Saturday, 13 November 2010

Bonxie and Water Deer at Titchwell

Chinese Water Deer on saltmarsh at Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

Bonxie at Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

I managed to get to Titchwell for a couple of hours this morning. A beautiful day with a clear blue sky and a matching full car park. I had hoped to get lucky with the Pallas's Warbler which had been seen intermittently over the previous five days, but after a cold hour staring into a tangle of scrub and seeing diddly squit I decided to walk to the beach.

Highlight of this stroll was an unexpected Bonxie which has apparently been hanging around, freaking out the waders and wildfowl for a couple of days. As it passed over the reedbed towards Thornham a couple of Marsh Harriers came up to mob it and gave a real indication of what big and butch birds these Skuas are.

The Twite flock were present as usual in the low saltmarsh on the Brackish Marsh and I'm told 26 colour ringed birds from the Penines have been identified here this autumn.

Heading back to the car I stopped to look at a Chinese Water Deer on the edge of the saltmarsh an increasingly common sight in this part of the world. At the Visitor Centre feeders a female Brambling could be seen amongst the Greenfinches and Chaffinches and Lesser and Mealy Redpolls enlivened the Siskin flock.