Finding new species is getting a lot harder, so I've really got to keep concentrating and take any opportunities that happen along. As the leaves have started to fall from the trees along the entrance road there is now a much better view of the adjacent farmland and because of this I was able to see dozens of field pansies.
I have spent many hours sea-watching during the last couple of weeks in the hope of adding one or two of the rarer seabirds such as sabine's gull or leach's petrel to my list, but all I managed was a dab that really didn't want to be swallowed by a cormorant! Frustratingly there have been lots of unidentifiable small silver fish jumping from the sea - I must find a local fisherman.
My third species came thanks to Autumnwatch - last week they showed a shell covered with small holes. I have seen dozens along the beach like this and was very pleased to find out that the holes were caused by boring sponges - thanks Chris and Michaela, you've crept my total up to 912!
You never know what you'll see at Titchwell Marsh! Susan Brewer kindly sent us this story of her visit, proving that you don't have to tune into Autumnwatch to witness nature in the raw...
It all happened so quickly.
I visited Titchwell for the first time on Monday Oct 3rd and wanted to tell you about a sighting my (adult) daughter and I had on the main path.
We were walking along, watching the wildfowl coming in, when suddenly a field mouse came dashing towards us. Then another. Then ... a weasel!
The weasel chased the mice, and after a skirmish finally caught one and tried to drag it to his hole. Then he noticed us watching, so hurried off leaving the poor mouse on the path. However, he was soon back to retrieve his prey.
It's the first time I've seen a weasel, and to be able to watch it hunt and catch its prey was amazing.
Luckily, I managed to grab a few photos too. We really enjoyed our visit!
Joining a local RSPB group is a fantastic way of sharing your passion for birds with like-minded people, making friends and learning about the wildlife in your area.
Here are the dates for the West Norfolk RSPB Local Group’s next indoor and outdoor meetings. If you would like to attend or require further information, call Neil Stephenson on 01553 828752 Non-members are always welcome!
Wednesday 26th October 7.15pm
“Images of Norfolk” – David Boulton.
Something nearer home this month. David is a local nature photographer who will remind use why we chose to live in or visit this beautiful county.
Meetings Held at South Wootton Village Hall, King’s Lynn, PE30 3LJ commencing at 7.15pm – entry FREE to members, £2.00 to non-members
Saturday 12th November 9.00am
Heacham South Beach. A morning walk along Heacham Harbour and beach for wildfowl and winter waders. Meet at car park (limited facilities). Afternoon at Abbey Farm, Flitcham, for geese, tree sparrow and little owl. Bring lunch if staying all day.
FREE to members, donation request of £2.00 to non-members.