RSPB Titchwell Delivers Wonderful Birds Day Three Norfolk Custom Tour

Titchwell moody sky Sept

RSPB Titchwell a place where time fast forwards everytime we visit! So many birds.

We collected Katie from her hotel, after breakfast, on the 26th October and headed straight to RSPB Titchwell one of our favourite places to enjoy birds. The car park was almost empty as it was still early and we realised a good few birds were in the trees and bushes here. The east end of the car park is closed to cars to reduce the number of people on site at any one time and this area was sheltered and in the sun. We stood and watched the birds here for some time and were rewarded with great views of lots of birds Katie had hoped to see. It is always lovely guiding visitors from the USA as nearly all the birds are new, if it is their first birding visit to Europe so Goldfinch and Chaffinch are just wonderful birds to see. Of course these species are wonderful it is just that we do rather take them for granted if we are lucky enough to see them regularly, it is so nice to be reminded by our guests from overseas just how beautiful our birds are. Katie spotted a bird with a white rump which we at first thought might be a Bullfinch as we had heard one calling but once we saw the bird we saw it was a lovely Brambling – great spotting! Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits all showed off in the sunshine what a lovely start to the day.

Avocet pair North Cave 1

Avocets are such beautiful waders always a delight to see - libary photo.

As we walked through the trees towards the fresh-marsh we had a brief look at a Water Rail in the ditch on the right side of the path. The majority of our Water Rail sightings over many years visiting Norfolk have been from this section of path. Out on the fresh-marsh it was rather quiet compared to many previous visits but still a great variety of birds to enjoy in the sunshine. Avocets were resting on a small island; Black-tailed Godwits were dozing up to their “knees” in the water as Dunlin scurried about on the mud. Lots of Teal were here along with Shoveler, Gadwall and Shelduck; two Red Kites were over the marsh to the left of the track fighting with Carrion Crows as Marsh Harriers drifted past keeping out of the dispute. Bearded Tits and Cetti’s Warblers called from the reeds but only gave fleeting looks in the windy conditions.

Further out along the path a lovely group of waders were on the saltwater pool and included some very confiding Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstones, Grey Plover and Common Redshank. We were very surprised to see another Water Rail out here near the beach, perhaps newly arrived? This so often tricky bird to see allowed us lovely views as it worked its way along a bank often in full view.

Teal pair April 2018

We enjoyed wonderful views of so many species including Teal - libary photo.

We eventually reached the beach, it always takes way longer than we think so many birds to stop and enjoy along the way. It was pretty windy here so not a lot to see actually on the sea but we did manage to pick out a Goldeneye and some Great crested Grebes. Plenty of waders along the shoreline including Sanderling and a juvenile Peregrine Falcon came zooming over scattering waders into the air with a whoosh of wings – spectacular stuff!

By now our stomachs were telling us it was lunch time but the walk back was still slow – so many birds to enjoy. By the time we reached the car the sun had gone and dark clouds were looming so perfect time for a delicious lunch at nearby Thornham Deli. It was so lovely of Katie to buy us lunch each day of the tour so very kind. The food and conversation at the deli were wonderful but eventually we headed back out the half a mile or so to Thornham Harbour in the hope of seeing Twite. It was sunny when we arrived but more of those black clouds were out to the west and not so very far away. We walked along the seawall and had not gone far when Ruth spotted some finches landing on the roof of the old coal barn opposite us. The birds were quickly in the telescopes and we were delighted to see they were Twite, five of them. We waved to other birders further along the seawall and pointed to the barn, thumbs up soon followed, they had the Twite.

Twite Thornham Square

Luckily we found the Twite quickly at Thornham Harbour - libary photo take at Thornham.

We had planned to walk further along the seawall and check the harbour for waders and perhaps a raptor or two but those black clouds had come a lot closer. Then the clouds were over us and dumped a deluge of rain and hail on us! It was awful lashing rain with face stinging hail mixed in and visibility reduced to almost nothing in the down pour, we scurried back to the car and dived for shelter. The rain was bouncing off the roads and great floods of brown water were running off the fields – time to head for home.

Come and join us for a “Tour for Two” – very small group just two guests with two guides, tailor made itinerary, low risk in these COVID-19 times and of course lots of birds and an excellent chance of enjoying them all. Do drop us a line and we can make all the arrangements be it a day trip, two days, three day or as long a tour as you wish. Our recent Tours for Two have visited the Highlands of Scotland, North Wales and the Yorkshire coast and we are planning many more! Let us know where you would like to go and we can put together a proposal perfect for you.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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