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14th October 2018 – RSPB Minsmere

 

It was good to be back at RSPB Minsmere. The forecast for today was not at all promising but we managed dry weather until mid afternoon and it was surprisingly warm with very little wind (very different from the stormy weather as we left the West Country the day before) and although generally dull there were a few patchy bright spells.

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We only managed to do the tour out along the North Wall to the East Scrape and then on to the Sluice and back via the South Hide. The bitterns and marsh harriers will have to wait for another day!

There was less bird life than we are used to here but certainly enough to keep us entertained.

Some of the birds we saw (in the order we saw them):

FP5A0944Female pheasant

FP5A0952Lapwing

FP5A0966Green sandpiper

FP5A0982Teal

FP5A1024Avocet

FP5A1026Shelduck

FP5A1027Wigeon

FP5A1033Black-tailed godwit

FP5A1039Mallards in flight

FP5A1066First winter Mediterranean Gull (which have been breeding at Minsmere)

FP5A1076Robin establishing its territory

FP5A1080Robin

FP5A1094Brent geese

FP5A1110Stonechat

FP5A1111Blue tit in flight and a Dartford warbler in the bush

FP5A1121Blue tit

FP5A1126I nearly missed this stonechat in flight

FP5A1140Ferruginous duck (a first for me)

FP5A1142Ferruginous duck

FP5A1136Konic ponies

Click below for gallery of my photos from today:

 

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