Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The east coast

With the a south east wind blowing heading out with Dan to Frampton Marsh with the plan to head to Titchwell later.

Frampton started off well with the new pools by the carpark allowed us to see our first Garganey of the new plus a few Ruff and Greenshank, a lone Common Sandpiper with Swifts and Swallows overhead. Then headed up to the seawall where there were plenty of singing Sedge Warblers and a few Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks by the lagoons pools.

Singing Sedge Warbler


Walked along the seawall which was quite productive with flocks of Brent Geese still around and at least four Whimbrels feeding out on the wash with at least one Spotted Redshank and a lone curlew in with the common Redshanks and a distance hare was seen.

Whimbrel in flight
Then walked around to the hides where there quite a few waders with Little Ringed Plovers showing really well with a few Ruff, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and Ringed plovers nearby. Out on the water there was a mix of ducks with a pair of Garganey and a Pair of Wigeon in with Shovelers, Gadwall and Tufted Ducks and in with the breeding colney of Black-head Gulls a lone Mediterranean Gull was seen.

Little Ringed Plover


Mediterranean Gull in flight


After a bit of lunch walked down the hedgerow near the flooded field and saw Lesser and Common Whitethroat plus Chiff-chaff and Blackcap in song. While on the waters edge Cetti's Warbler were in song while we had some nice views of a group of four Wood Sandpipers and the Greenshank and Ruff.

Wood Sandpiper through one of the gaps in the hedge


Then headed to Titchwell via the Barns where we had some decent views in one of the fields of a group of Dotterel.

At Titchwell we had some nice views of a Temminck's Stint, Grey Plover, Avocets and a Little Stint which took a bit of work to nail the ID and a distance booming Bittern was heard.

Then bumped into the biking birder a great bloke to spent some time with and while with him added Sandwich and Little Tern out on the beach while some nice views of some waders on the beach with the summer plumage Sanderlings a highlight. Heading back to the carpark Cuckoo was heard a Marsh Harrier were seen hunting over the reeds and a Spotted Flycatcher seen near the visitor centre

Sanderling feeding on the Beach

Spotted Flycatcher up in the trees

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