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Friday, 18 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Whooper Swan at Cley NWT
Glaucous Gull on beach at Coastguards, Cley
Dartford Warbler (east of Holkham Gap), Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 21, Red-necked Grebe, Lapland Bunting at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 35, Black Brant (or hybrid) at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 4, Great White Egret, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 13 near Thurne
Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 13, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Iceland Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egret on marsh at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Water Pipits x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great Northern Diver, Bewick's Swans x 16 at Hemsby
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Holme & Titchwell RSPB!

I returned to the family home today to read the electric metre and have a general check around the house. It was a beautiful sunny day and the garden looked lovely. I had bought some bird seed with me and a square berry fat block and placed this on the bird table – I was startled when the resident Robin dived onto the bird table, whilst I was spreading the seed around! This little Robin made me feel so guilty – it looked up at me with its twinkly little eye, as if to say 'where have you been, I'm starving'. We had stopped feeding the birds as neither Vivien or I can just pop over to top the feeders and table up, but with forecast of colder weather and snow, I felt I had to leave something for the birds today. The bird drinking pools were dirty and filled with leaves – I managed to clean them out and top up a few of them from my water container in the house (the water is turned off). I'm glad I did all this, it cheered me up a bit – I hate neglecting the birds here, its awful when every time I arrive, there are virtually no birds to be seen at all – it seems so cruel to stop feeding them, after they have been fed daily for the last fifty years. Normally, when you walk round the corner of the house, you scatter Pheasants, Robins, Wood Pigeons, House Sparrows, Hedgesparrows, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds and so on and now there is nothing, nothing at all. I wonder where the Pheasants have gone? There was one particular cock Pheasant who strutted around like a Cockerel and was not shy at all – all part of the history now.

Arrived at Titchwell RSPB for an afternoon's brisk and chilly walk out to the beach. I had so many clothes on, I could hardly see any birds! Lots of gulls on the freshmarsh, Pochard, Wigeon, Teal, Shelducks, Redshanks, Teal, Shovelers, Little Egrets, Brent Geese, Heron and Reed Bunting and a Wren along the path. On the shoreline there were large numbers of waders feeding – I counted 78 Oystercatchers feeding with several Turnstones and Sanderlings sprinting along the beach. The sea was ferocious and the wind was gusting the sands over the beach. I was very excited to find a Painted Top Shell (Calliostoma zizyphinum) along the tide line – this immediately brought back childhood memories of shell collecting with my sisters – we were always on the look out for Cowrie shells I recall – happy memories. On the way back I counted and re-counted several times, a huge count of 24 Marsh Harriers coming into roost! Saw a Robin and a Wren before returning to my car and then headed back to King's Lynn.

Lots of jobs to do tomorrow. I was very surprised that Prince Philip was driving himself, when he rolled his vehicle – the question is, should someone aged 97 be driving a car? You simply do not have the same reaction time at that age!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 30 east of beach car park at Cley
Glaucous Gull, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 30, Lapland Bunting at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbill at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Water Pipit, Little Gull, Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Thornham
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Common Cranes x 15 east of Thurne
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NNR
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Cattle Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Scaup at Barton Broad

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing between Thornham & Titchwell
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 70 east of beach car park at Cley
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Common Cranes x 13 at Clippesby
Great White Egrets x 4, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120, hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Bean Goose sp. x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Common Cranes x 15 south of Repps
Blue Fulmar at Sheringham
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Scaup at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Annual Rarity Roundup 2018 Part 2!

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RBA_Annual_Rarity_Roundup_2018_Part_2.aspx?s_id=906815275

If you missed it, Part 1 is here

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-03.aspx?s_id=906815275

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Cley NWT!

I am on holiday for two weeks! I don't normally have holiday at this time of the year, but when I was off sick with bereavement/depression, this was over the period when I had lots of holiday booked. So, I have 5 weeks holiday to take before the end of March, otherwise I'll lose it. I have another week in February and another 2 weeks at the end of March. Normally I only have a day or two left!!!

I have been very busy doing jobs over the last few days. There are so many things to do, I don't know which way to turn to be honest. Our parent's house is not going on the market as soon as we wanted it to, for various reasons and this is stressing Vivien and I out to the limit! I'll let you all know when its going up for sale. I needed to escape today and it was a good day to be out with lots of sunshine, blue skies and no rain!

