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A Ruff trip to Norfolk...

On Sunday morning at 05:00am I picked up one of my oldest and dearest friends from Ash. Mike Avenell and his wife Julia were here from Australia on holiday. Though they had a very packed agenda, we did manage a days birding; and where better to go than Norfolk! 

Mike enjoying close views of Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Little Gull at Titchwell Marsh RSPB
The 3 1/2 hour drive gave us a great opportunity to catch up and put us at Titchwell Marsh RSPB at 08:30 am. Norfolk birding has never let me down and today was no exception. 

Ruff (digi-scope with my Iphone)
We tallied up over 80 species for the day, 13 life birds for Mike. Mike has spent over 23 years living in Australia plus many other years travelling throughout the world. So, it was great for us to finally spend a day in good old England; savoring our resident and migrant birds. 

Mike at the famous Cley Marshes in Norfolk
Top birds today were Hobby, one hawking above Cley Marshes; catching a House Martin, literally, above our heads! Marsh Harriers quartering above the reed beds was a wonderful sight as was the occasional glimpse of Bearded Tits, busily foraging in front of us. Waders included Spotted Redshank, Knot, Avocet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover were present, to name a few, as were 8 Spoonbill! Bird of the day for me, however, was one of my favourite gulls: Little Gull.

Little Gull
The whole day was brilliant and what made it extra special was the fact that I shared it with one of my most closest friends: Micky Avenell. 


  1. What a great blog - nice one Rich, you are a star.x
    Jacqui (Mickey's sister)

  2. What a great blog - nice one Rich, you are a star.x
    Jacqui (Mickey's sister)


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