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Saturday, 23 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER
Great White Egret at Thornham Marsh
Glossy Ibis, Twite x 5, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Waxwing, Slavonian Grebe, Snow Bunting, Mealy Redpoll, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Long-tailed Duck at Titchwell RSPB
Hooded Crow at North Dunes, Winterton
Raven, Purple Sandpiper, Bewick's Swans x 8 at Horsey
Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 50 at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 4, Slavonian Grebes x 4, Velvet Scoters x 4, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 44 at Holkham Bay
Black-necked Grebe at Filby Broad
LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Todd's Canada Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Russian White-fronted Geese x 20 south of Langham
White Fronted Geese x 2, Great Skua at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 5 at Welney WWT
Black-throated Diver at Burnham Overy Staithe
Waxwings x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Short-eared Owl, Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Waxwing at Great Yarmouth
Water Pipit, Russian White-fronted Geese x 23, Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Goose NNE of Docking
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Goose near Binham

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 
South of Langham, Norfolk
STELLER'S EIDER juv. 
Papa Westray, Orkney

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Beavers Set To Return To Norfolk!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/ken-hill-beaver-release-scheme-1-6385824

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cattle Egrets x 8, Great White Egrets x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Black-throated Diver in channel near Gun Hill at Burnham Overy Dunes
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Hooded Crow, Snow Bunting, Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cley NWT
Glossy Ibis at Thornham Harbour
Black-necked Grebe at Filby Broad
Mealy Redpoll, Water Pipit, Long-tailed Ducks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 23 at Holkham
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 5, Velvet Scoters x 6, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 5, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holkham Bay
Hen Harrier at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart at The Leas, White-fronted Geese x 12 flew past Sheringham
Raven, Hooded Crow at Horsey
Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells
Snow Buntings x 9 at Outer Harbour, Great Yarmouth
Long-tailed Duck at Gorleston-on-Sea
White-fronted Goose NNW of Shernborne
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Ludham
Ravens x 2 at Dersingham Bog
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 15 at Breydon Water
Snow Bunting, Russian White-fronted Geese x 62, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Hemsby
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford

MEGA NEWS 
HERMIT THRUSH
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 70 at Cley NWT
Yellow-browed Warbler, Great White Egret, Snow Buntings x 40 at Titchwell RSPB
Red-throated Diver at Wells Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzard, Swallow NW of Wells
Rough-legged Buzzard, Waxwings x 18 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Scaup at Welney WWT
Shorelarks x 4, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 6, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Buntings x 68, Hen Harrier at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 50 on beach at Winterton
Black-throated Diver in channel from car park at Burnham Over Staithe
Black-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad
Great White Egret in sheep field at Old Hunstanton
Velvet Scoters x 4, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Great White Egret at Ten Mile Bank
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Lugden Hill Farm, NNE of Docking
Velvet Scoters x 4 flew past Weybourne and Mundesley
Waxwings x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
HERMIT THRUSH
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland
STELLER'S EIDER juv. 
Papa Westray, Orkney

RBA Weekly Round-Up 13th to 19th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_47.aspx?s_id=645726726

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 60, Little Auk, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 3 at Holkham Park Lake
HUME'S WARBLERS x 2 near crosstracks at Holkham
Shorelarks x 6, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 8, Long-tailed Duck at Holkham Gap
Yellow-browed Warbler, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing at Overstrand
Great White Egrets x 6 at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells
Little Auk offshore at Salthouse
Russian White-fronted Goose in field at Glandford
Great White Egret in sheep field at Old Hunstanton
Waxwing at Norwich
Snow Bunting at Gore Point, Holme Dunes NWT
Great White Egret at Thornham Harbour
Snow Buntings x 23, Velvet Scoters x 22 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Goshawk at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 8, Great White Egrets x 6 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Eagle Owl on cricket pitch at dusk (for 2nd day), Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Winterton

MEGA NEWS 
None

BREACHING HUMPBACK WHALE OFF FETLAR!