I headed to Cley for the first time this year and headed straight to the NWT Visitor Centre for one of their scrumptious hot cheese scones – I can't remember the last time I had one! It was very peaceful sitting here, looking out over the marshes and the sea beyond – it was good to be back and good for the soul. It was nice to meet a concerned blog follower in the VC, just as I was leaving.

East Bank – I ambled along here with scope, bins and camera and reminisced – my parents met on this famous bank. I think about them both daily, they are constantly in my thoughts – their faces etched in my mind. It was such a beautiful day, it felt like there should be some Spring migrants! I didn't do too badly for a short winter's day though – on 'The Serpentine' there were good numbers of Teal, Pochard, Lapwings, a Gadwall I noted, several Curlew, Shelduck, Starlings, Carrion Crows, Jackdaw, Heron, Little Egret, Redshanks, Mute Swans and two Marsh Harriers were flying over the reedbeds. I spent a while watching the sea and it felt good to be out. Cley is my favourite place for watching the waves cascade and crash onto the shingle. But, aside from a few gulls, there were no birds on the sea or flying past of interest. There were large numbers of whelk egg cases on the shingle I noted. I walked east between the shingle ridge and Arnold's Marsh and found a beautiful pair of Stonechats (unringed) perched on vegetation high on the ridge. They vanished before I could obtain any decent pictures. I headed back to my car and then headed to Salthouse.

Met up with John Furse in Beach Road! We walked out to Gramborough Hill, where I saw another pair of Stonechats which was nice and a Skylark was seen. Three Snow Buntings were sunning themselves on the shingle ridge, just east of the 'hill' and I managed to get a few record shots. A Redshank was in the pool just west of the hill, as we walked back our cars and a couple of Pied Wagtails flew overhead in Beach Road. Nothing else of note, but then I didn't expect to see too much today. I wanted to go to Coastguards and add the Glaucous Gull to my mini day list, but I had to go to Bakers and Larners in Holt, so left around 3.40pm. Said hello to Andy W. when I was in Holt for a few minutes (he works in the town).

I enjoyed my day out, but looking forward to Spring and lighter evenings! I lost 6.5lbs in my first weigh-in with WW on Monday and yes I have counted the 'points' for the cheese scone today! The weather is getting colder by the end of the week with possible snow forecast. My birthday is on the last day of my holiday – there always seems to be snow on my birthday!

Some readers have highlighted that my posts are not linking properly to Twitter. It was such a long time ago that I linked my posts automatically, that I can't even find out how I did that when I investigated this evening! But, until I find the solution, I will simply link all my posts to Twitter manually, which only takes a second to do anyway.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 25 at Holkham Bay
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 40 east of beach car park at Cley
Common Cranes x 11 at Clippesby
Tundra Bean Goose at Runham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Scaup, Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Goose at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull offshore at Holme

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 14 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Glaucous Gull flew over Beach Road at Wells
Sandwich Tern, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 3 at Cley NWT
Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoters x 11 on sea at Cley
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy/Lesser Redpolls x c40 at The Dell, Wells Woods
Russian White-fronted Geese x 96 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black-necked Grebes x 2 at Blakeney Harbour
Smew redhead, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Shorelarks x 23, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham Bay
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Runham
Common Cranes x 8 at Clippesby
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 13 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Smew redhead, Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham RSPB
Little Gulls x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver at Thornham Point
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Runham
Snow Buntings x 50, Great Northern Diver off beach car park at Cley
Long-tailed Duck at Weybourne
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Bewick's Swans x 80 at Ludham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 131, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
None

