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Thursday, 13 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatchers x 4 at Wells Woods
Garganey x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 5 at North Point Pools, Wells
Great White Egret, Little Stints x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 5, Spotted Redshank at Burnham Norton
Spoonbills x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Great White Egret at Walsey Hills NOA
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Wood Sandpiper at Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpiper flew along River Nar towards outflow at King's Lynn
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Thompson Common
Pied Flycatcher at South Wood, Winterton Dunes

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN 
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-backed Shrike at Thornham Point
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Bawsey Quarries
Pied Flycatcher at South Dunes, Winterton
GREENISH WARBLER at Sidestrand
Spoonbills x 2, Little Stints x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Honey Buzzard flew over Waxham
Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatcher at Wells Woods
Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Whinchat at Gramborough Hill
Pomarine Skua, Great White Egret at Weybourne Camp
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Trimingham
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Holme NOA
Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat at Garden Drove, Warham Greens
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Quail singing at Mulbarton
Crossbills x 20 at Kelling Heath
Spoonbills x 5 at Thornham Harbour
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over King's Lynn
Ruddy Shelduck (hybrid) at Hardwick Flood Lagoon, King's Lynn
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Caspian Gull, Great White Egret, Little Stints x 2 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
COLLARED FLYCATCHER 
The Warren, Spurn, Yorkshire
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

When To Watch For One Of The Brightest Meteor Showers This Year!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/when-to-see-the-perseid-meteor-shower-2020-1-6766955

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

The Hottest Day EVER At Work!!!

I can't recall so many good birds this early in August for many years! Normally I would be out searching for my own Pied Flycatchers etc after work, but we were literally drowning in heat at the hospital with our hot uniforms, aprons, gloves and masks. I have never been this hot and exhausted in my life! We still have three more days of this relentless heat, before the temperature drops! I don't know how much more I can take! I'm not exaggerating when I say most of us were dripping with the heat. What I would give to have some air conditioning!

Each evening after work is a massive effort to simply do the normal chores of having a shower, cooking, washing up, making sandwiches, breakfast etc for the following day, washing clothes, doing the bird ponds, watering the plants and writing the blog! Phew! Its so sticky tonight, I don't think I will be sleeping a wink! Roll on Saturday! I have booked next Monday and Tuesday off as holiday, can't wait!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-backed Shrike, Pied Flycatcher at Thornham Point
Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 12, Little Stint, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB 
Purple Heron Juv., Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Richard's Pipit between Horsey Gap & Nelson's Head Track
Pied Flycatcher near cricket pitch at Happisburgh
Spoonbills x 4 at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Pied Flycatchers x 2 between Stiffkey Fen & Campsite Wood at Stiffkey
Pied Flycatchers x 11 at Campsite Wood, Stiffkey
Spoonbills x 39, Great White Egrets x 2 at Stiffkey Fen
Pied Flycatcher, Wood Sandpiper at Kelling Water Meadows
Black Redstart in Thornham
Marbled Moth trapped last night at Cley
Little Stint, Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Garganey x 6, Spoonbills x 6, Little Stint at North Point Pools, Wells
Icterine Warbler, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatchers x 3 at Wells Woods
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at North Dunes, Pied Flycatchers x 2 at South Dunes, Winterton
Pied Flycatcher at Morston Quay
Pied Flycatcher at Holme NOA
Common Cranes x 4, Great White Egrets x 6 at Welney WWT
Pied Flycatchers x 6 at Holkham Pines
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Trimingham
Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater flew past Mundesley
Pied Flycatchers x 4 at Waxham
Red-backed Shrike in field opposite golf course, south of River Hun, Hunstanton
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Blundall
Pied Flycatcher at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Flew past Spurn, Yorkshire
COLLARED FLYCATCHER
The Warren, Spurn, Yorkshire
SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER
Off Long Craig Point, South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 4th to 10th August!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2020_33.aspx?s_id=267533331

