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Friday, 9 December 2016

Stroke Rehabilitation Christmas Party!

Full update later!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 35, Velvet Scoters x 8, Scaup, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Great Northern Diver at Martham Broad.
Spoonbill on sea pool, Bewick's Swan flew east at Cley.
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler still, viewed from footpath at edge of Scratby Hall.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Choseley Drying Barns.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still at Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Waxwings x 5 on Henry Preston Road at Tasburgh.
Waxwing briefly on Churchfield Road at Long Sutton.
Cattle Egret in cattle field, north of Ted Ellis NR entrance track at Surlingham.
Shorelarks x 24 at east end of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.

All the news by 16.55......full update late this evening

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH in orchard at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Scaup x 4 offshore at Thornham Point.
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler still, viewed from footpath at edge of Scratby Hall.
Little Bunting trapped and ringed at Guist Common.
Great White Egrets x 2 flew west over Blakeney Freshes.
Great White Egrets x 2 flew south over Happisburgh.
Cattle Egret in cattle field, north of Ted Ellis NR entrance track at Surlingham.
Taiga Bean Geese x 11, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 23 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still at Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Great Northern Diver at Martham Broad.
Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Scaups x 4, White-fronted Goose at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Great White Egret, Scaup at Narford Lake.
Great White Egret at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Shorelarks x 15 at east end of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Scaup on Little Broad, Ormesby, Ormesby St Margaret.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO in garden on East Road at SW end of West Mersea on Mersea Island, Essex.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH in orchard at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at Broadstrand, County Cork, Ireland.

Memory Lane at Holme Bird Observatory!

Peter Clarke at Holme Bird Observatory  © Geoff Douglas
I have tried to lift the colours a bit in photoshop though!

Birders and friends Geoff and Pat Douglas very kindly found this picture and sent it to me yesterday of Father at Holme Bird Observatory. They think it was taken in the mid '80's.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Rough-legged Buzzard in tree by Thornham Marsh, Mealy Redpoll in alders, Velvet Scoters x 25, Hen Harrier, Long-tailed Ducks x 61, Scaup, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Jack Snipe, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.
Great White Egret at Breydon Water.
Shorelarks x 25 at east end of Holkham Bay, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Velvet Scoters x 31 at Holkham Gap.
Great Northern Diver, Bewick's Swans x 4 at Martham Broad.
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 20 on beach near cafe, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Winterton.
Hen Harrier between Hoveton and Coltishall.
Waxwings x 10 at Chapel Bank Road, Bowthorpe.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Bewick's Swans x 7, Caspian Gulls x 2 on Simmond's Scrape at Cley NWT.
Cattle Egret in cattle field, north of Ted Ellis NR entrance track at Surlingham.
Great White Egret on water meadows at Easton + Otley College, near Marlingford.
Snow Buntings x 35 at Salthouse.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens.
Twite x 2 at Thornham Harbour.
Hen Harrier at Claxton Marshes.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 recently on sea at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler viewed from footpath at dusk, at edge of Scratby Hall.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH near church, also in School Lane and in orchard at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

More Success!

Another 3lbs lost in weight lost at SW this evening – that's 9lb in total now so far! The long and rocky road to a new me! Slim by Spring!

RBA Weekly Round-Up 30th November to 6th December!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-49.aspx?s_id=1063010095

Fair Isle: Living on the Edge, Episode 2

Episode 2 – shown on BBC1 Scotland on Monday at 9pm.

Two-part documentary revealing life on Fair Isle, Britain's most remote inhabited island. Have the island's newest inhabitants survived their first winter and decided to stay on?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084jyl0/fair-isle-living-on-the-edge-episode-2

See here for link to Episode 1:
http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/fair-isle-living-on-edge-episode-1.html

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Tuesday 6th December
Cattle Egret in cattle field, north of Ted Ellis NR entrance track at Surlingham.
Shorelarks x 2, Lapland Bunting at east end of Holkham Bay.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Great Northern Diver at Martham Broad.
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Scaup x 3, Velvet Scoters x 19, Long-tailed Ducks x 35, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Snow Buntings x 30 at north end of beach at Winterton.
Hawfinches x 15 at Santon Warren.
Snow Buntings x 22 on beach at Holme.
Waxwings x 3 off gym on Barrack Street, Norwich.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH in orchard at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

Monday, 5 December 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Velvet Scoters x 14, Long-tailed Ducks x 55, Spotted Redshank, Scaup x 6, Water Pipits x 2, Little Gulls x 10, Jack Snipe x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Lapland Bunting flew north over Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still, between boardwalk and Gun Hill at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Hawfinches x 4 at Santon Warren.
Mealy Redpolls x 2, Lesser Redpolls x 20 at by Marriott's Way at Lenwade.
Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Velvet Scoters x 30, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay.
Rough-legged Buzzard juv. in tree by stubble field SE of Choseley Drying Barns.
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Slavonian Grebes x 2 at Holme.
Taiga Bean Geese x 10 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH again in garden in Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT again, mainland at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

Christmas Party Dance Shoes!

