Monday, May 23, 2011

North Norfolk introduction! 16.5.2011.

The north Norfolk coast has such a plethora of good sites on offer it's always difficult to decide where to go each day! After an al fresco breakfast on the edge of a saltmarsh with accompanying yelping Redshank, overflying Avocets, some absolutely stunning summer plumage Grey Plover, displaying Shelduck, nearby feeding dark-bellied Brent Geese that have not yet undertaken their return journey to their distant breeding grounds in Russia, the time was ripe to visit one of the real hotspots of the area, Titchwell.

The RSPB reserve produced some fine birds: Red-crested Pochard, Marsh Harrier, warblers aplenty ( Reed, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge, Whitethroat } and a good variety of waders ( Lapwing, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Black and Bar=tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover and a Whimbrel} and a similar array of waterbird species, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Shoveler, Canada Goose, Grey lag Goose, Brent Goose, Great crested Grebe and Little Grebe.

Later a trip to Cley Reserve produced a Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank and the first Little Egret of the trip. Not a bad day!

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