March 28th Titchwell

  A couple of hours at Titchwell today. Sunny but breezy but some nice birds. A pair of Bullfinches were in the car park, always a lovely bird to watch. The Water Rails were in their usual place by the footpath to the beach and Cettis Warbler seemed to call everywhere.
 The current work being carried out on the reserve always makes me wish I was elsewhere! The new glass in the Fen Hide makes it impossible to focus on anything without seeing double and it seems impossible to drain the Freshwater marsh to make it suitable for anything but wildfowl and the hardiest waders. OK moan over.
 The small drier areas of the Freshwater marsh gave 27 Avocet and 70 Black Tailed Godwits. 2 Bearded Tits were in the reeds. 5 Marsh Harriers displayed overhead and a male Peregrine upset everything.
 The Brackish Marsh held very few birds. There were 2 Greenland Wheatear by the board walk. The sea was much better with several Red Breasted Mergansers and Goldeneye. Also there were 3000 Common Scoter, when they flew there were 21 Velvet Scoter with them. A summer plumaged Red Necked Grebe was a very pleasant surprise.

  Red Necked Grebe

"Greenland" Wheatear