Birding Insights Vlog - Part 1 - Jan 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 6, Velvet Scoters x 16 off beach car park at Cley
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull off Burrell Way, Thetford
Hen Harrier at Morston Quay
Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Little Gulls x 5, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 8 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 40, Lapland Bunting, Black-throated Diver at North Dunes, Winterton
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Choseley Drying Barns
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 22, Glaucous Gull, Red-necked Grebe at Holkham Bay
Common Cranes x 9 near Clippesby
Slavonian Grebes x 3, Red-necked Grebes x 4, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Short-eared Owl, Little Gulls x 3 at Holme
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Tundra Bean Geese x 7, Bewick's Swans x 4 west of Runham
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Twite x 3 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Ringstead
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 11 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Glaucous Gull, Velvet Scoters x 18 off beach car park at Cley
Jack Snipe at Cley NWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 4 near Clippesby
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 32, Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 4 at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl at Toft Monks Mill
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Cattle Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Water Pipit, Little Gulls x 4, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Black-throated Diver, Black Brant at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 3, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Caspian Gull off Burrell Way, Thetford
Twite x 6 at Thornham Harbour
Long-tailed Ducks x 21, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe at Holme Dunes
Snow Bunting near lifeboat station at Sea Palling
Hawfinches x 18, Crossbills x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Mealy Redpoll at Wells Woods
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 25 at North Dunes, Winterton

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Giant Bird Book Gets Rare Public Outing!

"One of the world's rarest books by the 19th Century US artist and ornithologist John James Audubon has gone on display at Liverpool Central Library.

Birds of America features ornate hand-painted watercolours. A similar one sold for more than $5m (more than £7m) in 2010."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/must_see/46820378/rare-audubon-bird-book-displayed-at-liverpool-library

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Bewick's Swans x 5 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Long-tailed Ducks x 6 at Thornham Point
Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPBTaiga Bean Geese x 6, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Quarles Marsh, Wells
Black Brant on pitch+putt at Wells
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Short-eared Owls x 3, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island
Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2 at Holme Dunes
Twite x 13, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Common Cranes x 10 at Billockby
Shorelarks x 23, Snow Buntings x 23, Black-throated Diver at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Ducks x 3 at Blakeney Point
Water Pipits x 9 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egret at Horsey Corner
Bewick's Swans x 52 near airfield at Ludham
Common Cranes x 13 near Clippesby

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Black-throated Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 150, Lapland Bunting flew over at Holkham
Glaucous Gull flew over Cley
Taiga Bean Geese x 14, Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Ring-necked Duck, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Great Northern Diver, Blue Fulmar at Sheringham
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Common Cranes x 3 between Thurne and Clippesby
Iceland Gull, Velvet Scoter, Snow Buntings x 54 at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 2nd to 8th January!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-02.aspx?s_id=741905941

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Water Floods Over Sea Walls At High Tide, As Strong Winds Batter Norfolk Coastline

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/high-tide-in-walcott-which-is-braced-for-flooding-1-5843229

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Great Northern Diver, Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Velvet Scoters x 5, Scaup x 2 off beach car park at Cley
Rough-legged Buzzard at Choseley Drying Barns
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, White Stork at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 25 at North Dunes, Winterton
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Buntings x 25, Twite x 20 at Holkham Bay
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Happisburgh
Common Cranes x 5 between Thurne and Clippesby
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
East of Burgh-by-Sands, Cumbria
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Monday, 7 January 2019

New Year's Resolution Number One!

There are several New year's Resolutions this year – the first one commenced today. I have been comfort eating on a massive scale over the last two years, far more than I ever have and now its time to stop. Yesterday I cooked a New Year's Day lunch for my sisters and I, which included veggie roast dinner and home-made Tiramisu for dessert – this was my last big luxury food day until I hit goal weight – its going to be a long road, but I will get there.

I had so many jobs to do at the weekend, that I didn't get time to go birding, but I have TWO weeks off next weekend, so looking forward to getting out into the field. I also have to spend time helping Vivien sort out stuff/sale etc of our parent's house and also need to start clearing and sorting things in my own house in preparation for my house sale. Its going to be a busy, busy year!

