Our Norfolk Adventure Begins: Day 1


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Black-tailed Godwit

Although the sky was grey, and a mixture of sleet and rain fell on us on our journey, we were still excited about the prospect of getting-away-from-it-all for a few days! I must admit I did remark gloomily that this was probably the worst day for weather we had experienced so far this year, with temperatures barely above freezing (to say nothing about the wind-chill factor). Luckily, on our arrival at Titchwell Nature Reserve, the rain/sleet stopped and I was soon grinning from ear-to-ear as I was treated with views of a woodcock deep in the undergrowth by the path to the Visitor's Centre. Our next two birds of note were water rail and marsh harrier - things were looking up!

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Marsh Harrier

As we walked towards the sea, we were then treated to good views of several waders including , our favourite, 'Limpy the Redshank', curlew. little grebe, ringed plover and black-tailed godwits.

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Little Grebe

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Limpy the Redshank

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Curlew

Once we were on the beach, we walked out towards the sea, buffeted by the icy wind. We could see a long line of black birds 'falling' over each other in the distance and wished that we had a scope! Everything was too far out for my camera, but we were able to identify common and velvet scoter.

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Scoter

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Knot

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Sanderling

Even though it was incredibly cold and grey, we were relieved that we had stayed dry and felt that the cobwebs had definitely been blown away. Before reaching Sheringham, we stopped at Holkham for one more bracing walk by the sea.

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Dave :)