Sunday, 18 July 2010

Radio-active Redstarts ?

Our latest RSPB trip took us to Minsmere.
Not as bird filled as normal, as the scrape water levels are very low. Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, only 4 or 5 Avocets, 2 Dunlin, a Sanderling, a couple of Knot, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a few Ringed Plover a family of Redshanks and a flock of Lapwing were the only waders around. A handful of Sandwich Terns, a few Common and a single Little Tern were seen from the hides.
Over the Reedbeds several Bitterns were seen and a couple of Hobbies as well as 2 or 3 Marsh Harriers.

We decided to undertake the long walk down to Sizewell where Black Redstarts had been seen the day before. Our trek was well rewarded as probably as many as 5 of the Red tailed beauties were seen around the site mainly feeding from the perimeter wall.
The metal structures around the outfalls were covered in nesting Gulls, mainly Herring and Lesser Black-backed and lots of Kittiwakes. A couple of Little Gulls were also seen around this area.
Back near the visitor centre a Sparrowhawk was seen loitering around the large Sand Martin colony, but was seen off, when they gathered in sufficient numbers.


  1. Spotted the deliberate mistake! 'Where' can we collect our prize?

  2. I left it down by the power station, so you could 'stroll' down to get it. cheers (bloody school teachers never off duty !)