Hola - spoonbill from Spain lands at Titchwell

PUBLISHED: 14:05 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:05 24 June 2011

One of the spoonbills seen at Titchwell. Picture: Andy Thompson.

One of the spoonbills seen at Titchwell. Picture: Andy Thompson.


Two spoonbills have turned up at an RSPB reserve on the Norfolk coast.

One of the birds, which have been seen at Titchwell Marsh in recent days, came wearing her life history - literally.

“As the spoonbill had been ringed, we were able to track her life history and found out that she was originally ringed as a chick in Sevilla, Casa Neves, Spain in 2007,” said Nicola Swann, a volunteer visitor assistant at the reserve.

“Since September 2010 it has been recorded at various UK locations including Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Norfolk (Holkham, Titchwell and Holme-Next-The-Sea).”

Miss Swann said spoonbills did not normally breed in England. But a pair did make their nest in East Anglia last year - only the second to do so in 300 years.

The birds are normally found around the Mediterranean, where they feed on small fish and shrimps.

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