Friday, 6 September – RSPB Snettisham, RSPB Titchwell Marsh, National Trust Horsey Windpump, Gorleston-on-the-Sea

The first stop of the day was RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve.

It was a really bad day for bird watching – very rainy and slightly foggy. Some mallards were hanging out in the car park.

Snettisham is known for the water birds that gather and the spectacular views of them taking off as the tide comes in. Our spirits were seriously dampened and we turned back before getting all the way to the shore.

We drove on to RSPB Titchwell Marsh, which is known for sightings of bearded tits that live in the reeds. Although we saw lots of birds, Ralph only got one glimpse of a bearded tit. Even though we watched that section of reeds for another half hour, neither of us saw another of the tits. We did see:

Little egret

Sheldrake ducks

Other ducks

Maybe teals?

Gadwalls

Avocets

Knots?

Purple sandpiper

Dunlin (or maybe a ruff or pectoral sandpiper)?

Redshanks

Dunlins?

Reeves’s muntjac (deer introduced from China) browsing near the visitor centre.

We then drove around the east coast of Norfolk to the National Trust Horsey Windpump. Much of Southern England used to marshes and fens, lowland which had to be drained for use as agriculture and to control mosquito borne diseases. Devices such as the windpumps (similar to windmills) were used to pump the water out of the lowlands.

We spent the night in Gorleston-on-the-Sea.

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