rain and then a blustery walk around RSPB North Warren between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. Plenty of Canada Geese and Greylag Geese; however,  some interesting fungi and wild horses along with the wacky houses (especially The House in the Clouds) were more of an attraction.

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RSPB North Warren

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18th October 2016 – Snape Maltings

A complete change in the weather with heavy rain for most of the morning. Visited the famed Snape Maltings with its impressive concert hall and retail complex (and coffee shop) where we waited for the rain to stop to visit the nearby Snape Reserve. It was cold and blustery but mainly sunny as we walked along the northern side of the Alde River to Snape Warren.

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Not much opportunity for bird watching but we did see Avocet (surprisingly we hadn’t seen any at Minsmere), Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Egret, a solitary Mute Swan and a bull scratching himself on the barbed wire. I missed the opportunity of 6 Goldfinches at the beginning of the walk as I was too slow to get my camera out!

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17th October 2016 – RSPB Minsmere

Fantastic day at RSPB Minsmere; warm (17c) and sunny all day.

Saw so much and grabbed some pleasing photos. Ring Ouzel was a first for me.

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Don’t really want to start lists but just for today:  Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Widgeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier (male), Moorhen, Coot, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Wren, Starling, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Magpie, Robin, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Linnet.

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10th October 2016 – New Passage

Set off from Stapleton in bright sunshine only to arrive at the Severn in a heavy shower; didn’t last long though and spent a couple of glorious hours at New Passage.

Wheatears, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtails and hundreds of Widgeon all along the grassy areas. Of note on the ponds were Grey Heron, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Shoveler and a Snipe.

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As the tide was receding on the shore and on the sea there were Redshank, more Widgeon, Grey Heron and Egrets.