Monday, 10 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 5 Little Stints x 2,  at Titchwell RSPB
Marbled Moth trapped last night at Stoke Holy Cross
Wood Sandpipers x 7, Spoonbills x 5 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Roseate Tern, Black Terns x 2 flew past beach car park at Cley
Red-backed Shrike, Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Thornham Point
Pied Flycatcher at Wells Woods
Cattle Egrets x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Balearic Shearwater flew east at Holme NOA
Marbled Moth trapped last night at North Walsham
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Redshank at Weybourne Camp
Arctic Terns x 7 at Breydon Water
Common Cranes x 4, Great White Egrets x 4 at Welney WWT
Pied Flycatchers x 3 at South Dunes, Winterton
Turtle Doves x 2 at Dickleburgh Moor
Pied Flycatcher at Brancaster
Pied Flycatcher at Beeston Bump
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Kelling Water Meadows
Pied Flycatcher at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Wood Sandpipers x 6, Turnstone at Cantley Beet Factory

MEGA NEWS
COLLARED FLYCATCHER
The Warren, Spurn, Yorkshire
SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER
Off Long Craig Point, South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Hoopoe Search & Garden Drove New "Pop Up" Campsite!

I bumped into one of the HCA's at work (Tracey) last night, whilst in Sainsbury's, who's father lives and was born in Wells – he had seen the recent Hoopoe in Wighton yesterday, on grass by the village pond, so after the initial sighting on RBA on 2nd August, its obviously still around! Presumably its the same bird.

I have not had to work on a Sunday for several months, in fact I don't think I have since before Covid erupted – the reason for this, is that one of my colleagues needed to work the Sunday's to do with Covid/childcare issues etc etc and so took all Sunday's that nobody else particularly wanted to work, so I gave all mine away. My scheduled Sunday today, had to be done by me though – another sticky, dripping hot day at work and when Autumn migration seems to have kicked in! With James M. finding a Icterine Warbler at The Hood, BP and several Pied Flycatchers found along the coast, it all looked exciting on the RBA website, to my dismay at lunchtime!

Finished work at 4.30pm, flew home, showered, put birding gear and sandwich/drink in the car and headed to Wighton to look for the Hoopoe. I searched many grassy spots, including around the pond and also found a large recreation field with children's play area fenced separately. This field held a lot of birds, including at least 20+ Pied Wagtails feeding on the short turf, Goldfinches, Greenfinches (not seen one for ages!), Blackbirds and big numbers of House Sparrows in the surroundings bushes. I also had a lovely view of a female Blackcap. It looked a brilliant spot for a Hoopoe, but not today! Thanks to Tracey for more information she kindly messaged me as to where it might be, whilst I was in Wighton.

Headed to Garden Drove at Warham to search for Pied Flycatchers. I had already heard from another birder a short while ago, that big changes had occurred at Garden Drove and I could hardly believe what I had been told! I had to go there, just to see for myself. It was the most depressing thing I have seen in ages. The field next to the concrete pad at Garden Drove is now a bloody "pop up" campsite!!!!! Called "Swallowtails by the Sea". What a stupid name! What an incredibly STUPID place to stick a campsite in an area of natural beauty! The field with the barn, is where I have watched migrants in the hedgerows eg Redstart and Pied Flycatcher – the field where Goldfinches and Linnets feed regularly, where Barn Owls and birds of prey hunt – not anymore! You can't see the hedgerows now, as an entire line of round bales alongside the fence that was, means you can’t see the field, never mind the hedges, except through the gate! There were huge tents, Camper Vans, Yurts and porta loos,  cars and lots of people. Someone on the seaward side had a barbecue going, next to the long grass – OMG! Accident waiting to happen! A big line of huge industrial size bins for different types of rubbish were all full and overspilling onto the grass! I just stood there in shock – I couldn't believe what I was seeing! I almost wanted to cry!
Picture above: I had hold the camera high above my head to take this

The end of birding solitude at Garden Drove, Warham


Garden Drove is one of those secret little spots which most birders know about and of course local people, including bait diggers and fishermen – somewhere to escape from the crowds. A quiet and tranquil spot. NOW everyone knows where it is! This is so desperately sad. Is there anywhere in Norfolk where you can escape from the masses now?! A man was cycling around the path on the west field where you are not allowed to go and then whizzed back into the campsite. Couples and families walking along the track, who would never of known it even existed, until they booked to stay here. I got a few funny looks with my binoculars. I felt utter despair!

