Volunteer Les Bunyan is back with an update on sightings from the last couple of weeks at RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Take it away Les...
As a volunteer at Titchwell the most common question I am asked is "Where can I see bearded tits?". Well, for me, it's a pretty easy one to answer: just off the West Bank path or from Island Hide. In the last couple of weeks I have been able to guarantee views of bearded tits to visitors as the birds are spending a lot of time feeding on the ground. These little birds are one of Titchwell's iconic species and a delight to watch.
Bearded tits by Les Bunyan
This time of year also sees some migrants turning up and we've been lucky to have a few yellow-browed warblers in the trees around the car park. A few rarer birds have been about with a grey phalarope out at Thornham Point and there was great excitement when a drake hooded merganser turned up and spent much of the day on Patsy's Pool.
Hooded merganser by Les Bunyan
Wildfowl numbers are increasing with lots of teal and wigeon, some with fine pale head stipes. Its also the time of year when the wintering geese arrive back with good numbers of pink-footed and brent geese in the area and not forgetting the start of the harrier roost season. Last year we had 54 roosting on the reserve in one evening. Can we beat that?
We hope you've enjoyed hearing from Les. Please do give us some feedback and let us know what you'd like to hear about over the coming months.
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