5 Lesser Scaup at Minsmere! 24 March 2024

For once we were in the right place at the right time! Having almost completed our long walk taking in Thorpeness, Sizewell and Aldringham Walks news broke of this group of 5 Lesser Scaup on Island Mere at Minsmere. We scorched in and Belinda dropped me off at the Rhododendron tunnel from where it was a short walk to the hide. All 5 birds were bobbing about together on arrival and having no scope with me Jane Ferguson kindly lent me hers so I could have a close look. The group comprised 3 drakes and 2 females and are the same group that overwintered at Abberton and have now decided that spring is here and are moving north. A dozen or so Sand Martins over Island Mere were my first of the year and 2 Bitterns were booming away in the reedbeds. 

Earlier our walk had yielded very little apart from numerous Chiffchaffs and a handful of Kittiwakes around the platforms at Sizewell.

Leaving the house that morning however and my usual quick check of the shrubs in the front garden revealed a new hoverfly for me Hairy-eyed Flower Fly plus a skittish Chocolate Mining Bee

                                                                                                                           Hairy-eyed Flower Fly
                                                                                                                             Chocolate Mining Bee

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