Off on to the reserve with red crested pochards observed, mainly in a huge state of disrepair through post breeding moult. A summer plumaged spotted redshank is always a good bird to see, with first one and then seven being seen. A flyover spoonbill, heading to Thornham was also put into the book and later, good numbers of this impressive bird were seen, both at Titchwell and later, at Cley. A singing sedge warbler showed well along the path to the beach as did the regular birds such as teal, black headed gulls, little egrets, linnets, reed buntings and avocets.
|kestrel hovering over beach path|
|sedge warbler in fine voice|
|lapwing on Freshmarsh|
|Greylag gosling ducks and heads for cover|
|An adult greylag speedily moves on.......|
|........but not fast enough for the avocet!|
|avocets and 2 drake red crested pochard|
|hunting barn owl|
|moulting drake teal|
This was from Daukes. The other 2 hides gave up shelduck, lesser black backed gull, grey heron, marsh harrier and 4 extremely tatty ruff as well as a pair of little ringed plover.
|little ringed plover|
|some of the Cley spoonbills|
|3 ruff in moult with an lrp behind.|
A great day of 78 species, a UK lifer butterfly, a new pair of binoculars and a couple of year listers for me meant a thoroughly successful day was had.
Thanks to Paul at Titchwell for leaving the moth trap for me to have a rummage through.