Posts Tagged ‘Red Deer’

Another opportunity to get out of London for some birdwatching. This week I head into East Anglia again but this time my destination is Minsmere, an RSPB reserve on the Suffolk Coast. One of the great things about this reserve is the variety of habitats: Reed-bed; lake; mudflats; woodland and heathland all in this one area. This diversity of habitat has made it one of the favourite spots for many birdwatchers over the years.

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However with this years bad weather there has come a lot of flooding. The mudflat scape looks like a lake and the channels and ditches are full to over-flowing. Some of the trails have only re-opened this week after being flooded and impassible. These abnormal conditions plus the high winds on the day were bound to reduce the numbers of birds to be seen. The only birds present in the wet area were Ducks, Greylag Geese and Lapwing, with other waterbirds being either absent or in very low numbers.

Lapwing

Lapwing

Greylag Geese

Greylag Geese

In fact the highlight of the day were the sighting of Marsh Tit and Coal Tit ( 2 of our more uncommon Tit species) on the feeders at Scotts Hall and seeing some Red deer at close enough range to photograph.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit
Photo by Sergey Yaliseev (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

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Marsh Tit
photo by Steve Chilton (http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_chilton/)

Red Deer

Red Deer

A good days birdwatching but slightly disappointing by usual Minsmere visit standards.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Eurasian Bittern [sp] (Botaurus stellaris)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Marsh Tit [sp] (Poecile palustris)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Treecreeper [sp] (Certhia familiaris)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)