Revamp of my dance shoes, ready
for the Work Christmas Party!
 
Took me over two hours to re-glitter my dance shoes. All done with nail varnish – unique, nobody has another pair like it!

Call For Help As West Norfolk RSPCA Centre Is Inundated With Hedgehogs!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/call_for_help_as_west_norfolk_rspca_centre_is_inundated_with_hedgehogs_1_4799330

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Busy Weekend!

I think it must be the longest I haven't been birding properly over the last few weeks – very poor show! Saturday was spent doing jobs and buying a few extra bits for my Work's Christmas Party attire this coming Friday. Delivered some extra shopping to Mother in the evening – she was hugging a hot water bottle when I arrived and felt shivery. Today I was at work all day, then whizzed home, changed and went straight out again to visit Father – he had almost run out of chocolate, until I topped up his supplies this evening! He does love his chocolate and ate five mini 'twirl bites' one after the other! Vivien was also visiting him, so we had a good catch up. Summerville Care Home have got a massive lit up (looks 9ft tall), blow up snowman to greet you at the front entrance and the most brilliant Christmas tree in the lounge – all looking very festive.

Father was quite confused this evening and although he seemed to know that we were there, he was going on about nine people and policemen and would they be able to get into his room, was his door locked and various other odd things – none of which made any sense at all. I could see that he was hallucinating, as he was looking up towards the ceiling intently and could see all kinds of things. I tried to reassure him and to bring him back to time and place and remind him where he was, what the date was etc, but it only helped for a few moments. So very sad to lose your mind, I really hope I take after Mother when I get older, she still has her marbles – well to a degree anyway!

The novelty of scraping ice off the car every morning is getting tedious, roll on Spring! I must check the Pied Wagtail roost at the QEH in the week – there could be a 'Masked' amongst them! So many jobs and errands to do at the moment, its a job to keep up with everything. Looking forward to the Christmas break: Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th off! I even might get a chance to do some 'hot' birding!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 58, Velvet Scoters x 23, Great Northern Divers x 5, Water Pipits x 2, Scaup x 4, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Snow Bunting, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard juv. in stubble field SE of Choseley Drying Barns.
Cattle Egret in cattle field north of entrance to Ted Ellis NR at Surlingham.
Long-tailed Ducks x 8 on sea at South Beach, Heacham.
Black Redstart at Wymondham Abbey.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Shorelarks x 7 near Little Eye, Iceland Gull flew east along beach at Salthouse.
Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water.
Great Northern Diver at Martham Broad.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still, just east of north end of boardwalk, Lapland Buntings x 7, Tundra Bean Goose at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Black-throated Divers x 3, Great Northern Diver, Puffin, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 7 at Holme.
Hen Harrier male flew south over Winterton.
Hawfinches x 3 at Santon Warren.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Horsey.
Taiga Bean Geese x 34 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey.
Short-eared Owl at Morston.
Hen Harriers x 5, Twite x 9 at Warham Greens.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) with c250 Pink-footed Geese in field at north end of Snettisham Coastal Park.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost at Hickling Broad NWT.
Waxwings x 30 off Barnard Road on Charles Watling Way at Bowthorpe.
Hen Harrier at Langley Marsh, Chedgrave.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH in garden in Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

MEGA! CANVASBACK possible, (identity suggested from photograph) on Friday at Abberton Reservoir, Essex.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh.
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour.
Black Redstart at Wymondham Abbey.
Hen Harrier over Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 36, Velvet Scoters x 12, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Divers x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Scaup x 4, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Spoonbill on Arnold's Marsh, Water Pipit, Bewick's Swans x 5 from Daukes' Hide, Iceland Gull flew over Pat's Pool, Jack Snipe on The Serpentine, Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2 at Cley NWT.
Iceland Gull flew south past Hemsby.
Shorelarks x 31 still, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 10, Black-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 19, Snow Buntings x 2 at Holkham Bay, east of Holkham Gap.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Lapland Bunting flew over Barrow Common, Brancaster.
Taiga Bean Geese x 34 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup, Twite at Blakeney Harbour.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still, near north end of boardwalk, Shorelarks x 6 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Great Northern Diver at Martham Broad.
Cattle Egret in cattle field at Wheatfen NR, Surlingham.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Roydon Common.
Common Cranes x 6, Hen Harriers x 2 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water.
Waxwing briefly at Wells.
Great White Egret at Lynford Aboretum.
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island.
Shorelark, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Holme.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

Happy 50th Birthday!

