Twitchers turn out at Titchwell for Siberian wader

The great knot, circle, among common knots
Picture: Paul Eele/RSPB ANL-160619-115010001
The great knot, circle, among common knots Picture: Paul Eele/RSPB ANL-160619-115010001

Twitchers have turned out in force at the RSPB’s Titchwell Marsh this weekend to get a glimpse of only the fifth great knot ever recorded in the UK.

The Siberian wader turned up on Wednesday on the reserve’s freshwater marsh among 2,000 common knots, but sharp eyed birdwatchers picked it out because of its distinctive speckled plumage and black and orange markings on the back,

Twitchers line up for a glimpse of the great knot
Picture: Paul Eele/RSPB ANL-160619-114958001

Twitchers line up for a glimpse of the great knot Picture: Paul Eele/RSPB ANL-160619-114958001

By the next day, twitchers were lining the paths with their telescopes to get a glimpse of the bird. Wardens and volunteers had their work cut out marshalling the influx of visitors over the weekend, with 200 people there by 7am on Saturday.

The great knot’s normal summer breeding habitat is the tundra of north eastern Siberia, though it migrates to the coasts of southern Asia and as far as Australia in the winter. It is on the international Red List of endangered species.