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Monday, 15 July 2019

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Black Tern, Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egret x 5 at Burnham Overy Staithe

MEGA NEWS
ORANGE BILLED TERN sp.
At Beacon Ponds NR, north of Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Holme NWT, NOA & Titchwell RSPB!

No sign of the male Red-backed Shrike at Holme Dunes NWT this morning, when I searched thoroughly at 10.15am. I found it very odd that a 'no sign of' message came up on my RBA pager at 9.46am, when you can't access the Forestry until 10am?! Whilst I was here, I didn't see another birder at all! Parked up in the NWT car park and queued up for lunch, but got inpatient. There were too many beach goers, families and dogs for my liking.

Went to HBO and chatted with Sophie for a while. Saw a Stonechat on a fence post just yards from the observatory which was nice. Nothing else of note seen. Returned to my car and went to Titchwell RSPB for lunch and then left to go to the family home for my usual chores. Cleaned and changed the bird baths, watered the plant pots, quick sweep round. Chatted to a neighbour for ages about the house and then a couple turned up unannounced to view the property – I showed them the garden, but not the house and didn't need to anyway as they said it would be too much for them to take on.

Returned to Titchwell RSPB and walked along the main path and joined Mark and Tracey Bradbury. It started to rain, so I relocated to Island Hide. Shortly after I escaped the rain, Mark and Tracey also escaped and went to Parrinder Hide. A very productive evening with highlights being a Little Stint and a Continental Black-tailed Godwit (both found by Mark). Other birds seen: lots of Knot, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Ruff, Dunlins, Med Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Shelducks + lots of juvs, Avocets, Teal, Mallard, Pied Wagtails, Common Tern, Marsh Harriers, Cormorants, Egyptian Geese x 2, Lapwings, big Starling flock bathing, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins, Reed Buntings, Spoonbills x 3, Sedge Warblers, Coot, Moorhens, Oystercatchers.

Around the Fen Trail there was a wonderful surprise! A Water Vole was feeding on reeds at the edge of the Dragonfly Pond! Unusually I had almost no battery left on my iphone, otherwise I would have done a video. 6 Little Egrets, 2 Mute Swans + young on Patsy's Pool, lots of ducks, but didn't ID them properly, as it started to rain again, so I speed walked back to my car.

Drove back along the coast road and pulled in at Gypsy Green, just before the bridge at Old Hunstanton. There was a flood here by the field which held 2 Common Sandpipers (which flew the second I pulled up in the car), 3 Mallards, 1 Black-headed Gull and a Pied Wagtail. I had not expected to see Common Sandpipers here!!! Drove along Waterworks Road as far the golf club entrance road and found a Hare feeding amongst flowers, but no birds of note aside from Wood Pigeons. Parked the car by the church and duck pond at Old Hunstanton, but apart from the usual ducks waiting to be fed, there was nothing else of note here at 8.30pm! Arrived back in King's Lynn – cleaned my bird baths out, topped up bird table and fed the Hedgehogs!

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Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Spoonbills x 9 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Little Stint, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3, Spoonbills x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 in garden at Northacre, north of Caster, SE of Watton

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 13 July 2019

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 11, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove, Little Stint, Great White Egret, Garganey, Spoonbill, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Red-backed Shrike male, Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER
On Thursday, at sea from pelagic in evening, SE of St Mary's, Isles Of Scilly

Friday, 12 July 2019

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Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT 
Turtle Doves x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Over Staithe
Little Gull at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Tern (probable) flew west past Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 11 July 2019

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Green-winged Teal, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Roseate Tern flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Over Staithe
Spoonbills x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 18 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 14, Garganey x 3, Scaup x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Osprey, Spoonbills x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Fieldfares x 4 (unconfirmed report) flew over Holkham Hall
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 3rd to 9th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_28.aspx?s_id=726669576

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TUESDAY 9th JULY
Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly yesterday at Titchwell RSPB
Black Tern, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 18, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gulls x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3 at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Burnham Norton
Great White Egret at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Burnham Overy Marshes

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Flew past south past Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Monday, 8 July 2019

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret flew over Ferry Road at Woodbastwick
Lesser Yellowlegs, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Tern, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2 at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Black Tern flew past Hopton-on-Sea
Spoonbill at Holme NOA

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Wimbledon & Gardening!

