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Sea watching at Titchwell
Pinkies on the way home
Our third stop was Choseley Barns where I picked up one of the local Rough-legged Buzzard in flight. Showing a distinctive white tail & black base, it flew across the fields and out of view. Rough-legged Buzzards stand out as they have particular pale head and breast but you do need to ensure the bird you are looking at isn't just a pale Common Buzzard. Rough-legs are the northern relative of Common Buzzards that breed in Scandinavia & Russia. We didn't have any luck re-locating the bird so we moved down the road in RSPB Titchwell.
Getting out the car I recorded my first Brambling of the winter high in the trees. The feeders were very busy with an array of birds so I stuffed my hot sausage roll before making our way towards the beach. Jarad and I discussed how difficult it is to see Water Pipits and unbelievably there was one showing right in front of us. A Kingfisher also passed right in front of our noses.
No time to waste given the remaining light so we headed to the beach where Dave had kindly already located two Velvet & three Common Scoter out on the sea. There were the normal array of waders on the shore line including Grey Plover, Knot & Oystercatcher. Heading back up the reserve we stopped to watch three Spotted Redshanks swimming in the fading sunlight. This rounded off a superb busy day birding which included two lifers -Pallid Harrier & Shore Lark.