WOW! Spectacularly captured by Brydon Thomason!

https://twitter.com/shetlandnature/status/1196713452242374656

Monday, 18 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwing flew over, Lapland Bunting, Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Bunting, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells
Gannet flew over Cantley Marshes RSPB
HUME'S WARBLERS x 2 near crosstracks, Rough-legged Buzzard in field, Waxwing flew over Holkham
Bewick's Swan near Horsey Corner
Northern Bullfinch south of Shangri-La chalet, Waxham
Snow Buntings x 24, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Winterton
Great Shearwater (probable), Blue Fulmar, Pomarine Skuas x 3, Little Auk at Cley
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 60 at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 60 at Gramborough Hill
Waxwings x 3 flew over, Waxwings x 15 near village hides in Holme
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Scaup at Welney WWT
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 7 east of Holkham Gap
Long-eared Owl between Rockland St Mary & Hellington
Cattle Egrets x 8 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Little Auk, Pomarine Skuas x 4, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 4 at Sheringham
Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwaters x 3, Little Gulls x 2 at Mundesley

MEGA NEWS
HERMIT THRUSH
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
STELLER'S EIDER juv. 
Papa Westray, Orkney
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Lambholm, Orkney

Sunday, 17 November 2019

NORFOLK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Mystery and Magic At The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn!!

NORFOLK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Mystery and Magic — Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Lucy in 1st Violins – front centre 
Lucy played in her first concert of the season at The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn. It was probably the best NSO concert I have been to – it was especially brilliant listening to the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite. I imagined an owl flying over the orchestral players and I suppose they could have arranged that, although it might have been a bit risky! A few of the orchestral players had witches hats, cloaks and other attire to add to the visual effect. The lead violinist Paula Muldoon played exquisitely. I was sitting in seat K 10 which is fairly close to the front and Lucy spotted me fairly quickly when she first walked onto the stage. Every time I watch Lucy play, I feel so proud – my mother would have enjoyed that concert so much.

Not a cheap afternoon out though: Ticket £17.00, Programme £3.00, ice-cream £2.50, parking £4.95 and dinner later £25.00! There were lots of children in the audience and hopefully they all enjoyed it – but there was one tiny little girl who simply didn't want to be there and hardly sat on her seat – she flapped the fold-up seat backwards and forwards, which irritated the elderly gentleman behind her, crawled under the seats and continually swapped seats with her brothers like a jack in the box, much to the frustration of her brothers and parents – sadly they didn't return for the second half of the concert – she was simply too young to appreciate the concert.

After the concert Lucy and I went to Prezzos for an evening meal, which I had booked yesterday. It was lovely sitting in there and we had some wonderful food and of course Tiramisu for dessert. Lucy was shattered, but she really enjoyed herself here. No wonder she was tired, they rehearse all morning before the concert – a lot of hours of very fast intense playing. A fabulous evening all round.

The Conductor and Lead Violinist

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 55, Water Pipits x 4, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Yellow-browed Warbler, Mealy Redpoll, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Great White Egret, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Water Pipits x 2, Snow Buntings x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Twite, Snow Buntings x 28 at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells
Long-tailed Duck off beach at Wells
Black-throated Diver off Gun Hill, Cattle Egrets x 7 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Waxwings x 15 flew over Hunstanton
Slavonian Grebes x 3 at Holkham Bay
Shorelarks x 6 east of Holkham Gap
HUME'S WARBLERS x 2, Raven at Holkham
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at West end of Holkham Pines
Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Scaup, Common Scoters x 13, Cattle Egret, Great White Egrets x 4 at Welney WWT
Great Grey Shrike at cliff top wood at Trimingham
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Snow Buntings x 20 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Black-necked Grebe at Scolt Head Island NNR
Iceland Gull, Grey Phalarope, Little Auks x 2, Pomarine Skua, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoters x 5, Great Northern Divers x 2, Snow Buntings x 29 at Hemsby
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
STELLER'S EIDER juv. 
Papa Westray, Orkney

The NORFOLK BIRD & MAMMAL REPORT 2018 – Now published!

Luckily I managed to get one picture in the report, which meant I received a free complimentary copy! But I'm a member of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, so I also receive a copy from them. A lot of hard work goes into this report so thanks to all the contributors. Several very interesting articles in the report and lots of fabulous photographs and drawings.