Along the track to the copse I found dogs mess in a plastic bag hung in the hedge, rubbish along the track and a discarded broken camping stool. The copse has been cordoned off, as there are beehives bang in the middle, right in the spot where you scan up into the sycamore leaves for leaf warblers and flycatchers. The beehives are normally in a different spot, I have never seen them in the middle of the copse before, which I find quite odd, as they are usually in a sunny area, of which there is no sun in the middle of the copse! Has this been done on purpose to stop people going in there I wonder? No Pied Flycatchers seen or anything else at all, hardly surprising! Goodbye Garden Drove!

Finished my little evening excursion at North Point Pools, Wells. Thank god, I was the only one there! Spoonbills x 3, Wood Sandpipers x 2, lots of Black-tailed Godwits, Barn Owl, Shelducks, Avocets, Greylag Geese and other distant birds that I couldn't see as light almost gone. Drove home feeling very sad indeed.

Someone on Twitter this evening said that a pop up campsite can be there without any planning permission for 42 days, so I hope very much this is not permanent! What they said exactly was this "A pop up means they have no licence or permission and they don't need one for 42 days. Seems you can do wtf you like these days even if in an AONB and encroaching on wildlife"

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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White Stork at Nar Valley Storage Reservoir at Blackborough End
Garganey x 6, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at East Hills, Wells
Pied Flycatcher at Wells Woods
Wood Sandpiper at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Temminck's Stint, Little Stint, Turtle Doves x 3, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Pied Flycatcher at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2, Great White Egret flew over at Gramborough Hill
Pied Flycatcher at Weybourne Camp
White Stork, Little Stints x 7, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Welney WWT
CASPIAN TERN, Great White Egret, Little Stint on Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes
Pied Flycatcher between Horsey & Winterton
Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatchers x 8 at Blakeney Point
Honey Buzzard flew over Potter Heigham
Pied Flycatcher, Curlew Sandpiper at Hemsby
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cromer
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 8 at Thompson Common

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Probable, Whitburn Coastal Park, County Durham

Saturday, 8 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 3 at Hockwold Washes
Little Stint, Spoonbills x 9 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at North Point Pools, Wells
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Nar Valley Fisheries
Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 38 at Stiffkey Fen
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 3 in area with no general access at Horsey
Caspian Gulls x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Kelling Water Meadows
Honey Buzzard flew over Thornage
Black Redstart at Industrial Estate, Great Yarmouth

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

Friday, 7 August 2020

UK weather: Hottest August Day For 17 Years As Temperatures Top 36C!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53694492

It was dripping hot at work today. To protect our patients and ourselves, we had to close all the windows and blinds to keep the boiling sun out and lights were turned off where they could be. Wearing plastic aprons, gloves and masks on top of a thick uniform was huge fun – not! Completely and utterly drained. Our Team Lead very kindly bought us some ice lollies to refresh us at lunchtime.

The best thing about today was my cool shower, when I returned home from work. The temperature right now at 10.25pm is still insanely hot. I don't think many people will get much sleep tonight!

I predict that the Northern Isles will be the new Burnham Market in the not too distant future. Considerably cooler up north! Who wants to fry here? We will be literally be cooking as climate change and temperatures worsen each year!

Some big news to reveal within the next couple of weeks!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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White Stork on chimney pot at Ringstead
Great White Egrets x 5 flew over Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 4, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Caspian Gull on beach at Kelling
Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water
Tree Pipit on Gramborough Hill
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 7 at Thompson Common
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 10 at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 14 at Welney WWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 3 at Filby Broad
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby St Margaret
Osprey at Ormesby Broad
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes
Great White Egrets x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
None

In Memory of My Dear Mother – 7th August 2018


MARGARET ROSE CLARKE
9th February 1940 — 7th August 2018


 I can't believe its two years since we lost you,
it hardly seems like a year.

