Harriers at dusk

Today we decided to go to Titchwell in the afternoon: Storm Debi was making its presence felt and though we weren’t anywhere near the epicentre and were having a cold clear and sunny day it was very windy. Hard to hold binoculars steady!

We had a good count of waders for the time of year – both bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew, redshank, turnstone and both grey and golden plovers.

A black-tailed godwit seen from the newly refurbished Island hide at Titchwell

There were undoubtedly birds on the sea when we got to the beach, but it was basically impossible to see them! However the sand was being blown around, creating currents all along the beach as though it was flowing like water. Amazing!

“Rivers” of sand on Titchwell beach

As dusk settled in Brenda spotted a kingfisher flying past and then we saw all the marsh harriers coming in to roost in the reeds. A superb spectacle as we counted upwards of 25 birds wheeling around in the fading light.

Brenda writes: “Today started unpromisingly with rain which soon cleared so, despite the fact that storm Debi was getting into its stride, we headed off to Titchwell. It was VERY windy but the light was amazing and there was a good selection of birds on the pools.

A windy Titchwell today

When we got home I went out to put egg boxes in the moth trap and was astonished to find two occupants, my first December moth in England (still a bit early!) and a Blair’s shoulder-knot.”

A very handsome December moth

No new species for November 13th:

Birds = 227
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 290