Thursday, August 14, 2014

Titchwell RSPB - Spotted Crake (again) and Waders

Apparantly it was quiet out on the reserve today.  So with a total of 21 species of wader seen today (19 at Titchwell and 2 more at Cley), 14 Spoonbills, Marsh Harrier, and Bearded Tit, I was happy with these quiter moments.

The star performer was the Spotted Crake that dispelled its' skulking characteristic by wandering out in the open at midday, and feeding for around five minutes before heading back into cover.

Waders noted were, Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, 200+ Knot, 50+ Ruff, 25+ Golden Plover, one Wood Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, seven Spotted Redshank, 50+ Bar-Tailed Godwit, Redshank, seven Sanderling, 12 Turnstone, one superb adult summer Grey Plover, one Common Sandpiper, one juv Little Ringed Plover, two Ringed Plover, one Greenshank, and a single Whimbrel.  Other notable species included a juvenile Water Rail, and an adult winter Mediterranean Gull.

At Cley, the additions were two Green Sandpiper, and four Common Snipe.  It was here that the patient wait for the Franklin's Gull was ultimately fruitless as the bird failed to appear among the roosting Black-Headed Gull amidst the fading light.  A lone Hobby dashed through Pat's Pool while two Marsh Harrier hunted over the reeds.

This C-130 made several low passes over Cley Marshes - not very helpful when scanning through the Gulls

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