It doesn't get any easier as each month goes by.

 I miss you every day.

You are always in my thoughts.

I hear your laughter.

 I hear your voice.

I see you and know that you will always be with me.

I miss and love you so much.

Until we meet again.

💔   💔   💔

Thursday, 6 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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White Stork at Rockland St Mary
White Stork at Claxton Marshes
White Stork, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 23, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 18 at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 13 at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 5, Spoonbills x 7 at Burnham Norton
Spoonbills x 39 at Stiffkey Fen
White Stork on chimney pot at Ringstead
Caspian Gull at Sidestrand
Pied Flycatcher at Gramborough Hill
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Holme

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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White Stork flew over Overstrand
White Stork flew over Cromer
Black Tern, Spoonbills x 4, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Spotted Redshanks x 15, Spoonbills x 4 at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Cattle Egrets x 5, Spoonbills x 45 at Burnham Norton
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 2 at Thompson Common
Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Wighton
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Burnham Thorpe
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over New Holkham
Honey Buzzard at Hickling Broad NWT
Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 8 flew past Weybourne
White Stork at Claxton Marshes
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Beautiful Marbled Moth trapped at Hemsby
Spoonbills x 48 at Blakeney Harbour
Caspian Gulls x 5 at Cromer
White Stork at Rockland St Mary

MEGA NEWS
FEA'S OR DESERTAS PETREL
Flew past Galley Head, County Cork, Ireland
DAURIAN OR TURKESTAN SHRIKE
Cod Beck Reservoir, Yorkshire

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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White-rumped Sandpiper (recently) at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbills x 4, Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Burnham Thorpe
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew past beach car park at Cley
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Holkham Gap
Common Cranes x 13, Spotted Redshank at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 12, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at South Beach, Heacham
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 4 at Thompson Common
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 3 at Holme Dunes
Cattle Egrets x 5 at Burnham Norton
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Caspian Gulls x 4 at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 28th July to 3rd August!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2020_32.aspx?s_id=237770460&applefix=true

Monday, 3 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cory's Shearwater, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 2, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 33 at Stiffkey Fen
Montagu's Harrier (possible), NE of Fakenham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Burnham Thorpe
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Binham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Wighton
Common Cranes x 10, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Quail at Marriott's Way, Thorpe Marriott
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 6 at Thompson Common
Turtle Dove singing at Downsland Park, Great Moulton
Pomarine Skua at Holkham
GULL-BILLED TERN briefly 7.45pm at Snettisham RSPB
Quail at Taverham
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Ruddy Shelduck still at Hardwick Flood Lagoon, King's Lynn
Cattle Egrets x 7, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 30 at Burnham Norton

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 2 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gull flew past Beeston Regis
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Roydon Common NWT
Common Cranes x 8 at Welney WWT
Spoonbill, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 8 at Thompson Common
Great White Egrets x 5, Common Cranes x 16, Spotted Redshank at Hickling Broad NWT
Hoopoe at Wighton
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cromer
Redwing at Sparham Gravel Pits
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen

MEGA NEWS
BROWN BOOBY
2, both adults, flew past Porthchapel Beach, Cornwall 

Saturday, 1 August 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 4 at Thompson Common
Common Cranes x 4, Wood Sandpiper at Welney WWT
Scaup, Garganey x 2 flew past, Spoonbill Cley NWT
Quail singing by Marriott's Way at Thorpe Marriott
Little Stint, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 45 at Stiffkey Fen
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Spoonbill, Ruddy Shelduck at Hardwick Flood Lagoon, King's Lynn

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 31 July 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson postpones lockdown easing in England

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53609467

Latest coronavirus infection rates show rise in Norwich

Local lockdown ‘last resort’ for fresh Norfolk coronavirus outbreak

Hottest Day Of The Year!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53165918

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/winterton-gridlock-as-hm-coastguard-delayed-1-6772278

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/eleven-people-rescued-norfolk-coast-1-6772802

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/thousands-flock-to-lowestoft-hottest-day-1-6772716

We were dripping hot at work and when I got in the car at the end of the day, the temperature outside of my car was 35C! So lovely to have a cool shower and sit and chill with my electric fan when I got home – bliss!

