Sunday, 13 September 2015

Minsmere: Wryneck among departing migrants

An early morning search of the Whin Hill area failed to turn up any sightings of the Wryneck at first light, it did however produce good views of Redstart, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier. We gave up after a couple of hours and made our way to the reserve car park.

Springwatch Studio

On the walk out towards the beach we saw good numbers of Bearded Tits, one flock containing 20+ birds. A scan across the scrape from the public hide added Grey Plover, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwits and double figures of Spotted Redshanks.
The Barred Warbler that had been present for a couple of days failed to show while we were there, and had not been seen by anyone there, including a guy who had been there since first light! A later report of the bird being present and showing well in the morning seems dubious at best.
Although one guy was convinced he had seen it, even though it was pointed out it was a Common Whitethroat he was looking at!
A scan of the bushes South of the sluice produced a third Redstart of the morning along with Wheatear, Whinchat, Common and Lesser Whitethroats, and large flocks of Siskins and Goldfinch. Swallows were still flying around the sluice


Another stop off at Whin Hill, and the Wryneck is showing on the ground near the concrete fence posts. We had good and prolonged scope views of it feeding among the grass but it remained too distant for photos. 
A Hobby was seen circling over Island Mere along with another Marsh Harrier before heading for home.

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