Hallelujah, the sun shone again next day. We went to Minsmere RSPB reserve, which often features on Springwatch. After a coffee in the excellent café we walked all round the “scrapes”, shallow lagoons with lots of small
sandy islands, and went into all the hides. There were avocets, oyster catchers, shelducks as well as numerous geese and goslings. We saw two cranes flying overhead, and a marsh harrier. Back to the café for lunch, via the sand martins’
cliff. It was amazing to watch them shoot straight into the numerous small holes in the rock, never missing their aim. There were lots of big dragonflies too, including one we’d never seen before, a four-spotted catcher. And we heard
yet another cuckoo!
After lunch we followed another trail to a hide where we’d heard it was sometimes possible to see an elusive bittern – and there it was! A close encounter with a couple of muntjac on our way back to the car completed
a fantastic experience. Beautiful wild surroundings, warm sun, and the serious twitchers weren’t too obtrusive! We drove on to Dunwich, the major town and port of East Anglia hundreds of years ago, but lost to the encroaching sea. All
that’s left is a remnant of the Greyfriars’ Priory and a vast, windswept beach. Finally we couldn’t resist a return to Southwold, where we had a brief, blowy walk along the seafront and a fabulously delicious ice cream at H and J’s.