Trip reports

Visit to Titchwell

Visit to Titchwell
Titchwell Freshmarsh and Parrinder Hide (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Forty-five minutes later we were back on the deserted M6 heading towards the A14 and distant clear skies, although rain had been promised.

Not a single red kite had been seen before we reached Peterborough Services which was a bit unusual. But, after leaving there and travelling along the Nene Valley Expressway we noticed the plastic peregrines on one of the industrial units have now increased to eight.

Titchwell is an annual event for the group and never fails to please with ninety-six bird species recorded on the day.

On our way to the beach rain clouds threatened but somehow slipped by and emptied themselves on Skegness! Sanderling scurried about on the shoreline ahead of the incoming tide, occasionally joined by turnstone, oystercatcher and godwit. Off-shore a common scoter and two eider were close in. Red-throated diver and great-crested grebe further out were more difficult to spot in the swell. Many gannet passed by along with an arctic skua and guillemot.

The brackish marsh had a peculiar smell about it, certainly not that sea-weedy seaside smell but reminded me of the Wisbech Sewage Farm of the late seventies. Not sure what's going on here! but the greenshank seemed to like it as did the hundreds of waders at Wisbech.

The freshmarsh was teeming with birds which included knot, dunlin, lapwing, grey plover, golden plover, ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, avocet and spoonbill. Greylag were plentiful and included a couple of Egyptian geese. Good views of pectoral sandpiper and jack snipe were also obtained from the Parrinder Hide.

Finally the rain caught us up but not before we were back on the coach and heading for the reserve exit.

Peter and Lesley Berrill