Sunflowers and startled stints

I was heading as far as Leeds today and decided to have two stops – one at Titchwell and one at Frampton Marsh. Titchwell produced nothing unexpected, but there was a nice flock of golden plover.

A flock of golden plover at Titchwell

Frampton Marsh was awash with birds, though I didn’t see the juvenile black stork that’s been there recently. The wader count was impressive: hundreds of black-tailed godwits and ruff, a lot of avocets and ringed plovers and plenty of dunlin and redshank. There were also lapwings and this years breeding black-winged stilts. I also saw about 5 or 6 little stints – more than I have ever seen at once before – and a couple of curlew sandpipers, plus a common snipe.

A little stint showing the distinctive white V on the top of the back
A little stint gets startled by a ruff!
common snipe

There was also a wonderful bank of sunflowers in flower which were – to quote my favourite sketch by Eddie Izzard – “covered in bees”!


After leaving Frampton I finished my journey to Leeds and got to my overnight accommodation: A bit of a first as I had booked a night in a camping pod: Strange and quirky but quite comfortable!

My home for the night!

Brenda writes: “I identified 32 species of moth in the trap today including coronet, a moth I haven’t seen for several weeks. The big numbers were turnip (57), lesser broad-bordered (42) and large yellow (31) underwings, but vines rustics (22) were only two ahead of the common wainscots (20). It was nice to see a couple of Chinese characters and a scarce footman. There were two old ladies, one of which was packed into an egg box segment with a bunch of large yellow underwings. I guess that’s safety in numbers!”

No new species for August 22nd:

Birds = 215
Moths = 215
Wildflowers = 271