This is one of the RSPB site in Suffolk.  My first trip to Minsmere was on 16th Feb 2013 with the RSPB Central London local group. I had to meet the group in Central London at 8am, whereby we had to wait for the coach. It was a long journey from London to Minsmere which took about 3 hrs. There are 7 hides within the nature reserve which are: - North Hide, East Hide, South Hide, Wildlife Lookout, Bittern Hide, Island Mere Hide and finally Canopy Hide.

You can also do offshore birding on the North Sea. The day we were there, we saw: - 2 Red-throated Diver, A flock of Great Black-backed Gulls, Ringed Plovers and 3 Common Scoter.

Within the reserve birding is also good as there are hides and some of the some of the hides like Bittern Hide and Island Mere hide are build quit high above the reeds which are good if you are looking for a Bittern. We were lucky to see 2 Bitterns, one at the Bittern Hide and the other at Island Mere Hide. Bittern tend to fly above the reeds.

The highlight bird species that I saw at Minsmere were: - Bittern, Barnacle Goose, Pintail, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Snipe, Ruff, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit and Reed Bunting.

And finally a single Red Deer.

Great Black-backed Gulls.

 

RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB SITE (ESSEX).

This is one of the RSPB sites that are close to London area and easy to go by public or private transport. The nearest railway station is Purfleet on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street rail station in London. From the Purfleet railway station, it is then a 15-minute walk following the brown pedestrian signs along the riverside path.

You can also look for birds along the River Thames as the tides level is low and you get to see species like Common Redshank, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin which are looking for food in the mud flats. It is good to visit the site in all seasons, in winter you get to see Rock Pipit which likes to be near the rocks along the edge of the river during the low tide and in summer Wheatear.

The following is the list of the birds that I have seen inside the nature reserve and the surrounding area included along the River Thames.

1. Little Grebe. 2. Great Crested Grebe. 3. Little Egret. 4. Grey Heron. 5. Mute Swan. 6. Greylag Goose. 7. Canada Goose. 8. Shelduck. 9. Wigeon. 10. Gadwall. 11. Teal. 12. Mallard. 13. Pintail. 14. Shoveler. 15. Pochard. 16. Tufted Duck. 17. Marsh Harrier. 18. Kestrel. 19. Hobby. 20. Peregrine. 21. Pheasant. 22. Water Rail. 23. Moorhen. 24. Coot. 25. Ringed Plover. 26. Lapwing. 27. Sanderling. 28. Dunlin. 29. Common Snipe. 30. Black-tailed Godwit. 31. Whimbrel. 32. Curlew. 33. Redshank. 34. Mediterranean Gull. 35. Black-headed Gull. 36. Great Black-backed Gull. 37. Herring Gull. 38. Yellow-legged Gull. 39. Black Tern. 40. Wood Pigeon. 41. Collared Dove. 42. Cuckoo. 43. Common Swift. 44. Skylark. 45. Sand Martin. 46. House Martin. 47. Swallow. 48. Rock Pipit. 49. Pied Wagtail. 50. Wren. 51. Dunnock. 52. Robin. 53. Wheatear. 54. Blackbird. 55. Fieldfare. 56. Redwing. 55. Grasshopper Warbler. 56. Reed Warbler. 57. Common Whitethroat. 58. Bearded Tit. 59. Blue Tit. 60. Great Tit. 61. Magpie. 62. Carrion Crow. 63. Starling. 64. House Sparrow. 65. Chaffinch. 66. Greenfinch. 67. Goldfinch. 68. Linnet. 69. Reed Bunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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