Norfolk Trip Day 3

Back to Titchwell, well I like the place, and I could so I did. The days weather looked good, the plan was then to head down to the beach first, come back for dinner then hopefully head out for Dragonflies.

I headed towards the beach, Golden Plover were still around in good numbers, still on the banking of the fresh marsh. I sat down again on one of the benches and set about scoping the marsh. A Sparrowhawk was picked up at the far side of the marsh, happily sitting on a fence, a Wheatear was nearby, but yesterdays Little Stint was nowhere to be seen, still plenty of Black tailed Godwits on the scene with Lapwings a few Pied Wagtails, Ruff, Redshanks, Dunlins, Avocet and a couple of Curlew Sandpipers with a Cetti’s Warbler calling nearby.

Down on the beach were Sanderling, Turnstone, Bar tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Curlew and a large flock of terns over the sea, not being good at terns at a distance, I presumed Arctic.

Back at the visitor centre, with the day warming up I came across a couple of damselflies and to my surprise I made them out to be Willow Emerald Damselflies, a few males, I wasn’t expecting that, I hung around taking photos with people asking what they were etc.

After dinner camera in hand, scope now put away, I was out hunting dragonflies around the meadow trial, it wasn’t long before I found Common Darters along the boardwalks, a favourite place for this species. Moving on I found a few more Willow Emeralds, and took a lot of photos, even finding a pair egg laying in one of the nearby trees, which is unique to this species, unlike many Damselflies which lay into submerged vegetation, there was also a few Migrant Hawkers about, these were the only dragonflies I saw, it was great however to get great views of Willow Emeralds this time.

At the far end of the reserve I managed to pick up on a few House Martins going thru, and on the nearby marsh area were Gadwall, Shoveler, Little Grebes, Mute Swans and Pochard.

To bring the day to a close I went back to the bench near the freshwater marsh to spend some last moments, scoping the marsh once again, I saw Marsh Harriers, Spoonbill, Little and Great White Egrets, Grey Herons in the fading light, an ending to a great day.

Birds List : Avocet, Bar tailed Godwit, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Cetti’s Warbler, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Great Black backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Greenshank, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Martin, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Pochard, Redshank, Robin, Ruff, Sanderling, Shelduck, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Spoonbill, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Turnstone, Wheatear, Woodpigeon, Wren (54)

Dragonflies : Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Willow Emerald Damselfly (3)

Willow Emerald Damselfly
Great White Egret

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