No birding this weekend. I was spending the day with Lucy yesterday, but she wasn't in the best of moods and cancelled our day out. So, instead I had a wonderful relaxing day, watching all the brilliant Wimbledon matches on offer, whilst enjoying fruit salad and ice-cream!

Today I loaded up the car with gardening tools and birding gear. Drove straight to Titchwell RSPB to buy one of their Niger seed feeders and seed tray to attached underneath – didn't have time to stay on the reserve, plus it was too hot anyway. I spent eight hours in the garden at Holme, doing some serious clearing and cutting back. Anyone viewing the property wouldn't have been able to walk around the top of the garden, so lots of back breaking work had to be done – hand shearing all the nettles down, to create a path around the apple trees. Got the lawnmower out and cut all the grass out the front of the house and the lawn by the greenhouse. General tidy and pulling some of the nettles up elsewhere, weeding, pruning, sweeping up, cleaned all bird baths out and watered the few remaining pot plants. Read the meter – time to pay the electric bill again!

Had a private viewing of the house, when a couple turned up unexpectedly who I know – they seemed very interested now the price has dropped! We had a viewing yesterday and have another one on Monday afternoon – hopefully someone will make a sensible offer soon. It was 9pm when I left the house, so couldn't squeeze any birding in at all! Arrived back at my house in King's Lynn, cleaned all bird baths out, topped up feeders, put hedgehog food out and collapsed on the sofa! No rest for the wicked! Work tomorrow!

I hear from a fellow birder that people are STILL parking their cars one behind the other at the parking area at North Point, Wells. Please park next to each car (as you would in a supermarket car park) as this means more cars will fit in the car park – please think of others, thank you.

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Cattle Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 11, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart in garden at Neatherd, Dereham
Spoonbills x 2 at Holme NOA
Lesser Yellowlegs, Spoonbills x 5, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Spoonbills x 14, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Saturday, 6 July 2019

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Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshanks x 8, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
GREATER SAND PLOVER 1s possible, flew west past beach car park with Golden Plover at 9.45am at Cley NWT
Green-winged Teal, Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Spoonbills x 8, Little Gull, Black Tern (off beach car park) at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Cattle Egret, Garganey x 2, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Cattle Egrets x 2, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove at Pensthorpe Natural Park

MEGA NEWS
GREATER SAND PLOVER 1s
Possible, flew west past beach car park at Cley NWT, Norfolk
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

FOR SALE: House with huge garden In Holme-next-the-Sea!

https://www.sowerbys.com/property/100439029003/pe36/norfolk/aslack-way/house/2-bedrooms

Our family home has just been reduced in price. Since it went on the market I have always hoped that it would be sold to a birder or naturalist – I will keep my fingers crossed! The house does need lots of work doing on it, but has potential for extending and has a massive garden alongside a horse meadow with views to Holme church and is in a very quiet spot. Additional pictures on my post HERE.

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FRIDAY 5th JULY
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 17, Garganey x 4, Little Gull, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Great White Egret, Black Tern, Spoonbills x 7 at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Spoonbills x 2, Arctic Tern, Spotted Redshanks x 6 at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egret at Burnham Overy Marshes
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER/BEE-EATER
North of Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire
BLACK-EARED OR PIED WHEATER
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Thursday, 4 July 2019

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 5, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 13 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Green-winged Teal, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 10, Caspian Gulls x 4 at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 2 in garden at Neatherd, NE of Dereham
Great White Egret at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove singing at Holme

MEGA NEWS
SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL sp.
possible, reported flew north past cliffs at Dunbar, Lothian
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

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WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY
Lesser Yellowlegs, Purple Heron, Turtle Doves x 3, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Seething
Spoonbills x 17 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove heard in churchyard at Great Massingham
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Purple Heron, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Little Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull on beach at Sidestrand
Green-winged Teal, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Squacco Heron again on flood NE of Stiffkey
Lesser White-fronted Goose esc. on Swim Coots at Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Beckhithe, north of Hethersett

MEGA NEWS
SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL sp.
Flew north past Whitburn Coastal Park, St Mary's Island, Cullernose Point, Northumberland
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Glastonbury: Teenage fan Alex's rap with Dave 'too good to be true'

Loved watching this and I confess I've watched it several times!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/48833005/glastonbury-teenage-fan-alex-s-rap-with-dave-too-good-to-be-true

Monday, 1 July 2019

Hedgehog Surprise!

