Once more unto the beach…

With sunny weather we popped over to Titchwell mid-afternoon, with a couple of hours of daylight left. Almost our first bird was a water rail that I spotted in the ditch near the visitor centre – just where we had seen a couple earlier in the year. Rallus aquaticus has definitely been one of the birds of the year – having seen more this year than I have ever done before!

water rail

There were plenty of the usual waders and ducks on the main lagoon, with good views of grey plover, golden plover and curlew. There was a nice bevy of four little grebes, and of course there were little egrets. On the beach the tide was going out and the recently uncovered ground was proving attractive to a wide variety of feeding waders: curlew, dunlin, knot, sanderling, grey plover, turnstone, oystercatcher and several bar-tailed godwit.

A distant (and not very sharp!) photo of waders on the beach: sanderling, dunlin, turnstone, knot and bar-tailed godwit (in ascending size order!)

As the sun set we headed out to the eastern side of the reserve to watch for any marsh harriers coming in to roost, but today we only saw eight or so. I had my thermal camera with me and took a bit of video before we headed home.

Brent & pink-footed geese flying over Titchwell

Brenda writes: “After yesterday’s heavy rain today dawned sunny and there was one intrepid moth in the trap, a chestnut.


At Titchwell the light was beautiful and it was rather less windy than last time we were there! There are still flowers hanging on – herb Robert (snuggling up against the welcome hub), dandelion, ragwort and smooth sow-thistle. I was surprised to see some common storksbill towards the beach. And we had a new species today (because I finally took the trouble to identify it!), bristly ox-tongue, which gets its name from the leaf, which is tongue-shaped with warts. Perhaps a bit fanciful.”

bristly ox-tongue

New species for November 28th:
Flowers: bristly ox-tongue

Birds = 228
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 291