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8th October 2017 – RSPB Minsmere

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.

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On the North Wall there were good sightings of bearded tit.

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There was just one sighting of a meadow pipit near the beach.

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On the scrapes the highlights were the little stints and, as always, the avocets.

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The curlew were distant but quite distinctive.

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The redshank and the black-tailed godwits too were at the back of the pools.

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A juvenile gull looked majestic and stood out a mile’

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A kingfisher was busy fishing undeterred by the presence of a nearby stonechat, robin and blue tit.

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A starling looked quite stunning in the sunshine on a post.

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There were loads of widgeon, teal and shelduck.

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A little egret entertained as it tried to swallow the dragonfly it had caught.

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There were pheasants everywhere …

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… and even more lapwings.

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Good to see a pied wagtail not in a car park.

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Click to see the gallery of photos from this morning.

 

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