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  • 23 October 2014

    October 23rd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Sorry for the last of updates recently but we have been without internet access for the last 7 days!

    Whooper swan - 1 flew in off the sea early morning and headed inland

    Richards pipit - 1 west along beach at 8am and dropped into the dunes but no further sign

    Little stint - 3 still on fresh marsh

    Yellow legged gull - adult on fresh marsh this morning

    Yellow browed warbler - still 2 birds in the Meadow Trail area

    Purple sandpiper - 1 reported feeding on the peat beds at low tide

    Velvet scoter - 1 offshore

    Woodcock - 1 flying south over the fresh marsh was the first record of the winter

    Golden plover - 400 roosting on the fresh marsh

    Ruff - 100 feeding on the fresh marsh

    Merlin - 1 hunting along the beach

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 15 October 2014

    October 15th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Another fantastic day of autumn migration on the North Norfolk coast with an excellent selection of scarce species seen

    Rough legged buzzard - 1 in/off sea @ 11:30 and landed on saltmarsh

    Great grey shrike - 1, possibly 2, on Thornham Marsh for most of the day

    Yellow browed warbler - at least 3 around the reserve

    Shorelark - 2 on beach mid afternoon

    Grey phalarope - 1 on tideline at Thornham Point

    Velvet scoter - 2 offshore

    Short eared owl - 1 in/off the sea

    Lapland bunting - 1 west over beach

    Stonechat - 5 in the dunes

    Kingfisher - 1 over the reedbed

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 14 October 2014

    October 14th 2014 - Today's highlights

    After the monsoon rain and strong winds of yesterday, calmer conditions and a bit of sun made it easier to see the birds. The big highlight of the day was a big arrival of redwings and blackbirds overnight. The bushes around the Meadow Trail were alive with goldcrests and the yellow browed warbler showed very well while we were building the new boardwalk. A second individual was also photographed in the dunes this afternoon. Several bramblings were seen and a late wheatear was on the beach.

    Grey phalarope - 1 on fresh marsh briefly late morning was possibly the same bird that was seen off Thornham Point at the weekend

    Slavonian grebe - 1 offshore

    Pomerine skua - 1 offshore

    Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh

    Long tailed duck - 5 offshore

    Little gull - 20 adults feeding offshore

    Green sandpiper - 1 over the Fen Hide calling

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 10 October 2014

    October 10th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Calm offshore conditions enabled a good count this morning. There were good numbers of common scoter (250) although they were distant out towards the windfarm. Some early winter grebe species were present with at least 3 great crested, 3 slavonian and 2 red necked grebes.

    Golden plover - 100 roosting on the fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 1 on saltmarsh

    Little stint - 2 on fresh marsh

    Common tern - 7 on beach

    Bittern - 1 in flight over reedbed this morning

    Late summer migrants still moving through in small numbers with 5 house martins west and a couple of swallows in/off the sea this afternoon

    Stonechat - 3 wintering birds in the dunes

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 8 October 2014

    October 8th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Good numbers of goldcrests around the Meadow Trail and carpark today so it wasn't a surprise that a firecrest  was reported too. Unfortunately it is a big area to search and it wasn't seen again. 

    Little stint - 2 birds still present on fresh marsh

    Wheatear - a late individual on beach ruin this morning

    Spotted redshank - 1 feeding on Lavender Pool

    Kingfisher - 1 over the saltmarsh, a sure sign that winter is coming

    Golden plover - 250 roosting on the fresh marsh this afternoon

    Stonechat - 1 feeding in dunes

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 7 October 2014

    October 7th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Looks like autumn has arrived while I have been away on my hols!

    There are now good numbers of wintering duck now starting to arrive on the reserve from the East. There were minimum figures of  150 wigeon, 100 teal, 50 dark bellied brent geese and a small number of pintail present this afternoon.

    Spoonbill - 1 on fresh marsh this morning but mobile

    Pink footed goose - 100 east over the reserve this afternoon

    Little stint - 2 on fresh marsh

    Brambling - 3 on feeders

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 19 September 2014

    September 19th 2014 - Today's Highlights

    Continuing fog on the coast has dropped a few birds into the reserve today.

    Barred warbler - 1 immature briefly in an area with no access this afternoon and a possible in the coach park late afternoon

    Tree pipit - 1 in hedge along East Trail

    Redwing - 1st of the autumn along East Trail. Also lots of song thrushes dropping into the bushes

    Little stint - 4 juveniles on fresh marsh

    Curlew sandpiper - 2 juveniles on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 7 on fresh marsh

    Red crested pochard - 6 on Patsy's reedbed

    Brent goose - 12 on fresh marsh this afternoon. 1st birds of the winter

    I am now on leave for the next couple of weeks so there probably won't be any Titchwell updates

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 15 September 2014

    September 15th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Pied flycatcher - 1 at Thornham Point

    Spotted flycatcher - 2 at Thornham Point

    Whinchat - 1 on fresh marsh

    Curlew sandpiper - 1 juvenile on fresh marsh

    Little stint - 1 juvenile on fresh marsh

    Brambling - the 1st bird of the autumn dropped onto the East Trail calling late morning

    Spotted redshank - 5 on fresh marsh

    Pintail - 1st birds (4) of the winter on the fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 3 on fresh marsh

    Red crested pochard - 7 (1 male, 2 female + 4 juveniles) on Patsy's reedbed

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 10 September 2014

    September 10th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 9 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 12 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 48 on fresh marsh

    Curlew sandpiper - 1 juvenile on fresh marsh

    Little stint - 2 juveniles on fresh marsh

    Stonechat - 1st of the autumn in the dunes this morning

    Wheatear - 1 feeding on the fresh marsh islands this afternoon

    Turtle dove - 1 south over reserve

    Pink footed goose - 19 east this morning

    Peregrine - 1 chasing wildfowl on the fresh marsh this afternoon

    Posted by Paul Eele

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Your sightings

Grid reference: TF7543 (+2km)

Rough-legged Buzzard ()
24 Oct 2014
Richard's Pipit (1)
23 Oct 2014
Penduline Tit (1)
18 Oct 2014
Pallas's Warbler (1)
17 Oct 2014
Radde's Warbler ()
14 Oct 2014
Avocet (6)
25 Oct 2014
Black-tailed Godwit (6)
25 Oct 2014
Ruff (5)
25 Oct 2014
Yellow-browed Warbler (2)
24 Oct 2014
Pink-footed Goose ()
23 Oct 2014

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.96298,0.60418
  • Postcode: PE31 8BB
  • Grid reference: TF750438
  • Nearest town: Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • County: Norfolk
  • Country: England

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