Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Day At RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Yesterday I spent the day at RSPB Minsmere. It was great to see so many holes occupied in the Sand Martin bank, with youngster eagerly awaiting their parents at their nesthole.

A Common Tern performed well fishing in front of east hide, while a Sandwich Tern flew past.

Kittiwakes were using the scrape for a wash and brush-up as well as a rest. One of which was a colour-ringed bird from Lowestoft breeding colony.

A very prompt reply from the Kessingland Ringing Group. 'There is a loose colony of about 250 Kittiwakes in Lowestoft.  We have been ringing them since 2004 abut since 2010 we have used colour-rings, orange with 2 or 3 black letters or numbers.  This has helped us to record returning birds and has also produced some distant sightings.  So we can say for certain that your bird was ringed at Lowestoft.  LX was ringed 27/06/2011 as a chick and was seen three times around Lowestoft in 2013.  There have been reports of 4 other orange-ringed Kittiwakes at Minsmere in the last few weeks, all from 27/06/2011.  I would guess that these birds have returned to breed at Lowestoft, failed to find a nest-site, and de-camped to Sizewell, but at 3-years old they might still be non-breeders.'
Although this one still had a dirty chest!

Swallows were again nesting under the sluice, this one alighted briefly on the sluice wall.

A Grey Heron fishing behind west hide, and then I was lucky enough to spot two Cranes circling high over the reserve, before dropping down west of island mere.

Konik Ponies help manage the habitat

The Home Of Springwatch

Probably for the next three years at least......fantastic.

The pair of Avocets currently being featured on Springwatch were still sitting, while their neighbours the Black-headed Gulls now have chicks.
Avocet nest change over

Two species that were showing well across the reserve today were Bittern & Cetti's Warbler.......but not quite for me though!

I had good but distant flight views of Bittern, with one performing in front of the hide just after I left!

Cetti's Warbler this one was reluctant to turn around and then when he did I wasn't ready!