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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Titchwell Marsh: some decent (if distant) birds!

Since neither Norman nor Brian were free this week, I left home at 'stupid-o'-clock' and was at Titchwell by 5.00am. (The regular Barn Owl was hunting just east of the entrance.) The freshwater lagoon was about 30% dry, so lots of waders were huddled in front of Island Hide: mostly Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets and Ruff, but a dapper little Spotted Redshank was the first of three I eventually came across.

A move to Parrinder Hide produced very distant views of one - perhaps two - Little Stints, as well as a Golden Plover that had me considering Pacific GP... A Couple of Spoonbills, a Curlew Sandpiper and the first of two Great Egrets were also present.

A longish walk round to the Autumn Trail provided views of the far side of the Freshwater Lagoon: eventually I managed to find the Lesser Yellowlegs as well as two more Spotted Redshanks and a second Great Egret. Two Red Kites were sunning themselves by the path back to reception.

I stopped at Cley on the way home, on the offchance of a Night Heron, but managed only a Buzzard and Water Rail.  Pleasant to bump into Elizabeth and Barry (of Wingsearch fame!) while enjoying a cheese scone!

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