Wednesday, 16 January 2013



Part Two of a day out with Keith where we visited RSPB Framton Marsh in Lincolnshire and RSPB Titchwell in Norfolk.

After an excellent three hours or so at Frampton, and the obligatory cup of coffee, it was time to move on to our next destination...the magnificent  RSPB reserve at  Titchwell.

Thanks to excellent chauffeuring by Keith,  53 miles and 1 3/4 hours later we arrived in the rather busy (it usually is!) Titchwell car park.

A short walk to the visitor centre shop to check the sightings board to see what was about and  as is normal when you're in a crowded area I kept hearing snippets of conversations and the two words that kept being mentioned were Barn Owl!  Anyway, on through the shop and back outside to check to see what birds were coming to the feeding station (not many as it happens!) and there it was again!... someone mentioned Barn Owl  "just there,  sitting on a fence post"  No! it couldn't be, it's one o'clock in the afternoon Barn Owls don't come out at this time of day?... Oh yes they do!...a quick walk, of the twenty or so yards, in the direction of the pointing fingers and we were just in time to see a beautiful Barn Owl lift off from the fence post and give us a short fly by before disappearing behind the trees and out of sight!...a truly wonderful few minutes, and just to add to the moment, a guy standing close by then called out Stonechat! and, sure enough, we were all soon watching a (distant) pair of Stonechats as they kept flitting from the ground up into some bramble bushes...and in the far distance a Hen Harrier was hunting over the reed beds.... the day just got a whole lot better!

Barn Owl

We decided to forgo visiting the hides for the time being and instead to make our way along the main path that leads to the beach.

As always, the path was rather busy.

There were lots of other birds and waterfowl around and we were soon able to see, amongst the usual candidates Shelduck, Avocet, Shoveler,  a single  Greenshank and lots of Curlew and Redshank.


The next big surprise was seeing the large flock of Golden Plover (circa 4000 according to the sightings board!) resting on the islands in front of the main hide and what a beautiful sight as they intermittently took to the air and sparkled and glittered in the sunlight just like golden confetti.

Just a small fraction of the Golden Plover in front of the Parrinder Hide

On past the hide and onto the next lagoon where a group of Teal were busy dabling on the shallow water.

Teal (male)

And further along, another big surprise.. a beautiful pair of Pintail were 'showing' right up close to the path seemingly unconcerned by the amount of people passing by just a few feet away!

A stunning male Pintail

And a Black Headed Gull saying "I may not be as beautiful as a Pintail but look, I can jump on water"

Out onto the beach now and for once the wind wasn't blowing a gale, and we weren't getting sandblasted, as is normally the case here!

The clubhouse for the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club across the water at Brancaster

Here we saw Oystercatcher, Turnstone and Sanderling 'working' the strand line looking for  something nice to eat.


This 'friendly' Black Headed Gull followed us along the beach and was never more than a couple of yards away.

On the way back to the hides we had a fleeting glimpse of a Water Rail as it quickly disapeared back into the undergrowth  and eagle eyed Keith did it again and spotted a couple of Snipe on the edge of a distant island ( he's got a knack when it comes to spotting Snipe!!)

Even I could see this one as it posed right in front of the hide window!

Keith also located a flock of Twite as they flew across the water to a far bank.

We were into the late afternoon now and the sun was beginning to set and it was time to make our way back to the car for a final cup of coffee and the long journey home.

It was a very successful and enjoyable day with 41 different species seen here, making a grand total of 57 different species for the day with 25 of them being new year ticks, and one a life tick (the Twite), and also add onto that sightings of Rabbit, Brown Hare and Muntjac Deer and it was truly...A Mega Day Out.


ADRIAN said...

Pretty sure I never saw this. Thanks for posting it again.
That is a smart bird hide. I could live in it.
I now see where your new header came from.

Roy Norris said...

I dont mind seeing tis again Trevor. Titchwell is a great place to see birds, but you can have an off day there sometimes, (Like me the last time) but thats like anywhere I suppose.

The Herald said...

Thanks Adrian, glad you can see it! Blogger seems to have a mind of it's own at the moment!
You'd need a hefty mortgage for that hide, apparently it cost an absolute fortune.
The Header was taken over the flood water of the 'crow field' at Caldecotte...[;o)

Thanks Roy, sorry to inflict it on you again!
Come wind, rain or shine I've always had a great time at Titchwell (so far!!)...[;o)

holdingmoments said...

A really BIG day out Trevor.
Fantastic time.

I hope these blogger problems you are having are over now.

The Herald said...

Thanks Keith, it was a good day out.

Yeh, me too![;o)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful bird photos and the info.


I didnt have this flag up, but its been a good read with great photos. Its good that there are people like you and keith about that know their birds. I dont know a twite from a tesco frozen turkey.I just point the camera and click.


The Herald said...

Thanks Bob...[;o)

Thanks Peter. Yeh, we love our birding!...[;o)

grammie g said...

Hi Trevor..Nope didn't see....looks like a great day with plenty of bird to see!!
Always love a Owl shot..I never see one ..hear them at night but that's it!!
Your "photos" are so "perdy" and that gull with the water trail of his tail is perfect! those beaks and
eyes ; )
Gorgeous day and great scenery shots!!