November, 2010

Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marsh
Big skies, a fabulous sandy beach and bird-filled lagoons are just a few of the gems tucked away inside Titchwell's treasure trove of natural delights.

Titchwell Marsh

  • Ray's Rambles November update...514 and counting!

    Here is the lates update from Ray Kimber who is trying to see as many species of flora and fauna as possible on the reserve in the year that began Augus 1st 2010.

    It has taken me 4 months to eventually track down the treecreeper that has been seen regularly in the car park/visitor centre area.  Much easier was the great white egret that showed up on Thornham Marsh and the 2 drake goosander that obligingly settled on the sea.It's getting much harder to add new species to my list which now stands at 514.  The beach might be a good hunting ground as long as it doesn't get buried in snow.  This morning it was cold enough for an Arctic fox or a Polar bear, but I suppose you wouldn't believe me if I said I'd seen them!                         Ray.
  • Pinkie Breakfast walk Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November

    The above guided walks at Snettisham RSPB have been cancelled due to the forecasted heavy overnight snowfall and ice on the access road.

    Please ring the Titchwell visitor centre 01485 210779 to re-book.

  • Great white delight

    I am sure that most of you reading this will keep some kind of bird list. It maybe your garden, local patch, all the birds you have seen in Britain or everything you have seen in a year. Well, several of us here have combined two of them by keeping a Titchwell yearlist for 2010.  At the start of the year we always say that it is ‘just for fun’ but by the time we get to this time of the year, the competition really hots up!

     

    This is not the first time something like this has been done. Back in 2007, I decided that I would see how many species I could see and ended up recording 206 species…a target had been set.

     

    Last Thursday, I was checking the new windows in the Parrinder Hide when I got a message that a possible great white egret had been seen on the saltmarsh. I was in the middle of doing something so couldn’t check it out straight away. As I started to head back to the office I got another message to say that the egret was showing well from the West Bank path.  When I got to the path, I could see the bird and although it was distant, I could see the large yellow bill and thankfully, a little egret was close by for comparison. After a short while, the bird flew west towards Thornham and again landed on the saltmarsh although at a great distance. The bird was present for the rest of the day before heading off east and was seen by at least two of the other listers.

     

    STOP PRESS – a rough-legged buzzard west over the reserve this morning gave me my 207th species and a new yearlist record…..210 is now my new target.