Tomorrow will be the third Saturday where I have to stay in again, as the rubber seal on my five day old washing machine has buckled and I have to stay at home to wait for an engineer to come out tomorrow to replace it!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Purple Heron, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew over Sutton
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 3 at Thompson Common
Common Cranes x 4, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Blickling Hall Lake
Black Tern flew past Holme
Curlew Sandpiper at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 36 at Stiffkey Fen
Black Terns x 2 at Hemsby
Dorset Cream Wave Moth at Gorleston-on-Sea
Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Extinction: Quarter of UK Mammals 'Under Threat'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53585627

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Balearic Shearwater, Black Terns x 2, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 4 at Thompson Common
Spoonbills x 39 at Stiffkey Fen
Common Cranes x 4, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Turtle Dove, Black Terns x 2, Spoonbills x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Purple Heron, Garganey x 2 at Burnham Norton
Purple Heron at west end of Holkham Pines
Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Lynn Point, King's Lynn

MEGA NEWS
ZINO'S PETREL
SW of Bishop's Rock, Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 30 at Stiffkey Fen
Garganey at North Point Pools, Wells
Common Cranes x 4, Spoonbills x 3, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Large Shearwater Sp. flew past, Spoonbills x 13, Ruddy Shelduck (hybrid), Honey Buzzard at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great Shearwater flew past Sea Palling
Great Shearwater flew past Hemsby
Spoonbills x 9 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 2 at Holme Dunes
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Pomarine Skua dark morph at Hopton-on-Sea
Turtle Dove at Snettisham RSPB
Garganey x 3 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Thompson Common

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN 
Cullernose Point, Northumberland

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Garganey x 4 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 10, Spoonbills x 5, Arctic Terns x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes
Little Stint reported at Cantley Beet Factory
Spoonbills x 33 at Stiffkey Fen
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 3 at Thompson Common
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Beeston Common
Spoonbills x 4 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
GREEN WARBLER
1st-7th June, has been confirmed by DNA, North Ronaldsay, Orkney
SOOTY TERN
In bay at Embleton, Northumberland
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
Possible, at Lodmoor RSPB, NE of Weymouth, Dorset

RBA Weekly Round-Up 21st to 27th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2020_31.aspx?s_id=56592114

Monday, 27 July 2020

Happy Norfolk Day 2020 – A Year That’s Shown Our Strength And Spirit

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-day-2020-celebrating-the-county-at-its-best-1-6763803

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey, Spoonbills x 16, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret, Garganey x 3 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 6 at Welney WWT
Roseate Tern, Turtle Doves x 4, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Garganey x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
FEA'S OR DESERTAS PETREL
Flew past Polperro, Cornwall
SNOW FINCH
Wholly unconfirmed report of White-winged Snowfinch at Walberswick, Suffolk

New Norfolk Safari Park Set To Open Soon!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/new-wataunga-safari-park-opening-near-kings-lynn-1-6763523?fbclid=IwAR0wE1s2I6aHB13JHToIs8qV9IXXeeVyrgIwChcpds0fP1yz28g8I5s9EkU

https://www.watatunga.co.uk/

Currently, you can only visit as part of a guided trailer tour, but by Autumn this year they "hope to offer birdwatchers access to our bird hides without needing to book a trailer ride. At the time of writing, it is too wet to do the necessary landscaping to facilitate this but please check back here soon for news of new opportunities."

No dogs allowed apart from Guide Dogs! That makes a change, can't wait to visit!

"Watatunga is a stunning new wildlife reserve in west Norfolk, due to open to the public in April 2020 but currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Situated amongst 170 acres of woodland, grassland and lakes, Watatunga provides a unique environment for over twenty types of ungulate and nearly 70 different bird species to roam at their will.   We run breeding programmes for many of our species including the Malayan sambar, hog deer, barasingha and the Great Bustard, a spectacular bird which went extinct in the U.K. in 1832.

