Saturday 30th March 2019

A fabulous day spent birding this excellent reserve on the edge of The Wash. Our journey northwards produced several RED KITE, COMMON BUZZARDS and double figures of COMMON KESTRELS and after checking in at the visitor centre, we made our way slowly along the road towards the sea bank.

A huge female PEREGRINE FALCON was sat in the field keeping a beady eye on the large flock of DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE with NORTHERN LAPWINGS displaying, COMMON REDSHANKS, BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and four BARNACLE GEESE were also seen.

A MEDITERRANEAN GULL called overhead and it was great to see the reserve in such good condition with wildfowl and waders present in good numbers.

A scan over the marsh provided decent scope views of the long-staying LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER but it was just a little too far away for photographs! Two lovely SPOTTED REDSHANKS fed close-by and it was great to compare them with the similar COMMON REDSHANKS.

Behind us on the saltmarsh we had good views of a female MERLIN as she perched on a post in the sunshine.

The time came for a slow walk back for lunch, which was enjoyed on the picnic tables adjacent to the centre.

Afterwards we made a circuit of the hides and it was good to see two LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS on the marsh and from the 360 degree hide we had the best views of RUFF, BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, EURASIAN OYSTERCATCHERS and COMMON REDSHANKS all in perfect light and at very close range!

The afternoon just slipped away and after some excellent cake it was time to head back to Essex after a fantastic day.