Norfolk Custom Tour For Two Day One RSPB Titchwell 25 February 2023

RSPB Titchwell is one of our favourite nature reserves and always delivers - library photo.

We left Kings Lyn and headed up to the North Norfolk coast, it was very windy with shower. Arriving with some time to spare before meeting John, our second guest on this tour for two, we called in at Hunstanton Cliffs. Northern Fulmars were whizzing past in the high winds but scanning offshore produced few birds – two Red-breasted Merganser flew east and a solitary Great Crested Grebe rode the waves, we headed for Titchwell.

Luckily John was early too and had just arrived in the car park. Lunch was the first priority, that done we headed out onto the reserve. We had only walked a few yards when a Water Rail showed below the path, great start, this was almost immediately followed by a lovely Brambling. Brambling have been very scarce this winter so it was lovely to catch up with this handsome finch. We walked along the main path to view the “Fresh Marsh” and it was hard to know what to look at first! Three Spoonbills were great to see in March, somehow we always think of them as summer birds, even though small numbers do overwinter in the UK. A Water Pipit dropped in and bathed in a pool before flying off again – great timing! Ruff fed on the islands amongst beautiful Pied Avocets, hundreds of Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew between the lagoons and Thornham Marsh just to the west, fantastic sight and sound. Golden Plover posed with Northern Lapwings and a stunning breeding plumaged Mediterranean Gull dropped in – Titchwell is one of the UK’s best nature reserves for sure.

We were very lucky to watch a Water Rail almost the first bird we saw! - library photo.

We then headed inland a short way and were surprised to see a lone Whooper Swan with three Mute Swans in a crop field. What we had hoped to see were Red-legged Partridges – same place as the swans, and Yellowhammers just up the road, perfect. A lot of farmland birds here so lovely to see, unlike many parts of the UK, Skylarks, Linnets, Chaffinches and some thirty Yellowhammers entertained us in the afternoon sun.

It was a two minute drive to our lovey hotel our base for five night Tour for Two and we settled in before enjoying a delicious dinner. A super start to the trip.

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