A quick walk around Stoke Park Estate late this afternoon (which isn’t very late now that the clocks have gone back) and a pleasing number of birds: a male and a female stonechat, a wren, a meadow pipit, 11 long-tailed tits, a greenfinch, and 8 goldfinch.
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Wow – how many great white egrets (or little egrets) do you want to see? A very brief stop at Herons Green (you can see why it’s called that) and enough action to make many birders salivate. Unfortunately, I only had a few moments to take a few snaps and that’s what I did.
(Avon bird blog recorded a record 32 great white egrets roosting at Herriotts)
Another beautiful morning for a walk around the park (this time with a couple of young apprentices).
The leaves are falling fast
A brief glimpse of a kingfisher then a yellow wagtail were the best on the river; then three cormorants, 9 Canada geese, 2 mute swans, a grey heron and many black-headed gulls looked very attractive against the vivid autumnal colours reflected on the lake.
The more committed apprentice – see his list of birds spotted.
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What a difference a day makes: yesterday we aborted our walk due to the persistent rain, today it was almost T-shirt weather and my local patch, Eastville Park, came up trumps.
All the local favourites: kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, grey heron (and 2 handsome juvenile cormorants).
Good to meet up again with some of the local residents but sad to see so many homeless people too.
One of two grey heron
One of two juvenile cormorant
On golden pond
The park looked beautiful too.
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I managed to get in an early walk on a gloriously sunny and warm day on our last full day in Suffolk.
I was really hoping to get a photo of a male bearded tit but the only small bird I could see in the reeds was a reed bunting (the first this week).
I then had quite good views of a kestrel which was often mobbed by small birds.
On the beach there were lots of ringed plover which were very difficult to pick out amongst the pebbles, but wonderful to see in flight.
There were redshank too.
On the pools, as well as the ringed plover, there were dunlin and the first grey plovers of the week.
And then right at the end a bearded tit (but not unfortunately a male).
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An early morning visit to RSPB Minsmere in the hope of bearded tits but unfortunately it was much too blowy and surprisingly fresh.
However, good views of a kestrel in the field just before Island Mere and a brief glimpse of a green woodpecker was compensation..
At Island Mere just a brief view of a bearded tit, then little grebes, mute swans, grey heron, and greylag geese but we saw no otters
At the Bittern Hide we saw a bittern in flight and a male and female marsh harrier but all too brief for photos. A flask of coffee and then a wonderful local Blythburgh bacon bap made up for the disappointments.
Tried photographing late summer swallows but my attempts were pitiful.
At the East Hide the best was shelduck, teal, shoveler and gadwall. Avocets were too far back for decent photos.
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This morning’s walk around Walberswick National Nature Reserve was quite stunning.
At the beginning we saw a Red Admiral and at the end a Common Darter: in between a marsh harrier being harassed by a gull and lots of bearded tits (mainly heard, fleetingly seen but not photographed). The highlights were ringed plovers, dunlin, a pair of stonechats, goldcrest and even a morning murmuration of starlings.
You can’t get away from the pheasants around here
A morning murmuration of starlings
Ringed plover and a dunlin
Ringed plovers in flight
Black-tailed godwit and possibly 2 dunlin
Looks promising for tomorrow:
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Not much different to see at RSPB Minsmere today from the previous days, but as it was very windy there were no signs of the bearded tits.
The additions of note were a hobby, a kestrel, a snipe and greylag geese.
As well as windy it was quite dull for most of the day except for a brief window of sunshine later in the afternoon – in other words I’m searching for excuses for the paucity of my photos.
Stonechat on the beach
A distant kestrel
Curlew meets black-tailed godwit
Male and female teal
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We had a walk on Dunwich Heath in the hope of seeing Dartford warblers and stonechats but all we managed to see was a dunnock and skylarks, although we were told that that Dartford warblers were around (heard that one before?)
So full of disappointment we went to Minsmere.
Minsmere never disappoints.
At the Bittern Hide we had good views of marsh harriers, grey herons and cormorants.
At Island Mere we saw bearded tits, more marsh harriers and lots of swans.
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What a joy to be back at RSPB Minsmere! With a mild and still morning there was so much to see around the scrapes that we didn’t even venture to the Bittern Hide and Island Mere.
Early on we had a good view of a jay busy hiding acorns.
On the North Wall there were good sightings of bearded tit.
There was just one sighting of a meadow pipit near the beach.
On the scrapes the highlights were the little stints and, as always, the avocets.
The curlew were distant but quite distinctive.
The redshank and the black-tailed godwits too were at the back of the pools.
A juvenile gull looked majestic and stood out a mile’
A kingfisher was busy fishing undeterred by the presence of a nearby stonechat, robin and blue tit.
A starling looked quite stunning in the sunshine on a post.
There were loads of widgeon, teal and shelduck.
A little egret entertained as it tried to swallow the dragonfly it had caught.
There were pheasants everywhere …
… and even more lapwings.
Good to see a pied wagtail not in a car park.
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And a few extras: