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16th June 2019 – RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

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We have had some very mixed weather at RSPB Minsmere today but once again this fantastic nature reserve has not disappointed.

The day started sunny and warm (enough to encourage us to venture out in shorts) but our visit to the reserve ended mid afternoon with a torrential downpour; luckily we were sheltered in a hide but we decided to quit and run (not literally though) and head back to our excellent holiday home in Walberswick (https://www.blythweb.co.uk/cranbourne).

Highlights were marsh harriers, spotted and common redshank, black-tailed godwits, mediterranean gulls (but no photos), sand martins, kittiwakes, common and sandwich terns (sadly no photo), stonechats (in the dunes) and, as always, avocets.

DSC06558Godwits and avocet in the downpour

DSC06291Stonechat

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DSC06518Female marsh harrier

DSC06471Male marsh harrier

DSC06573Barnacle goose

DSC06599Greylag geese and goslings

DSC06587Spotted redshank

DSC06164Common redshank

DSC06439Little egret

DSC06344Black-tailed godwits

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DSC06024Sand martin

DSC06224Common tern

DSC06142Shelduck

DSC06135Post-coital embrace for these avocets

DSC06073Kittiwake

DSC06403Deadly (nightshade) little egret

DSC06033Damselfly

DSC06468Marsh orchid

DSC06299Tiger moth

DSC06037All sorts of wild things at Minsmere