Disappointingly, the Israel trip with Oriole Birding is not going ahead as not enough people booked, but I still have Fair Isle in October to look forward to!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Goose, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Spotted Redshank at Thornham Marsh
Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 4, Scaup off Coastguards at Cley
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Taiga Bean Geese x 14 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Dartford Warbler at Horsey
Spoonbill alt Snettisham RSPB
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 15, Great Northern Divers x 4, Black-throated Divers x 2, Little Gull, Shag x 4 off Holme Dunes
Rough-legged Buzzard north of Halvergate
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hooded Crow at Winterton
Shorelarks x 26, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe at Holkham Bay
Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose x 2 hybrids at Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Pink-footed Geese x 600 at Happisburgh
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 6 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Dartford Warbler, Hen Harriers x 2, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 29 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate), Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 7, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Caspian Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Glaucous Gull flew over Wells Woods
Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at Wells Harbour
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 20, Lapland Bunting flew over, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Little Gull, Velvet Scoters x 8 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Cattle Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owl, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Common Cranes x 7 between Clippesby and Thurne
Russian White-fronted Geese x 200, Taiga Bean Geese x 16 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Bewick's Swans x 34 south of Catfield
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 12 at off Holme Dunes
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret west of New Cut at Blakeney
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Burgh Castle
Twite x 7 at Morston Quay
Hooded Crow (probable), Snow Buntings x 40 at Winterton
Spoonbill, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Smew redhead, Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Waxwings x 4 at Horning

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 5 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) in picnic area, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 4, Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7, Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Welney WWT
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Lesser Redpolls x 60, Mealy Redpoll at Wells Woods
Shorelarks x 36, Snow Buntings x 50, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Smew redhead, Common Crane, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Gapton Marshes
Rough-legged Buzzard near Choseley Farm
Waxwing x 12 at Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 SW of Thrigby Wildlife Gardens
Bewick's Swans x 55 near Ludham Airfield
Black Redstart (on Wednesday) at Bulmer Lane, Great Yarmouth
Common Cranes x 3 at Thurne
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harriers x 5 at Stiffkey
White-fronted Goose at Burgh Castle Marshes

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 4 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Ring-necked Duck, White Stork, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Black-necked Grebe (probable), Long-tailed Ducks, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Common Cranes x 12 near Thurne
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) still on Meadow Trail, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Diver, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 15, Russian White-fronted Geese x 186 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 20 at Holkham Bay
Black Brant or hybrid at Holkham
Bewick's Swan at end of Beach Road, Salthouse
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Great White Egret at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 50 west of beach car park at Cley
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Happisburgh
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Heigham Holme Marshes
Common Cranes x 9 at Clippesby
Russian White-fronted Geese x 9 at Breydon Water
Smew redhead at Filby Broad
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Hen Harriers x 5 at Stiffkey Campsite
Hen Harrier, Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Velvet Scoter offshore at Holme
Bewick's Swans x 28 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hen Harrier, Bewick's Swans x 2, Common Cranes x 6 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 3 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 2 flew past Hunstanton
Cattle Egret, Common Cranes x 9 at Heigham Holmes
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Glaucous Gull near caravan park, Black Brant east of coast path at Wells
Waxwing at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Bewick's Swans x 20, Whooper Swans x 30 at Ludham Airfield
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 50, Great White Egret, Velvet Scoters x 2, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Blue Fulmar at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90, Great White Egrets x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant or hybrid by car park at Holkham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Hen Harriers x 4, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Great White Egret, Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owl at Stiffkey
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) in alders along track to beach at 2.15pm (present several days), Water Pipit, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
Waxwing flew over Swainsthorpe, Norwich
Common Cranes x 3 at St Benet's Abbey, Norwich
Smew redhead on Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Bewick's Swans x 4 at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 3 at Clippesby

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Scott runs the Virgin London Marathon 2019!

My wonderful colleague Scott is running a Marathon for the Stroke Association!!!

The Stroke Association plays a huge part in the daily lives of our stroke patients. Their work is paramount in the recovery and wellbeing of stroke survivors and their families.

Scott's target is to raise is £2,000 – I'm pretty certain we can raise this fairly quickly! If you would like to make a contribution, please click on the link at the bottom – thank you all so much!

This is Scott's message on the JustGiving page:


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

On Sunday 28th April 2019 I will be taking on my first ever Marathon – the biggest of them all – London.

As you can see I will be doing it for the Stroke Association – a charity very close to me and my job, and I am proud to get to see their immense work on a daily basis. The help, care and support that they give to stroke patients, their carers and families is second to none.

Please give as generously as you can as I take on this Marathon challenge for a great cause!
Scott x

https://www.justgiving.com/Scott-Ablett-London-Marathon-2019?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Scott-Ablett-London-Marathon-2019&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_term=MDQjMNM8b

Sixth Best Performing Stroke Unit in the UK!

