So this weekend I’m on call for work, usually I would just spend it at home doing other things. I thought sod it this weekend, there are birds out there near by that need to been seen. I had already been following Bird Guides for Suffolk and Suffolk Bins for this month, both of which had been reporting on the immature Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) at Suffolk Wildlife Trust Micklemere. It has been there for the best part of two weeks now and well worth seeing. I got some amazing views which would have been amazing pictures had I had the equipment.
It was first seen feeding amongst the Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) on the mudflat that has been created there. It was still very illusive going in amongst the foliage and behind tall reeds and bull rushes. It did eventually fly from one side of the fence to the other landing on an area of muddy island in front of the hide.
I decided to take a closer look at some of the areas of the sight. Using the scope I panned slowly across the sight looking for the slightest bit of movement. It wasn’t long until I spotted a small Ringed Plover. It took me a little while to properly ID it as, like everything else, it had a habit of hiding. As I didn’t have an ID book with me I decided to use an app on my phone called Bird ID. It isn’t the best but it does the job for a lot of little things. After comparing both Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) and Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) it was obvious that it was Little Ringed. I enjoyed watching this little fellow walk up and down the same bit of mud looking for grub in the mud.
I must say though, after birding for so long I think I cam across one of the most rude wildlife enthusiasts ever whilst in this hide. He was taking pictures of the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) as everyone who has gone down there has. However, when I pointed out that there was a Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) out on the mud all I got in return was a blank expression and a , “Oh, is there?”. I mean, even when people have mentioned birds to me, even if I have already seen them or not I still take an interest as it was made that person feel happy for seeing it and wants to share the moment. I take you back to the time I saw the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) at Minsmere, I was so excited that I had to let the next person through the door know. The guy that did gave me a thumbs up and proceeded to come and talk to me. He had already seen it that morning but he didn’t care, I was excited and I’m sure he felt good for sharing that experience with me. So please, if your a person who just shrugs off someone else’s birding spots please don’t, as some day it could be you who wants to share some excitement.
Until next time, keep spotting.