Saturday, 2 April 2016

Minsmere, Dunwich Heath & Landguard

A productive day in Suffolk, started with an early morning visit to Minsmere. Good numbers of Sand Martin were present at the sand bank where they were busily excavating last years nest holes and creating new ones. Looking out across the scrape from North hide the drake Garganey was soon located and dad managed to locate a single Jack Snipe. A small herd of Red Deer were watched from the North wall before we headed for the East hide hoping to find the Iceland Gull among the numerous gulls present. After a lengthy scan all we could manage to find was a single Caspian Gull and several Med Gulls.

Sand Martin (B Anderson)

A short distance from Minsmere is Dunwich Heath and this was our next stop. A walk out along one of the many paths soon located two Dartford Warblers and a single Woodlark was an added bonus!

We dropped in at Landguard where we found a pair of Black Redstart and several very smart male Wheatear around the Ranger's Cottage and surrounding area.

Wheatear (B Anderson)

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