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12th January 2017 – RSPB Minsmere

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.

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11th January 2017 – Dingle Marshes, Walberswick

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.

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10th January 2017 – Minsmere

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.

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