Trip reports

Visit to Titchwell Marsh

Visit to Titchwell Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit [John Osborne]

Sunday, 25 September 2016

In the Visitor Centre we checked out the 'Sightings List' for our target birds and set off towards the beach. No sign of the yellow-browed warbler en route and too windy for bearded tits although calling birds were heard briefly and one skimmed the phragmites. A Cetti's warbler was quite vocal nearby.

A couple of Chinese water deer grazed out on the salt marsh, one putting up a curlew which called before settling down again. A number of little egret were also moving about.

A large group of birders looking out over Freshwater marsh indicated something special to be seen. A pectoral sandpiper, one of our target birds was in view. Having gained a quick view of the bird it quickly disappeared into the vegetation and was then seen flying over the bund to Volunteer marsh.

On arriving at Volunteer marsh the sandpiper was soon located and gave good but all too brief views before returning to Freshmarsh in the direction of Parrinder hide.

From the beach viewpoint excellent views were obtained of a red-throated diver very close inshore on the rising tide. Gannet and Sandwich tern were quite numerous while a single brent goose passed by as did a common scoter. A great crested grebe and guillemot loafed on the sea and a couple of bar-tailed godwit and grey plover came in-off. A single turnstone perched on the ruined concrete structure was the only shorebird about and the usual friendly black-headed gull was accompanied by a common gull.

Lunch was taken at the Parrinder hide which was pretty crowded when we arrived with birders searching for the pectoral sandpiper. On view were knot, dunlin, curlew sandpiper, oystercatcher, redshank, snipe, ringed plover, lapwing, golden plover, avocet, black-tailed godwit, shelduck, gadwall, shoveller, teal, wigeon, mallard and pintail.

A good start to the new season with eighty-three bird species recorded by the group and the weather dry with occasional sunshine.

Peter and Lesley Berrill