Thursday, 18 February 2010
Flitcham Abbey, Titchwell and Wells (Norfolk): Popped into Flitcham Abbey, weather was overcast with light drizzle, birds of note included: Fieldfare (4), Stock Pigeon (4), Red-legged Partridge (2), Curlew (1), Teal and Gadwall. At Titchwell, the drizzle persisted for a short while and the visibility was quite poor. We enjoyed very close views of a feeding Water Rail near the main path and as we continued on: Marsh Harrier (1), Brent Geese (100), Spotted Redshank (1), Black-tailed Godwit (5), Avocet (10), Bar-tailed Godwit (5), Sanderling (5), Dunlins, Oystercatchers, Common Scoters (1000+) and Goldeneye (5). As we made our way back to the car, near the picnic sites, we enjoyed very close views of at least one Woodcock. After a spot of late lunch we continued along the coast to Wells to see the four reported Scaup (1 male, 1 first-winter male and 2 females), which we caught up with on the boating lake. On route, we managed to also see Pink-footed Geese (1000+) and six Barn Owls. On the way back to our Norfolk home, we made a short diversion to Choseley where we saw several thousand more Pink-footed Geese along with a single white-phase Snow Goose.