Despite a rather ominous forecast (more fog) we nevertheless headed off to North Norfolk yesterday. As it turned out there was no fog to be found on the two hour drive from Northamptonshire or on the Norfolk coast. Here are a few photos of the RSPB’s reserve at Titchwell along with some of its birds. If you have never been to Titchwell it is well worth a visit – a combination of reedbeds, marshes and wetland scrapes. The birds seem very used to people and as a result you get good views of lots of birds close up.
These are the new Parrinder Hides which I haven’t seen before. They are built on a new sea wall which protects the freshwater habitats from the saline ones. The work was completed in 2010/11 as part of the RSPB’s work to protect the reserve from sea-level rise and climate change. I’m glad to say the hides and the sea wall appear to have survived the 2013 Norfolk coastal surge event.
We finally got down to the beach for a bit of sea watching – it was mighty cold and windy down on the beach – my experience of sea watching everywhere. We didn’t go down to the shore as there were a lot of waders feeding there. However some did and frightened them away – poor bird craft ….
As a result the birds were a long way away – we were however treated to views of a number of very smart long-tailed ducks (record short above), common and velvet scoters and some red-breasted mergansers.
Titchwell is a top 10 UK nature reserve and is well managed – plan a visit you won’t be disappointed. We didn’t see any bitterns or bearded tits but we saw several marsh harriers and heard a Cetti’s warbler – magic place.