30th March 2012 - Titchwell Marsh

We knew our trip to Norfolk was well underway when Pheasant started popping up here there and everywhere.  We had left at 6am to get to Titchwell Marsh on the North Norfolk Coast in time for their last winter walk of the season. 

Plenty of Avocet around.

We set off round the reserve, spotting all the usual characters on the feeders, as well as a lone Curlew out on the field to the left.  Clouds consisting of Brent Geese frequently flew over, the dark bellied kind, as opposed to the light bellied we had seen the week before. 

A Red Kite flew over, causing much excitement from the group, except for Stuart and his mum, who being from the Chilterns, were more interested in the Marsh Harrier in the distance. 

Some more bad digiscoping, of a Sanderling and Ringed Plover.
A great sighting a bit further on was a few Bearded Tit darting amongst the reeds and even posing for a few seconds in the customary field guide picture pose.  Both types of Godwit were present and the Skylark were on top form, as they were all throughout the holiday. 

The trip was rounded off with a viewing of my first Blackcap of the year, although unfortunately Stuart and his mum missed it.  We had lunch at Briarfields, which we all thought was excellent and would recommend.
To finish, a friendly Gull on the beach...
...and a fat little robin.

1)      Pheasant
2)      Dunnock
3)      Great Tit
4)      Chaffinch
5)      Greenfinch
6)      Moorhen
7)      House Sparrow
8)      Curlew
9)      Mallard
10)  Brent Goose
11)  Robin
12)  Carrion Crow
13)  Marsh Harrier
14)  Red Kite
15)  Chiffchaff
16)  Shoveler
17)  Avocet
18)  Coot
19)  Tufted Duck
20)  Pochard
21)  Kestrel
22)  Little Grebe
23)  Black-headed Gull
24)  Greylag Goose
25)  Oystercatcher
26)  Bearded Tit
27)  Great Crested Grebe
28)  Redshank
29)  Lesser Black-backed Gull
30)  Shelduck
31)  Teal
32)  Wigeon
33)  Lapwing
34)  Ruff
35)  Canada Goose
36)  Black-tailed Godwit
37)  Skylark
38)  Gadwall
39)  Grey Plover
40)  Pintail
41)  Ringed Plover
42)  Bar-tailed Godwit
43)  Herring Gull
44)  Dunlin
45)  Knot – NEW FOR LIFE LIST!
46)  Little Egret
47)  Sanderling
48)  Meadow Pipit
49)  Turnstone
50)  Reed Bunting
51)  Cormorant
52)  Linnet
53)  Snipe
54)  Wren
55)  Song Thrush
56)  Collared Dove
57)  Blackbird
58)  Blue Tit
59)  Red-legged Partridge
60)  Wood Pigeon
61)  Starling
62)  Long-tailed Tit
63)  Goldfinch
64)  Blackcap
My year list for 2012 comes to 124.


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