Fabulously designed front cover with a Caspian Gull in flight. But, I'm not a lover of bled pictures, so not in love with the new design. Bled pictures only tend to work I find, when they are half or full page – any smaller tends to look messy, especially when text is wrapped around in a narrow column which has occurred several times throughout the report. Also when the picture bleeds into the spine, you lose part of the beauty of a picture as you turn the pages. I comment as an ex typesetter and Mac Operator and a member of staff for nine years at Lavenham Press (who printed the report). I also think that the picture captions would benefit from having the date and © added eg:

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Blakeney Point – 7th October  ©Penny Clarke

You can purchase the report directly from: http://www.nnns.org.uk/ OR from Cley Visitor Centre NWT and Titchwell RSPB.

Update – John F. has pointed out an unforgivable mistake on the SPINE of the report!!! Oh dear!

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Blakeney Point – 7th October 2018

OTHER PICTURES I SUBMITTED BELOW
Firecrest at Gramborough Hill – 22nd April 2018

Eastern Lesser Whitethroat at Blakeney Point – 7th October 2018
I submitted this to the Norfolk Records Committee

Black Redstart Sheringham – 21st January 2018

Wryneck at Pinewoods Caravan Park, Wells – 23rd September 2018
 
Snowy Owl at Snettisham RSPB – 11th March 2018

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Isabelline Wheatear & Otter At Cley – Late Autumn Birding!

ISABELLINE WHEATEAR
East of north end of the East Bank at Cley NWT
A first for Cley – found by Mark Golley on Sunday 10th November


Mark Golley found this fabulous bird last Sunday when I was working, I never thought for one minute that it would still be there today! After six straight days at work, setting the alarm and getting up early was the last thing I wanted to do, but I did! I also managed to bag the last car space in the East Bank car park. It was a chilly morning, but I was wrapped up well with thermals and two coats. Vivien and Ray are still basking in 29Âșc today in Cyprus – they will get a shock when they return home this evening!

I passed three birders along the East Bank who had seen the Isabelline Wheatear and eventually reached the area where it had been seen, east of the north end of the East Bank. I joined one other birder, who had not yet seen the bird. I searched hard and could not find the Wheatear anywhere. More people turned up and it could not be relocated for quite a while. Eventually a birder distantly signalled that it was just below him on the shingle ridge. Myself and others walked to the bottom of the slope and there it was, a wonderful Isabelline Wheatear sitting on the highest point of the ridge! A while later it flew across to the south side of a fenced area and that is where it remained for most of the day I believe. It was feeding, but it appeared to be making a massive effort. Later it sat for long periods, closing and opening its eyes. Every so often it would then move and feed for a bit again and then sit again. It was very sad to think that this beautiful bird may not make it, very sad indeed. There was also a 50+ flock of Snow Buntings flying around the shingle bank. While I was here, it was especially nice to bump into Sue Gantlett (along with Steve) as I hadn't seen her for a while – I always enjoy chatting with Sue and we discussed our love of Shetland amongst other things.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR

I was frozen when I started to walk back at around 12.15pm. Along the East Bank I bumped into Eddie and Andy J., who pointed out an Otter to me distantly in the sluice channel west of the path – at last! It wasn't anywhere close enough for a picture, but had some lovely views as it made its way west along the channel. Also saw the Long-tailed Duck on the pool west of the path (where it has been for a few days) and also heard a Cetti's Warbler and saw a couple of Reed Buntings. Several flocks of Starlings flying through and a Turnstone was notable on The Serpentine, along with good numbers of Lapwings, Wigeon, Teal and Mute Swans.

I had missed the 10am NWT VC cheese scone slot, it was lunchtime! Went to The Dun Cow at Salthouse for a change and walked straight out again – it was ram packed full of people and very noisy – I couldn't understand where all these people had come from at this time of year! Headed to Kelling Tea Rooms – wonderfully peaceful and only half full. Had a lovely table for two window seat as well! I had a jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw with salad. A generous pot of tea with *TWO teabags in and a little jug of hot water to top up – I love strong tea, so other venues please *note! Followed by their last piece of Black Forest Gateaux – very pleased I popped in here!
Lunch at Kelling Tea Rooms!