To Andy Wilkinson!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Pied Wagtail Roost At The QEH!

One of my colleagues Jane Veall, recently discovered a wonderful Pied Wagtail Roost in one of the courtyard gardens at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I went to have a look yesterday – what a spectacle! At least a couple of hundred were roosting in some bushes in a small courtyard garden. I got some funny looks from other staff and visitors, as I was peering through the windows from the corridor and had to explain what I was doing several times over! It was like being at a party – a bird party. Every so often, something would scare them and they would fly up amongst the lights and then return to the bushes, jostling for the best and warmest positions. They were magical to watch, as they flitted around the bright green leaves in the lights and the volume of noise from their calls was a joy. A good find, well done Jane!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Siberian Chiffchaff probable, Grey Phalarope on sea (then on beach and flew west), Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Velvet Scoters x 15, Shag, Scaup x 4, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Divers x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Iceland Gull juv. flew west, Long-tailed Duck on Watling Water from Babcock Hide at Cley NWT.
Spoonbill on sea pool between Salthouse and Cley.
Little Auk reported yesterday on sea at Salthouse.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Salthouse.
Purple Sandpipers x 4 on groynes at Sea Palling.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Scaup at north end of lake at Holkham.
Waxwings x 20 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Waxwings x 15 at Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Snow Buntings x 40 at north end of dunes at Winterton.
Waxwings x 2, Taiga Bean Geese x 21 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Great White Egret at Kimberley Park, Wymondham.
Grey Phalarope at Thornham Harbour.
Lapland Bunting at Thornham Point.
Snow Buntings x 40 east of Gramborough Hill at Salthouse.
Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 5,000, Greenland White-fronted Goose in beet field by B1155 between Stanhoe and Muckleton.
Water Pipits x 4 at Cantley Beet Factory.
Shorelarks x 39 at 1/2 mile east of Holkham Gap, Slavonian Grebes x 6, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Holkham Bay.
Slavonian Grebe on Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Tundra Bean Goose in beet field at Abbey Farm, Hillington.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Scaup at Blakeney Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe at Filby Broad.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Thursday 1st December
Great White Egret, Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Shorelarks x 30 still at east end of Holkham Bay.
Waxwings x 21 yesterday at Thorpe St Andrew.
Little Auk reported yesterday at Hunstanton.
Siberian Chiffchaff possible, Water Pipits x 2, Jack Snipes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Velvet Scoters x 4, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Spotted Reshank at Breydon Water.
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB.
Waxwings x 47 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still on beach north of Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Rough-legged Buzzard juv. near Choseley Drying Barns.
Taiga Bean Geese x 20, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Waxwings x 2 at railway station, Buckenham.
Hawfinch, Crossbill at Santon Warren.
Snow Buntings x 40 at North Beach, Winterton.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hot News!

So far, I have lost 6lbs in my new slimming venture – hoping to be considerably slimmer again by Spring – that's the plan anyway! Only been following the SW diet for two weeks, so pretty pleased. Cooked a wonderful Vegetarian Paella this evening – took ages to make, but it was worth it.

My Mother and I visited Father on Sunday, who looked pretty well – helped him with his tea, he seems to have a much better appetite at teatime than when he was at home, which is good. It was toasty warm in the care home, good job he is where he is, as it isn't exactly hot in Mother's house – its always been a cool house, which is an advantageous in the summer months, but rubbish for the rest of the year!

My sister Lucy played 2nd Violin in her first concert of the season at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn on Sunday – so pleased she is continuing with this.

It's Andy Wilkinson's 50th birthday this Saturday! Another one to join the fifty's club! I havn't got my party invite yet Andy – it must have got lost in the post?!!!

I really enjoyed watching the first part of the documentary on Fair Isle this week, just makes me want to be there again even more.

I see the Isabelline Wheatear has returned to Burnham Overy Dunes again – I am guessing its been chilling out on Scolt Head Island over the last few weeks, hence no news maybe?!

I don't know where the year has disappeared to, but it will soon be Christmas! We have our work team's Christmas Party next Friday – my once a year social event!!! Well, actually I have three events this year, another party and a Christmas lunch – lucky me!!!

I have been feeling pretty down in the dumps over the last few weeks, hence no personal bird news or pictures posted – mostly due to sad family goings on and other stuff. Things seem to be settling again re family stuff to a degree and kind of like normal again, whatever normal is! 2016 has not been an easy year at all for my family – the best thing that happened, was Father reaching his 90th birthday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Scaup x 4, Long-tailed Ducks x 33, Velvet Scoters x 16, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipits x 2, Jack Snipes x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Snow Buntings x 20 on beach, Tundra Bean Geese x 3 south of Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Hawfinches x 7 at Santon Warren.
Shorelarks x 32 at east end of saltmarsh, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Velvet Scoters x 11 at Holkham Bay.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still, 2 miles SE of Docking.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still on beach north of Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Waxwings x 38 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Short-eared Owl, Bewick's Swans x 20 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham.
Green-winged Teal (probable hybrid), Caspian Gulls x 4, Water Pipit on Simmonds' Scrape at Cley NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard juv. near Choseley Drying Barns.
Snow Buntings x 17 on North Beach at Winterton.
Swallow this afternoon at Horsey Gap.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT yesterday still, mainland at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.
MEGA! NORTHERN HARRIER still, North Ronaldsay, Orkney.
FIRST FOR BRITAIN! MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – again at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

Birdwatchers in Camrose for Britain's first Masked Wagtail!

"More than 40 birdwatchers turned up in a Pembrokeshire village for the first recorded visit of a masked wagtail in Britain. The bird, usually found in Kazakhstan, Iran and Afghanistan, was spotted in Camrose, near Haverfordwest on Tuesday......."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-38163357?SThisFB

RBA Weekly Round-Up 23rd to 29th November!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-48.aspx?s_id=893801574

Birders' Choice Awards 2016!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAL_Xr9N7NVeS5Kgz5qLmu1WNYIkECVx-NAP-zvFpgo-NvKw/viewform

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Velvet Scoters x 8, Scaup x 3, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 22, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Taiga Bean Geese x 17, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 7, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Greenland White-fronted Goose on Pope's Marsh at Cley NWT.
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Horsey Gap.
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still on beach NNW of Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Shorelarks x 34, Lapland Bunting at east end of saltmarsh at Holkham Bay.
Scaup x 4 at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) still, near Docking.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.
Waxwings x 3 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Snow Buntings x 15 at Winterton.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens.
Lapland Bunting, Hen Harriers x 4 at Stiffkey.
Short-eared Owls x 4 at Halvergate Marshes.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
MASKED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba personata) – 1st for Britain, on roof at Croft Villas, 2.5mls NNW of Haverfordwest at Camrose, Pembrokeshire.

Fair Isle – Living On The Edge, Episode 1

Episode 1 – shown on BBC1 Scotland last night at 9pm.

Two-part documentary revealing life on Fair Isle, Britain's most remote inhabited island. Following the arrival of a new couple as they settle in and adapt to island life.

Episode 2 – next Monday at 9pm
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b083xzhb/fair-isle-living-on-the-edge-episode-1

