Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Great Knot!!

Today was 'just another'day' until lunchtime.

Spent the morning dodging the crowds strimming along the west bank path but headed back a bit earlier for lunch as it was getting busier.
I was sat at my desk when Chris Booth rang from the west bank saying he had a great knot on the fresh marsh!!

The phone went down rather quickly and I headed out to find him. When I got to him I was greeted with 'it is one'.

Sure enough, through his scope was a very smart looking summer plumage great knot, I couldn't believe my eyes!

My thoughts then turned to mega bird, lots of people and how do we manage the twitch. Made several calls and got the news out.

It took a little while but people started to arrive but it was never too crazy. Everyone was well behaved and the carpark coped nicely with the increase in visitors.

I managed to get back out in better light and get some really nice views although the piccies aren't great.

What a great find by Chris who has been ploughing though the gulls and waders for months now. Not a bad retirement present for him.

Only the 5th record for the UK and obviously the 1st for Titchwell. My 270th species for the reserve