In true form, the build up to August's bank holiday weekend has meant the weather on the north Norfolk coast has been fairly dull peppered with sporadic bursts of sunshine over the last two days. However, it's still a great time to visit and see waders in good numbers. Plenty of ruff, black tailed godwits and avocets on the fresh marsh with over two hundred dunlin and a score of knot in summer plummage spotted close by. Out at sea around two hundred common scoters and a few gannets were visible, while closer to the beach visitors had a clear view of a small flock of sandwich terns.
The spoonbills are still in residence on the freshmarsh although their visible numbers fluctuate from day to day. Bar tailed godwits, golden plover and redshank are present (numbering around twenty of each) Two little stints, curlew sandpipers, little egrets and common terns were also seen yesterday also on the freshmarsh. On Tuesday spotted redshank, greenshank and grey plover were seen in single numbers.
Further along the west bank path visitors caught sight of a juvenile water rail and a whimbrel with a ring tailed harrier flying low over the Thornham marsh. Both a hobby and marsh harrier were spotted flying over the east side of the reserve towards Patsy's reedbed where a great crested grebe and red crested pochard kept each other company.
Just over fifty people spent the night on Titchwell reserve this weekend for our special 'snore and explore' sleep out event. We had brilliant weather here on Saturday which gave all our visitors the perfect opportunity to walk around the reserve before the evening activities and torchlit walk began.
During the day we spotted two canny water rails along the west bank path and a couple of snipe hiding out on the Thornham marshes. Further along we managed to spot a couple of juvenile little ringed plovers, and ten common tern on the fresh marsh. From the parrinder hide it was possible to see a wood sandpiper, whimbrel, yellow wagtail and two little stints. There were a lot of visitors on the beach on Saturday and I'm sure they were happy to see sixty sandwich terns and an arctic skua from their vantage points behind the dunes.
Three marsh harriers and a kestrel enthralled us before lunch as they circled over the fresh marsh while visitors on the east trail managed to catch sight of a lonely hobby. In contrast to this, sixty oystercatchers and over five hundred golden plover were in residence on the fresh marsh, while everybody's favourites, the enigmatic spoonbills numbered around seventeen on the Thornham marsh and fresh marsh.
In the morning, the overnight campers were up bright and early for a bit of bird spotting and sighted little grebes in Patsy's pool, wood and common sandpipers on the fresh marsh along side spotted redshank and over one hundred knot. The early walk was rounded off with the sight of a buzzard along the west bank path.
Later on during the day a spotted flycatcher, redstart and whinchat were all seen from island hide while out to sea, twelve gannet were spotted flying west.
All in all a very good day for our campers and other visitors this weekend.
When my sisters, Annie and Ruby and I visited RSPB Titchwell Marsh with my grandma we had a lovely time. First we had a tasty lunch of Cornish pasties and beans followed by scrumptious apply crumble and ice cream in the café.
Carrie gave us a pack of information for children to help us find the bugs, butterflies and birds as we walked around the reserve.
We then walked through the wildlife garden: my favourite part was the bug hotel – it’s a great idea and I love the motto – Give Nature a Home.
After the wildlife garden we walked to Fen Hide, spotting butterflies on the way. From the hide we saw marsh harriers, avocets and red darters. We loved the painting all around the hide and we spoke to Nigel the artist who was there painting a bird on the wall. Friendly visitors in the hide helped us identify the birds and butterflies.
We will definitely be coming back to Titchwell and will bring our cousins too.
Lily Skaanild (Amsterdam)