Monday, 28 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Pomarine Skua, Snow Buntings x 27 from beach car park at Cley.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 on Watling Water, viewed from Babcock Hide, Water Pipits x 2 from Bishop's Hide, Jack Snipe on Snipe's Marsh at Cley NWT.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Velvet Scoters x 3, Great Northern Diver from Halfway House at Blakeney Point.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Red-necked Grebe at Blakeney Harbour.
Velvet Scoters x 12, Scaup x 3, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 26, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard in hedge, 400yds south of Choseley Drying Barns, Titchwell.
Snow Buntings x 50, Lapland Buntings x 5 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Jack Snipe at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Tundra Bean Geese x 5, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3, Barnacle Geese x 9 in field SW of B1454, Docking.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Slavonian Grebe at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Velvet Scoters x 20, Long-tailed Ducks x 15, Sandwich Tern 1w at Holkham Bay.
Caspian Gull 1w (yellow ringed as chick at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) on beach at Sidestrand.
Caspian Gull 1w (yellow ringed as chick at Grabendorfer, Brandenberg, Germany) on Friday at Sheringham.
Waxwings x 7 at Norwich Research Park.
Jack Snipe x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Snow Buntings x 15 at North Beach, Winterton.
Waxwings x 18 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN again, reported on Tuesday SE of Devoran at Restronguet Creek, Cornwall.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Sunday 27th November
Waxwings x 52 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Waxwings x 52 between Bowthorpe Road and Earlham Road, Waxwings x 19 on Bessemer Road, Norwich.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Water Pipit on scrape by Iron Road, Velvet Scoter on sea at Salthouse.
Velvet Scoters x 2, Snow Buntings x 4 at Winterton.
Smew x 2 reported offshore, Velvet Scoters x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebes x 2, Water Pipits x 2 on Thornham Pool, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) at head of Gypsy Lane, Titchwell.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 viewable from A149 layby at Repps.
Slavonian Grebe at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh.
Tundra Bean Geese x 14, north of Ringstead Road, 1/2 mile west of Burnham Market.
Shorelarks x 3 west of Little Eye at Salthouse.
Snow Buntings x 50 at Weybourne.
Taiga Bean Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Slavonian Grebe, Short-eared Owl at Holme NWT.
Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) in field by B1454, SE of Docking.
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Sheringham.
Caspian Gulls x 2 on Simmond's Scrape at Cley NWT.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Hawfinches x 10 at Lynford Aboretum.
Shorelarks x 5 west of beach huts at Wells.
Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Scaup x 3 at Brancaster.
Twite x 2 at Thornham Harbour.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Waxwings x 31 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Coues's Arctic Redpoll, Lapland Buntings x 6, Snow Buntings x 40, Shorelarks x 4, Twite x 15 west of Little Eye at Salthouse.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose opposite Dun Cow at Salthouse.
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Gorleston-on-Sea.
Long-tailed Ducks x 23, Velvet Scoters x 20, Great Northern Divers x 3, Scaup, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Hawfinches x 7 at Santon Warren.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Red-necked Grebe, Scaup x 5, Great Northern Divers x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 28, Velvet Scoters x 9, Shorelarks x 2 at west end of beach at Brancaster.
Shorelarks x 6 in beach car park, Snow Buntings x 21, Scaup, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Winterton.
Taiga Bean Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 20 off Gun Hill at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Caspian Gull at Hockwold Washes.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Water Pipit on Watling Water from Babcock Hide at Cley NWT.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 7 at Sheringham.
Waxwings x 7 between Bowthorpe Road and Earlham Road, Norwich.
Slavonian Grebe at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Eurasian White-fronted Goose just north of Docking.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Tundra Bean Geese x 6 along Ringstead Road, just west of Burnham Market.
Hen Harrier, Spoonbill at Stiffkey.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Stubb Mill Roost, Water Pipits x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Snow Buntings x 7 at Horsey.
Hawfinches x 2 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at east end of Princes Parade, Folkstone, Kent.
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland.

Friday, 25 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 16, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 5, Scaup x 2, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, Snow Bunting at Titchwell RSPB.
Coues's Arctic Redpoll, Linnets x 30 west of Little Eye, Shorelarks x 3 at Salthouse.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Purple Sandpiper at Overstrand.
Hen Harrier yesterday at Claxton Marshes.
Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose north of Docking.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Taiga Bean Geese x 4, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Little Auks x 3, Pomarine Skua, Scaup x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Hemsby.
Snow Buntings x 16 at North Beach, Winterton.
Waxwings x 50 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Short-eared Owl at Holme.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Ows x 3, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Haddiscoe Island.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Girly Night Out With Mother!

"Norfolk Through the Lens of a Naturalist"

Moss Taylor shared his experiences of the birds, dragonflies and wild flowers of the county at Hunstanton Methodist Church Hall this evening, which was a NWT event. I rarely go to these events, as usually too tired after work, but made a special effort this evening as my Mother wanted to listen to Moss Taylor's talk – I can't remember the last time she went to any kind of social event in the evening, she really enjoyed herself.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 on Watling Water viewed from Babcock Hide, Spoonbill on Arnold's Marsh, Red-necked Grebe at Cley NWT.
Velvet Scoters x 20, Scaup x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Black Redstart on buildings of community centre at Sheringham.
Velvet Scoter at Gorlston-on-Sea.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island.
Arctic Redpoll possible, with Linnets, Shorelarks x 3 just west of Little Eye, Snow Buntings x 50 on east side of Gramborough Hill at Salthouse.
Scaup at Snettisham RSPB.
Bean Goose x 2 (possible), Pale-bellied Brent Goose, White-fronted Geese x 2 on north side of Bircham Road, just east of Snettisham.
Scaup on Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret.
Long-tailed Ducks x 21, Velvet Scoters x 7, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Brancaster.
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Leach's Petrel, Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Hemsby.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Waxwings x 15 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay, east of Holkham Gap.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 16th to 22nd November!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-47.aspx?s_id=779010000

