short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Titchwell in the glorious sunshine....

 A trip to Titchwell the weekend brought me much joy as the sun was shinning making for some good views of the birds in there summer plumage's . I started off at the Island Hide. I soon picked up a very obliging Spotted Redshank which was just to the left of the hide and busy wading through the shallow water . My first of the year !
Spotted Redshank

  After scanning along the reed bed i picked up a flying Bearded Tit , although brief another birder happened to be on the same area and saw it too. As i scanned out towards the small island and scrapes i picked up some Black Tailed Godwits, Shelducks, Teal and some Redshanks. I decided to move onto the new Parrinder Hide.


   As i walked down along the pathway towards the hide i looked over towards the water and saw a nice looking Ruff and then a Male & Female Garganey! Such a cracking Duck and to see them so close was fantastic too!

Garganey (male)
Garganey (female)

 After watching these stunning ducks in the glorious sunshine , i moved on into the hide over looking the Brackish Marsh. Well only after a minute i was looking at 6x Yellow Wagtails & 8x White Wagtails!  The Yellows were spread apart and stood out with there beautiful yellow body's and the Whites were also showing out well against the few Pied Wagtails that were being out numbered  by there cousins(not often you can say that ay?). By this time i needed a break from all the excitement , so i tucked into a Cheese & Ham salad sandwich before leaving the hide and to do some Sea watching. 

White Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
 The Sea watch brought me Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew and  40+  Knots which regularly went up for a fly , looking smart in the sun. Out at Sea i saw a lonely Female Eider ,a year tick ,as was the Male & Female Red Breasted Mergansers which were passing by the 1,000`s of Common Scoters. I waited for the flock to take up for any Velvets , and after a while they did exactly that & yes... 3x Velvets were there! In fact one birder had apparently recorded at least 7! On my walk back to the car park i had one last look at the Wagtails and the super Garganeys before i head off. What a fantastic site for birdwatching!

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