Friday, 26 June 2009

Titchwell Marsh

Whilst on the north Norfolk coast I visited the RSPB's Titchwell Marsh. Sightings included a pair of marsh harriers showing well, several pairs of copulating demoiselles, dragonflies and some chasers. I watched avocets defend their tiny islets from the larger black-headed gulls and wondered how they manage to protect their chicks on such small strips of bare shingle.

I enjoyed listening to sedge and reed warblers and trying to spot them. There were also several whitethroat to be enjoyed. But the find of the day for me was a ruff still in breeding plumage.

Avocet photo by Dave J Slater, sedge warbler by Andy Bright follow the links to their sites from the sidebar.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Super bird photos Carol - the avocet is such a success story isn't it - they are breeeding at Nosterfield, near here. They are such a lovely bird.
This year, for the first time in about ten years, we have heard the cuckoo locally.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'd love to see avocets. Weaver, have you sent your cuckoo record to Springwatch?

Mistlethrush said...

I'm glad you've heard a cuckoo, they seem to be declining. Let's hope they do better this year.

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