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) in field by A149 with Pink-footed Geese, Long-tailed Ducks x 30 on sea, Spotted Redshank on tital pool, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 8, Red-necked Grebes x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Pomarine Skua, Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 8, Ring Ouzel in gardens opposite Beach Road briefly at Cley.
Scaup at Welney WWT.
Shorelarks x 5, Snow Buntings x 30 at Salthouse.
DUSKY WARBLER trapped and ringed at Holme NOA.
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Waxwings x 7, Hawfinch, Crossbills x 3 at Santon Warren.
Waxwings x 15 on Jermingham Road, Costessey.
Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gulls x 3, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 40 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens.
Slavonian Grebe on Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret.
Pomarine Skuas x 4, Red-necked Grebe, Little Gulls x 12, Velvet Scoter at Sheringham.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER again, mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

Dodo Skeleton Sells For £280,000 At Auction!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38068828

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 on Watling Water from Babcock Hide, Snow Buntings x 6 between Little Eye and beach at Cley NWT.
Spoonbill between Cley and Salthouse.
Shorelarks x 10 east of Little Eye and Spoonbill yesterday at Salthouse.
Shorelarks x 2 yesterday on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap, Holkham Bay.
Slavonian Grebe on Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, 1.5 miles NE of Syderstone.
Tundra Bean Goose NE of Docking.
Velvet Scoters x 2, Snow Bunting at Winterton.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) flew south at 10.15am with Pink-footed Geese, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Velvet Scoters x 10, Scaup, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x 12, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Waxwings x 70 at Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 (probable), Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 30 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Waxwings x 4 in garden at Tasburgh.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Gapton Marshes.
Little Auks x 3, Velvet Scoters x 9, Great Northern Diver, Scaup x 2 at Hemsby.
Ferruginous x Pochard fem. hybrid at Whitlingham Country Park.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN 1w by quay at Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk.
MEGA! NORTHERN HARRIER Adult Male yesterday still, North Ronaldsay, Orkney.

Monday, 21 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hawfinch at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
Waxwings x 17 at Jenny Lind Park, Waxwings x 15 flew SW over Benedict's Street, Norwich.
Tundra Bean Geese x 5 with Pink-footed Geese x 2920, 3/4 mile NE of Syderstone.
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Waxwings x 52 at Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Waxwing in garden, Snow Buntings x 4 at Winterton.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) with Pink-footed Geese x 4890 in harvested beet field by Lugden Hill Farm, 2 miles north of Docking.
White Stork, presumed escape, behind windpump at Horsey.
Purple Sandpipers x 5, 1/2 mile south of Shangri-La at Waxham.
Common Cranes x 19 at Welney WWT.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN 1w on saltings by River Deben, 1/3 mile north of Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk.

Weekend Update!

My weekend did not go to plan at all. I spent Saturday doing errands for Mother in Hunstanton and then over to Fakenham, along with my sister Vivien. Argos in Fakenham had the only Dimplex heater model that my Mother wanted, but after delivering it to Holme, I discovered that the 3kw model is not the only model! There are two models at 3kw and I had bought the wrong one! Argos does not sell the other model at all, so on Sunday I returned the heater to Argos in King's Lynn and then drove all the way over to Hughes at Cromer to buy the correct model. Unpacked it at Mother's, only to discover a plastic section where the plug is stored when not is use was broken!!!

Rung the Cromer store on Monday, who will organise the Hunstanton branch to exchange one! What a tedious and frustating weekend!!!

Our newly refurbished ward was opened today by local MP Henry Bellingham with the local press and ribbon being cut etc! It has not stopped raining today and it was looked like dusk all afternoon! I have not had the time to go and look yet, but one of my colleagues has informed me there is a large Pied Wagtail roost in one of the courtyard gardens at the QEH, which is really good news, as this used to occur years ago, but I have not seen or heard them for a good few years.

