Nov 032013
 
pools alongside walk from reculver to minnis bay

pools alongside walk from reculver to minnis bay

It was a dry and cloudy morning when 9 of us met at Reculver for our first trip out in November. Clifford and Joan Goble were our leaders and they steered us along the coastal path towards Minnis Bay. It was fairly quiet on the bird front, only a few swans bobbing on the sea and cormorants perched on posts. We in contrast were having a much busier time avoiding bicycles on the path as we bird watched. As we moved along we heard and saw redshank flying to and fro and also some turnstone were spotted on the edge of the surf doing what they do best. It was while we watched these turnstone and some pipits on some rocks on the beach that our excitement grew as we witnessed a small brown raptor appear, apparently from nowhere, causing the smaller birds to rapidly disperse. It flew speedily and very low next to the sea wall and soon disappeared into the distance. A merlin!
As we advanced little egrets were seen flying and also roosting in a tree. A kestrel hovered and several stonechats sat up on bushes for us to view at our leisure. A large flock of brent geese were seen to leave the beach and travel over the wall onto a nearby field for easier viewing. Lunch beckoned and we made our way on to the beach to shield ourselves from the wind which had strengthened. As we ate, groups of wigeon flew passed, some settling on the sea.
After lunch we made our way back via the railway line in a large loop. A group of linnets were moving about the fields and a marsh harrier was spotted hunting not too far off. A reed bunting sat up nicely and posed for us on a bush. The rest of the walk was quiet if not a little blustery at times. We returned to our cars tired but happy with a bird count of 30 and one seal spotted by Sue Provins. Many thanks to Joan and Clifford for a great day out.
Irene Robson

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