The Suffolk coast is a great place to spend a winter’s day birding!
Depending on up-to-date information, we may visit North Warren and Minsmere RSPB reserves, Southwold and Sizewell in search of species that make Suffolk famous. The grazing marshes at North Warren support nationally important numbers of Eurasian White-fronted Geese and this is one of the few regular wintering sites for Tundra Bean Geese in the UK. In recent years, Great White Egret has over-wintered in the area and is occasionally seen on nearby Thorpeness Mere. At Southwold marshes it is possible to see wintering Water Pipit feeding on flooded fields and nearby saltmarsh can hold a flock of Twite. The harbour attracts many gulls, with possible Mediterranean, Caspian and Yellow-legged.
Minsmere RSPB reserve needs no introduction and if the weather is mild, Woodlark and Dartford Warblers can be heard singing on the heath. The coast sees large numbers of wintering Red-throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe as well as Common Scoter and a few Gannets passing by northwards. Vast reedbeds attract Great Bittern, Water Rail and Western Marsh Harrier and as dusk falls, Tundra Swans regularly roost after a day of feeding on nearby fields. If time permits, we may visit a small breeding colony of Black-legged Kittiwake.
Other species could include Glaucous Gull, Black Redstart and maybe a skua such as Arctic or Pomarine.
£45 per person (does not include entrance fees or parking charges)