I am extremely behind with replying to emails due to family issues – huge apologies, I will sort through them all soon.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Black Redstart at Wymondham Abbey.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) north of Lugden Hill Farm, NNE of Docking.
Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 10, Black-necked Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB.
Grey Phalarope, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck at Cley.
Waxwings x 15 at Chapel Break Road, Waxwings x 50 at bottom of Toyle Road, Bowthorpe.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.
Waxwings x 30 at Jenny Lind Park, at Norwich.
Short-eared Owl at Barnham Broom Golf Course.
Hen Harrier at Weybourne.
Velvet Scoters x 10, Scaup, Common Crane at Hemsby.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN 1w at Mistley Quay, Essex.
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Waxwings x 28 still off Barnard Road on Charles Watling Way, Bowthorpe.
Snow Buntings x 10 on mound at Great Yarmouth Harbour, viewed from Gorleston Pier.
Shorelarks x 11, Snow Buntings x 20, Twite x 15 at Little Eye, Lapland Buntings x 32 in fields south of Gramborough Hill at Salthouse.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens.
Long-tailed Duck on Watling Water from Babcock Hide, Spoonbill at north end of East Bank, Snow Buntings x 19 on shingle east of Arnold's Marsh, Caspian Gull 1w on Simmond's Scrape at Cley NWT.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Bean Geese x 4, east of Choseley Road, 1 mile north of Docking.
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Hopton-on-Sea.
WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew west at 10.33am, Scaup, Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Velvet Scoters x 8, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Dartford Warbler along main east path then flew north at Beeston Common, Sheringham.
Waxwings x 40 at Jenny Lind Park, at Norwich.
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 70 by wooden hut at Blakeney Point.
Little Auk, Velvet Scoters x 8 at Hemsby.
Purple Sandpiper near pier amusements at Hunstanton.
Hawfinches x 4 in lime at Field Barn, Santon Warren.
Velvet Scoters x 12, Long-tailed Ducks x 6 at Brancaster.
Common Cranes x 9, Hen Harriers x 2 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common.
Short-eared Owl at Rockland Broad.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl x 3 at Haddiscoe Island.
Velvet Scoter at Sidestrand.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Ken Hill grazing marsh, Snettisham.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN 1w at Mistley Quay, Essex.
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.

Friday, 18 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hen Harrier at Welney WWT.
Shorelarks x 20 at Little Eye, Salthouse.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) in field south of crossroads, 2/3mls north of Sunderland Farm, 2 mls SSE of Brancaster.
Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 19, Velvet Scoters x 12, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Tundra Bean Goose, Greenland White-fronted Goose, south of Choseley crossroads in sugar beet field east of B1153 Mill Road, south of Titchwell.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), in stubble field this afternoon, between Burnham Market and Docking.
Waxwings x 2 in garden at Lamsey Lane, Heacham.
Siberian Chiffchaff in area with no general access at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Waxwing flew south past church at Wiveton.
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Hemsby.
Waxwings x 16 on Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Waxwings x 30 at Jenny Lind Park, at Norwich.
Shorelark, Lapland Bunting, Red-necked Grebe at Sheringham.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Cley.
Shorelarks x 34 at Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap.
Waxwings x 6 flew south over Hunstanton Cliffs.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT Male (latest ever record for Britain) Fair Isle, Shetland.

MEGA! SNOWY OWL reported at Bay of Brough, Westray, Orkney.
MEGA! KILLDEER at Wart Junction, Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER
Cattle Egret in cattle field at Harper's Lane, Gapton Marshes.
Siberian Chiffchaff in area with no general access at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Waxwings x 34 at Jenny Lind Park, Waxwings x 10+ by Institute of Food Research, Waxwings x 25 flew over Portland Street at Norwich.
Shorelarks x 20 at Little Eye, Salthouse.
Long-tailed Duck on Watling Water from Babcock Hide at Cley NWT.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Cley.
Slavonian Grebe at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) in field south of crossroads, 2/3mls north of Sunderland Farm, 2 mls SSE of Brancaster.
Scaup at Foster's End Gravel Pit at King's Lynn.
Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island.
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Winterton.
Caspian Gull on seafront at Gorleston-on-Sea.
Velvet Scoters x 7 at Hopton-on-Sea.
Waxwings x 40 on Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Velvet Scoters x 10, Hen Harriers x 2, Water Pipit, Scaup, Long-tailed Ducks x 10 at Titchwell RSPB.
Velvet Scoters x 10 offshore at Hemsby.
Hooded Crow still, 1/2 mile west of Alymerton.
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour.
Lapland Buntings x 9, Vevet Scoters x 2, Little Gulls x 7 at Sheringham.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER at Wart Junction, Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! WESTERN RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE Mainland, in garden at North Roe, Shetland.

MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at Kinvarra Bay, County Galway, Ireland.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Slimming World!

A G A I N ! ! !

