18th September 2019 – Norfolk High tide day

Today was a high tide visit to Snettisham, we collected the group via Fakenham and then Snettisham and arrived at The Wash around 8.30am with a good forty minutes to the high tide. On arrival birds were gathering and building nicely with around 40-45,000 Red Knot massing on the remaining mud, also a mass of 2-3000 Oystercatcher, masses of Bar-tailed Godwit, plus over 1000 Curlew, then good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank & Grey Plover. Eventually a superb Peregrine came screaming through and although it didn’t make a kill it was fantastic as the birds were suddenly scattered!

50,000 Shorebirds were an amazing sight in the air!

Having witnessed the spectacular, we then started checking through the birds and were soon adding other species. We had a light passage of Meadow Pipits, Swallows and House Martins, whilst Marsh harriers and Buzzards were high in the skies above. My first Pink-footed Geese of the year appeared, with a small group flying by.

Just out in front of us, it was beautiful light in fine, still conditions and a Little Egret offered an artistic opportunity with the camera.

A beautiful Little Egret captured in great light and conditions.

As we walked along a Northern Wheatear appeared, before flitting along the fenceposts. From the hide there was a spectacular number of 1000+ Redshank, 800 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Curlew Sandpiper and a Greenshank flew over.

Wildfowl well also well represented with Little Grebe, Wigeon, Shoveler, 2 Pintail, Tufted Duck, lotsw of Greylag geese and 8 Egyptian Geese all on the main lagoon. As we left Snettisham a Hobby passed quickly overhead .

We stopped off for lunch at Holme, where we added a few birds with Stonechat, Goldcrest and a flock of Long-tailed Tits. We also enjoyed a nice selection of moths from the NOA moth trap, Brown Spotted Pinion being the pick, though the really smart White-lined Darts are just wonderfully marked!

In the afternoon we headed to Titchwell. There was a good selection of birds, numerous wildfowl, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, also 30 Pink-footed Geese flew over. The main attraction was the waders, there was a good number of birds with 50 Ruff, 35 Dunlin, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Golden Plover, Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank plus a wonderfully showy juv Little Stint, right underneath us. We also managed nice views of several Bearded Tits.

A nice showy juvenile Little Stint today at Titchwell.