When the Great Knot arrived I decided I wasn't bothered about seeing it unless I could get good views of it. Now I'd seen it, but I still hadn't got good views of it. I enjoyed the Mediterranean Gull that flew over the visitor centre as I raced back to the car just as much, and the Corn Bunting that was singing at Choseley as I drove past without stopping, just as much. I'll just have to keep trying with the Knot, I figured.
It stayed on the reserve most of the afternoon, long after high tide had been and gone. It was a nice evening and I didn't have to be back home for anything so I decided to have another go after work. Needless to say I arrived a few minutes too late - it had just flown off. But I did have a very pleasant evening chatting to Paul and watching a few bits and pieces. The reserve was teaming with birdlife in fact and it was a wonderful bright warm calm evening. Among the highlights was a fine female Spotted Redshank parading around in front of us. This is a Dutch-ringed bird that has returned for the third consecutive year.
Spotted Redshank, Titchwell, 27th June
Other waders included a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and about 3-400 Avocets. A Red Kite flew over in the distance and both Little Gull and Mediterranean Gull put in an appearance (a different Med Gull to the one I'd seen at lunchtime). 2 Bearded Tits showed briefly but the bird of the evening for me was a Teal. At this time of year I often get sent pictures of Teal with brown cheeks which the observers think might be hybrids, but in fact they are pure Teals moulting in to eclipse plumage. This appeared to be one such bird but it was a more distinctive example than any I've seen before with really strikingly pale cheeks. Later update: it transpires that the unusual appearance of this bird is due to it being intersex... a female developing male features.
intersex Teal, Titchwell, 27th June