Monday, 8 June 2015

Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk

We arrived at Titchwell early on Sunday morning to find the car park empty and for the first couple of hours we had the reserve to ourselves.
As soon as I stepped out of the car a Cuckoo was heard calling, and Brian had already spotted a Barn Owl quartering the field running alongside the reserve.
Shortly after leaving Island hide a Chinese Water Deer was spotted from West bank. 

Chinese Water Deer

A scan across the Freshwater marsh located several Little Gulls, with fourteen being the highest count. A male Garganey was seen from Parrinder hide (South) spending most of it's time asleep on one of the islands.
A single Little Tern was also seen from here along with two Little ringed Plovers.

Good numbers of Little Terns were seen during a short sea watch, along with several groups of Auks moving through.

A short drive away is Choseley Drying Barns and while being entertained by the Hares a couple of Turtle Doves flew across our heads and headed towards Titchwell. On the concrete pads outside the barns Yellowhammers and Goldfinch were feeding on seed.
Corn Bunting were seen and heard on the telegraph wires, and another Turtle Dove landed briefly on the same wires.
While watching a fly over by a Marsh Harrier a welcome and very much overdue year tick was added when Brian spotted a Hobby flying directly overhead.

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