A few days holiday in Suffolk afforded a couple of visits to Minsmere but birding was quiet. The RSPB is currently in in a state of organised chaos with new buildings and extensions creating havoc in the reception area and sea defence work being carried out by the Environment Agency putting the North Wall out of bounds and making access to the beach difficult.
A visit to the newly erected Island Mere hide was greeted with surprise as the srtucture is now anything but a 'hide'. My opinion is that the birds have got betters views than ever of the humans attempting to get a glimpse of them...give me the old fashioned wooden flaps any day rather than the all glass 'conservatory' look!
We saw few birds from this spot but were rewarded by the appearance of a couple of Whooper Swans on the East Scrape
Elsewhere on the reserve birding was quiet and even this Green Woodpecker was hiding!