Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

20170320 Colour ringed Avocet RSPB Titchwell

Lt:white/green flag. Rt:yellow/black/pink, BTO.

20170320 Titchwell sketches

Gull-billes Tern
Rare bird at Titchwell in the early days.
Every new bird sketched in those days and added to the Life list...

Head and skull sketches.
Holme Dunes course in 2015.

Monday, 27 February 2017

20170227 Black-tailed Godwit L-YN/W

Black-tailed Godwit L-YN/W
RSPB Titchwell 27th Feb 2017.
islandica race colour ringed as adult female at Holbeach 2002 09 09.
She is now over15 years old and was recorded here in August 2005 but mainly winters at Cley. Although this winter up until now has been spent on the Dee Estuary Cheshire.
She is in Northern Iceland for June and July to breed.
2 months in Iceland is long enough for anybody....
Black-tailed Godwit BRY-LL
Cley 13th Aug 2016 for comparison.
limosa race colour ringed as chick, Netherlands 2015 05 14.
Now 3 years old passes through Cley and found to winter in Portugal.

Monday, 13 February 2017

20170213 Red-crested Pochard RSPB Titchwell

Red-crested Pochard
3 male and 2 female on Paty's Reedbed Pool and ready for the breeding season.
Five pairs bred at Titchwell in 2015.
Birds not seen during winter until this week.

Red-crested Pochard.
Favours dabbling with head submerged but will also dive.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

20170130 Smooth Newt & Woodcock RSPB Titchwell

Smooth Newt
Male crossing the West Bank path.
Hibernates on land till end of January when they return to their breeding ponds for the summer.
They prefer fish free ponds and ditches, therefore nearer the VC than the Freshwater Marsh...

Smooth Newt
Note webbed feet and dark stripe through the eye.
In dyke by West Bank.
After dark by North Foreland Wood Cley.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

20170128 Hybrid Gull Blakeney Quay

LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Pale and dull flesh coloured legs.
Upperparts darker grey than Yellow-legged Gull but not as dark as nearby LBB...
Primary projection as long as LBB.

LBB/Herring Gull hybrid?
Feet a tone stronger pink than legs. No hint of yellow.
4th winter bird.