Monday, 26 June 2017

Turtle Dove, Titchwell

An early morning trip to Titchwell was rewarded with an empty car park and superb views of a single Turtle Dove. Frequently heard "purring" it was quickly located perched up in a nearby tree.

It would spend its time either perched up and calling from the trees or picking grit from the car park gravel. Allowing us to stay in the car and take a few photos without any disturbance to the bird.

On the reserve itself, we headed along the main path and found the majority of Thornham Marsh covered with water from the high tide. 

Thornham Marsh

A scan of Freshwater Marsh produced a welcome year tick when a single Spotted Redshank dropped in. Three 1st summer Little Gulls were feeding close to the islands and four Spoonbills were soon joined by another two individuals. A small flock of Knot were also present along with Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Avocets and single Ruff and Little Ringed Plover. 

4 of the 6 Spoonbill present on the Freshwater Marsh

One actually awake!

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