The weekend has been spent on the reserve for our Wings Over Titchwell weekend. A weekend full of mid-May migrants and a few rares....or that is what we hoped. In the end, it turned out to be a little disappointing.
With a change in wind direction on Friday, most of the waders cleared out. The Temminck's and littles moved off and we struggled to get many passage waders. A nice group of ca200 dunlin arrived mid-morning on Saturday along with a small group of blackwits but they failed to drag anything else in with them. Over the weekend we managed to see 113 spp (123 in 2010). Highlights were a singing male wood warbler around the picnic area for the whole of Saturday (only my 3rd record) and a red kite west this afternoon.
With May being the best time for wader migration it seems crazy that we only got dunlin, ringed plover, blackwit, common sand and greenshank and didn't even get a ruff! The garganey that have been showing well for the last month decided to not show and it took until 2pm on Saturday to get collared dove and 4pm for grey heron!
Having said all that, it was great to be out on the reserve for an extended period and talk to loads of people.
Ringed my brood of 3 blackbirds this evening...cute!