Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Titchwell and the Brecklands (27th August)


Sh4rpy kindly offered me another lift for a bank-holiday Monday visit to north Norfolk.  This time in the company of my brother.  The drive to Titchwell was rather eventful with a flyover Hobby, Yellowhammer feeding on the hard shoulder, GREY PARTRIDGE on the winding country lanes approaching Titchwell and a Stoat, sprinting across the M11 only missing our tyres by inches!  Needless to say, the reserve at Titchwell was packed.  However, we arrived a little earlier than the large crowds and were soon enjoying good views of 30+ RUFF (still a year tick), wading in the shallows, 17+ SPOONBILL, 2 SPOTTED REDSHANK, numerous Avocet, Little Egrets, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover and 3 Egyptian Geese.  I also glimpsed a probable Bittern plummet into the reeds but it was to short a view to confirm.  Walking north along the path past three scrapes, we reached the sea and despite an offshore wind we managed to see 1 Common Scoter, Sandwich Terns, 1 Fulmar, Sanderling and 3 eclipse ♂ Eider.  The exposed rocky surface, in the tidal zone was also rather attractive to several waders including Turnstone, Knot, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Oystercatcher.  Whilst scanning out to sea, I picked up our first Marsh Harrier for the day.  The highlight came soon after, when I found a second raptor hovering over the water at some distance out to sea.  It gradually flew closer in our direction before rising higher above the horizon and circling, it was an OSPREY!  It was heading directly for us and was on course to fly right over our heads.  However, just before it reached the beach, it turned back and flew back out to sea.

 RSPB Titchwell Marsh


 2 Spotted Redshank

Silver Y

 Bar-tailed Godwit resting on the marsh, waiting for the high tide to retreat

 East Sands

 Osprey in of the sea


Our second stop for the day, in search of Tree Pipit.  A fresh wind swaying the tree tops discoraged any from showing themselves so we contented ourselves with a flyover Hobby and a few more day ticks in the form of Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Swift and Nuthatch.  Also of note were 4+ Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral.


Our final stop for the day, at a large open heath in search for our last target bird for the day.  We got lucky again and managed 25+ STONE-CURLEW perched along the ridges and slopes all showing very well!  A big finale to "another good days birding".

 Stone-curlew at The Brecklands

 a scope-full of Stone-curlew

We also decided to keep a day list and managed a total of 75 species (78 including heard only birds)
  1. Hobby
  2. Yellowhammer
  3. Woodpigeon
  4. Collared Dove
  5. House Martin
  6. Swallow
  7. Robin
  8. Chaffinch
  9. Grey Partridge
  10. Red-legged Partridge
  11. Buzzard
  12. Moorhen
  13. Coot
  14. Greylag Goose
  15. Ruff
  16. Shelduck
  17. Tufted Duck
  18. Spoonbill
  19. Avocet
  20. Little Egret
  21. Teal
  22. Mallard
  23. Ringed Plover
  24. Black-headed Gull
  25. Golden Plover
  26. Lapwing
  27. Kestrel
  28. Meadow Pipit
  29. Shoveler
  30. Pied Wagtail
  31. Goldfinch
  32. Canada Goose
  33. Egyptian Goose
  34. Pheasant
  35. Redshank
  36. Grey Plover
  37. Herring Gull
  38. Starling
  39. Dunlin
  40. Oystercatcher
  41. Knot
  42. Turnstone
  43. Bar-tailed Godwit
  44. Gannet
  45. Great Crested Grebe
  46. Black-tailed Godwit
  47. Sandwich Tern
  48. Curlew
  49. Great Black-backed Gull
  50. Common Scoter
  51. Marsh Harrier
  52. Osprey
  53. Sanderling
  54. Cormorant
  55. Fulmar
  56. Eider
  57. Spotted Redshank
  58. Wigeon
  59. Reed Warbler
  60. Magpie
  61. Long-tailed Tit
  62. Blue Tit
  63. Great Tit
  64. House Sparrow
  65. Greenfinch
  66. Coal Tit
  67. Jackdaw
  68. Carrion Crow
  69. Goldcrest
  70. Nuthatch
  71. Stock Dove
  72. Swift
  73. Stone-curlew
  74. Rook
  75. Jay (Sh4rpy only)
  76. Green Woodpecker (heard)
  77. Wren (heard)
  78. Blackcap (heard)
Thank you once again for all the driving Sh4rpy I now owe you a total of 4 life ticks and 2 year ticks!

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