Sunday, August 27, 2006


It's a bit silly to go to the north Norfolk coast on a Bank Holiday weekend and then moan because there are lots of people about...


Lots of birds at Titchwell, too. Mixed flock of Dunlin and Curlew Sandpipers

Curlew Sandpiper with Phragmites in the way...

Bathtime for Ringed Plover


Teal dabbling

Snipe probing

Will Bowell and David Roche had counted 24 species of wader on the lagoons and beach, which I think would have been...
  1. Dunlin
  2. Curlew Sandpiper
  3. Black-tailed Godwit
  4. Bar-tailed Godwit
  5. Lapwing
  6. Golden Plover
  7. Grey Plover
  8. Sanderling
  9. Temminck's Stint
  10. Little Stint
  11. Redshank
  12. Spotted Redshank
  13. Curlew
  14. Snipe
  15. Green Sandpiper
  16. Common Sandpiper
  17. Oystercatcher
  18. Avocet
  19. Ringed Plover
  20. Turnstone
  21. Greenshank
  22. Ruff
  23. Knot?
  24. Wood Sandpiper?
Before hitting Titchwell, we took a walk along the hedgerows at Burnham Overy Staithe, only to find it congested with dog-walkers and a selection of eccentrically-dressed birders, and devoid of birds. Nice Migrant Hawkers, though.

Lunch was had at The Chequers Inn, Binham, and was very good. I can recommend the steak and ale pie. Am I getting middle-aged?

Nearly forgot to mention that I had a Titchwell tick - a small boy having his bum wiped by his mother, on the main path to the beach, fully exposed to the cold north-westerly wind. Poor sod. No wonder he didn't look very happy. Is there anything people won't do on nature reserves? It seems not...

digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

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