Thursday, 4 April 2013


Thursday 4th April 2013
A family trip to Norfolk gave an opportunity for a bit of casual Seawatching at Sheringham and a brief visit to Titchwell on the way back. On route we had loads of Red Kites and a couple of Bewick's Swans. Despite the fresh N E wind there were cloudless skies for much of the time so it was pleasant to be out for short spells. At Sheringham I spoke to a local seawatcher complete with sleeping bag. I watched with him for a while, during which time I saw 40 or so Red throated Divers flying East in a more or less continual stream. The other guy reached the 1000 bird mark while I was there. Other species were fewer and further between: Gannets, Razorbill, Common Scoter, Eider and a couple of Sandwich Terns. Apart from small groups of Turnstone and the odd Oystercatcher there were no other Shorebirds to be seen from Sheringham to Mundesley. I had hoped to catch up with a Glaucous Gull anywhere along this stretch of coast, but no luck. On the way back we took the coast road stopping at Titchwell. Near the car park path a couple of Woodcock, showed really well but for once no camera. We walked on passing the odd celeb (and I mean odd). Plenty of Marsh Harrier activity and a sprinkling of waders including: Ruff, Bar tailed Godwit, Knot, Avocet and Spotted Redshank. After a brief look from the hides I went back to the car for the camera but unfortunately the Woodcock show was over as the birds had moved into cover, allowing only brief glimpses.
Woodcock, Titchwell, Norfolk
Red throated Diver, part of a large passage
Immature Lesser Black backed Gull

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