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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Monday 9th April Easter at Eastbridge

We took the caravan to Suffolk for the Easter weekend, staying at the Eels Foot Inn, we pitched over looking the outskirts of Minsmere.

View from Caravan
Having seen there was a Glossy Ibis around since 23rd Feb. as soon as we were set up I had to take a look, within 10 mins it appeared just north of the bridge. Later I went back with the camera but it was still distant.

Glossy Ibis behind a Teal
A walk around Dunwich Heath on the Thursday afternoon was disappointing as all we could find was a distant Stonechat.


Stonechat
There was a distinct lack of migrants compared to last year at this time, the cliffs at Dunwich was desserted from nesting Sand Martins and so was the beach from people.

Dunwich Cliffs looking to Southwold.
A frosty Saturday morning, I stood with several others for an hour to get a better pic of the Ibis, at last it appeared but still distant and always reeds were in the way.



Glossy Ibis
 We dipped on a trip to Southwold in search of the Hooded Crow, and a walk over Aldringham Common to Thorpeness didn't find anything of interest. Sunday am before heading back took a quick look around a part of Minsmere where there wasn't much difference had I been to Rye other than a flock of 100 plus feral Barnacle Geese but was rewarded with a Bittern in flight, Marsh Harriers building a nest and also a Barn Owl earlier in the day at Eastbridge.
Barnacle Geese

Marsh Harrier - male

Marsh Harrier - male

Wren

Good job we left on Sunday, Monday it rained all day.

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