|Titchwell's hides from the Autumn Trail|
As well as the curlew sandpipers and little stints, there were a few other surprises out on the reserve today. First there was a clouded yellow, which is a beautiful yellowy orange migratory butterfly with black tips, flying over the reed beds so fast that I was unable to photograph it. Then there was a single white starling amongst a flock of ordinary starlings. It stood out like a sore thumb and Mum was the one who spotted it first. Again, it was such a brief fly over, I was just not quick enough to reach for my camera in time. We also saw a kingfisher at the final pool before the beach, landing for a split second before disappearing over the salt marshes. At the beach, we could see a stream of terns, gulls and other seabirds flying over the calm sea out in the horizon, but they were so distant that we really needed a scope to identify them better. I did not bring mine today as it just adds to the weight to carry. In the end, I was satisfied with what we saw today, especially the white starling!