CONGRATULATIONS TO US!!!
 
https://qehklmediahub.com/2019/01/02/qeh-is-rated-in-the-top-10-of-stroke-units-in-the-country/?fbclid=IwAR2tOlJN1Y-6xyiUP-DPBF1JocfW93H7uzUgCgLGcdcldeXLPvxurngv50g

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER on canal at Briggate, SE of North Walsham
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 20 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant in field by Lady Anne's Drive at Holkham
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Long-tailed Duck at Barton Broad
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 2 offshore at Wells
Hen Harriers x 2 at East Hills, Wells
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Little Gull offshore at Old Hunstanton
Bewick's Swans x 22, Whooper Swans x 30 at Ludham Airfield
Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Water Pipits x 2, Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoter at Gorleston-on-Sea
Russian White-fronted Geese x 20 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hen Harrier at Ringstead
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Dartford Warbler (along track), Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 20 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Glaucous Gull at Sea Palling
Great White Egret at Ingham Corner
Taiga Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Ballynacloghy, Tawin, County Galway, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 19th December to 1st January!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-01.aspx?s_id=577029113

RBA Annual Rarity Round-up 2018 Part 1

By David Campbell
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RBA_Annual_Rarity_Roundup_2018_Part_1.aspx?s_id=577029113

Thanks to RBA for including my Snowy Owl picture in their Annual Rarity Round-Up!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Waxwings x 4 at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Great Northern Diver at West Runton
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER on canal at Briggate, SE of North Walsham
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Snow Buntings x 30 at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Duck flew past Cley
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Snow Buntings x 25, Bewick's Swans x 3 at Sea Palling
Taiga Bean Geese x 12, Russian White-fronted Geese x 35 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Hopton-on-Sea
Tundra Bean Goose, Taiga Bean Geese x 2 in field east of Horning
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 at Breydon Water
Bewick's Swans x 20, Whooper Swans x 20 at Ludham Airfield
Cattle Egret at Heigham Holmes
Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holme
Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 3, Water Pipits x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Great Northern Diver, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart, Snow Bunting in beach car park, Snow Buntings x 20 in North Dunes, Winterton
Great White Egret at Stubb Mill, Scaup at Hickling Broad NWT
Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Great White Egret, Smew, Spoonbill at Snettisham
Hen Harriers x 6 at Warham Greens
Red-necked Grebe at Sheringham
Black-throated Diver flew past Weybourne Camp
Hen Harriers x 3 at Burnham Deepdale Marsh

MEGA NEWS
None

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Monday, 31 December 2018

NEW YEAR'S EVE!

I'm in my pyjamas and doing nothing much at all after being at work all day – probably one of the most uneventful New Year's Eve's ever!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Waxwings x 4 at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Cattle Egret at Heigham Holmes
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER at Ebridge Mill Lock, SE of North Walsham
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Taiga Bean Geese x 8 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Great White Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Welney WWT
Bewick's Swans x 53 at airfield, Hen Harrier at Ludham
Waxwings x 5 west of A147 at Norwich
Water Pipits x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 11 at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 50, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 3, Glaucous Gull at Holkham Bay
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gull, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Nimmo's Pier, County Galway, Ireland

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Ebridge Mill – Painted By My Great Grandfather!

EBRIDGE MILL
Painted by my Great Grandfather, Henry Waterson
Henry Waterson was father to Hester Violet Clarke,
mother of my father Peter Robert Clarke

