Friday, February 26, 2016

North Norfolk!

Despite enjoying a day out with the Brandon Marsh team here on Monday a few days at the Briarfields Hotel in Titchwell gives Dee and I the opportunity to explore more of the wonderful North Norfolk Coast. Today we took a leisurely stroll around RSPB Titchwell in conditions you don't often experience in this neck of the woods in February, flat calm & mostly bright! Also bumped into Mr Keith Barnsley at Titchwell, another Brandon volunteer, although not sure what the major 'twitch' was!

Several Grey Plover at RSPB Titchwell.
All the usual waders and wildfowl were recorded, including Grey Plover, Avocet and Bar-tailed Godwit, plus a few year ticks in the form of Water Pipit and Common Scoter, with a whole raft of the latter offshore. While sea watching several Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser and Dee's favourite Sanderling scurrying along the beach.

At least three Brambling on the Titchwell feeders!
While enjoying a coffee overlooking the feeders three Brambling and a nice looking male Siskin, before a Sparrowhawk scattered all asunder. Lots of Marsh Harrier activity with a least five birds on the wing at once, including a stonking looking male.

Later in the day another year tick, this time a Spotted Redshank at Thornham and on route here at least two day hunting Barn Owls. A walk to Holme and back produced some huge flocks of Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese, with a large flock of Pinkies high and heading north at dusk, on their way home perhaps in these calm conditions?

As the hotel bar is calling rather than post a long list of species seen today I thought I'd leave you with a few of Dee's images of an enjoyable day!

Stonechat at RSPB Titchwell

Ringed Plover

Little Egret