We enjoyed a blustery, but gloriously sunny day for our visit to RSPB Minsmere on this the penultimate day of Springwatch. As we left the lodge we were delayed watching a kestrel/sparrowhawk hovering above its prey before diving for its catch. It was disturbed by an aggressive crow which enjoyed the fruits of the hawks labours. Not to be deterred it came back later to catch dinner. It was amazing as it appeared to hover, apparently effortlessly against the heavy offshore wind, before dropping like a stone onto its prey.
The foreshore has changed greatly over the past fortnight. The swathes of yellow gorse and white (sea kale) have virtually gone to be replaced by lemon lupins, rust, pink and white alpines and honeysuckle. The scent of the lupins, in the warm wind, was just heavenly. Just before entering the Reserve there was a lovely copse of pale pink tamarisk.
Despite the heavy storms less than a fortnight ago the scrapes showed surprisingly low water levels, but a lovely little egret was fishing its shallows. If you looked hard you could see the evidence of the BBCs presence with its miles of cable discretely hidden along the verges.
Fortified by a very good value lunch at the RSPB restaurant we walked back along the lane from the centre. The bordering dyke was filled with myriads of tiny baby sticklebacks. There was no sign of Simon (The Stickleback of Springwatch fame!), but above them a squadron of dragonflies formed a disorganised display and riot of colour. The visit was concluded walking back along the sandy seashore under the cloudless blue sky. A good day!