Access to the reserve is via guided tour only and this must be pre-booked online.  We also offer luxurious self-catering accommodation with stunning views of the animals and the option to organise private tours for small groups in our electric buggies or large groups in our safari trailer. 

Step inside Watatunga and be part of conservation today for wildlife tomorrow."

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Time Spent With Lucy!

AT LAST, after almost FIVE months, I was allowed to take my sister Lucy out in my car! We both had to wear masks in the car and Lucy had to sit in the back behind the passenger seat and the windows had to be open. Lucy simply wanted to sit in my garden, so that’s what we did. She has almost become institutionalized, but even though she has found things extremely difficult, she has somehow got through it! Sitting in my garden was so much better than meeting in the 'Walks'! No barking dogs, just lots of birds, bees, hoverflies and butterflies to watch in the garden – she really enjoyed herself. I did offer to take her to the beach as well, but I completely understood that it would have been too much for her all in one go.

I cooked Lucy's tea and of course we had dessert! We listened to classical music – it was so nice! We were not allowed to sit in my house, luckily it didn’t rain! We were given very strict rules from the Manager where Lucy lives and we followed everything that we were supposed to – we didn't even hug, even though we wanted to – we did an air hug as I call it. Sadly Vivien couldn't join us, as she and Ray had to drive to Surrey to look at a new and bigger narrowboat. Hopefully Lucy will let me take her a bit further a field next time, but today was a good start! I don't think she will go too far though, as like me, she doesn't travel well in the back of a car and with a mask on as well, its not exactly fun.
I can't remember the last time I went birding, it seems like ages! I'm planning to visit Titchwell RSPB one night this week after work – if I have the energy after wearing a mask all day! At least I have all next weekend free to go birding!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey x 3 at North Point Pools, Wells
Short-eared Owl at East Hill, Wells
Turtle Dove, Roseate Tern, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egret on Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 44 at Stiffkey Fen
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at Winterton Dunes
Honey Buzzard flew over Holt Country Park
Great White Egrets x 5, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Sutton Broad
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 8 at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Dickleburgh
Spoonbills x 3 at Holme Dunes
Spoonbills x 5 flew over Weybourne Camp
Great White Egret, Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Weekend Update!

Last Saturday, British Gas fixed my hot water/heating system and it was the three way valve that had broken – it was replaced at a very reasonable cost and got the boiler serviced at the same time. I spent this morning, moving stuff around to allow 'Hughes' delivery men to take out my old washing machine and deliver the new one, which arrived at 2.30pm today, thank goodness! Cracking thunderstorm and torrential rain this afternoon, which has ruined some of my flowers. Went to Sainsbury's this evening, where the majority of people were wearing face masks, but still the odd person not following the rules!

At last, I have been given permission to take Lucy out in my car!!! But, with very strict rules! We both have to wear masks and Lucy will have to sit behind the front passenger seat, so we are the furthest apart that we can be. I have to tell the Manager (where Lucy lives), exactly where I take Lucy, so that she can 'risk assess' the situation!!! I was sent a word document of rules that I have to agree to and sign, before taking her out! Crazy! Like me, Lucy does not travel well in the back of a car, so I don't expect she will want to go far. We will probably just sit in my garden tomorrow (which she is also allowed to do now). That in itself will be an outing for Lucy! She's been stuck in the same place since March, as many people have done, who have and are still shielding.

My tooth seems to have settled down again and I have had several good night's sleep with no pain! The dodgy tooth did exactly the same thing back in April and then settled again. It still needs re-filling, but still waiting for the dentist to obtain full PPE kit.

Lots of birds in the garden, including lots of House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Starlings, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeons, Hedge Sparrow, Robins, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Great Tit  and not a rat in sight so far! Swifts also gracing moody skies this evening.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Garganey x 3, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 44 at Stiffkey Fen
Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Garganey x 4, Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 11 at Snettisham RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew over Wiveton Downs
Great White Egrets x 2 on marsh at Holme Dunes

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Flew past St Mary's Island, Northumberland

Friday, 24 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 3, Curlew Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 24 at Stiffkey Fen
Black Tern, Great White Egret at Holme
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Garganey at North Point Pools, Wells
Honey Buzzard at Salthouse
Black Tern flew past Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 23 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gull, Spoonbill, Honey Buzzard at Cley NWT
Roseate Terns x 2 on beach at Eccles-on-Sea
Spoonbills x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Hickling Broad NWT, Winterton & Runham
Scaup at Holkham
Garganey x 6, Great White Egret, Bittern at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 at Snettisham RSPB

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Culzean Bay, NE of Maidens, Ayrshire, Scotland

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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LITTLE CRAKE reported yesterday, by River Ant, SE of Irstead
Turtle Dove at Kelling Heath
Garganey x 4 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Terns x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 8 at Snettisham RSPB
Quail at Bodham
Great White Egret between Blakeney & Cley
Roseate Tern at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 6 on Broadwater at Holme
Great White Egret at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
SCOPS OWL
Possible, at Great Blasket Island, County Kerry, Ireland
LITTLE CRAKE
Reported yesterday, by River Ant, SE of Irstead, Norfolk

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing at Thorpe Marriott
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spotted Redshanks x 10 at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Honey Buzzard at Walsey Hills NOA
Roseate Tern flew past Kelling Hard
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Garganey, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Roseate Tern flew past Cley NWT
Spoonbill at Thornham Harbour
Quail x 3 at Abbey Farm, Flitcham

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round Up 14th to 20th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2020_30.aspx?s_id=972402941

Monday, 20 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Cattle Egret at Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 19 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Garganey, Spoonbill, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 42 at Stiffkey Fen
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Quail, south of Pretty Corner, Sheringham
Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 13, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 18 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 18 at Stiffkey Fen
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Breydon Water
Common Scoters x 2 on Wroxham Broad
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Wood Sandpiper flew over Pottergate, Norwich
Spoonbils x 10, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
BROWN BOOBY
Has died in care, County Wicklow, Ireland

Friday, 17 July 2020

Friday Update!

The last few days have been very stressful. So, my washing machine has died and had to order a new one, arriving Saturday 25th July. Two work colleagues very kindly offered use of their washing machines, but I'm a stubborn and fiercely independent person, so spent this evening hand washing clothes. Last night my hot water system decided to go wrong as well! The hot water boost heated all the radiators up to boiling point – I was really stressed and didn't what the hell was going on. Long story short, turned main switch off and the radiators eventually cooled. Googling, I discovered that a three way valve will probably have to be replaced. Have to wait for British Gas to come out between 8am and 1pm tomorrow. Hope nobody goes and refinds the Great Spotted Cuckoo until I can escape! The tooth weirdly has settled down a bit, but still have to take pain relief at nights in order to get a good nights sleep. Completely exhausted. Good night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO juv. flew over fields south of seawall at 7.55am, but no further sign, WNW of harbour car park at Thornham
Spoonbill at Thornham Harbour
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 26 at Stiffkey Fen
Quail singing near Beck Hall, Foxley
Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 16 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Honey Buzzard between Holt & Cley
Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbill, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holme Dunes
Great White Egret at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Sanderling at Dickleburgh
Garganey x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Dove, Great White Egret at South Beach, Heacham
Spoonbills x 5, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 6, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
BROWN BOOBY
On Monday at sea, SW of Cape Clear on fishing boat for 2nd day, County Cork, Ireland
BROWN BOOBY
Still in care (500g underweight), County Wicklow, Ireland

Update: Titchwell RSPB!

 https://twitter.com/RSPBTitchwell/status/1283703476145606657

https://community.rspb.org.uk/placestovisit/titchwellmarsh/b/titchwellmarsh-blog/posts/back-with-a-boom

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Velvet Scoters x 2, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Sea Palling
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly by Reception Hide at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 3, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 7 at Burnham Norton
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Great White Egrets x 4, Common Cranes x 4 at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egret flew over Weybourne Camp
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water

