After travelling back from Kent in the evening heat today was going to be a nice lazy one at home. The alarm went off at 8.30, followed by a text at 8.32 from Gary "5 Black-winged Stilts at Titchwell". Initially i said no, but Laura said we should go, we quickly dressed, grabbed James and left. Every car we meet was going slow, but we eventually joined Gary at Titchwell RSPB where we viewed the Black-winged Stilts, albeit a little distant. We didn't really want to hang about long in the heat still tired from yesterday. A brief look about also gave us a Little Gull, Red-crested Pochard and the usual waders etc. it was nice to see a large Knot flock on the Freshmarsh also. A few photos of the Early Marsh Orchids on the Fen Trail and we headed back home.
I recently moved back to North Walsham and needing a new local patch, I soon settled on a few of my old favourite sites, but they were spread around town. All are close to the old railways track beds and my new house sits at the apex of all 5 lines that once radiated out from North Walsham, these form the arteries joining everything up. My 'Birding Alone Old Lines' patch was born, revisiting the old birding sites of youth, via the Old Railway Newtworks.