Tails barred and black

This afternoon I went over to Titchwell to see what was around: Somehow this reserve never disappoints, and indeed almost the first bird I saw was a kingfisher doing a brief fly-past! I ended up seeing 33 species in just a couple of hours, which isn’t too bad. There were ruff, redshank, black-tailed godwits, golden plover and more on the freshmarsh and I managed to spot a little stint in the tidal marsh area. On the beach, with the tide coming in, there were plenty of oystercatchers, turnstones and sanderling, plus very good views of several bar-tailed godwits, which I was pleased to see.

A black-tailed godwit to compare with the bar-tailed godwit below
bar-tailed godwit (above and below)

It’s always relaxing to watch the breakers, and today I tried a few close up photos.

Close up of a breaking wave on Cley beach

The whole beach was almost deserted by the time I headed back to the car: An amazingly wide vista of sand, sea and sky.

The beach at Titchwell this evening

Brenda writes: “After a very much colder night there were only two moths in the trap. A large wainscot and – of course! – a large yellow underwing. Autumn has finally arrived.”

No new species for October 15th:

Birds = 223
Moths = 250
Wildflowers = 289