This sanderling was present on Titchwell RSPB beach on 15th May 2009 and, remarkably, just 4 days later was seen again in Iceland.
The very same sanderling has been seen again in the last few days at Titchwell. The bird will probably spend a few days on our Norfolk beaches resting and feeding up prior to continuing it’s journey south to Africa.
Image and information courtesy of Chris kelly
I don't know about anyone else but I remember early this year the Met office said we were going to have a BBQ summer, then it rained lots in June and July and they retracted the statement. Well I think they should have held out a bit longer because the weather at Titchwell for the Coastal Change project has been incredible. We just couldn't have been luckier. Since the contractors arrived on site we have had the occasional short downpour but not a proper days rain since they started. Phew! Remembering last autumn when it rained every day fills me with horror as if we had been working then we would have been way behind schedule as it all has to stop during the rain as the ground conditions deteriorate so much. This weekends tides were a good reminder of why we are undertaking the project. Really big spring tides where all the surrounding saltmashes were underwater and the reserve became a penisular for a few hours. I'll stick some pictures up. Keep your fingers crossed the good weather carries for us for a little bit longer!
Well the bacon rolls are legendary but didn't expect them to attract a rare moth. This morning Paul Eele the warden came into work and noticed a large moth on the window to our servery. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a Clifden nonpareil. Nonpareil roughly translated means exceptional, no parallel and it certainly was exceptional.
The moth is usually seen in September and most records in the UK are presumed to be migrants. Yes this little moth flew all the way from continental europe. Well it's not that small it has a wing span of about 10cm and looked like a small bird as it flew off.
This is only the sixteenth record for Norfolk and has probably been blown over with the north easterly winds from Scandinavia.
If you are interested in this and would like to learn more about moths why not visit our homes for wildlife pages where you can get advice on how to make your garden patch more inviting for creatures like this.