Friday, June 12, 2015

24 Hours in.... Birthday Land - Part 2

Following on from my incredible night at Springwatch Unsprung I meandered my way back across Suffolk to Minsmere the next morning to spend the day there for my birthday treat (this had been planned for months, well before I was offered the Unsprung tickets).

The views across the reserve are fantastic.  I didn't get to hear a bittern booming as I'd hoped to, but I did see 3 fly over from one of the hides which was an incredible sight.

Minsmere has many different habitats including reed beds and wetlands where I saw many avocets and avocet chicks.

Those of you who watched the Springwatch series will know that an unlikely star of the show turned out to be a 5cm long stickleback, named by the presenters as Spineless Si.  From the boardwalk to the Island Mere hide it was really easy to see him as the cameras indicated where he was - I couldn't get a photo of him due to the placement of the camera and the sun, but i did get this one of his 'friend' Frisky Phil (the object in the top right of the photo is the underwater camera filming him).

I walked for miles, not just watching birds and sticklebacks but also enjoying the wild flowers including this southern marsh orchid.

I also tested the cafe out and confirm that the cake is excellent (well it was my birthday!),

and whilst I ate it I sat and watched the sand martins flying in and out of the cliffs.

I saw lots of other wildlife, including a great white egret and a crested grebe.  It was a fabulous day and I can honestly say it's one of the best birthdays I've ever had.  

If you ever get the chance to visit Minsmere I can highly recommend it, it's part of an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes 155 square miles of wetlands, heaths, woodlands, coastline  and pretty towns, managed by the RSPB, the National Trust and Suffolk Wildlife Trust amongst others - you could easily spend a week here and not get bored!


Mystic Quilter said...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you! Marvellous to have tickets to the show and you obviously had a lovely birthday the next day. Beautiful scenery!

Celia Hart said...

I'm so pleased you had a splendid sunny day to celebrate your birthday. Were there lots of other visitors there?

Su said...

Thank you. There were quite a few other people there but it never felt busy.

Jo said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday. It's lovely when do you something you really enjoy on your special day, I don't think you'll forget this birthday in a hurry.

Anna said...

Belated birthday greetings to you Sue! So glad to read that your special day was full of fun and may the year ahead treat you most kindly :)

Toffeeapple said...

That sounds like a blissful way to spand your birthday - cake too!


OMG! What a fabulous thing to have done for your birthday (just catching up on your last post aswell)! How exciting! One to remember for a long time. xCathy