|Home of Stone Curlews (and Stoats).|
|I think it's Common Storks-bill (Erodium cicutarium).|
We proceeded onwards to walk a circuit around the scrapes where we were treated to birds galore! Straight away we found Spoonbill - only the second time I've seen this species, and the first ones I saw were bleeding from gunshot wounds (in Malta) so this was altogether a more pleasant experience.
|Dreadful record shot of Spoonbill.|
|A pair of Sandwich Terns.|
I was pleased too to see Barnacle Geese (my favourite goose!) aplenty, didn't know that they bred at Minsmere as I assumed they'd all be further oop north. We also heard, but did not see, Bittern - we ran out of time unfortunately and only had a few minutes to look over the reedbeds.
Up on the beach there was lots of this plant, I often see it on shingle beaches and wonder what it is:
|Sea-kale (Crambe maritima) - of course, it looks so cabbagey! Edible as well, but I think it's best cooked - probably wouldn't have survived the journey back to Birmingham.|
|Lovely shingle beach.|
I did a couple of very quick drawings, I've found it's a bit trickier to fit in when I'm out on birding trips and we have a limited amount of time, compared to when I'm at Sandwell and spend all day sitting in the hide! So these are a bit brief and rubbish, still better than my attempts from the last Bird Club trip to Wales.
|Rather oddly-proportioned Sandwich Tern and chunky Barnacle Goose sketches.|