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  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Spring...?

    With no let up in the northerly winds, new spring migrants have been thin on the ground this week although there has a few bright moments. The highlight was a spotted flycatcher feeding for much of the day in the shelter of the picnic area. They are getting much rarer these days so it always nice to...
  • Blog Post: Red and yellow and pink and green...

    As it’s the beginning of the month I got to go and do my favourite job – putting out the posters in the hides. This may not sound like the most interesting job but it’s a great excuse to get out onto the reserve and see what’s going on. Typically, the moment I put on my fleece...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Shock horror, a nice bank holiday!

    With a decent weather forecast, bird watchers were out in force along the Norfolk coast this weekend and they turned up a nice selection of birds. With the wind in the south there was a nice arrival of migrants including a wood sandpiper photographed on Patsy’s reedbed, male whinchats on the grazing...
  • Blog Post: Spot the bird?

    If you can’t see it, it is the small grey spot up against the vegetation. Yesterday afternoon, this grey phalarope dropped onto the tidal pool. This bird has probably been pushed closer inshore by the recent stormy weather when it should be heading south to winter out in the Atlantic. During...
  • Blog Post: Old favourite returns

    A spoonbill that has been kicking around the reserve for the last couple of weeks was finally seen well feeding on the saltmarsh over our Wings over Titchwell event last weekend and it turns out to be our old favourite FJ9. Originally ringed as a chick on 2007 in Spain, the bird has favoured the North...
  • Blog Post: Booming cracking photo

    Since the confirmation of an active bittern nest over the Jubilee Weekend we have been fortunate to have the female feeding in the borrow pits by the main path. Attracted by the large amount of rudd that are present in the pools, she has been showing well at times. This photo, taken recently from the...
  • Blog Post: A sight for summer eyes...

    Snettisham RSPB reserve is associated with large numbers of wading birds wintering and on passage, but few people realise that several thousand knot do not migrate to the Arctic, but spend the summer on the Wash. This year numbers are higher than usual with around 10,000 present through June. Unlike...
  • Blog Post: Awesome autumn waders

    The autumn wader migration is now in full swing and the fresh marsh has been ‘hooching’ with birds this week. Numbers have been building steadily but yesterday afternoon our regular reserve count produced fantastic numbers. With good viewing conditions and light winds the fresh marsh was...
  • Blog Post: Third breeding record!

    For the last couple of days we have had wall to wall sunshine.... those bitter, dull, dank and dismal days of last February are only a distant memory. Wader passage continues at a trickle with three newly arrived ruff to add to the three recent spotted redshank. One of these ruff is a stunning black...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: mid January update

    Ray Kimber is trying to see as many different species on the reserve as possible in twelve months beginning August 1st 2010. So far, January has been a tough month, the latest update is below. 'What an interesting fortnight despite only getting 3 additions to the Ray's Rambles list. A couple...
  • Blog Post: Ten minute stint!

    No...... this is not how long I spend doing my daily jog but a pretty accurate nick name for one of the UK's smallest waders i.e.Temminck's stint. We have had up to three Temminck's stints present on the reserve now for the past thirteen days and they have all lived up to their nick name...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: The Winds of Change

    Much of my last two weeks has been spent on our new East Trail and Autumn Walk. They have added a completely new dimension to our reserve and, by and large, have been very well received by the public. Personally, I absolutely love it out there, not only do you see lots of birds, flowers, insects etc...
  • Blog Post: Can you guess what it is yet?

    You need to imagine me saying that in a broad Australian accent!! Amongst some images were were given recently, I found this shot and thought it would be fun to have a mystery bird competion. There are no prizes but you can suggest an asnwer using the comments section. If you have any images that...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles

    The path to the beach may be closed but there is still plenty to see at Titchwell around the car park and fen or meadow trail. One of our volunteers Ray Kimber has been recording everything that can be seen from the areas of the reserve that are open. Ray is not only a keen birder but also an all round...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - What a difference a few days make

    I can't believe how things have changed in a couple of weeks while I have been away. Before I went on leave it wasn't getting light until 7am and by 5pm it was pretty much pitch black. Fast forward two weeks and its changed so much. Its now light enough to go birding by 6:30am and I can drive...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: What a turn-up!

    As Ray nears his target of 800 species, he proves that no stone should be left unturned when on the hunt for wildlife at Titchwell Marsh. To get the best out of the reserve, there are plenty of events and lots of different areas to explore which can open your eyes to all sorts of wildlife. This...
  • Blog Post: Bean(s) bagged

    It isn’t everyday that I see a new species at Titchwell but today was one of those days! David Roche, our new intern on only his second day, was looking through a flock of pink-footed geese on the grazing marsh. First of all he spotted two barnacle geese and then, lo and behold, TWO TUNDRA BEAN...
  • Blog Post: Roll on Friday!

    The northerly winds have really held up migration this week and the focus has been very much on our breeding birds which continue to show well. Marsh harrier have been putting on a good show on calmer days while bearded tit have been seen well from the west bank path. Bittern in partcular have been seen...
  • Blog Post: Birds but no bombs!

    Despite the fact there has been bomb disposal experts working on the fresh marsh, it has been an excellent week for waders. The highlight has been the re-appearance of the pectoral sandpiper yesterday (although no sign today) but the buff-breasted sandpiper hasn’t been seen since last weekend....
  • Blog Post: Arctic roll anyone?

    It is not the very nice ice-cream filled Swiss roll (I may have one for pudding tonight though) but an Arctic redpoll that has been located on the reserve this week. Despite being present since last weekend, the experts have only had good enough views in the last couple of days to clinch the ID. The...
  • Blog Post: Seven striped sprite from Siberia!

    I’m sat in the office yesterday afternoon when a message came via a visitor in the centre….’Pallas’ warbler from the west bank path!” This was all the invitation I needed to stop the rather tedious work I was doing, get my coat and bins on and dash down the path. As...
  • Blog Post: A Spectacular Snowy Day

    I’ve been working at Titchwell for about a month now and I’m having a fantastic time! The reserve is looking gorgeous today. Walking around to put some seed out, me and Zoe were struck with the beauty of the snow on the reeds and down the path. On our way back, we were greeted by a very friendly...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Arctic Blast

    This week has seen the first proper wintery weather of the season. Cold easterly winds have not only brought low temperatures and crisp days, but we have had our first arrival of 'wild swans'. With cold conditions in Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia we have started to see small groups of...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: Take a bow

    Ray reflects on his challenge to find as many different wildlife species as possible on the reserve over the past year. But what will the future hold for Ray's Rambles now that the challenge is complete? The year of Ray's Rambles is now over. On checking my notes I discovered that I'd...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: The Emperor's Freckles

    The Ray's Rambles list has suddenly shot up by 10, to 987, which is partly due to starting the moth trap. This got me the following 5 new species:- common pygmy woodlouse , diamond-backed moth (a micro-moth), double-striped pug , a really smart swallow prominent and a superb female emperor moth ...