This painting will be sold at Keys Auctioneers, Aylsham in January

Black-bellied Dipper at Ebridge Mill – History Tour & Blickling Hall NT

BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER
Ebridge Mill


I only recently discovered that my Great Grandfather Henry Waterson had painted Ebridge Mill – an oil painting found amongst my late father's belongings – on a newspaper cutting of the mill, my father had written 'painted by my Grandfather Henry Waterson...'. Although the painting is fascinating (see following post on blog), we decided to auction it off, as none of us have children to pass anything on to, so some things we kept and others have gone to Keys Auctioneers for their January/February specialist sales. I had never visited Ebridge Mill and the painting had intrigued me. How odd, that shortly after discovering this painting, that a Black-bellied Dipper should turn up at this mill!
So, off I went this afternoon to look at the mill and the dipper! There were only a handful of birders standing by the mill when I arrived. I immediately had lovely views of the Black-bellied Dipper dabbling and feeding in the river below – but rubbish for my 300mm lens. I attempted to phonescope a video, but my iphone 6 started to play up and the video mode refused to work, until I had turned the phone off and on again – I'm sure Apple does this on purpose to force you to buy a later model. Every time I buy a later model, I have to buy a new adapter for phone scoping! I eventually managed some video footage. I was lucky a bit later on as a Kingfisher appeared in the bows of the large willow tree, a Grey Wagtail flew over and a Redwing appeared in a tree! Lovely afternoon and lifted my spirits a little. It was fascinating standing next to the mill, after seeing my Great Grandfather's painting – very much modernised now, but several features confirmed the details in the painting!

Phone-scoped in poor light

Black-bellied Dipper
Sitting on the bank – honest!

BLICKLING HALL

On the way home, I stopped to take pictures of Blickling Hall which was lit up like a firework display. Lots of people had also stopped to take pictures of this spectacle. I'm at work tomorrow as normal, but have New Year's Day off.

My best pictures of a Black-bellied Dipper were taken at Thetford on 2nd February 2013.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 21, Snow Buntings x 48, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Short-eared Owls x 2, Hen Harrier at Holkham Bay
Velvet Scoter at Gorleston-on-Sea
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Waxwings x 3 flew over, Lapland Bunting, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Little Gulls x 9, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER at Ebridge Mill Lock, SE of North Walsham
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Walcott
Waxwings x 7 at Jenny Lind Park, Norwich
Russian White-fronted Geese x 59, Golden Plover x 27,900 at Breydon Water
Twite x 16, Lapland Bunting at Thornham Harbour
Black-throated Diver at Thornham Point
Common Cranes x 3 between Clippesby & Repps
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, White Stork at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Kimberley Hall Lake
Tundra Bean Goose with Pink-footed Geese west of West Rudham
Bewick's Swans x 26 flew over Honingham
Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Little Gulls x 6 at Holme Dunes
Black-throated Diver on sea at Weybourne Camp
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Burnham Norton
Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island
Tundra Bean Goose at Ridlington

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Starlings Form Bird-shaped Murmuration!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hereford-worcester-46711692/starlings-form-bird-shaped-murmuration-at-attenborough

New Year Honours 2019: Chris Packham Appointed CBE!

Congratulations to Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham, who has been appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46700648

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Grey-bellied Brant (possible) with Pink-footed Geese, half a mile south of Docking
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Hopton-on-Sea
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER on canal at Briggate, SE of North Walsham
Long-tailed Ducks x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Red-necked Grebe offshore at Holme
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Buntings x 50, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Short-eared Owl at Holkham Bay
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 40 at Wells Woods
Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 7, Hen Harriers x 2 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Marshes

MEGA NEWS
None

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 28th DECEMBER
Cattle Egret at Heigham Holmes
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 14, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Grey-bellied Brant (possible), Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Pale-bellied Brent Goose in field by road to Fring, SW of Docking
Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Great Northern Divers x 4 at Holme NOA
Black-throated Diver at Hunstanton Cliffs
Cattle Egret, White Stork, Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER at Ebridge Mill, North Walsham
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Shorelarks x 12, Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Bay
Hen Harrier at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL at Wells Woods
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose on meadows east of Wells
Taiga Bean Geese x 8 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Horsey
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island
Hen Harrier at Salthouse
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 2 at Weybourne
Russian White-fronted Goose at Brancaster
Black-throated Diver at Cley

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 27 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Cattle Egret, Common Cranes x 2 at Heigham Holmes
Caspian Gull, Great Northern Divers x 4, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 17, Black Brant at Titchwell RSPB
Black-throated Diver at North Beach, Heacham
Great Northern Divers x 3, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Duck offshore at Holme NOA
Grey-bellied Brant (possible), Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Barnacle Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 in field by road to Fring, SW of Docking
Taiga Bean Geese x 14 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Waxwings x 4 at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 60, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Red-necked Grebe at Holkham Bay
Pale-bellied Brent Goose by Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Tundra Bean Geese x 5, White Stork at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Thurne
Snow Buntings x 33 flew over North Dunes, Winterton
Short-eared Owl at Burgh Castle
Hen Harrier at Cley
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2 at Wells Woods
Short-eared Owls x 5 at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

BOXING DAY

BLUES!

