Day 3 - Titchwell Marsh RSPB via Burnham Overy Freshmarsh:
Today we decided to go to Titchwell again, as we did quite a bit of driving yesterday and we wanted to stay a bit more local, rather than trekking to Minsmere and back. So, it was hopeful, considering that there was no rain forecast, and a Penduline Tit had been seen at our favourite RSPB reserve for 2 days now.
On the way, we noticed cars parked at Burnham Overy Freshmarsh again, the site for the Great White Egret. So we stopped and I jumped out and was told that the bird was there, but a little distant. Nevertheless we set up the scopes and we saw it, a more definite tick than the one on Saturday - on a high mag you could see the yellow bill which confirmed it for me. Not a lifer though, but a first for Britain for me, as we did see one in Namibia. There were also many Pink-footed Geese in the field, which are nice neat geese to see.
Then we carried on to Titchwell (which I think should be called 'Twitchwell'!) to find a very busy car park. We set off round the Meadow Trail for starters, where many birders we still looking for the Yellow-browed Warblers reported in the area, but we carried on to the first hide. On the way I had a fleeting view of a pair of Bearded Tits which dived down into the reeds, but I will count them!
On leaving the first hide, I heard, on an RSPB volunteer's walky-talky, that there was a Shore Lark on the beach, "about two thirds of the way to Thornham". So I hastily made my way to the beach, where many people were lined up. Some said they had seen a Skua a few minutes before, and others said that there was a large flock of Scoter out to sea, but after many scans of the ocean, I found nothing but a few gulls. And I would've looked more, had it not been for a man telling me that a line of people stood way down the beach to the west were looking at a Shore Lark. So I gathered my limbs and trundled along the sand - which was easier to walk on than the pebbles at Cley! - to where these people were, and they showed me my 4th lifer of the trip - my first Shore Lark! The views were very distant at first, but after about half an hour the bird came quite close, but unfortunately by this time it had started to rain. So we got good views, and here are my best photos of this lovely lark - perhaps not much more than good record shots, but shots all the same!
And that was it for today, we got a Cromer crab on the way home and had a very fishy tea!
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