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BIRDING THE SUFFOLK COAST
Saturday 13th February 2016

Our day kicked off at North Warren RSPB reserve where we enjoyed excellent views of around 60 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE along with 100 BARNACLE GEESE, 5 PINK-FOOTED GEESE and a RED-BREASTED GOOSE which is reported every winter and most likely an escaped bird.

Moving onto Sizewell, the weather was not very pleasant with a 25mph easterly blowing and a few spots of rain which meant searching for Black Redstart wasn’t going to be an option but we did manage to find a few sheltering KITTIWAKE on the rigs!

From here we visited the Blyth Estuary where conditions had not improved much but we managed to find a tiny bit of shelter to scan the estuary. Lots of AVOCET, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and REDSHANK were seen along with WIGEON and TEAL.

Despite a very thorough scan we couldn’t find the reported Green-winged Teal until Steve just had one more look and the first bird he looked at was the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL! This bird had a numbered white nasal saddle that was put on in Portugal at Sao Jacinto, Aveiro on 21st January 2015.

With lunchtime approaching we popped into Westleton Heath but despite a good search we couldn’t find any Dartford Warblers. After lunch we visited Minsmere RSPB reserve where a very enjoyable few hours were spent.

Highlights of our visit included several TREECREEPERS, MARSH TITS, SISKINS, KINGFISHER, MARSH HARRIERS, REDWINGS but best of all, two lovely FIRECRESTS that showed well by the Rhododendron tunnel.

It was then back to the van for cake before heading home after a good day in Suffolk!