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  • Blog Post: Sightings for week 28th September to 5th October

    This week has seen good daytime conditions. On Monday we had a pied flycatcher, blackcap, yellowhammer and good sightings of bullfinches in the woods between the car park and the (new) East trails. There have also been high numbers of jays on the reserve, with up to 25 being seen in the the same area...
  • Blog Post: To help a 'spoonie'

    As you will know from recent posts, we have seen a massive shellfish wreck at Titchwell that has attracted large numbers of gull to the reserve. Well, it is not only the gulls that have been enjoying this food bonanza but we have been getting large numbers of oystercatcher, turnstone and sanderling along...
  • Blog Post: Latest news

    Spring seems to have taken a temporary break as the northerly winds have put the brakes on all migration. Having said that, small numbers of birds are still arriving with 5 wheatears on the grazing marsh this afternoon and several sand martins through west. The cold winds has slowed down the resident...
  • Blog Post: I can only get the head in......

    …is one of the cries I have heard from photographers in the Island Hide this week! Their problem is that the birds have been feeding too close to the hide and that they can’t fit the whole bird into the shot. Despite the hide being busy, the four little stints have often been found feeding...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Ring out the Old

    Here's the latest from Ray: By trawling through some old Titchwell records I have been able to put a name to a leafy grey lichen seen growing on many of our trees, it is parmelia sulcata and made my list total 1132 at the end of 2012. Our reserve is now forty years old and I've been lucky...
  • Blog Post: On yer bike

    The RSPB are always keen to encourage visitors to arrive at the reserve by public transport or by bike but I am not sure this is what they meant!!! The Tour of Britain 2010 cycle race passed the reserve this morning and we nipped out to lend our support to the riders. After all the support vehicle...
  • 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: What a difference a few days make

    Following the dodgy weather of the Easter break, back to work and conditions improve! Not a bad thing for us as we are now into the thick of the breeding season survey work. With calm conditions this morning we have been able to get out and check the reedbed for bitterns and bearded tits. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: 800 species ticked!

    He's done it! Ray has finally reached his target of finding 800 wildlife species at Titchwell in a year...with a month to spare! A Puffin fan-footed smooth hound? No it’s not a new type of greyhound! I am amazed that I have reached my target of 800 species with four weeks to spare. There...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbill senorita!

    If you have visited Titchwell recently, you may have seen the fantastic pair of spoonbills that are wading around at the moment. Any bird whose beak resembles a piece of cutlery is worth a view in my opinion, but what's also interesting is the ring around one of the spoonbills' legs. This...
  • Blog Post: If Carlsberg did....

    .....Iberian chiffchaff photos, could these be the best? This is a small selection of the 150+ images Andy Thompson managed to get of the bird on Wednesday morning. Although subtle, you can see the bright yellow eyestripe, white underparts and the buff colour under the tail.
  • 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: STOP PRESS NEWS

    Last night, David our Conservation Intern, heard splashing in the borrow pits alongside the main path. To his surprise a fishing otter came out of the reeds right in front of him! This is the first record since the reserve has been in existance although I have just heard that Ray Kimber found a dead...
  • Blog Post: Just when you think it's all over...

    I had more or less decided that after two-and-a-half years it was the right time to wind up Ray's Rambles and that this was going to be my final report. I really thought that for the first time I was not going to be able to write about something new that I'd seen, I had also run out of ideas...
  • Blog Post: Gone but not forgotten

    Unfortunatly the spectacle didn't last as there has been no sign of the 5 black winged stilts on the fresh marsh this morning. With heavy rain early in the evening and then a clear night they have decided to move on. It was nice to see a stilt on the lagoons again after so long without 'Sammy'...
  • Blog Post: New Parrinder hides OPEN on Saturday

    From this... On Saturday 18 September the new Parrinder hides will open and we can't wait to show you what we have done with the place. The new hides have been a long time coming and I don't mind admitting I've had a few sleepless nights. It has taken a few years and a lot of work from...
  • Blog Post: A week of two halves

    Seeing as it is nearly the end of the footie season I thought it would be the last chance to slip in a reference! It is not only is the football coming to an end, but we are nearing the end of May, the traditional finish to the spring wader migration. It is amazing how things can change in a few days...
  • Blog Post: Ray Kimber mid April update

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see as many species as possible on the reserve in twelve months. It's taken me just 8 months to get rook onto my list but a bit longer for the next species! At last and after 45 years!! ....I have finally managed to see white tailed...
  • Blog Post: Smallest gull in the world!

    Yes we do have the smallest gull in the world at Titchwell! Well to be more accurate there has been a immature little gull on the reserve which is the smallest species of gull in the world. Little gulls are about two thirds the size of a black-headed gull and weigh about 120g; that's the same as...
  • Blog Post: Getting close now

    Work of the Parrinder Hide has continued at a quick pace this week and we are getting close to a finished product. The big addition this week was on the viewing canopy that goes between the two hides. This will allow further viewing over the fresh marsh from a raised elevation. ...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: Ant wars, phalaropes and fan dances!

    Here's the latest update from volunteer and wildlife explorer Ray Kimber! A great fortnight - 41 species were added to the list, making the total 717. Wood warbler and red-necked phalarope are always good birds to see, but for me the best of the new birds was the very smart gull-billed tern...
  • Blog Post: Ironman competition?

    Well that is what is feels like sometimes when we are surveying redshank on the saltmarsh! This morning we completed the first round visits to the Brancaster and Thornham saltmarshes. It is not one of the easiest surveys to carry out as we have to cross the large tidal creeks which vary from narrow...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Death in the night

    The first thing I do every morning when I arrive at Titchwell is to check the gents toilet walls for insects and spiders. (Luckily not many people have witnessed this odd behaviour!) Apart from the potential for losing friends, it has netted me several species on my wildlife list, the latest two being...