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  • Blog Post: Not long now!

    Winter is my favourite time on a wetland reserve. Wild weather, crisp cold, flocks of finches and whopping numbers of wildfowl on the water. Venturing onto the reserve at first light, the air is full of the party blower whistle of wigeon and the spluttery dabbling of teal. And, if I’m honest, another...
  • Blog Post: Showy shortie

    We have been really lucky over the past couple of weeks to have a very showy short eared owl around the reserve. Normally the bird can be seen hunting over the rough grassland on the grazing meadow but it does make the occasional trip across to East Trail and Patsy's reedbed. The bird has been a...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - The early bird...

    Catches the thrush movement? Not the traditional end to that well known phrase, but it seemed more applicable to us on Monday morning. Paul and Emily and I met at Snettisham at 6.15am (at which time it is dark and rather chilly, not helped when your van heating is less than useless) to conduct our routine...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Whoop Whoop Whooooop...

    Well that's what a whooper swan call sounds like to me anyway. This week we have been lucky to hear several small groups of birds passing over the reserve heading for their wintering destination around the Welney washes on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. Unlike the Bewick's swans that come...
  • Blog Post: Well I never expected that....

    Its amazing how time flies, the summer has whizzed by and winter is fast approaching and that means it is time to start the winter bird monitoring. Apart from having to count all the wildfowl and wading birds around the reserve once a month, we also have the lucky job of counting the marsh and hen harriers...
  • Blog Post: Got any iceskates?

    For the first time in the 8 years I have been at Titchwell, all of the open water on the reserve (except the sea) was completely frozen over yesterday. It is not unusual for the fresh marsh to freeze but to see the tidal pool covered in ice is a very rare sight indeed. With the lack of open water...
  • Blog Post: Not quite snow buntings, snow and a Lapland bunting

    One day last week I was walking towards the sea, on the main footpath, with some colleagues, when someone with a scope pointed out that there was a Lapland bunting in the open ground just to the left of us. A quick sweep through the crowd of birds, with binoculars located several meadow pipits, skylarks...
  • Blog Post: Harrier roost counts......done

    As part of a national monitoring scheme run jointly by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Hawl and Owl Trust, we have been counting the harriers that roost on the reserve over the last winter. The main aim of the scheme is to get an accurate assesment of the number of hen and marsh harriers...
  • Blog Post: Can we beat the record this year?

    Well with a bit of careful management here and there we will give it a good go... So what am I talking about I hear you ask? Over the last couple of winters our wildfowl numbers have been on the increase. Since 2009 our peak teal count has risen from just over 900...
  • Blog Post: Stunning!

    The weather over the last couple of days has been fantastic and what winter should be all about. Crisp, frosty mornings giving way to clear blue skies and beautiful sunsets. The good weather has allowed us to crack on with the winter management work and the first section of reed cutting has been completed...
  • Blog Post: A sign of a cold winter ahead?

    In the last week, there has been an amazing westerly movement of waxwings through the reserve. In the last 7 days, we have recorded over 200 birds passing through. Waxwing is a species that breeds in woodlands throughout Scandinavia east through Siberia towards the Pacific but leaves these areas in...
  • Blog Post: 1000+ shades of grey....

    Now I have got your attention, let’s talk about gulls!! Not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea but they are a fascinating group of birds especially the larger species. Despite being a common sight they can be a nightmare to identify in all their different plumages, ages and races and a...
  • Blog Post: What a view!

    We managed to get all the last few cleaning jobs done in the Parrinder Hide this afternoon and were able to get the security fencing down to allow a few people into the hides before dusk. THE VIEWS ARE AMAZING!!! Helped by an amazing winter light, there was a large gull roost including at least one...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Snowmageddon

    Following the mild conditions over the festive period, we have now had the reminder that is it still mid-winter!! Snow has been on the ground here for the last two weeks and with temperatures as low as minus 11 o c, much of the fresh water remains frozen solid. Despite the harsh conditions, it has...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - New Year, new list

    Most birdwatchers keep a list of some kind, it may be for their garden, local patch or county; it may just be a yearlist. For the yearlisters, it is important to get off to a good start so, with up to 80 species possible, Jnauary 1st is a busy day at Titchwell. This year we were lucky to have a waxwing...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Like a rubbish dump in India...?

    If you have ever been to Asia, you will have probably been past or even birded a local rubbish dump (I kid you not!) and seen large numbers of gulls, storks and raptors feeding on leftovers. It is an amazing sight watching hundreds of black kites circling in the air together. Well we have something...
  • Blog Post: Better than a bazillion waders?

    The roost of harriers at the reserve this year is phenomenal! This is not an exaggeration, despite my propensity of sometimes displaying this characteristic. Who can forget the bazillion waders on the fresh marsh, or the starling roost that was so huge it blocked the sun out and brought forward dusk...
  • Blog Post: Winter wish list

    In the first month of my stay I had a good chance to think about the birds I’d like to see while here at Titchwell and, with Paul, the warden's, help I arrived at this list: waxwing, brambling, yellow-browed warbler, snow bunting, twite, long-tailed duck, velvet scoter, hawfinch, Slavonian...
  • Blog Post: Washed Up

    This weekend sees over 600 volunteers walking over 2000 km of the British coastline to count bird corpses. Not the most attractive job you may think but as well as providing valuable data for monitoring oil pollution and other unusual causes for death amongst seabirds, it's also a great chance to...
  • Blog Post: The record is broken again

    Since the start of the New Year, we have seen a dramatic increase in ‘diving’ ducks, especially pochard, and it could be down to several factors. In general, diving ducks are very scarce at Titchwell due to the lack of deep water but since late-December we have been experimenting with...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Its like a chaffinch but different...!

    With so many people spending time last weekend watching their gardens for Big Garden Birdwatch, I am sure there were a few new species added to garden lists. With the recent cold snap, scarcer species such as fieldfare, redwing, bullfinch, redpoll and even waxwings have been moving into gardens but here...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - All at sea...

    The stretch of coast between Hunstanton and Holkham is well known in the winter for its large numbers of sea-ducks, divers and grebes. The sea in this area is comparatively shallow with a sandy bed that is excellent for shellfish making it ideal feeding grounds. Numbers are beginning to build up but...