Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, December

The last birding trip of the year was to RSPB Titchwell Marsh on the North Norfolk coast. Home to all sorts of shorebirds and harriers and winter visitors, it’s a known hot spot, though I was still surprised to find it so busy on a windy day (the Norfolk landscape is flat and there was no protection from the wind for miles.)

We watched a marsh harrier hunting in the sunset, spotted little ringed plovers, and followed a curlew as it danced in the mud, pulling up large worms.

Ringed plover or little ringed plover?

 

A marsh harrier hunts in the setting sun.

Curlew or whimbrel? I never can tell!

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A squirrel on the feeder.
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A quarrel

6 Replies to “Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, December”

  1. Curlew is most likely in winter – and the proportions of the bird suggest that this is what it is. Whimbrel are mainly seen on migration. A good look at the head would show a distinct crown stripe if it was a whimbrel.

    Ringed plovers are far more likely than little ringed plovers at this time of year. But it looks like the light wasn’t too good, so that makes them hard to distinguish at times.

    The north Norfolk coast is a good place to learn about birds, there are so many to see, and a lot of good birders there who will help. Look out for Bob or Jacky Gulliver volunteering at Titchwell – I’ve often seen Jacky in the hides helping people sort out the birds.

    1. Hi Annie, thanks for your comment and knowledge. I will have a look out for the volunteers you mentioned when I next visit Titchwell – it’s all very well looking at birds and trying to identify them but if there’s somewhere there to tell you definitively it is obviously much better. :D

      1. It takes time to get to know all the birds, and even then, you can still make mistakes. Just keep working at it, and you will at least be right more often than you are wrong.

  2. I’d like to one day be able to develop the patience to learn the names of some birds just by looking at them. I’ve had visions of sitting alone in a forest like Thoreau and sketching pictures and names of the different birds I see. So far I’m sucking at that fantasy.

    1. Aw, enjoy the fantasy because it sounds beautiful. I wish I had the time to indulge it.

      I never used to know any birds, then I started learning and gradually I’m learning, though there are still so many more to get to know. I live in Norfolk so we have a lot of coastline and so many wader and shore birds and winter visitors so there’s something new every time I travel tot he coast.

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