THREE hedgehogs on my patio this evening, two in courtship and one spectator!!! My feeding station and hedgehog house has paid off! Hoglets soon!

Lost another 4lbs this week in my WW weigh-in this evening #littleblackdressbychristmas

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 5, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPBCattle Egret flew over Sidestrand
Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 15 at Stiffkey Fen
Spoonbill flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Garganey x 4, Spoonbills x 17 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spotted Crake at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Dawn 'til' Dusk Birding & Squacco Heron On My Norfolk List!

Yesterday was so insanely hot, I refused to leave the house. It was bad enough just changing the bird drinking pools twice for all my hot birds in the garden. Birds were queueing up to have a cool down and splash in all my little baths, wonderful to watch. The result of me not leaving the house was missing out on a Squacco Heron of which I have seen in Lesvos, but not in the UK. I had full intentions of seeing it later in the afternoon when the temperatures dropped a little, but news of it flying off over Blakeney Point, made me regret not going earlier. So today I decided to make a massive effort in trying to refind this spectacular heron.

I arrived at North Point Pools, Wells at 5am (you did read that correctly) as my hunch was it would be as good a place as any for a Squacco Heron to drop in. I was completely wrong, but it was beautiful light first thing and I had the entire place to myself for 55 minutes! 13 Spoonbills were the highlight, but other birds seen were: 2 Curlews, 4 Mute Swans, Marsh Harrier, Egyptian Geese x 6, lots of Avocets, a Blackcap singing, House Sparrows in the bushes along the track and a Sedge Warbler, Cormorant on the furthest most eastern pool, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Black-headed Gulls, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits, Shelducks and a Ringlet butterfly. At 5.55am a lady turned up in the car park with a car full of very loud barking dogs, there seemed to be a least four dogs waiting to be unleashed from their car! I managed to get back to my car and inside before there were released thank goodness, they didn't seem like they were going to be friendly once out of the car – the tone of barking sounded very aggressive.

Parked up at Old Woman's Lane, Cley and at 6.30am I was sitting in Daukes Hide NWT, to search for the Squacco Heron, again no sign here either. The light is not good at this time of the day, but managed to see several Black-tailed Godwits, Little Egrets, Lapwings, Avocets, Teal, Redshanks, Ruff, Shelduck plus 25 young in tow (must have been from several broods/adults!), Swifts, House Martins, Swallows, Greylag Geese, Sedge Warbler, Common Terns x 3. Bumped into Eddie as I was leaving.

Parked up at Coastguards for my fried egg sandwich breakfast and sat in my deckchair in the sunshine, lovely! Suddenly the pager bleeped up with 'Squacco Heron on flood south of A149 at Stiffkey'. I did not hang about, chair bundled in car, ignition on, go! I even beat Steve G – that rarely happens!!! Parked up at Stiffkey Fen and walked along the narrow hedge-lined footpath, through the copse and came out on the bottom most eastern corner at the junction/path that runs south (very overgrown this path) of the Stiffkey Flood and there it was! One stunning beautiful Squacco Heron!!! Refound by "Paul" who had made me day and I thanked him. Wow, what a spectacular bird! Too far for my 300mm lens, but managed to get some video footage.

Walked along the road/verge towards Stiffkey, when the heron flew off west over the marsh, but unbeknown to me a bit later, it had doubled back and returned to its favoured pool where I first saw it. I saw loads of Banded Demoiselles and just as I was photographing one, my camera came up with a message 'card full' NO it wasn't!!! Turned camera off, took card out, put back etc etc and still the same message. Oh dear! Walked back along road to where I first stood and watched the Squacco Heron again with others. Tons and tons of police on motorbikes came streaming past, then loads of support cars hooting horns and loads of cyclists – this was a crazy moment and it flushed the Squacco Heron and even the highland cattle were startled and ran across the marsh – you don't often see them do that! Returned to my car and waited for the Black Stork to cruise overhead, no luck there.