I normally go birding on Boxing Day, but felt really down in the dumps. The weather was dull, dismal, gloomy and uninspiring. I spent the entire day alone and doing nothing much at all. Back to work as normal tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Cattle Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Heigham Holmes
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 35, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 60, Red-necked Grebes x 4, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Welney WWT
Waxwing at Bowthorpe
Whooper Swans x 6 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Snow Buntings x 14 at Winterton
Caspian Gull, Long-tailed Ducks x 7 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

CHRISTMAS DAY!

I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS,
A HAPPY NEW YEAR, GOOD HEALTH,
HAPPINESS & MEGA BIRDING IN 2019!

Its been a very tough year and I would like to thank you all for your support, with so many lovely emails and so many kind words. I will be glad to see the back of 2018 and 2017 – it can only get better! I would also like to thank my blog subscribers for your continued support.

Lucy and I have had a lovely day together at my house. I cooked far too much and we didn't manage to clear our plates! It was lovely watching the birds feeding in the garden, whilst we enjoyed our Christmas Dinner and listened to HRH reading her Christmas Message. I even managed to make a loaf of bread and a scrumptious Victoria Sandwich early morning, before I started the veg prep! We had a lovely tea – all we did was eat all day!

Vivien spoilt us both with presents, but particularly sweet was a heart shaped Christmas decoration, which held pictures of us and our parents – this brought a tear to our eyes! We both coped better than we thought today and raised a glass to our dear parents, whom we miss so much.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Cattle Egret, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 25 at Heigham Holmes
Bewick's Swans x 10 flew past beach car park at Cley
Snow Buntings x 48 at Holkham Bay
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Hopton-on-Sea
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 13 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Warham Greens
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl north of Wymondham Abbey
Short-eared Owl at Waxham
Scaup at Stiffkey Fen

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 24 December 2018

CHRISTMAS EVE!

I spent the weekend meeting my sisters for lunch at nice little cafe called Archers in King's Lynn on Saturday and the rest of the time was spent food shopping, putting up Christmas decorations and doing chores.

I have been working all day today (normal hours) and arrived home at about 4.45pm. I have been extremely busy this evening, preparing for my only guest tomorrow. Lucy is spending the day with me and I'm cooking our vegetarian Christmas dinner and tea later. Hopefully we will get out for some fresh air at some point. Vivien is spending Christmas with Ray in Ely. Last Christmas was spent with our mother at Holme and I remember every detail of that day – it was our first Christmas without our father and now this is our first Christmas with neither mother or father – its going to be a tough day. Hopefully I will be so busy cooking, that I won't have time to think too much!

Boxing Day I'm free, so may get out birding somewhere. I would dearly love to go and see the Royal family walking to church tomorrow, but there is no way in a million years would Lucy stand that long and wait, so will have to forget about that!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Cattle Egret, Common Cranes x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 45 at Heigham Holmes
Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Spotted Redshank, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Water Pipit, Caspian Gull, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 12 off Coastguards, Hen Harrier at Cley
Snow Buntings x 30 at Winterton
Great White Egret at Kimberley Hall Lake
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Hooded Crow NE of West Somerton
Rough-legged Buzzard, Russian White-fronted Geese x 71 at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2, White Stork, Short-eared Owls x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Blackborough End
Russian White-fronted Geese x 15, Short-eared Owl at Wickhampton Marshes
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Shorelarks x 8, Snow Buntings x 60, Short-eared Owls x 2, Great White Egret, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 6, Russian White-fronted Geese x 50 at Holkham Bay
Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Grey-bellied Brant (possible) in field at Docking
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Thornham Harbour

MEGA NEWS
TENGMALM'S OWL
Copinsay, (on 2nd November, but no sign since) Orkney

Sunday, 23 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS!

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Common Cranes x 6, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 45 at Heigham Holmes
Common Cranes x 10 flew towards Potter Heigham Marshes
Russian White-fronted Geese x 35 at Horsey
Bean Goose sp. at Sea Palling
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Red-necked Grebes x 3 at Wells Harbour

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 22 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Otter at Martham Ferry
Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 9, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 45 at Heigham Holmes
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Russian White-fronted Geese x 95 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret, White Stork, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 12 off Coastguards, Cley
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Bewick's Swans x 9, Whooper Swans x 16 at Sea Palling
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
Gann Estuary, Pembrokeshire

Friday, 21 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier, Water Pipits x 2, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 45 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 3 at Horsey Mill
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14, Tundra Bean Geese x 5, White Stork, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Twite x 15, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpolls x 5 at Costessey Gravel Pits
Black-necked Grebe, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Holme
Bewick's Swans x 10 at Sea Palling
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Wells Woods
Great Northern Diver at Power Dock, Wells
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Russian White-fronted Geese x 55, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB

MEGA NEWS
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NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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THURSDAY 20th DECEMBER
Hen Harrier, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Jack Snipe, Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 100, Slavonian Grebes x 6, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter at Holkham Bay
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Velvet Scoter at Gorleston-on-Sea
Smew redhead on Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 14, White Stork, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Snow Bunting at Winterton
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 on sea at Holme Dunes
Common Cranes x 5, Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roast, Hickling Broad NWT
White-fronted Geese x 3, Common Cranes x 3 at Horsey
Taiga Bean Geese x 12 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL at Wells Woods
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

MEGA EXCITED! FAIR ISLE BOOKED!!!

North Haven, Fair Isle 2010

I have not been to Fair Isle since I started this blog in 2010. I visited in May and have only ever been in May/June when the weather and birds are equally as good. I seem to remember my first two visits were in 2005 and 2006. This will be my fourth trip to Fair Isle and the first time I have visited in October, which is the most serious month for megas on Fair Isle, but the weather will more than likely be atrocious, but so excited! The rooms are cheaper after 14th October too – bonus! Two weeks of serious birding in the most amazing place for megas in the UK. Hoping for my first Siberian Rubythroat at least!!!

With the death of both my parents within the last two years, it has been the most horrific time in my life and I am still very much in turmoil over my mother's death in August. I had my first bereavement appointment with Tapping House (Norfolk Hospice) yesterday and it was very difficult indeed – I was in floods of tears again. My mother was such a huge character and there is a massive void now she's gone – part of me feels like I've died with her – she was my best friend, someone I phoned several times a day to talk to about everything. There is no one else I talked to like that, no one.

My birding and photography has taken a massive back seat and there are still loads of big jobs to do. We still have our parent's house to sell, then I will be selling my house in King's Lynn and moving somewhere nicer – someone within half an hour of work or I might even escape further afield – who knows what 2019 will bring! The new year will be a new chapter in my life. The first and most important job in January is to restart a serious weight loss campaign, to return to what I once was and becoming a healthier and fitter me!

I needed to have something amazing to look forward to and I have been meaning to return to Fair Isle for a long time now. Fair Isle is the most beautiful island and when I think about this beautiful place, the following thoughts cascade through my mind.......peace, tranquility, big seas, crystal turquoise waters, white sands, dramatic cliffs, puffins, eiders, bonxies, dramatic skies, exhilarating, wonderful islanders, breathtaking and life changing.

Its a long journey to Fair Isle, but a journey I love – train from King's Lynn very early morning to Aberdeen, then the Northlink Ferry overnight (14 hours) to Lerwick, Shetland arriving 7am the following morning. Normally, I then walk to the bus station and take the bus (hour's journey) to Sumburgh Head and catch the 'The Good Shepherd' boat, arriving Fair Isle mid afternoon, but in October the Good Shepherd only runs on a Tuesday and because of the usual dire weather at this time of the year, is far better to book the small plane, which I don't like at all (been on it once when the boat couldn't go) but there isn't much choice, so I will have to go on it! The plane is also far most expensive than the Good Shepherd.

October seems a long time to wait, but I am so looking forward to it. Hopefully I will be moved and settled before this trip, fingers crossed! I still might be going to Israel in March if there is enough people booked on this amazing Oriole Birding trip!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Water Pipit, Caspian Gulls x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 12 off Coastguards, Cley
Tundra Bean Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, White Stork, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 15, Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Fen
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Wells Woods
Shorelarks x 26, Snow Buntings x 60, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 5 at Holkham Bay
Taiga Bean Geese x 14 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
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