Saturday 9th June 2018SUFFOLK COAST AND MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE + NIGHTJAR EVENING
A trip with a difference! We will spend the whole day in the Minsmere/Sizewell area with the added bonus of seeing Nightjars on the nearby heaths in the evening.
At Sizewell we hope to see nesting Black-legged Kittiwake, along with Black Redstart before heading a short distance north to the Minsmere RSPB Reserve. With a diversity of habitat such as heaths, woodlands, reedbeds and freshwater marsh, we can expect a good number of species. Bitterns are easier to see at this time of year, as they make frequent feeding flights over the reedbed and there is normally a good selection of terns and gulls present on the scrapes, including Mediterranean and Little Gulls, with a good chance of Roseate Tern.
After a good day’s birding we will head off the reserve for a local fish and chip meal before returning to an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be near the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Eurasian Woodcock, Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit and Woodlark before it gets dark! Red Deer frequent the reserve at dusk and we may see and hear Eurasian Stone-curlew before we see the star of show – The European Nightjar!
Good numbers of this fine migrant are present on the heath. Apart from the birds, it is a good time to see Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly and at dusk we will be able to see Glow Worms on the pathways.
(does not include reserve admission charges or fish and chip meal)