Went to Natural Surroundings at Glandford to discover they had an open weekend, so obviously it was very busy indeed, but got lucky with a shady car parking spot that had become available. Sat in the shade in my chair to have my lunch and fruit salad. Headed down the hill and walked alongside Bayfield lake. It was beautiful here and there wasn't a single person here either! Tons and tons of damselflies skimming over the water, a 4-Spot Chaser was seen and Banded Demoiselles were in good numbers. I had such a lovely time here. I spotted a Kingfisher sitting on a fence in the water distantly and also had fairly close views of a cracking Grey Wagtail sitting on a dead branch in the middle of the lake by the weir! Lilies growing by the water's edge, enhanced the beautiful scene. Quick visit to CleySpy and then headed west.

I returned to North Point Pools at Wells where it was very hot and I didn't stay here long. I couldn't gain enough height to accurately count, but counted a possible 20 Spoonbills on the eastern most pool. Continued west to Titchwell, but change of plan, led me going to Holme first to water plants and change the bird ponds at mother's house and also met up with my sisters here, who had come to the coast for a little trip. The garden is like a jungle now and will need some serious cutting back!

At Titchwell RSPB I managed to see the Lesser Yellowlegs with assistance from 'Graham' and he also found the cracking Black Tern sitting on a scrape. To be honest I was more excited about seeing the Black Tern than the Lesser Yellowlegs. Also 2 Little Gulls were seen along with huge numbers of waders: several Dunlin feeding, Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Black-headed Gulls, Avocets, Teal, Med Gulls + chicks, Reed Buntings, Swifts, House Martins, Swallows, Little Egrets. It was 9pm when I left, so I had been birding for 16 hours!!! Arrived home, changed all my bird baths and put hedgehog food out. I feel a little tired now!

PICTURES AND VIDEO TO BE ADDED

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Black Stork flew east, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black Tern, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Squacco Heron on flood NE of Stiffkey
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Green-winged Teal, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 8, Garganey at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier reported at Welney WWT
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly in garden in Lakenham, Norwich
Turtle Dove at entrance to Redwell Marsh NOA, Holme
Spoonbills x 3 at Breydon Water
Quail flew over Northrepps
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Saturday, 29 June 2019

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Black Tern, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 7, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 17, Garganey x 4, Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Squacco Heron, Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard flew between Wells and Stiffkey
Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly, Spoonbills x 16 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black Tern at Holme Dunes

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

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FRIDAY 29th JUNE
Green-winged Teal, Spoonbills x 5, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
BEE-EATER unconfirmed report at Spout Hill Pond, Holt
PURPLE HERON, Spotted Redshanks x 4, Spoonbills x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Puffin flew past Sheringham
Quail singing at New Buckenham Common
Spoonbills x 23 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Peregrine Chicks & Green-winged Teal!

I've been on holiday this week, but its been for sorting loads of important jobs out, not really for birding, but I have to escape some time! Had to go to KEYS Auctioneers at Aylsham today to collect two LOTS that didn't sell over two sales and I didn't want them going into a third auction as there is then no reserve. Vivien and I decided it would be better to keep the items, rather than let them go for pennies!

I then headed north to pay a little visit to Cromer church. I've been meaning to do this for ages – ever since I heard about the news of the Peregrines breeding at the top of the spire. I managed to find a free 30 minute parking spot a couple of streets away and then speed walked to the church. It was well worth a visit as they have a huge viewing screen, just inside the church and there they were, three very chunky Peregrine chicks! Fabulous footage and worth going to see. I also saw one of the adults flying around outside. I even managed to have enough time to walk along a little street adjacent to the church to view the sea and pier, before returning to my car 30 minutes later – I didn't want a parking ticket!

Headed west and spent the evening in Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT. Every flap in the hide was open when I walked in. Don't people know how to shut hide flaps?! Also an empty glass 'Harrogate' water bottle had been left in the hide – someone was capable of carrying a full bottle to the hide, surely it must have been considerably lighter to take back to their car? I sound like Eddie!!!