With the long lists of birds I'm typing up daily for Norfolk over the last few days, it feels like it should be October, not November! Anyway, rejuvenated I headed west along the coast road to Garden Drove at Warham. The track was extremely water logged and not really suitable for my little Skoda – a tractor or a 4x4 would have been more appropriate! Within seconds of parking up on the concrete pad a Great Spotted Woodpecker bounded along the hedge line and a Barn Owl sat on a post distantly by the barn. Walking along the very muddy track I saw more birds than expected: Robins x 2, a Song Thrush, Blackbirds x 2 and Pied Wagtails feeding in the pig field along with Rooks and Starlings. The copse at the end held a Great Tit and 3 Chaffinches.

North Point Pools at Wells – the light was fading fast now – nobody else here but me. 100+ Lapwings, 14 Brent Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Curlews, lots of Wigeon and Teal, a few Pied Wagtails and 2 Little Egrets.

Stopped just west of Wells Quay in a pull in area by a farm gate, to join two cars of birders to try and see the Rough-legged Buzzard that has been showing all day. If I hadn't have stopped at North Point Pools I would more than probably have seen it, but I was too late! It had just been mobbed by a Common Buzzard in the very far distance before I turned up and it wasn't seen again. A Short-eared Owl was a nice consolation though. Headed home via Holkham and Burnham Market and saw my second Barn Owl of the day between Bircham and Flitcham.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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ISABELLINE WHEATEAR east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 60, Great Northern Divers x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Caspian Gulls x 2, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoter, Snow Bunting at Gorleston-on-Sea
Snow Buntings x 35 on beach at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl NW of Wells
HUME'S WARBLERS x 2, Siberian Chiffchaff (probable) near crosstracks, Raven at Holkham
Shorelarks x 6, east of Holkham Gap
Snow Buntings x 30, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 5, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Black-throated Diver at Holkham
Tundra Bean Goose at Holkham Freshmarsh
Yellow-browed Warbler, Waxwing flew over, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Little Auk, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 43 on beach at Hemsby
Snow Buntings x 6 at Thornham Point
Short-eared Owl at Thornham Harbour
Rose-coloured Starling with Starlings by sea wall, Slavonian Grebe in channel off Gun Hill, Lapland Bunting, Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x 20, Velvet Scoters x 4, Cattle Egrets x 8, Great White Egrets x 6, Short-eared Owl at Burnham Overy Dunes
Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 5 at Happisburgh
Waxwings x 2 at Holme
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham RSPB 
Hooded Crow, Snow Buntings x 4, Little Auk at Horsey
Snow Bunting at Breydon Water
Snow Buntings x 11 west of beach car park at Weybourne
Great White Egrets x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Snow Bunting between Thornage and Hunworth
Snow Buntings x 3 at Caister-on-Sea
Water Pipits x 4 at Cantley Beet Factory
Barred Warbler, wholly unconfirmed report at South Beach, Heacham
Lapland Buntings x 2, Snow Buntings x 9 at Blakeney Point
Lapland Bunting, Water Pipit at Holme NOA
Great Grey Shrike at cliff top wood at Trimingham
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Great White Egrets x 4, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Pomarine Skua, Sooty Shearwater, Puffin, Little Gulls x 7 at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Pennington Marshes, Hampshire
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Lambholm, Orkney
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney

Friday, 15 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Bittern, Water Pipit, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 NW of Wells
Lapland Buntings x 3 flew over Wells Woods
Great White Egret, Water Pipits x 4 at North Point Pools, Wells
Long-tailed Duck in harbour at Wells
Ravens x 2 near Great Cressingham
Black Redstart at The Leas, Sabine's Gull (probable), Pomarine Skuas x 8, Blue Fulmar, Puffins x 9, Little Auks x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Sheringham
Puffin on sea, Pomarine Skuas x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Little Gulls x 4 off beach car park, Cley
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 20, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart in garden at Cley
Northern Long-tailed Tit in garden at Upton
Pomarine Skuas x 2 flew past Weybourne Camp
Glaucous Gull, Raven at Horsey
Snow Buntings x 20, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Little Gull at Holme Dunes
Shorelarks x 6, east of Holkham Gap
Snow Buntings x 9 at North Denes, Great Yarmouth
Pomarine Skuas x 3 flew past Hunstanton
Snow Buntings x 41, Little Auk at Winterton
Waxwings x 3 at Bradwell
Little Auk at Walcott
HUME'S WARBLER near crosstracks at Holkham
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Happisburgh
Caspian Gull in field south of Buxton
Great White Egrets x 5 at Welney WWT
Cattle Egrets x 8, Short-eared Owl, Snow Buntings x 19 at Gun Hill, Black-throated Diver in channel at Burnham Overy Staithe
Great White Egret at Somerton Holmes
Pomarine Skua, Little Auks x 3, Velvet Scoter, Black-throated Diver at Hemsby
Pomarine Skua, Little Auk, Velvet Scoter, Puffins x 3 at Mundesley

