Trip reports

Visit to Titchwell Marsh

Visit to Titchwell Marsh
Group members sea-watching [Photo: Peter Berrill]

Sunday, 27 September 2015

At the Visitor Centre we were informed about a jack snipe present on Patsy's pool so made for there. We could only find a common snipe by the pool but on the way had brief glimpses of barn owl hunting. Continuing along the Autumn trail we managed to catch sight of bearded tit and passing overhead were several skeins of pink-footed goose. Retracing our steps towards the Fen hide a low flying marsh harrier passed by going inland.

Finding Fen hide was devoid of life we took to the West bank path towards the beach and passing Reedbed pool spotted several pochard at the far end. Arriving at the beach in time for lunch and with the tide way out, we sat among the broken WW2 defences and watched bar-tailed godwit, oystercatcher, turnstone, redshank, curlew, dunlin, grey plover and little egret. The gulls included common, herring, lesser and great black-backed. On the sea, lone common scoter was found along with juvenile gannet, cormorant and joined by a small flock of brent geese that dropped in.

Popping in to the Parrinder hide on the way back to the centre we added avocet, greenshank, ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, ruff, shelduck, shoveler, teal, wigeon, pied wagtail, meadow pipit and linnet to our list (the group total for the day was 88 bird species and a Chinese water deer).

From the West bank path a spotted flycatcher attracted our attention flitting in and out of some bushes catching prey.

One highlight of the day for us was a small flock of golden plover that took to the air and looked fabulous as they twisted back on forth, one moment showing their white underbellies the next their golden upper parts that flashed in the bright sunlight.

Peter and Lesley Berrill