Trip reports

Titchwell 16th September 2018

Titchwell 16th September 2018

Sunday, 30 September 2018

The weather was fine during the trip but a strong southerly wind did not encourage any significant passage over the sea. That said we did have some good sightings - a couple of arctic skuas were seen flying west, one of which was close in and gave excellent views; there was also a summer plumage red-throated diver on the sea. Other than that the main species moving around were cormorant, gannet and sandwich tern.

We arrived at high tide so there were a lot of waders on the Freshwater marsh including black-tailed godwit, avocet, ruff and dunlin. A curlew sandpiper was obligingly close (see photos by Chris Vaghela) and two spoonbills were roosting. On the tidal pool there were grey plovers roosting along with oystercatcher and curlew. A spotted redshank was seen on the Volunteer marsh and a whimbrel was sighted over Thornham saltmarsh. A juvenile hobby was found perching on a post north-east of Parrinder hide and it made occasional forays chasing dragonflies until it flew out of sight. Marsh harriers were not much in evidence over the course of the day but not long before we left a female was seen in front of the Fen hide and immediately before our departure 2 marsh harriers flew south over the paddock fields adjacent to the car park. As ever we had an enjoyable day at Titchwell (and unlike in April the group did not suffer any undue delay getting home).