Leader: Alan Hughes
Reporter: Emily Leonard
Species List: David Gibbons
We started our trip out to RSPB Titchwell at around 9.15am, on a stunning morning. The sun was shining and there was a bit of warmth to the air as well. With our face masks and hand sanitiser in hand, our group of 6 ventured off onto the reserve to see what we could find. We had agreed that we would aim for the beach as high tide was around 5am, so the tide would still be reasonably close in and the birds would be closer to us. We glanced over the scrapes but knew we would come back to them at a later time. On the beach we had many adult and juvenile Gannets flying along the horizon, who were joined by 2 Great Crested Grebes nearer to the shoreline and gave us very good views. Also on the sea was a Red Throated Diver which is always a sight to see. We scanned the shoreline, which resulted in Brent Geese, Oystercatchers, Grey Plovers, Bar Tailed Godwits, as well as Sanderling whizzing up and down!
We walked through the woodland before the visitors centre and we found a small mixed bird flock, which contained Blue Tits, Long Tailed Tits (lots of these!), Chaffinch and Goldfinch. It also included 1 Goldcrest that was very vocal. We walked back to the visitor’s centre/ car park for a quick coffee break. On our way back onto the reserve, we had to go through the new visitor’s hut; it was very nice! We next walked round through the woodlands and up to the Fen Hide. We caught up with the small mixed bird flock again as they flew around our heads. A little Chiffchaff flitted around the scrub beside us, we didn’t even need our binoculars to enjoy it.
A few Coots were present at the Fen Hide. We had to turn around at the Fen Hide, as the rest of the trail was cordoned off due to the new works that have been planned for the reserve. On the rainy walk back to the car park for lunch, we had Starlings flying over our heads as well as some Redwing too.
At the car park the rain started getting heavier and we made the decision to call it a day, having enjoyed a lovely morning out on the reserve.
Although the rain stopped us from continuing into the afternoon, I for one (as I’m sure the others were too) was very grateful to be able to get out and see some wonderful birds with good company too.
I look forward to when we will be allowed to do another outdoor meeting again. Keep safe everyone and take care.
Titchwell Sightings 31.10.2020.
Jay Jackdaw Pheasant Woodpigeon
Blackbird Robin Chaffinch Goldfinch
Mallard Black-headed Gull Marsh Harrier Great Tit
Magpie Lapwing Little Egret Cetti’s Warbler
Pied Wagtail Redshank Curlew Skylark
Turnstone Common Gull Oystercatcher Golden Plover
Brent Goose Dunlin Bar-tailed Godwit Herring Gull
Cormorant Great Crested Grebe Great Black-backed Gull
Sanderling Linnet Red-throated Diver Gannet
Eider Duck Stonechat Pintail Grey Heron
Rock Pipit Little Grebe Shelduck Teal
Gadwall Wigeon Grey Plover Ringed Plover
Avocet Moorhen Shoveler Meadow Pipit
Black-tailed Godwit Pink-footed Goose Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit Goldcrest Starling Chiffchaff
60 Species in total.