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MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE & NIGHTJAR EVENING
Saturday 9th June 2018

A fantastic day spent at the RSPB’s flagship reserve with fantastic weather throughout producing a good selection of birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

Some of the highlights of our walk around the scrape included EURASIAN BITTERN, RED KNOT, SPOTTED REDSHANK, BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, DUNLIN, CURLEW SANDPIPER, COMMON RINGED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, MEDITERRANEAN GULLS and SANDWICH TERN.

During the afternoon we visited reedbed habitats where more sightings of EURASIAN BITTERN were had with WESTERN MARSH HARRIER, EURASIAN HOBBY, BEARDED REEDLING, SEDGE & REED WARBLERS and COMMON TERNS being the stars of the show.

After a slap-up Fish and Chip supper we headed onto a nearby heath where we heard DARTFORD WARBLER and had great views of a hunting EURASIAN HOBBY. As dusk fell, it didn’t take long to see the first of five EURASIAN NIGHTJARS of which we had good flight views plus a churring individual perched in a tree – a fine end to the day!