It's always nice to escape to the coast when your living in a landlocked county like Warwickshire. In fact it's been ten years now since we first arrived at our current mooring on the Oxford Canal, how time has moved on! Anyway I digress, so back to our Norfolk trip and Dee had found another Premier Inn bargain weekend, this time staying at Kings Lynn.
At the top end we took a stroll along the beach and past the cliffs where it was nice to see several Fulmar already in residence, this being the largest breeding colony in Norfolk with around 460 birds at its peak. A few Meadow Pipits and a couple of Bar-tailed Godwit before we headed back to town, sadly no Purple Sandpipers on this occasion.
|Black-tailed Godwit - Muddy feast!|
|Blowing a 'hoolie" at Titchwell too!|
|Dee's photo - Sanderling braving the swirling sands!|
With the freshwater marsh bursting at the seems RSPB Titchwell was generally disappointing with no sign of the Water Pipit during several attempts at scanning the drained wet meadow, although a Stoat running along the peripheral of the reedbed was a nice sight. A trio of ♂Red-crested Pochards and a single female on Patsy's reedbed was a nice year tick, plus Little Grebe, several Pintail, many Brent Geese and over forty Avocet packed on the only piece of dry land on the freshwater pool. A couple of Cetti's Warbler on route to the beach with Skylark, Linnet and Meadow Pipit overhead. The sea was naturally choppy and with little movement, the only observations on the water were a half dozen Goldeneye, a couple of Great-crested Grebes and several Common Gull. Dee managed a Weasel, which darted across the path on route back and a Greenshank was heard but unfortunately not seen.
|Dee's photo - Red-crested Pochard - year tick!|