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  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Slowly slowly- spring is coming

    With the winds turning to the south and a warmer feel to proceedings, the first spring migrants have slowly been appearing. After last weeks chiffchaff, several swallows were over the reserve at the weekend and sand martins have been in the local area as well.We are just waiting for our first willow...
  • Blog Post: Impressive thrush flock

    The number of birds in the mixed flock on Sandy Ridge meadow is building up nicely. I estimated over 500 fieldfares, 200 starlings, 150 redwings, 20 meadow pipits, several mistle thrush and a few goldfinches, all feeding in a large group on the grass this morning. Although it was fairly quiet on the...
  • Blog Post: Kick off February with a guided bird walk

    It's hard to believe we are already in February, but its great to know the days are getting a little longer and the birds are starting to sing again.It's a nice, bright calm day here today-even the wind seems to have dropped. The bird feeders near the shop are attracting siskins and redpolls...
  • Blog Post: Redwings return.

    The first winter thrushes arrived back on the reserve at the weekend. Around a dozen redwings joined up with the mistle thrushes that were already on the new heath and could be seen from the path along the drive . Redwings leave their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and Russia to spend the winter here...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to our warden

    We have had a very busy weekend here at The Lodge. Firstly,our warden, Graham Wilton-Jones retired on Friday after 10 years of working at the reserve.Always smiling, friendly and ready to help, he will be greatly missed by us all.Thanks in great part to Graham and his team of volunteers,we now have the...
  • Blog Post: Cold comfort for our wildlife

    As you may have noticed, it's quite cold outside... The snow may be on its way out - for now - but will life get any easier for our wildlife? It's certainly easier for us to see some of our shyer species. There have been several reports of woodcocks being seen around The Lodge in the snow...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday walk and birds

    I took a walk around the reserve yesterday and it was hard to think we are still in January. Great tits, robins, goldcrests and even a mistle thrush were singing, the snowdrops are coming up and it felt just too mild for a winters day. I noticed that the temperature at 8pm last night was around 10 degrees...
  • Blog Post: Snow at last

    It felt a bit more like Christmas today didn't it ? A good dusting of snow fell this morning, although most of it has disapeared now. I walked around to feed the birds and many of the feeders were completely empty, so the cold weather has attracted lots of birds to feed on them. A large flock of...
  • Blog Post: The snow thaws...

    Some good sightings at The Lodge today in the sunshine; 15 crossbills around the Gatehouse car-park,a report of a waxwing along the drive past the hide, red kite over the old heath and several siskin and lesser redpoll on the feeders. If you can't get along yourself, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature...
  • Blog Post: Good birding day as the snow thaws...

    Some good sightings at The Lodge today in the sunshine; 15 crossbills around the Gatehouse car-park,a report of a waxwing along the drive past the hide, red kite over the old heath and several siskin and lesser redpoll on the feeders. If you can't get along yourself, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas from The Lodge

    My 'bogey' bird here at the Lodge is the woodcock.This secretive woodland wading bird skulks in the bracken and is most often seen at dusk when it takes short flights to get to other feeding areas.Yesterday, I went in search of the volunteer work party and as I wandered around in the snow I could...
  • Blog Post: BBC at the Lodge for Big Garden birdwatch

    The BBC have been here today setting up cameras ready to film the birds using the feeders at The hide at The Lodge. This will be shown live on their web site over the weekend - you can take a look at all the action on www.bbc.c.uk/nature/21059915 Don't forget to spend an hour doing your own Big...
  • Blog Post: Lodge bird feeders on the BBC this weekend

    The BBC have been here today setting up cameras ready to film the birds using the feeders at The hide at the Lodge. This will be shown live on the BBC web site over the weekend - you can take a look at all the action on www.bbc.c.uk/nature/21059915 Don't forget to spend an hour doing your own...
  • Blog Post: Siskin spectacle

    With winter still in the air the mixed flock of finches is still keeping us and our visitors and photographers well entertained. The cacophany of finch song greeted me this morning and good numbers of siskins and redpolls were still around and feeding on and under the feeders. The weather looks pretty...