Coventry and Warwickshire local RSPB Trip – RSPB Titchwell 27th of September 2015.

The first trip of the new season was to RSPB Titchwell reserve that offers fresh water and saltwater lakes plus reed beds, open marshland and the sea known as the “Wash”.

The Wash is the square-mouthed bay and estuary on the northwest margin of East Anglia on the east coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom and is fed by the Rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse.
Arriving in glorious sunshine the group soon went their separate ways; I went towards the beach to carry out a sea watch to look for both birds and cetaceans. As usual Redshanks were a plenty.

The sea state was a 2, with slight wind waves, here I saw Gannet, Brent Geese, Pink Footed Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Common Scoter, Redshank, Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Knot, Little Egret, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Oystercatcher and Cormorant.

After a considerable time on the beach I made my way back inland towards the hides where the sightings list increased to include notables such as Marsh Harrier, Avocet and Curlew Sandpiper.

Other birds seen were, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Widgeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Scoter, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Snipe, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Swallow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch and Linnet.

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