Naturelog: 8th March

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Birds, Natural History, Suffolk, UK
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As we left the converted farm where we were staying we flushed 2 Grey Partridge from the road-side.


038059-IMG_9242 Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Grey Partridge
Photo by Tony Morris (

Our first birdwatching stop was in Aldeburgh, famed home of the composer Benjamin Britten. Turning north up the coast road we stopped at the marshes just outside Aldeburgh and found a good selection of Duck plus at least 6 Little Egrets.


Little Egret

Little Egret

Arriving at Minsmere around lunchtime we headed off through the woodland area. Marsh Tit was seen on the feeders. This locally rare member of the tit family is very common here and is certainly one of the birds of the reserve. Green Woodpecker was heard and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker seen flying away through the trees. Arriving at the extensive reed-beds we spend sometime waiting for a Bittern to make its presence known but with no luck.


We move onto the Freshwater mere and are greeted by the sight of Marsh Harriers over the reeds. Three geese are seen on the far-side of the Mere and closer examination reveals them to be Tundra Bean Geese, a rare winter visitor which is only usually found in the UK in the Yare valley on the Suffolk / Norfolk border and in Scotland near Falkirk, so this is a good sighting away from those areas.

Tundra Bean Goose · Nestucca Bay NWR, Oregon
Tundra Bean Goose
Photo by Skip Russell (

Eurasian Teal

Eurasian Teal

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Our final stop is overlooking some pools in the reed-bed and some mud-flats. On the former there are two sleeping swans. Unfortunately they remain asleep covering all the necessary indicators of which species they are. Then they briefly raise their heads and it is clear from their yellow beak markings that these are two Whooper Swans, winter visitors who will soon be heading north to their breeding grounds. Before I can get a photo they resume their sleeping pose! On the mud-flats are Oystercatchers and Avocets.

Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet

Grey Partridge [sp] (Perdix perdix)
Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Tundra Bean Goose [sp] (Anser serrirostris)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Marsh Tit [sp] (Poecile palustris)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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