Tuesday 25 June 2013

Species 109 seen at Titchwell

After a couple of days resting and dealing with a backlog of work, Elis and I were desperate to get back in the field and look at some waders again, it is a long time to our next scheduled trip in August after the Bird Fair. So, knowing that there were Spotted Redshanks at Titchwell, we drove up there to see them, and see them is all we did, they remained right at the back far corner of the freshmarsh for our entire visit there! So here is a photograph of one we took last year instead.

Spotted Redshank: Titchwell RSPB reserve 2012 
Here's a photo of the bird we saw today.

Spotted Redshank... honest!

It is not of course optimum wader time but we did see the now seemingly resident Red Knot flock, one or two of them in summer plumage. It is assumed that these are birds in their first full summer, it is not unusual for some Caldrids of this age to spend this season on their wintering grounds while others only partially migrate north.

Spot the summer plumaged Red Knot

There was also a good flock of Bar-tailed Godwits, only one of which as far as I could see was in summer plumage.

One summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit among the flock behind the Red Knots.
Other birds included this summer plumage Common Redshank,

Common Redshank: Titchwell RSPB June 2013

Pied Avocets,
Pied Avocets: Titchwell RSPB June 2013

Northern Lapwings,

Northern Lapwing: Titchwell RSPB June 2013

Eurasian Oystercatchers

Eurasian Oystercatcher: Titchwell RSPB June 2013

and unphotographed Black-tailed Godwits and couple of Eurasian Curlews.

One beligerant Pied Avocet took objection to the proximity of some ducks and proceeded to see them off.

and here am I sporting the Wader Quest T shirt, I'm not sure I look quite as good in it as Renzo did!

Maybe I'm not built for this modelling lark after all!

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