Naturelog: Saturday 20th September

Posted: September 22, 2014 in Birds, Natural History


Another trip into East Anglia with the RSPB group. The weather was not promising as we left London as it was raining heavily. However by the time we arrived at Titchwell on the north Norflok coast the rain had stopped although it would remain cloudy and murky all day.


The Freshwater marsh provided sightings of a range of waders including Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit with the latter two species giving excellent close views.

Waders and wildfowl on the Freshwater Marsh

Waders and wildfowl on the Freshwater Marsh



Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

A distant Water Rail was seen on the far side of the marsh as unusually it fed in the open for a long period of time and a Northern Wheatear was present on one of the islands. Over the saltmarsh a Marsh Harrier floated by and close attention was paid to the ‘Little Egrets’ in the vegetation as up to 18 Spoonbills have been seen here recently. Unfortunately today all those I saw were Little Egrets.

The brackish marsh was quite although there was a single avocet on the mud flats.

Realising that time was pressing on it became a choice between the beach or the east trail. Hearing from a fellow birder that there was not much on the beach I decided to look for migrant birds on the East trial.

On the way back a brief stop at the feeders was rewarded with a brief view of a Brambling skulking in the trees. The East trial leads through woodland to a pool in the reed-bed. Suprisingly given the notable small bird migration the woodland area was quite and I only added a few common species. Patsy’s pool however added a number of new species including Red-Crested Pochard, Greenshank, Snipe, Little Grebe and Northern Shoveller.

Red-Crested Pochard (f)

Red-Crested Pochard (f)

With the light drawing in and time running out a return to the area just north of the visitor centre was rewarded with the sighting of 2 Whinchat on a wire fence

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) adult
Photo by Allan Hopkins (

Despite the weather, a good days birdwatching. The species seen on the reserve and a few seen on the journey brought my total to 59 for the day.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Ringed Plover [sp] (Charadrius hiaticula)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Bearded Reedling [sp] (Panurus biarmicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Northern Wheatear [sp] (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
White Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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