Just to round off my Kent and Suffolk beano.(Species of note observed)
Stodmarsh...Cuckoo, Hobby, Marsh Harriers(M & F).
Walderslade just happens to be where my son lives so i had a 5 minute drive to locate the Iberian Chiffchaff.
My second visit to Stodmarsh and another fantastic day. The centrepiece of which are the massive reedbeds and the walk along the River Stour. More superb views of Marsh Harriers over the reeds and a frantic Cuckoo being pursued by, i know not what, over the river. A crescendo of sound would arise then drop away every now and then and finally as i was talking to one of the natives when this deafening noise started again it was revealed that the culprits were Marsh Frogs. A single frog would make a noise. Another would reply, then another, then another until it was ear bursting. About a minute later every frog would stop simultaniously and it would fall quiet. The local birders are driven daft by them. Finally as i was leaving around 1.30p.m. having been out since 4.00a.m. 3 Hobbies appeared overhead.
Minsmere...Nightingale, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Harriers(M & F), Bittern, Cettis Warbler, Spoonbill
Minsmere was a brilliant site to visit. Run by the RSPB it has 9 hides in all. Covering numerous habitats including woodland,scrub,reedbed, shingle beach and a large scrape area with small sand banks.
Walberswick is situated slightly further up the Suffolk coast from Minsmere and after leaving the car a fantastic trip through woodland skirted by magnificent open access heathland i came to the huge reedbeds. My time here was limited so i didn't manage to reach the coastline and the beach there nor did i have time to visit the nearby Dunwich Heath with guaranteed sightings of Dartford Warblers but i did get my elusive Bearded Reedlings. PING,PING.
I must return to both Norfolk AND Suffolk again soon and Walberswick is top of the list.