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Superb Suffolk four great days

We are just back from four wonderful days birdwatching in Suffolk.

Avocets Minsmere

Doubling up on Avocets!

During our stay we visited RSPB Minsmere where we enjoyed the fantastic array of birds in the varied habitats here.

Sunrise Dunwich

Dawn on the beach

Stone Curlews stole the show here with great looks at these weird waders. The scrape was alive with birds including gorgeous breeding-plumaged Spotted Redshank and two colourful Ruff. Mediterranean Gulls and Kittiwakes were amongst the huge numbers of Black-headed Gulls.

Avocets and Black headed Gulls Minsmere

Aggressive Avocet protecting its nest site

Avocets two generations Minsmere

A tender moment - two generations of Avocets!

Marsh Harriers and Hobbys hunted over the reedbeds where Bitterns lurked. Five pairs of Bittern are breeding on the reserve this year, brilliant news!

Damselfly Dunwich 1

We also visited nearby Dunwich Heath NT where Dartford Warblers were in the mood to show off and we soaked up amazing views of these lovely little birds. A large flock of Common Scoter offshore was a surprise.

Poppies Dunwich Robin Dunwich

Exploring further along the coast we called in at Carlton Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve, a new place for us. This lovely reserve consisting of wet grazing marshes was alive with birds. A Great white Egret was showing well on the scrape and catching plenty of fish alongside nine of its little cousins. Two day flying Barn Owls drifted over the marsh and both caught a vole! Cuckoos were still calling and a Green Sandpiper was on the marsh.

Great White Egret Carlton Marshes 1

Great scope views but hard to photograph the Great White Egret!

At Blythburgh we scanned the extensive mudflats where we picked out a first summmer Caspian Gull, two Yellow-legged Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls. Plenty of waders here with two Greenshank and some stunning breeding-plumaged Black-tailed Godwits. The lovely pub overlooking the estuary was a nice bonus!

Common Tern Minsmere

Common Tern

On the way home we called in Lackford Lakes SWT reserve, another super reserve, we did not have long but saw enough to know we will be back! A Red Kite drifted over and a Hobby showed well here. Great cakes too!

We have just one place left on our Honey Buzzard trip 27th and 28th July 2013, so if you would like to join us do drop us a line on for more information or to book your place.

We look forward to enjoying great birds with you soon!


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