For the one millionth time of trying! I re-joined again this evening. Hopefully I will stick to it this time and create a new me!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6, Long-tailed Ducks x 18, Snow Buntings x 5, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Velvet Scoters x 5, Scaup x 4, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Waxwings x 5 at Earlham Road, Waxwings x 34 at Jenny Lind Park, Norwich.
Long-tailed Duck on Watling Water from Babcock Hide, Snow Buntings x 22 on shingle between Sea Pool and Iron Road at Cley NWT.
Shorelarks x 6 on shingle bank at Salthouse.
Waxwings x 40 on Chapel Break Road, Bowthorpe.
Cattle Egrets x 3 in cattle field at Harper's Lane, Gapton Marshes.
Velvet Scoters x 10 off South Dunes, Winterton.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Velvet Scoters x 5, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver at Holme.
Slavonian Grebe at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Cattle Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water.
Firecrest, 200yds west of Joe Jordon Hide, Great White Egret on Freshmarsh at Holkham.
Little Bunting, Siberian Chiffchaff in area with no general access at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Water Pipit, Jack Snipe at Haddiscoe Marshes.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER at Wart Junction, Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! WESTERN RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE Mainland, in garden at North Roe, Shetland.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 9th to 15th November!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-46.aspx?s_id=569881824

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Velvet Scoters x 3, Water Pipit, Tundra Bean Geese x 5 (by road) at Titchwell RSPB.
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Breydon Water.
Waxwings x 20 at Jenny Lind Park, Norwich.
Hooded Crow still 1/2 mile west of Alymerton.
Shorelarks x 53 at Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap.
Waxwings x 40 on Chapel Break Road at Bowthorpe.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Fleggburgh, SSW of Rollesby.
Slavonian Grebe, Scaup at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Waxwing flew west over A12 at Hopton-on-Sea.
Bean Geese x 2 on mud, Black-necked Grebe on south pit at Snettisham RSPB.
Waxwings x 22 flew north over Norwich.
Short-eared Owl at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! HARLEQUIN DUCK fem/1w near Sherkin Island, viewed from Cape Clear Ferry, County Cork, Ireland.
MEGA! KILLDEER at Wart Junction, Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! WESTERN RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE Mainland, in garden at North Roe, Shetland.
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.

Monday, 14 November 2016

'Supermoon' Views From Around The World!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37972024

Unfortunately the cloud here in Norfolk, made the supermoon supernothing!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Bottlenose Dolphin east past Walcott.
Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Sheringham.
Richard's Pipit, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Scaup, Pomarine Skua, yesterday at Sheringham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Pink-footed Geese x 10,000, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 in harvested sugar beet field, NE of Syderstone.
Slavonian Grebe at Ormesby St Margaret.
Hawfinches x 4, Waxwings x 4 at Field Barn at Santon Downham.
Cattle Egrets x 3, Snow Buntings x 2 at Breydon Water.
Waxwings x 29 at Jenny Lind Park, Norwich.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) with Pink-footed Geese in stubble field between Docking and Choseley.
White-fronted Geese x 5, Water Pipit, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Scaup at Titchwell RSPB.
Short-eared Owl at Thurlton Marshes.
Shorelarks x 50 at Holkham Bay, Holkham Gap.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! KILLDEER at Wart Junction, Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! WESTERN RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE Mainland, in garden at North Roe, Shetland.
MEGA! DALMATIAN PELICAN SE of Devoran, still at Restronguet Creek from Point Quay, Cornwall.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Skywatchers Prepare For 'Supermoon'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37969538

Weekend Update!

I have worked two Sundays in a row and was very much looking forward to getting out birding on Saturday, but as many of you know, it poured with rain from dawn 'til dusk – a miserable day and not worth getting soaked for! I visited Father in the afternoon, who was very sleepy when I arrived. The staff said that he had refused tea and his usual cup of coffee. He had slipped in the chair and was in a poor position. I soon woke him up and got a member of staff to help me sit him up in the chair properly. With my assistance, he ate all four small triangles of cheese sandwich (spoon fed to him in tiny pieces), a few crisps, fruit cake and a yoghurt and also two birthday chocolates and a whole beaker of coffee!!! Obviously the support of family members makes all the difference, but we can't all be there every day.

Father looked quite well and had a good colour in his face. I tried the new birthday slippers on him (the pair Mother bought him were too small and I exchanged them for a bigger size) and they fitted well, so left them on him. Father seems to be using my new green hand muff I made him, which is good – I still havn't finished the second one yet though! Just before I left, I helped Father to sign a 'Daughter' birthday card for Vivien, which will be a bit late, but never mind, it will be an unexpected surprise for her!

I visited Mother for the rest of the evening who was tired but ok – we watched 'Strictly' together with the cat, who decided to snuggle between us both on the sofa, which was sweet!

Today of course, was gloriously sunny weather, whilst I was working on a very long day – helping to get things in order for our move back to our newly refurbished ward. It was quite amazing how much Debbie and I achieved later this afternoon at work – we make an excellent team. Our new ward looks amazing, really excited at returning to our 'home', with new lighting, colour coded bays, new paintwork, new bathrooms, new meeting rooms, new reception area, new floors etc etc!

I'm also looking forward to an entire weekend off at the end of the week!