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Lambholm, Orkney

Thursday, 14 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells
Shorelarks x 6, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter, Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipits x 4, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull on beach at Horsey
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Snow Bunting, Twite at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Holme Dunes
Snow Buntings x 20 on beach at Holme
Black-necked Grebe reported at Walcott
Water Pipits x 4 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Lambholm, Orkney

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Snow Buntings x 20 on beach at Holme
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Purple Sandpiper, Snow Buntings x 35, Long-tailed Duck, Bittern at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Buxton
Snow Buntings x 7 at Weybourne Camp
Black Redstart on roof of coastguard cottages at Weybourne
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Wiveton
Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells
Raven and Purple Sandpiper on beach at Horsey
Shorelarks x 6 east of Holkham Gap
HUME'S WARBLER still near crosstracks at Holkham Pines
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Saxlingham
Common Cranes x 14 at Billockby
LITTLE BITTERN again, Yellow-browed Warbler, Rough-legged Buzzard, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Velvet Scoter, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 2 at Ringstead
Russian White-fronted Geese x 15 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Water Pipits x 2, Short-eared Owl at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Great Northern Diver at Mundesley
Snow Buntings x 22, Velvet Scoter at Hemsby
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR wholly unconfirmed report at South Beach, Heacham

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Lambholm, Orkney

RBA Weekly Round-Up 6th to 12th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_46.aspx?s_id=480837080

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER
Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Holkham
Shorelarks x 5 east of Holkham Gap
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Buntings x 6, Caspian Gulls x 2, Great Northern Divers x 6, Little Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Cley
Shorelark at North Beach, Winterton
LITTLE BITTERN again, Yellow-browed Warbler, Water Pipit, Great White Egret, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
HUME'S WARBLER west of crosstracks at Holkham Pines
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NR
Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Snow Buntings x 22 at Hemsby
Waxwings x 5 flew in off sea at Sheringham
Raven, Hooded Crow at Horsey

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Monday, 11 November 2019

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NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Grey Phalarope, Snow Buntings x 31, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Guillemot flew past Cley
Raven at North Dunes, Snow Buntings x 2 at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells
Great White Egrets x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
HUME'S WARBLER west of crosstracks at Holkham Pines
Shorelarks x 5 east of Holkham Gap
Snow Buntings x 16 at Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Redstart, Water Pipit, Velvet Scoter, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes
Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter at Hemsby
Snow Buntings x 40 on beach at Holme

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Happy 50th Birthday Vivien!

Taken at Holme beach, many years ago!

50 Today! 11th November 2019

Have a fabulous day in Cyprus Vivien!

Lots of Love Penny and Lucy x x x x x

Vivien hates having her photo taken, which means I don't even have a recent glamorous photo of her, in fact the best I could find was probably the one above, which was taken about thirty years ago. Can't believe my baby sister is 50 today, where have the years gone?!!!

Being as Vivien is with Ray in Cyprus right now, Lucy and I will be celebrating Vivien's birthday with her and Ray on Saturday 23rd November with lunch and an evening meal in Ely.
Vivien's 2nd Birthday!
In the dining room at 4 Aslack Way, Holme
Penny, Vivien and Lucy!
Sitting under father's desk in the living room at 4 Aslack Way, Holme

I love this picture of my two sisters, they look ultra cute and sweet – happy childhood days

Vivien and Ray in Cyprus today!