I searched hard for the Green-winged Teal, but couldn't find it, although plenty of Teal to be seen on all scrapes. Saw a Spoonbill flying west over North Scrape, a Little Ringed Plover was on Simmond's Scrape and there were big numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Shelducks plus young, a pair of Mute Swans right in front of the hide, two cracking Ruff, lots of Avocets, Redshanks, a few House Martins and Swallows skimming over the water. Eddie then walked in the hide, closely followed by Andy J – neither of them could find the Green-winged Teal either, but eventually Eddie found it towards the back of Simmond's Scrape – it wasn't in that spot earlier, so don't know where it had sneaked in from – maybe it had been having a doze out of view, or come from North Scrape, who knows, but it was nice to see even though it was a bit distant. Eddie also found a striking Water Rail at the back of Pat's Pool. A Little Gull flew west across Simmond's Scrape and landed at the back of the pool. A Whimbrel was heard and more Black-tailed Godwits turned up. Two Spoonbills appeared on Whitwell Scrape and a Little Egret was seen here. Andy pointed out a Lapwing with cute chicks sheltering underneath her!
Green-winged Teal, from Daukes Hide, Cley NWT

Now, as most of you know, I'm not a hot weather person and I would rather be chilly than too hot, but this evening in Daukes Hide was FREEZING and I'm not exaggerating at all. Eddie had sensibly walked in with a big coat on, Andy had not and nor had I! My hands were white with cold and I could hardly operate my scope and tripod I was so chilly! As Andy and I discussed, it was coat, hat and gloves conditions in that hide! It was great to get back to my car and put the heating onto max, as I drove home to King's Lynn! Took me ages to warm up. I'll be complaining its too hot on Saturday, when the heatwave hits us all!

PICTURES TO FOLLOW

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Westlegate, Norwich
Green-winged Teal, Spoonbills x 4, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
Quail singing yesterday at Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich
Corncrake singing at Welney WWT
PURPLE HERON, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Corncrakes x 2 recently at Welney WWT
Subalpine Warbler sp. fem. reported yesterday in garden briefly at Emneth Hungate
Green-winged Teal, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Puffins x 2 flew past Sheringham
Spoonbills x 20 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 6 at Stiffkey Fen
PURPLE HERON, Turtle Dove, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Quail at Silfield Nature Reserve, Wymondham

MEGA NEWS
GREEN WARBLER
On 10th June in garden at The Lizard (ID confirmed from DNA analysis), Cornwall
LITTLE BUSTARD 
Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
BAIKAL TEAL
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Festival Too!!!

https://www.festivaltoo.co.uk/

Can East Anglian Cuckoos Help Shed Light On Why Their Numbers Are In Sharp Decline?

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/east-anglia-cuckoo-study-from-thetford-1-6126648

Conservationist Urges 'Irresponsible' Dog Owners To Keep Their Pets Under Control

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/conservationist-s-warning-to-irresponsible-dog-owners-1-6124571

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve Triples In Size!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/bright-future-for-sculthorpe-moor-nature-reserve-1-6123283

RBA Weekly Round-Up 19th to 25th June!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_26.aspx?s_id=396871470

BIRD SONG RADIO APP!!!

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/let-nature-sing/birdsong-radio/

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RSPB_launches_free_Birdsong_Radio_app.aspx?s_id=396871470

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing at Northrepps
PURPLE HERON, Spoonbills x 6, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2, Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 19 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spotted Crake, Cattle Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Black Redstart in garden at St Albans Road, Norwich
Spoonbills x 17, Garganey x 4, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE BUSTARD 
Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
BAIKAL TEAL
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Monday, 24 June 2019

Birds Galore In My Garden and Painted Lady Influx at Titchwell RSPB!

Currently, my garden has more birds than I can ever recall! I've been spending a fortune on all kinds of bird seed and putting out dried mixed fruit, apples, mealworms and all kinds, its obviously become a magnet for local birds. The birds have a choice of four drinking pools, my newest edition, a Shenstone Bird Bath was purchased from Titchwell RSPB on Saturday – I also have another RSPB bird bath I purchased earlier in the year. However, the favoured bird bath is my very old and heavy concrete bath, which I purchased in Colchester (when I lived there) many years ago – birds were queueing up to have a splash in this bath today! There are loads of youngsters appearing in the garden, with a least 2 juv. Robins, a juv. Goldfinch, juv. Blackbirds, juv. Starlings x lots! Plus all the adults! Collared Doves, Wood Pigeons, Hedge Sparrows, House Sparrows and Chaffinches. My favourite female Blackbird is incredibly tame and will be in the kitchen before too long if I leave the patio doors open unattended! I had a Painted Lady in the garden today which was lovely.

I've spent a small fortune on revamping my patio over the last few weeks and I am so pleased with how it looks now. Lots of colourful plants in pots, solar lights and lanterns, cleaned up some statues I had, plus some I have brought back from my mother's garden, including stones, rocks and a lovely old tree root that my mother carried back from the beach on her bike once! I have also stood lots of mother's charity shop german vases randomly around the plant pots and it all looks quite arty farty! The Hedgehog corner has now been finished with feeding station box, house for hoglets/hibernation, water bowl and an owl statue on watch! I have two huge pots full of runner beans, which are creeping up the canes apart from two which have been stripped by slugs (I don't use pellets or poisons of any kind in my garden) and 4 pots of 'Gardener's Delight' tomatoes (the variety my father always bought) which are coming along nicely.

All of above is on my patio area, which is fenced off with high trellis and gate to access my very wild and overgrown back garden, which needs sorting out big time – currently I'm not touching it, as several birds have probably nested in there and I don't want to disturb it, until I am absolutely sure all youngsters have flown. This area used to have a greenhouse and was fairly neat and tidy until a neighbour's tree demolished the greenhouse in a gale and since then, I started this blog, plus parent's failing ill health and lack of time mean't I had let this part of the garden go completely. I also made the mistake of planting elder cuttings! So currently the 'wild' garden is full of very tall and mature elders, stinging nettles, a holly tree and a tall bay tree. On the left hand side of the back garden, I have two six foot fence panels down (which ETM put up!), which means I am exposed to the neighbour that lives that side (he and his family have a very large garden), but because of the 'jungle' I can't see this huge gap in the fence at all now!!! This probably explains why I have seen a muntjac deer in this part of the garden through my gate several times this Spring!

This evening I went to Titchwell RSPB in the sticky heat to attempt to see the Purple Heron – I failed again. A Grey Heron and Cormorants were chilling on the dead trees beyond Patsy's Pool, Marsh Harriers were cruising over the reedbeds and there were several birds on the pool, including Red-crested Pochards, Little Grebes, Mute Swans, Mallard and Teal. The highlight of the evening was huge numbers of Painted Ladies – which were all along the East Trail, a wonderful sight. Also a very cute baby Muntjac was standing on the path for a few moments before it spotted me. No sign of any Turtle Doves. I was very disappointed to see the puddle area in the coach car park has been filled in with black tarmac and does not look pleasant at all either. I had a serious hayfever attack with uncontrollable sneezing which exhausted me, so had to leave earlier than expected. Away from the grasses and pollen and back in my car, I felt a little better, so headed up to Choseley Barns. Sat in the car and watched 4 Red-legged Partridges, several Pied Wagtails, 2 Hares and a Marsh Harrier before returning home to King's Lynn. A cracking thunderstorm and heavy rain is to follow in the early hours of tomorrow morning and all day on Tuesday!

PICTURES TO FOLLOW

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 3 flew over Blakeney Point
Spoonbills x 19 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spotted Crake, Garganey at Welney WWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 25 at Kelling Water Meadows
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at North Dunes, Winterton
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Spoonbills x 10 at Stiffkey Fen
 
MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
LITTLE BUSTARD
Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
BAIKAL TEAL
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland
EASTERN OLIVACEOUS WARBLER
Still, on Fair Isle, Shetland

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Lucy's Last Concert Of The Season!

Visited Dobbies garden centre this morning to buy more plants for my patio and a bag of white stones. Re-potted new plants, finished patio revamp, finally! Quick clean round the house before Vivien arrived at my house at 1pm. We had lunch together outside in the very hot sun, but we were slightly shaded by my new parasol. Lucy was playing her last concert of the season at St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn this afternoon, which Vivien and I were both going to.

Vivien drove me into town (scary! LOL!) and we parked up near to St Nicholas Chapel. This is a beautiful church and has a huge stained glass window. The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra hold quite a number of their concerts here, as well as the Corn Exchange theatre. It was wonderfully cool sitting in the pews, but we both regretted not bringing a cushion, as sitting on hard wood for two hours is not funny at all. I felt extremely emotional as the concert started – beautiful violin music always reminds me of how much my dear mother loved to hear Lucy play her violin.

The Leader Philippa Barton broke her finger recently, so today's leader was the brilliant violinist Paula Muldon. The music was beautiful and the two hours seemed to finish too quickly. It was a very emotional ending, as this was the last concert that Phillip Hesketh would conduct and also Claire a flautist, who had been with the NSO for 20 years and Leader Phillipa Barton have both left too! Gifts and bouquets were given, farewell speeches made and everyone departed.

Lucy, Vivien and I went back to my house and sat outside on the patio and had strawberries, grapes, cherries, mini profiteroles and ice-cream to celebrate Lucy's last concert of the season – they commence again in November.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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BEE-EATERS x 2 flew east over Shrieking Pit, Hungry Hill, Northrepps
Spoonbills x 17 at Potter Heigham Marshes 
PURPLE HERON, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbills x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Quail at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbills x 16 at North Point Pools, Wells
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 3 at North Dunes, Winterton
Spotted Crake at Welney WWT
 
MEGA NEWS
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER
On wires at Achnahaird, NW of Ullapool, Highland, Scotland
LITTLE BUSTARD
Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
SOUTH POLAR OR BROWN SKUA
Yesterday, at sea110 miles south of Mizen Head from RV.Explorer, County Cork, Ireland
BAIKAL TEAL
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SATURDAY 22nd June
PURPLE HERON, Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 11 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 2 at first toad pools, North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey, Spotted Redshank at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Quail singing at Holme
Spoonbills x 17, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
 
MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Little Tern Eggs Stolen at Winterton!!!

CRUEL AND WICKED!!!

https://www.norfolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/21-06-2019/rare-birds-eggs-stolen-winterton?fbclid=IwAR0hQGIIMuPw73oRwdKvLj6lJm0v2U1VaGHNcE7cc8cacgQ5B__i0WDr6Rk

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/little-tern-eggs-stolen-winterton-1-6119184

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-48718680

Hedgehog House Project!!!

After work this evening, I returned the BOSCH jigsaw I purchased last week to cut out the doorway in my hedgehog home, as my lovely neighbours Ann and Lewis (Lewis to be precise) very kindly offered to cut the hole out of the box for me with his jigsaw! I popped round at 7.30pm and within about 10 minutes, Lewis had cut the doorway out of my hedgehog box!!! Huge thanks to him, made my night!

Took the box back to mine and rasped the edges smooth, put some newly purchased hay in the box and started to put it all together. I stood the box on rows of bricks and then made a porch out of bricks leading up to the entrance door. Covered the entire box in plastic sheeting and then placed large pieces of concrete on top of and around the plastic covered box. I then covered all of this with old leaves, branches, logs etc to make the hedgehog house look natural and inviting for any hedgehogs looking for a potential hoglet home or for winter hibernation. I havn't quite finished it and want to put a piece of slate over the porch entrance and more branches over the roof and sides, so will finish this properly tomorrow. Below are the stages of making my fabulous new hedgehog home!
Hole cut in and hay placed in box

Lidded box for access and cleaning out

Rows of bricks placed to stand box on

Box placed on rows of bricks

Porch made with bricks, ensuring they are butted up tight to box/entrance

Plastic sheeting covered over entire box and then wedged down with concrete

Leaves, twigs, logs, branches placed over top and around box

Hedgehog Box complete, well almost!

Friday, 21 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON, Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Little Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2 at Cley NWT
Spotted Crake, Garganey, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Black Redstart in Surrey Street, Norwich
Common Cranes x 6 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 12 at North Point Pools, Wells
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Pratincole sp., possible, flew NW at 4.40pm over Holt
 
MEGA NEWS
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO
Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Thursday, 20 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Spoonbills x 5, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Quail singing north of windmill at Weybourne
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 18, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 11 at North Point Pools, Wells
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Black Redstart singing at All Saints Green, Norwich
Garganey at Welney WWT
Eagle sp. probable ESE of Southrepps

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON, Spoonbills x 6, Spotted Redshanks x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Crake at Welney WWT
Green-winged Teal drake, Spoonbills x 3, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 4 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey x 6, Knot at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland
EASTERN OLIVACEOUS WARBLER
Fair Isle, Shetland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 12th to 18th June!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_25.aspx?s_id=232008348

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Caspian Gull on beach at Cromer
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Breydon Water
PURPLE HERON, Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
RIVER WARBLER
Fair Isle, Shetland
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Wholly unconfirmed report, NW of Colwyn Bay, Conwy