2nd April

A day out at Minsmere today. Charlie Dobbs, Robert Williamson and myself were hoping that the Lesser Kestrel would reappear. Our first stop, however, was the Pallid Swift, it came so low we probably could have caught it with a butterfly net. It was very obliging. Also seen was a male Blackcap singing and we also heard a Sedge Warbler.
The only news on the Lesser Kestrel was negative. We walked around Westleton and Dunwich Heaths and saw a few Stonechats and Dartford Warblers, a Goldcrest also showed itself, not too many of these about at the moment.
On Minsmere reserve there were a lot of birds including Black Tailed Godwit, Avocet and 21 Mediterranean Gulls. Migrants were few and far between. We did see Red Fox in the reed beds. Marsh Harrier count was 17 for the day. The only Kestrel we saw was a fine male Eurasian.
Pallid Swift - Kessingland

Dartford Warbler - Dunwich Heath

Little Egret - Minsmere

Kestrel - Minsmere