A few days on the La Torre golf resort in the Murcia region of Spain allowed a few chances for some bird photos. Most of them were taken on the lakes which consumed my golf balls.
Grebes, Pochard, House Martins, some sort of Warbler, Black Redstarts andWhite Wagtails.
A late morning walk around Minsmere: out along the North Wall to the East Hide and back via The Sluice before heading off for lunch at the Eel’s Foot Inn as the rain was setting in.
Good views of 2 Green Woodpeckers at the beginning of the North Wall but I was too slow to get a photo. Song Thrush in the same place. A lame Avocet was coping quite well on the scrape, along with a Great Black-backed Gull, some Dunlin and a few Redshank. Widgeon from the South Hide and Greylag Geese flying over. A glimpse of a Marsh Harrier too. Not really much around – the birds must have seen the weather forcast.
This morning we walked from our very comfortable and marvellously appointed holiday bungalow in Walberswick down to the Dingle Marshes. We walked along the beach a little towards Dunwich but we were heading into the cold wind and so we turned around and walked back to Walberswick.
Birding highlights: Little Egret, Redshank, Kestrel and Stonechat.
Other highlights: an excellent lunch and a pint of Adlams bitter in the Anchor.
After a day of visiting churches and cathedrals in Suffolk (there’s only one cathedral in Suffolk) it was good to get back to some bird watching at RSPB Minsmere. Weren’t we lucky? A mainly sunny day and not too cold. And loads to see…
A spectacular display of 8 Marsh Harriers (even though they were quite a long way away) and a Bittern at Island Mere. A quick stop at the Bittern Hide to see more Marsh Harriers (can’t believe they are quite a rare bird) before going along the North Wall (Bearded Tits but too quick for photos) and a good stop at a the East Hide where we saw the Minsmere flagship Avocet. Teal looked great in the sunshine and Redshank, Godwits, Shelduck, Shoveler, Dunlin and Lapwing all paraded in front of us.
A murky grey day but quite mild and dry.
Not a great day for photos but lots to see and we spent a good 5 hours wandering around RSPB Minsmere.
Highlights: Song Thrush, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, huge number of Lapwing, Redshank, lots of Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck, Stonechat, Siskin (very poor photos), Great White and Little Egret.
200+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, split between frozen lake (where they were struggling to cope) and adjacent playing fields. One cat looking for a golden opportunity now all the ducks have moved to the river and a squirrel.
1 Grey Heron on the River Frome
Super views of Great White Egrets at Chew and Blagdon (flyover), also Little Egrets, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorants, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail (it’s there if you look closely).
No Blyth’s Pipit though!