Black tailed godwit - 463 on fresh marsh
Arctic tern with 51 common terns on fresh marsh
Green sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed
Avocet - 357 on fresh marsh
Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh
Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh
Turtle dove - 1 singing in carpark this morning
Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh
Arctic skua - dark phase bird offshore
Eider - 2 offshore
Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh
Bar tailed godwit - 66 on fresh marsh
Dunlin - 32 on fresh marsh
Spotted redshank - 14 on fresh marsh
Ruff - 16 on fresh marsh
Black tailed godwit - 281 on fresh marsh
Avocet - 350 on fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 8 roosting this morning then on saltmarsh this afternoon
Oystercatcher - 82 on fresh marsh
Sandwich tern - 79 roosting on fresh marsh including a colour ringed bird from Scolt Head island just east of the reserve
Common tern - 37 roosting this morning
Little ringed plover - 4 on fresh marsh
Red kite - 1 over East Trail this afternoon
One of the many things that make Snettisham so special is the amazing displaying of waders swirling around at high tide during the winter months. While these birds are in the air they are looking for a safe and quiet spot to spend the high tide period and the pits on the reserve provide the ideal conditions.
However getting the right conditions does require some work over the summer to make it perfect. Over the spring and summer, vegetation grows up on the main roost bank which the birds don’t like. It makes them uneasy that there may be predators lurking unseen and they don’t come into roost. Our challenge is to clear all the vegetation to make them feel safe.
Hand weeding the bank is the best way to clear the area, pulling the plants out by the roots to stop them re-growing over the autumn and this is where we need your help.
If you are able to spare a few hours to help us create this spectacle we would be really pleased to hear from you.
Thursday August 4th is the date we have set so if you would like to help or find out more about the work, please drop us a line at Titchwell@rspb.org.uk