After work this evening I went to Lucy's and we tried for over an hour to ring Vivien on her big day. Eventually Vivien rang us and we sang Happy Birthday to her. She had no idea that we were both there together to sing to her, so I think that was a nice surprise. I pinched the picture above from Ray's Facebook page!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER
Waxwing flew over, Little Gull flew past Sheringham
Lesser Whitethroat (of an eastern form) at Warren Lane, Gorleston-on-Sea
Twite x 5, Short-eared Owl at Thornham Harbour
Black-throated Diver at Weybourne Camp
Raven on beach at Horsey
Little Auks x 2 flew past Coastguards, Cley
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 100yds east of end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 60, Long-tailed Duck, Purple Sandpiper at Cley NWT
HUME'S WARBLER, Siberian Chiffchaff west of crosstracks at Holkham Pines
Ruddy Shelduck east of Lady Anne's Drive at Holkham
Little Auk flew past Salthouse
Black Redstart at Happisburgh
Northern Bullfinch in The Plantation, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
Little Auk, Pomarine Skua flew past Waxham
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Brent Goose at Welney WWT
Little Auks x 8 flew past Walcott
Velvet Scoter flew past Winterton
Little Auks x 3 flew past Holme Dunes
Snow Buntings x 20 on golf course at Holme
Water Pipit, Longn-tailed Ducks x 2, Spotted Redshank, Twite at Titchwell RSPB
Little Auk, Pomarine Skua flew past Mundesley
Cattle Egrets x 6, Great White Egrets x 3 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Lesser Whitethroat (of an eastern form) at Cromer
Hen Harrier at Lynn Point, King's Lynn
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Burrell Way, Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH 
Lamb Holm, Orkney

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Holme Reserves and Titchwell RSPB!

The recent Little Bittern at Titchwell RSPB, reappeared again this morning, which was a surprise for a few lucky birders – although there were only three viewings between 7.20am and 9.05am – a little elusive one might say!

It was a frosty start to the day and sunshine all day long! Two Common Buzzards were circling above the roundabout at the north end of Dersingham Bypass. Headed for Holme reserves and had a lovely surprise at the NOA car park with a pair of Stonechats feeding on the short turf and also a Kestrel hovering close by. Chatted with a man who reads my blog and then with Dave N. Walked across the dunes and along the path behind the pines in hope that the recent Pallas's Warbler may still be around – apart from a Robin nothing else seen. Lots of Mallards, Little Grebes etc on the Broadwater. Chatted with Sophie for a while and then guess who popped in? John Sheldrake! I hadn't seen him since mother's funeral. John used to be the Chairman for the NOA back in the day and is a long time family friend, it was lovely to see him.

Late lunch at Holme Dunes NWT and had a quick catch up with Gary H. Left and headed to Titchwell RSPB. Every time I pass Aslack Way in Holme, I feel incredibly sad – I think I'm going to have avoid this area altogether, too much to cope with.

At Titchwell RSPB I saw a Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest and several Long-tailed Tits along the Fen Trail and then stood with others at Patsy's Pool in hope of seeing the Little Bittern. At least 12 Marsh Harriers in the roost and a very rough estimate of 100 Little Egrets roosting in the trees!!! There was probably more to honest, it was a real job to count them and lots were dropping down out of view behind the trees – but it was a real spectacle! No sign of the Little Bittern. If I wasn't at work all day tomorrow, I would be at Titchwell at first light! Good luck for anyone going.

My sister Vivien and her partner Ray landed at Paphos, Cyprus today for a week's holiday to celebrate Vivien's 50th birthday, which is on Monday 11th November.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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LITTLE BITTERN Male again, Lapland Bunting, Waxwings x 7 flew over, Water Pipit, Long-tailed Duck, Sooty Shearwaters x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
White-fronted Geese x 3 on Ringstead Road, Hunstanton
Little Auks x 2, Snow Buntings x 30, Grey Phalarope at Cley
Siberian Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Duck at Cley NWT
Little Auk at Salthouse
Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck at Sheringham
Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl at Silfield Nature Reserve, Wymondham
Cattle Egrets x 8, Great White Egrets x 5 at Burnham Overy Staithe
HUME'S WARBLER, Siberian Chiffchaff, Little Auk on puddle at Holkham Pines
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Black Redstart on Down's Road, Hunstanton
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stiffkey
Twite x 3 at Thornham Harbour
Lapland Buntings at Gore Point, Snow Buntings x 20 at golf course, Holme
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Grey Phalarope, Snow Bunting at Blakeney Point
Black-throated Diver, Russian White-fronted Geese x 28, Velvet Scoter at Hemsby
Waxwing at South Beach, Heacham

