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Thursday, 21 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 14, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Terns x 2, Little Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Norwich
Pied Crow on seafront at Cromer
Spoonbill at Wells

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN 
Weymouth (5.30am only), Dorset

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Curlew Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 9 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart at Norwich
Pied Crow near pier at Cromer

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
On Tern Island at Church Norton (early am only), Sussex
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
Lodmoor RSPB & Ferry Bridge, Dorset

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Firecrest, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Black Redstarts x 2 at Norwich
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Pied Crow on sea front at Cromer
Spoonbill at Holme

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
On Tern Island at Church Norton, Sussex

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MONDAY 18th JUNE
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Little Gulls x 5, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Pied Crow at Winterton
Red-backed Shrike fem at North Dunes, Winterton
Black-winged Stilt, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 4, Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstarts x 2 at Norwich
Spoonbill at Holme

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Father’s Day

Sending love to my dearest father, up above in the fluffy white clouds, blue skies and birds on Father’s Day - in my thoughts daily - miss you so much xxx

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pied Crow at race course, Great Yarmouth
Pomerine Skua, Spoonbills x 3, Curlew Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Norwich
Black-winged Stilt, Spoonbills x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Roseate Tern adult at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egrets x 5, Spotted Redshank at Rush Hill Scrape, Honey Buzzard at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Holme

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 16 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pied Crow at race course, Great Yarmouth
Hybrid Hooded Crow/Carrion Crow at Great Yarmouth
Pied Crow in garden at Caister-on-Sea
Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 9, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Curlew Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 3, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Iberian Chiffchaff (possible) at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Spoonbill at Holme NOA

GREAT REED WARBLER still, singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 15 June 2018

BT Broad Band Failed Again!

Late last night the internet stopped working at Holme again! Engineer will be out next Monday - such a quick, reliable and efficient service!! All other BT users are ok along our road, it’s just us! Typing up blog one fingered on phone is so exciting!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 3, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Norwich
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Pied Crow reported at Winterton
Pied Crow yesterday on race course and this evening at Great Yarmouth

GREAT REED WARBLER singing at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Hunstanton Cliffs!

My mother is not well enough to walk more than a few yards and is unable to go to the beach at Holme, as its too far to walk and the uneven ground too difficult to contend with, so this evening I took her on a surprise trip, so that she could be close to the sea without having to walk.

We drove along to the extreme east end of the promenade at Hunstanton and sat in the car watching the scene before us. It was an extremely high tide and huge waves were pounding the promenade wall and the spray cascaded like glitter, only yards away from where we sat in the car. Fulmars glided through blue skies and the majestic cliffs looked stunning on a perfect summer's evening. Rock Doves, Starlings and House Sparrows were also part of this idyllic scene. My mother enjoyed herself so much, that she penned her thoughts on paper:


Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
(Dylan Thomas)

"Rejoice in rare moments – embrace life for every minute of every day

The warm calm of a June evening mocked the potential destructiveness of a swollen tide beneath Hunstanton's cliffs. Fulmars sailed into the emptiness. Rock Doves sat in their private crevices – feathers, an unequalled turquoise sheen. Magic. Everything was magical.

The spray did its utmost to flood the seawall, but small dogs leapt up to pick a fight with the showers of water, but man's defensive forces prevailed. A young women recalled that she had not visited this watery shrine since 1976 and how she was compelled to return.

As we motored home along the promenade, the cliff face was a mass of Kidney Vetch sprawling the chalkface like curdled eggs. Tufts of Sea Campion, Daisies and an insolent House Sparrow fell easy upon the eye along the fences' edge. Tomorrow presents another chance encounter, before the tide weakens its hold."

By Margaret Rose Clarke

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 3, Garganey x 3, Curlew Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart at Norwich
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Norwich
Garganey x 2, Little Gulls x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Spoonbill, Garganey x 2, Curlew Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Short-eared Owl at Thornham
Little Gull flew past Weybourne
Honey Buzzard flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

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

By Chris Batty
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2018-24.aspx?s_id=82825579

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Mick Ramsey, Bill Oddie & Peter Clarke!

Great Yarmouth birder Peter Allard posted this picture up on Twitter of Mick Ramsey (my school teacher at Holme primary school and birder who lived in Hunstanton), Bill Oddie and my father Peter Clarke!!! Never seen this picture before – Wow!
https://twitter.com/Yarmouthbirder/status/1006425812004999168
httpswitter.com/Yarmouthbirder/status/1006425812004
https/twitter.com/Yarmouthbirder/status/1006425812004999168
https://twitter.com/Yarmouthbirder/status/100642581200499

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Norwich
Garganey x 2, Little Gulls x 12, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Redshanks x 2, Honey Buzzard flew over Cley NWT
Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 11 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 11, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart at Norwich
Garganey at Welney WWT
Arctic Tern at Blickling Hall Lake

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 10 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Norwich
Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Cley NWT
Great White Egret in flight at Salthouse
Great White Egret flew over Kelling Water Meadows
Red-backed Shrike fem at North Dunes, Osprey flew over Winterton
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 4 on Thornham Marsh, Little Gulls x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

NOROLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SATURDAY 9th JUNE
Osprey flew over Rush Hill Scrape, Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Little Gulls x 9 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 2, Arctic Tern at Morston Harbour
Black Redstart at Norwich
Savi's Warbler still, singing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Red-backed Shrike fem at Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 8 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Marsh Warbler ESE of Surlingham
Savi's Warbler still, singing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Garganey, Little Gulls x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Common Crane flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Redstart at Norwich
Spoonbill flew over Thornham Harbour
Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Honey Buzzard flew over Sharrington
Garganey at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Brancaster Staithe

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 7 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Marsh Warbler ESE of Surlingham
Garganey, Little Gulls x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Red-breasted Flycatcher trapped & ringed at Holme NOA
Osprey flew over Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey at Welney WWT
Black Redstart at Norwich
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 6 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Short-toed Lark at Blakeney Point
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Marsh Warbler at Wheatfen Broad, Ted Ellis NR, ESE of Surlingham
RED-FOOTED FALCON fem at Norwich Cathedral
Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
SHORT-TOED EAGLE 
possible, flew over Shoreham, Kent

RBA Weekly Round-Up 30th May to 5th June!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-23.aspx?s_id=991668781

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Norwich
Little Gulls x 6, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Red-backed Shrike male at Burnham Overy Dunes
MARMORA'S WARBLER possible, PADDYFIELD WARBLER, Short-toed Lark, Caspian Gull at Blakeney Point
Fieldfare at North Dunes, Winterton
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
MARMORA'S WARBLER
Possible, east of Halfway House at Blakeney Point, Norfolk

SCOPS OWL
Singing at Portsoy (reported recently), Aberdeen, Scotland

Monday, 4 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Rose-coloured Starling at North Dunes, Winterton
White-spotted Bluethroat male at Kelling Water Meadows
PADDYFIELD WARBLER at Blakeney Point
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Great White Egret, Garganey at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 3 June 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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White-spotted Bluethroat (not Red-spotted) male (elusive) at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER still in 'The Lupins' at Blakeney Point
Short-toed Lark at Blakeney Point
Honey Buzzard flew over Norwich
Black Redstarts x 2 at Norwich
Spoonbills x 3 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Common Rosefinch 1s male in garden opposite duck pond at Salthouse
Rose-coloured Starling at North Dunes, Winterton
Spoonbills x 3 flew over Weybourne
Spoonbill, Garganey, Common Cranes x 2, Sanderlings x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER
Blakeney Point, Norfolk

RIVER WARBLER
South of John O' Groats at Skirza, Highland, Scotland

FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

New Swarovski Hide at CleySpy!

Swarovski Hide at CleySpy


This has to be the poshest and most exclusive hide ever! This new hide has been brilliantly built and designed by CleySpy at Glandford – in Swarovski 'green' and natural wood decor, with plug sockets and lighting too! I presume the sockets are for the male staff [#notsuzanne] to hoover out the hide every now and again?!😉

The new hide overlooks their pond and feeders and this area will continue to be re-created to encourage as many species as possible. Currently there are big numbers of House Sparrows, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Whitethroats.

The hide will be available to everyone during their opening hours (10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays), including customers who want to trial any new binoculars or scopes in a very unique setting.
Inside the Swarovski Hide
Video of the new Swarovski Hide © CleySpy

Work in progress!


Another view from the hide

The feeders and pond viewed from the hide

© All pictures supplied by CleySpy

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Searching for Rares!

Unable to go to Blakeney Point because of leaving my dear mother for too long, I opted to find my own Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler! I walked from Brancaster Staithe along the coastal footpath to Burnham Deepdale and back. It was a beautiful walk with lots of beautiful wild flowers and wild rose scent filled the air, but I hardly saw any common birds, never mind rares! My entire list consisted of lots of Wood Pigeons, Blackbirds, Starlings, House Sparrows, Goldfinches x 2 and a Hedgesparrow.

Luckily, I saw the first mainland Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler, which was also at Blakeney Point in the The Plantation on 11th May 2015 – here is the link. It would be really good if someone is going to find a mega in Norfolk, that it is close to Holme please! Thanks in advance! Good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-spotted Bluethroat male (elusive) at Kelling Water Meadows
Short-eared Owl at Stiffkey
Red-backed Shrike male, Spoonbill at Warham Greens
MEGA – MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER in 'The Lupins' at Blakeney Point
Little Gull west of Wells
Great White Egrets x 4, Spoonbills x 8 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Black Redstart at Norwich

MEGA NEWS
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER
Blakeney Point, Norfolk

FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 1 June 2018

Bird Party At Kelling Water Meadows!

I had some time out for me this afternoon and managed to see a few good birds. I popped into CleySpy briefly and then headed to Kelling Water Meadows. I parked up along the road by the tea shop – it was packed with cars! The walk down to the Quags was lovely and everything looked extra green – it felt good to be out and I heard a Blackcap and a Whitethroat on route. It took ages to get a nano second glimpse of the Red-spotted Bluethroat! Anyone hoping to get a photograph tomorrow – good luck with that! You'll be lucky to see it, never mind photograph it! Its favoured spot is around the right hand bend, just by the pool and then view the ditch that runs north by the old gate – every now and again it flicks up from the small area of reeds and up to the bank and skulks in the vegetation for ages and vice versa. I saw it maybe three or four times altogether – each view for seconds only. There was also a Reed Warbler in the same patch of reeds and a Reed Bunting close by.

I had wonderful views of both male and female Red-backed Shrikes, the female was catching bees along the fence line that runs east, further along the track and the male was perched on a bramble on the far side of the pool. I don't know if either shrikes knew each other was there or not! A Barn Owl was also seen over the field, just before I walked back along the track – it was a beautiful evening.

I headed west along the A149 to spend the next few days with my mother. I still can't believe I am typing this up at Holme! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS MEGAS!

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Red-backed Shrike male, Osprey at Stiffkey Fen
Red-spotted Bluethroat male (elusive), Red-backed Shrike male & female at Kelling Water Meadows
Little Gulls x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Red-backed Shrike male at Burnham Overy Dunes
Red-backed Shrike female north of Holkham Pines
Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill, Garganey at Brancaster
Nightjar flew over Beach Road, Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

Thursday, 31 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MARSH SANDPIPER reported yesterday at Cley NWT
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owl, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Tern at Winterton
Red-backed Shrike male west of Stiffkey Fen
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 2, Arctic Tern at Brancaster Staithe
Black Tern at Welney WWT
Spoonbill at Holme
Great White Egrets x 5 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Red-backed Shrike fem at Kelling Hard
Short-toed Lark at Blakeney Point

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Internet Now At Holme!

At last, we are now on the Internet at Holme! The BT Engineer was here for over three hours, putting in a new BT socket, new wires outside the house and after several trips to the exchange on the main road at Holme, discovered that the new router was faulty too!!! With new Router installed, we now have Broadband!

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-22.aspx?s_id=826798812

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey, Little Gulls x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Short-toed Lark, Marsh Warbler at Blakeney Point
Turtle Dove at Holme NOA
Temminck's Stints x 2, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Postwick Park & Ride, Norwich
Garganey x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Bluethroat male at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Snettisham Coastal Park
Great White Egrets x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Savi's Warbler (probable) at Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER
probable, at Duncanspy Head, Highland, Scotland
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Skellig Island, County Kerry, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart in Norwich
Turtle Dove in Seething
Curlew Sandpiper, Grey Plover at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Turtle Dove at Holme
Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchats x 2 at Blakeney Point
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve, Thetford
Temminck's Stints x 2 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER
probable, at Duncanspy Head, Highland, Scotland

Link To My Snowy Owl Footage on Springwatch!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b57s68/springwatch-2018-episode-1 
On iplayer for 30 days – scroll along to 54.4 minutes to see my video clips or watch the full video and others here on Sunday 11th March!

Monday, 28 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wood Sandpipers x 2, Great White Egrets x 3 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Black Terns x 3, Great White Egrets x 4, Spoonbill, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Temminck's Stints x 2, Spoonbills x 6, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Honey Buzzard flew over Great Bircham
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Grey-headed Wagtail, Little Gulls x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
MOLTONI'S SUBALPINE WARBLER
probable, at Duncanspy Head, Highland, Scotland

Sunday, 27 May 2018

My Snowy Owl Footage on Spring Watch!

My Snowy Owl footage at Snettisham RSPB is being shown tomorrow on Bank Holiday Monday in a special feature on ‘Beast from the East’ in the first episode of Springwatch at 8pm to 9.30pm on BBC2!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b57s68/springwatch-2018-episode-1

BT Broad Band - Utterley Rubbish!

‘Titan’ a BT technical advisor told me on the 25th May that there was a technical fault on the line and that was why we could not log into our new internet account. It would take 48 hours to complete he told me and instructed me to turn the Router off for 30 seconds and then back on again after 7pm on Sunday, which I did this evening and guess what? Still not working and no one to contact until Tuesday!!!! Very pissed off is an understatement! This is the third evening I have had drive a few miles along the coast road to find 4G and type up the blog, one fingered on iphone - not happy!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Short-toed Lark still, Osprey at Blakeney Point
Rose-coloured Starling adult flew south over Holkham
Black Terns x 2, Garganey x 5, Little Stint at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey x 2 between Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Norton
Black Redstart in Norwich
Turtle Doves x 3 at Seething
BEE-EATERS x 5+ flew south over Burnham Norton
Temminck’s Stints x 4, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard (possible) flew over Snetterton
Honey Buzzard (possible) flew over Norwich
Turtle Dove near Sea Palling
Little Gull, Turtle Dove at Holme
Ruddy Shelduck at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 3 at Blakeney Harbour

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland
SPECTACLED WARBLER
Possible at Spurn Point, Yorkshire

Saturday, 26 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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White-winged Black Tern still east of junction of paths at Burnham Overy Dunes
Red-backed Shrike, Turtle Dove, Garganey, Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl yesterday at Holme Dunes NWT
BEE-EATER early morning only at Limpenhoe
Short-toed LarkIcterine Warblers x 2, Blyth’s Reed Warbler at Blakeney Point
Serin yesterday, flew over South Beach, Heacham
Great White Egret flew over Stiffkey
Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey, Wood Sandpiper at Burnham Deepdale
Black Terns x 2, Little Stint, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Serin male singing at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Icterine Warbler yesterday and Arctic Redpoll, Common Rosefinch last week at Scolt Head Island
Turtle Dove is Snettisham Coastal Park

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 25 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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GREENISH WARBLER singing at Titchwell RSPB
White-winged Black Tern still east of junction of paths, Pied Flycatcher, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Burnham Overy Dunes
Turtle Dove at Seething
Marsh Warbler east of South Beach at Hunstanton
Serin in garden at Hunstanton
Red-backed Shrike, Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-toed Lark, Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart, Redstarts x 4 at Blakeney Point
Spoonbill at Stiffkey
Icterine Warbler yesterday at Stiffkey
Black Redstart in Norwich
Whinchat at Cley
Black Tern at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
BEE-EATER at Limpenhoe

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 24 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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GREENISH WARBLER singing, Garganey, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
White-winged Black Tern still east of junction of paths, Great White Egret at Burnham Overy Dunes
Turtle Dove at Seething
Great White Egret flew past Weybourne Camp
Black Redstart in Norwich
Grey Headed Wagtail on golfcourse then flew east at Cromer
Turtle Doves x 3 at Waxham
Spoonbills x 3 at Holme
BLYTH’S REED WARBLER probable (heard) east of Lady Anne’s Drive, Holkham
Black Redstart at Blakeney Point
Great White Egret east of Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Garganey, Little Gulls x 4, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper on Quaries Marsh, Wells
White-winged Black Tern, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Montagu's Harrier at Burnham Overy Dunes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Redstart in Norwich
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
ALBATROSS sp flew past (1.45pm) Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
ALBATROSS sp
Holme Dunes NWT, Norfolk
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-21.aspx?s_id=661890088

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Family Update!

Things have been extremely difficult since mother left hospital and that's putting it mildly. Vivien and I don't have a clue what we are doing or supposed to be doing and it feels like everything is spiralling out of control. Our mother is getting weaker daily and hardly eating at all and is asleep more than she is awake – her pain is increasing and we have to administer Oramorph to relieve her symptoms on top of her 'pain patch'. It is tearing me apart to see her like this, as she has always been such a tough cookie. We have have had an OT out to support us and other health professionals. I have been caring for her since she came out of hospital on Friday until Sunday – this period included phoning 111 and doctor visits and my complete breakdown in the early hours of Sunday morning. Vivien joined me on Sunday and we have both been with mother since then.

It has been extremely time consuming, attempting to update my blog with the RBA bird news via my iphone, which just has enough signal upstairs in my mother's house to get the internet. Many of you may think this is completely unimportant right now, but my blog is important to me and this helps me to have a tiny bit of normality in my life – not giving up the blog after eight years hard work! I have changed my mother's BT package to a Broadband package (which works out cheaper than her current package anyway) and from Wednesday we will have the internet in the family home, which will be useful for obvious reasons, including doing the on-line food shop!

I have not been in my house much, but returned today after an appointment with a health professional at 3pm to discuss the current situation and then arrived back home at 5.30pm. My baby Blackbirds are now teenagers and were being fed by parents on the top of my fence, which was sweet to watch and the garden is now a jungle! I managed to change the bird ponds and top up the bird table for the Blackbirds, which they seemed very pleased about and after that fell asleep on the sofa. I have no food in the fridge aside from margerine and a few eggs, so all I had when I woke up was jam on toast, before doing the on-line food shop for mother and Vivien. Good night!