Birding with Bridget and Aileen

Thursday June 11

Not a good weather forecast for to-day and they were mainly right. We set off in rain and, it continued until our meeting place - Titchwell car park at 8.30. After a consultation, we drove to the Black winged Praticole roosting field. A and B needed it for their life list. No sign of the bird there nor at the cereal field site.

It had now stopped raining, back to Titchwell. We sat in Parrinder Hide for forty minutes, seeing a small variety of birds, including one Common Sandpiper. We added the female Red-crested Pochard and her remaining five young on the return walk past the marsh Pool.

A drink in the NOA hide at Holme, brought views of two distant Barn Owls and delightful Pochard ducklings diving madly. The pager reported a sighting of the BW Pratincole 'from the main path' so, we returned to Titchwell. Despite a lengthy wait and scan, still no sign of the bird for us! I made some use of the wait by photographing a Sedge Warbler and an obliging Bearded Reedling before hastening back to the car ahead of the approaching thundery shower. It actually thundered and rained very heavily during our picnic lunch at Brancaster Staithe

Back to Titchwell for a third attempt, just a short walk this time before impending rain drove us back to the car again.

After a short discussion, we suggested that A and B gave it another half hour or so's scanning and Pam and I drove home. Just as we'd passed Roughton, Bridget phoned with the welcome news that they'd seen the bird, briefly flying off from Titch and then, scope views on the ground in its favoured field.They were pleased to have been able to show two others the whereabouts of the field and thanked us for that.

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