MEGA NEWS
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH 
Lamb Holm, Orkney
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Papa Westray, Orkney
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Friday, 8 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoter, Black Guillemot, Little Auk, Sooty Shearwater, Snow Buntings x 50 from beach car park at Cley
Long-tailed Duck, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
PALLID SWIFT at Sidestrand
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Skua, Little Auks x 6, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 85, Great Northern Diver, Pomarine Skuas x 6 at Sheringham
Great White Egret, Cattle Egret at Blackborough End
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR
Turtle Dove in garden at Aylsham
Little Auk at Holme NOA
Pomarine Skuas x 4, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gulls x 3 at Holme Dunes
Yellow-browed Warbler at Caister Road Cemetery, Great Yarmouth
Snow Bunting, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Beach Road, Salthouse
Garden Warbler at Walsey Hills NOA
Pomarine Skua, Little Auk, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Puffin, Little Gulls x 4 at Mundesley
Great White Egrets x 2 at Haddiscoe Marsh
Little Auk, Velvet Scoter at Cromer
Great White Egrets x 4, Velvet Scoter at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH 
Lamb Holm, Orkney
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Aikerness, Westray, Orkney
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Premimum Bond Win, Email Update & A Missed Opportunity!!!

FINALLY, after another long telephone call with TalkTalk this evening, my old email address is working again! I've had no emails since 15th October on [pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com], but this evening almost a thousand flooded through! I will still use the new [pennyclarke@talktalk.net] though. At least if I have two email accounts, I will always have at least one of them working!

I had some LOVELY surprises when I searched through tons of emails! I WON A PREMIUM BOND with my new recent investments!!! Only £25.00, but still fabulous and I'm going to thank my late dear father for that, as he invested all his spare money into bonds and always hoped for the big win one day, he regularly won small amounts, but never the big one. When I invested a large amount into bonds from my share of the family home, the first draw they went into was the 1st November and this was the day before my father's birthday, so I kind of saw that as a bit of luck and indeed it was!

I missed out on an invite to do a live broadcast on Radio Norfolk to talk about my 'life as a blogger' and 'how my love of birds came about'!!!!!!! It was for 4th November, so missed that! Would I have done that? Sounds exciting, but I don't think I have the confidence!

Had a new subscriber to my blog along with a lovely email, thank you! I now have seven subscribers to my blog and I would like to thank them very much for their long term support, they are:

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NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Pallas's Warbler in pines, Snow Buntings x 4 at Holme Dunes
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Winterton
Cattle Egrets x 8, Great White Egret at Burnham Overy Staithe
Water Pipit, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Pomarine Skua, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
Little Auks x 3, Black-throated Diver, Scaup, Snow Bunting from beach car park at Cley
Long-tailed Duck at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owl at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Black Brant Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshank at Stiffkey
Little Auk at Cromer
Little Auk, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 6 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Great White Egrets x 3 off Sedge Fen Road, Southery
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT fem.
North Ronaldsay, Orkney
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Aikerness, Westray, Orkney
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Little Auks x 10, Velvet Scoters x 2, Snow Buntings x 20 at Cley
Long-tailed Duck, Snow Bunting, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Waxwing at Holme NOA
Slavonian Grebe at Holme Dunes
Little Auks x 3, Snow Bunting, Water Pipits x 2 Great White Egret, Bittern, Spotted Redshank, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Duck, Short-eared Owls x 2, Little Auks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2, Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Sheringham
Hawfinch flew over Holkham
Cattle Egrets x 8, Velvet Scoters x 5, Long-tailed Duck at Burnham Overy Staithe
Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Weybourne
Snow Buntings x 26, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Siberian Chiffchaffs x 2 at Wells Woods
Snow Buntings x 9 at East Hills, Wells
Twite x 7, Redstart at Scolt Head Island NNR
Lapland Bunting at Waxham
Richard's Pipit flew over, Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still at West Runton
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
HUME'S WARBLER in garden at Stiffkey
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Common Cranes x 2, Snow Buntings x 2 at Waxham
Twite x 6 at Thornham Harbour
Richard's Pipit at Burnham Deepdale

MEGA NEWS
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT fem.
North Ronaldsay, Orkney
STELLER'S EIDER juv.
Aikerness, Westray, Orkney
PADDYFIELD PIPIT
SE of A30 at Sennen, Cornwall
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland