A long break in Norfolk and I had to have a visit out to Titchwell Nature Reserve on the North Norfolk Coast, we were only stopping in a cottage 20mins away for the week it had to be done. Titchwell Map
Arriving at 7:30am to an empty car park and a Red Legged Partridge on the approach road I got my gear together and set sail for the walk down to the beach which would be my first port of call, stopping off at the visitor centre feeders were there was Robins, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbirds, Reed Buntings and a Mallard (waiting in anticipation of dropped seed).
Stopping again at the first reeds (just before the Island Hide) in the hope of Bearded Tit but not this time but a young male Marsh Harrier drifted by, looking at the freshwater Marsh on the way down I could see plenty of gulls (I’ll go thru these on my way back), Greylag Geese and Brent Geese out on the marsh, near the beach now so a quick look on the tidal marsh I picked up on a nice male Pintail.
Out on to the beach I could now feel the cold as the wind went thru me so I decided on camping near the ruins and looked thru the waders collected on the beach, Oystercatchers were plenty as were Bar tailed Godwits, in and amongst were, Redshank, Sanderlings, a single Grey Plover, handful of Ringed Plovers, and a scattering of Dunlin.
Out on the sea I managed to pick up a pair of Red Breasted Merganser , and a few thousand Common Scoter (spectacular site). I was getting cold now with the wind, so I decided on walking back to the parrinder hide for a warm and get out of the wind, on setting off I got the flight call of a Snow Bunting going over head and then a glimpse as it sailed over my head…nice bonus
Now in the relative warmth of the Parrinder hide I started looking around at Avocets, Black tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Black headed Gulls and looking through the Black headeds there was a lot of Mediterranean Gulls (not seen as many before)
Onward and back towards the centre stopping off at the reeds again, this time the stop was worth it, only one mind a quick glimpse as a Bearded Tit gave very brief views flying from one small patch to another and disappearing very quickly.
Back at the centre feeders I managed to pick up a lovely male Brambling before moving onto the Fen Trail where I found my first spring migrant in the form of a Chiffchaff, moving around rather quickly. Around by the hide the Male Marsh Harrier moved thru and it was time for me to move thru but not before catching sight of a Woodcock in the car park bushes
Day List :- Avocet, Bar tailed Godwit, Bearded Tit, Blackbird, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brambling, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Common Scoter, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jay, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pintail, Pochard, Red breasted Merganser, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Sanderling, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snow Bunting, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Turnstone, Wigeon, Woodcock, Woodpigeon, Wren
Oystercatchers on the Beach