When you walk through the storm

It’s hard to believe that we are entering the final month of the blog!

This afternoon I headed to Titchwell as there had been a jack snipe seen there: As luck would have it though just as I arrived they closed off the boardwalk section of the reserve – which I needed to follow in order to see the pool where the snipe was lingering – because of icy conditions. C’est la vie! I did get lovely views of a male marsh harrier though.

A male marsh harrier hunting


And so, since despite earlier snow and hail showers, since it was sunny and calm I headed down toward the beach. I’m glad I did as apart from the usual waders (including two or three bar-tailed godwits) on the sea there were a pair of long-tailed ducks and a huge raft of common scoter; in the hundreds, perhaps even a thousand birds! In among them were several velvet scoter too.

A “raft” of scoter (above) and below a close crop of part of the group clearly showing 2 velvet scoter at the front (distinctive white speculum and head patch)


As I headed back from the beach there was an amazing storm front coming in over the sea: I’d never seen one quite like it!

Storm front at Titchwell


Luckily the main path was on the edge of the storm as it passed through and so I didn’t get too wet!


No new species for December 1st:

TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 228
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 291