Endangered bird spotted at Titchwell Marsh

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

A rare bird has been spotted by experts at RSPB Titchwell Marsh, attracting hundreds of bird-watchers to the area.

The great knot, sightings of which have only been recorded four previous times before in Britain was firstspotted on Wednesday among a flock of about 2,000 red knot, which are more common.

Brian Delawy travelled from Oxfordshire to catch sight of the bird.

He said: “I was expecting to have to travel to Australia to see a great knot. I certainly never expected to see one on the shores of the UK.

“It’s a stunning bird and certainly worth getting up at 4am for.”

The last time the bird was spotted in the country was on Breydon Water near Great Yarmouth in 2014. Past sightings have been recorded in Lancashire, Cleveland and Shetland.

The great knot is classified as endangered. RSPB officials said the bird should have been heading for Siberia from its wintering grounds in Australia.