MEGA NEWS
None

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pectoral Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 7 at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly by Reception Hide at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 7 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spotted Redshank opposite lifeboat station at Wells
Cattle Egret, Great White Egrets x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egrets x 2 at How Hill NNR
Garganey x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Roseate Terns x 2 at West Runton

MEGA NEWS
BROWN BOOBY
North Pier, Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland
BAROLO SHEARWATER
Possible, flew past Pendeen Watch, Cornwall

RBA Weekly Round-Up 7th to 13th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2020_29.aspx?s_id=723083704

Monday, 13 July 2020

Holme Reserves!

I have not been to where my parent's ashes are since March and this is one of many things that has been difficult to cope with. It would have been far easier, had they requested to be laid to rest in Holme churchyard! So today, after four months of not being able to visit the reserves, I was finally able to sit with them and spend some time reminiscing. It made me feel relieved to be back there, thankfully nothing had changed and everything looked lovely with beautiful flowers growing close by. It was spitting with rain this evening as I sat there.

At Holme Bird Observatory this afternoon, I had a lovely catch up with Sophie (Warden) and paid my overdue membership fee. Several seats had been moved around to ensure social distancing and there is hand gel to use at all entry points. I saw 2 Spoonbills flying east over the marsh, but didn't see the Great White Egret seen by others today. Sophie said the NWT car park was more or less full at midday, which doesn't bode well for the weekend! The wader pool path and hides are completely closed, so there is only the NWT Forestry to walk around, plus the car park – lets hope its not too long before we can use the hides again. The lure of the beach, toilets and cafe will no doubt bring the hoards back, of which there won't be many birders sadly. NOA Redwell Marsh Hide is also closed. I haven't been to look, but I'm sure the village hides (NWT) are still closed too. There was also a barricade across the short path to the seat that overlooks the Broadwater (NWT), which I don't quite know why that has been done. All NOA seats along the bank and in front of observatory are available to sit on, but the Dell Hide and car park hide are closed.

I walked from the observatory to Post 10, as I remember it – this spot was part of my father's nature trail, that used to be – this is by the curved wooden bench seat overlooking the Broadwater. I was horrified to discover that someone had left a bag of dog crap on the actual seat! Where lots of people sit and a seat that is in memory to someone loved and lost! How low can some dog owners stoop to?! Sickening behaviour! What a sad and selfish thing to do! A refillable drinks bottle also left on the seat, which wouldn't have been cheap, approximately £10 I reckon looking at it! I don't understand why someone would leave a poo bag on the seat?! Why? Is that so that the local dog poo collector can see it easier to pick it up? There is NO local dog poo collector!!! I did the only thing I could do and found a stick to flick the bag to the ground, as if it was left on the seat, the stench would quickly seep through and become ingrained in the wood and would stink for ages, plus people would be unknowingly sitting on it and no I wasn't going to carry it back to my car and dispose of it – the person carrying that bag could have Covid-19.

A singer/artist's huge house that was being built last time I was here, has now been completed along the Firs Road. It was so weird to be back here – I felt like I had been robbed of the Spring, which of course I and everyone else has! Four months have been erased! A third of the year, gone! I'm very much looking forward to Autumn migration, and hope very much that we don't have a second lockdown! Missing Spring migration is serious enough, but Autumn in Norfolk would be far far worse to miss! I didn't sleep brilliantly last night, but it was better than the night before. I have learnt that I mustn't put even the slightest pressure/touch on my dodgy tooth, so have to eat on the left side only. Going back to work on Thursday. Good night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 8 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Curlew Sandpiper at Breydon Water
Caspian Gull on beach at Cromer
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly by Reception Hide at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Turtle Dove, Great White Egrets x 4 at Hickling Broad NWT
Pectoral Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Great White Egret Spoonbills x 2 at Holme Dunes
Spoonbills x 2 flew over California
Spoonbills x 2 at Blakeney Harbour

MEGA NEWS
BROWN BOOBY
North Pier, Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland