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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Doses of Neighborhood Nature: The Benefits for Mental Health of Living with Nature

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/67/2/147/2900179/Doses-of-Neighborhood-Nature-The-Benefits-for

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 4, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Black Tern, Little Gulls x 8 on Arnold's Marsh, Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Brownsea Island Dorset

RBA Weekly Round-Up 14th to 20th June!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-25.aspx?s_id=263430779

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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TUESDAY 20th June
Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Little Gull at Breydon Water
Turtle Doves x 2 along Firs Road, Holme
Turtle Doves x 2 at Seething
Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Monday, 19 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbill, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank, Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, probable on East Trail, Red-veined Darter Dragonfly at Titchwell RSPB
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Spoonbills x 12 at Stiffkey
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Beetley Common
Turtle Dove at Seething
Marsh Warbler singing at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Hot Weather Tip!

Take covers off hot water bottles and fill with cold tap water! Then put in freezer for approximately 20 minutes. Currently have my feet on one and hugging the second! Fab u lous!!!!πŸ˜€

33° (92 F) in King's Lynn today – the temperature on the wards must have been far higher!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Hottest Day of the Year!

Even Hotter tomorrow!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/hottest-day-of-year-so-far-recorded-for-east-anglia-but-forecasters-warn-temperatures-will-continue-to-rise-1-5066924

Father's Day

Thinking of you today and every day, love you and miss you so much xxx

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 9, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 (males x 2, fem., 4 young), Garganey x 3, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Little Gull at Salthouse
Black Tern at Breydon Water
Savi's Warbler singing at Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
MYRTLE WARBLER 
Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire
ELEGANT TERN
Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Saturday, 17 June 2017

'Chilled' Day at Holme!

Chilled as in it was far too hot to do much at all! The heat has been intense today – extremely muggy and humid and the pollen levels are very high. I used to suffer with hayfever badly in my teens, but it seems to have improved a lot since I have got older. However, the last few days have been dreadful, the worst hayfever I have had for many years. Even after taking hayfever tablets, I have still been sneezing uncontrollably and feel exhausted with it and the usual itchy eyes have been driving me insane.

The best place to be when it is this hot, is my mother's house. Picked Lucy up and off we went to Holme, but stopped on route in King's Lynn to buy mother a nice new recliner deckchair with padded seat to sit in and garden table from 'B&Q' and 'The Range'. It was so hot that I didn't even feel that cool in my mother's house! We had lunch together and just sat and chilled in the house. I had to shut all the curtains to cope with the hayfever symptoms. Mother has had a family of bullfinches in her garden recently, but they were not on show today.

I left it until evening before I ventured out, thinking it would be cooler – it wasn't! I went to Holme Bird Observatory to sit and be with my father in spirit. The new windows and door are in place at the observatory! Looks like they have some new khaki coloured blinds up too. Thank you again to all who have donated! I sat on the raised veranda which was very slightly cooler and scanned the marshes for birds. A Common Buzzard was sitting on a post out on the marsh and at least 4 Common Buzzards were spiralling in the skies along with a Marsh Harrier. I could hear a Cuckoo calling and several Swallows were skimming past. It was a beautiful evening, even though it was boiling hot. A Viper's Bugloss plant had sprung up where father's ashes were, which was comforting. Father's Day tomorrow will feel very sad this year. No dragonflies in the pond or butterflies, which surprised me. But I did see a few Small Tortoiseshells along the Firs Road when I drove down though.

Went to Holme Marsh Reserve but after looking out of Hide one, I left more or less straight away as all the reeds have grown up and I could hardly see the water on the pool. Heard a Cetti's Warbler singing and that was about it.

Spent the rest of the evening back at mother's house. We had a lovely salad (that I made) and strawberries to follow. The best part of the day was when we sat in the garden at 9.30pm!

Tomorrow is going to be even hotter!!! I am at work all day – lovely!!!😧😩😎🌞

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-footed Falcon fem. yesterday briefly at Breydon Water
White-tailed Eagle north of Chedgrave
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Seething
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Garganey x 3, Spoonbills x 20 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Albino Sparrow in Whissonsett!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/alby-the-albino-sparrow-causing-a-flap-in-whissonsett-1-5059719

Dizzee Rascal Performing In Norwich this October!!!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bonkers-dizzee-rascal-to-perform-in-norwich-1-5065010

Friday, 16 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Quail singing north of Saxlingham
Black Terns x 7, Spoonbill at Holme
Little Gull at Salthouse
Savi's Warbler singing at Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Cattle Egret, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 
Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO 
Briefly on Saturday at Stalham, Norfolk

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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THURSDAY 15TH JUNE
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB 
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 15, Garganey, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Spoonbill at Burnham Deepdale

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 16, Little Gull, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes 
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves singing at Seething
Little Gull on Watling Water at Cley NWT
Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

RBA Weekly Round-Up 7th to 13th June!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-24.aspx?s_id=98543957

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 3, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Roseate Tern on Arnold's Marsh, Garganey at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Taverham
Turtle Doves x 2 at Seething
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 22 at Holkham

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Monday, 12 June 2017

Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/baby-bird-dinosaur-burmese-amber-fossil/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing at Eccles-on-Sea
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron, Spoonbills x 13 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Salthouse
Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT

Black-winged Stilts x 4 – male, fem. & 2 young., Ouse Washes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Special Place – East Bank Cley NWT!

Sunset, end of the East Bank at Cley NWT


It hasn't been a 'normal' weekend at all – in fact it hasn't been a normal couple of weeks either. I can't recall the last time if ever, my family have been for a pub lunch together – it was so nice sitting by the River Wensum at Sculthorpe yesterday and spending quality time with my sisters and mother.

Today I had to sort some jobs out that were way overdue and then had to go on a long journey to deliver something. I then headed north to the coast and ended up at Cley! Parked in the East Bank car park and had the entire place to myself. I walked out to the beach and had wonderful views of birds on 'The Serpentine' and 'Arnold's Marsh', including a pair of Redshank with three fluffy young, Tufted Ducks, good numbers of Shelduck and Avocets, Pied Wagtails, Greylag Geese, Mallards, Little Egrets, Little Grebes, Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwits, Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich and Common Terns graced the skies. Swifts and Swallows skimmed over my head in the wind and flocks of Starlings headed west over the East Bank. One Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds and Sedge Warblers singing in the fading light. A pair of Mallards were supervising their young in the pool by the car park – these fluffy chicks were speeding around the pool catching flies and were very entertaining to watch!
It was chilly by the sea, but so beautiful as the sun was setting – I spent a while here sitting on the shingle, thinking and watching Little Terns and Sandwich Terns flying west over the breakers. My parents met on the East Bank, so this is a special place for me.

Sunset, end of the East Bank at Cley NWT

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey, Spoonbill off East Bank at Cley NWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Quail flew from dunes at Waxham
Turtle Dove at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard between Holt and Edgefield

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sculthorpe Mill!

A lovely family day out with my mother and sisters to Sculthorpe Mill for lunch. Sat outside in the garden behind the pub and had a fabulous lunch and dessert. Lovely views of Banded Demoiselles fluttering along the stream. Unusually we didn't see any Grey Wagtails, but did see a Pied Wagtail and a Blackcap was singing – two Kestrels were hovering over the field next to the pub.

I tried to persuade everyone to go to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, but Mother was feeling tired. Drove back to Holme via Burnham Market and chilled in the shade! Saw a couple of Common Buzzards in the thermals on route back.

Lucy and I saw the Little Owl perched on the low fence at Knight's Hill roundabout at King's Lynn as we drove past at 9.50pm! The same bird (I presume) on the same fence post, as the one I saw recently!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s., Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Wighton
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
White-winged Black Tern at North Beach, Winterton
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 5 at North Dunes, Winterton
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Holme NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

FRIDAY 9TH JUNE
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Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Red-necked Phalarope at Welney WWT
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s, Bufflehead fem. esc. at Potter Heigham Marshes
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Savi's Warbler, yesterday by Weavers' Way, Spoonbills x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Honey Buzzard NE of Kettlestone
Rose-coloured Starling reported on Sunday near Horning
Quail at Horsey

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Hayling Island, Hampshire

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
White-winged Black Tern at North Beach, Winterton
Red-necked Phalarope, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s, Cattle Egret, Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler, yesterday by Weavers' Way, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Horsey
Honey Buzzard flew over Felbrigg
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Osprey near Ludham at Howhill

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Redshank flew past Hemsby
Spoonbill flew over grazing marsh, Holme
Red-necked Phalarope at Welney WWT
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN Adult Male

(colour-ringed) Hayling Island, Hampshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 31st May to 6th June!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-23.aspx?s_id=1007393982

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cattle Egret, possible flew south over Attleborough
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Sooty Shearwater flew past Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT

possible, reported at west end of Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire

Monday, 5 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Seething
Honey Buzzard flew over Kelling
Turtle Dove at Weybourne Camp
White Stork just north of Potter Heigham

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 4 June 2017

MANCHESTER ONE LOVE CONCERT!

The Manchester One Love Concert was live on BBC1 this evening to benefit those affected by the Manchester bomb attack.

This has to be the most emotional and amazing concert I have ever watched. Now available to watch on iplayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08vb4dd/one-love-manchester

Among the performers were:
Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40153433

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 3, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Black Kite, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 8, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
• Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Short-eared Owl at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 3 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Spoonbill, Garganey x 2, Little Gull 1s, Red-crested Pochards x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilt at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilt at Cley NWT
Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham
• Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Serin between Weybourne and Sheringham
Crossbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Black Redstart male at Gorleston-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
BOOTED EAGLE

Unconfirmed report, south over Hundred Acres, east of Wickham, Hampshire

Friday, 2 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull 1s at Breydon Water
Quail singing behind CleySpy at Glandford
Spoonbills x 8, Common Crane, Garganey, White Stork at Potter Heigham
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Little Gull 1s at Hickling Broad NWT
• Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Felbrigg Hall NT Lake
Glossy Ibis flew SE past Sheringham
Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Crossbills x 8 at Sidestrand
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN

Flew past Uisaed Point, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
BAROLO SHEARWATER
South of Start Point, Devon

Thursday, 1 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing last night at Repps
Red-footed Falcon 1s male between Weybourne and Sheringham
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy
Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Great Cressingham

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR

Reported yesterday, NNE of Silecroft, Cumbria

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Chilled Day & Titchwell RSPB!

A very hot day, too hot for me. Had a chilled recovery day from Blakeney Point. Took my mother to a GP appointment this afternoon (with much protesting), then collected prescriptions. Went to buy fish 'n' chips in Hunstanton, but changed my mind when I saw the queue half way down the street! Note to self, don't book holiday in half-term time again! Helped mother with a few chores back at home.

I had a beautiful evening at Titchwell RSPB. I spent my entire time around the Fen Trail and the East Trail. Watched a pair of Red-crested Pochards on the pool beyond Patsy's Reedbed, who were booted off by a Coot just as I started to take pictures! Saw three Marsh Harriers, at least two Chiffchaffs, a Barn Owl at close range, Mute Swan with cygnets, Great Crested Grebe, tons of Gulls fly catching as the sun was setting over the pool. Lots of Swifts twisting through the skies, a Cuckoo calling and a Cetti's Warbler. Coots, Moorhens, Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Lapwings, a pair of Bullfinches and Blackbirds perched on the highest trees singing, as dusk fell.

On route home, a Yellowhammer flew across the road at the trig point, south of Thornham. Grey Partridges and Red-legged Partridges were in the fields around me. I watched the rest of the sunset over Holme Church and coastline before heading home.

It was very exciting to hear that Black-winged Stilts had bred at Welney WWT today, but then extremely sad and disappointing to hear a short while later, that the young had been predated.

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Marsh Warbler singing on Monday at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Spoonbills x 10 at Brancaster
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Black Kite over Sculthorpe Airfield, west of Fakenham
Spoonbills x 11, Garganey x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black-winged Stilts x 4 male, fem. & 2+ young at Welney WWT
• later message reporting no sign of any BWS's & that young have been predated
Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbill, Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-up 24th to 30th May!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-22.aspx?s_id=842539740

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BLAKENEY POINT!

 Walking back from Blakeney Point


Only one person saw the Greenish Warbler this morning at 7.15am (going by the pager) and it was seen in an elder bush apparently. There isn't an elder (that I can recall) at 'The Hood', so others presumed it must have been at 'Long Hills'. Several people out there before me including Mark and Tracy Bradbury and a birder from Sheringham, Pete Dolton and a couple of birders from Bristol. When I called the BP rangers, they said that it was seen at 5am this morning by a single observer. Whoever it was, must have walked out in the dark. 5am? 7.15am?

The 'No news' message came too late for me, as I had just pulled up into Coastguards car park at Cley. With no other birds on offer, I decided to go anyway.
Pink Thrift along path at 'The Hood'

Lupins by The Lifeboat House
The Plantation


Bird of the day was a Spotted Flycatcher in The Plantation, which was elusive and refused to be photographed. There were several Painted Lady butterflies, a Marsh Harrier, Swifts, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Ringed Plovers, Avocets, Oystercatchers, Little Terns and Sandwich Terns. There was a massive storm brewing and I headed quickly towards the Lifeboat house to take shelter, but weirdly it didn't materialise! The black clouds dispersed and slowly the sun came out again! It took forever to get back to Coastguards!

Collapsed in my deckchair at the car park and had a coffee. The light was beautiful over the marshes – this was the best part of the day!

MORE PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Purple Heron flew west, Black Terns x 2 flew west, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Greenish Warbler at The Hood at 7.15am only, Blakeney Point
Spoonbills x 18, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Purple Heron flew west over Weybourne
Purple Heron flew south over A149 at Stiffkey
Red-footed Falcon male flew SE over Sheringham
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Osprey flew over Tottenhill

MEGA NEWS 
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER
Isle of Foula, Shetland
GREAT SNIPE
Again, at Glandwr, SE of Ynyslas, Ceredigion, South Wales

Monday, 29 May 2017

Bank Holiday Birding – Hunstanton to Salthouse!

After a night of rain and easterlies – today looked promising. When I phoned my mother for a catch-up this morning, she declared that 'it felt dead' and there was 'no bird movement' in her garden and there 'wouldn't be any birds today'. Well, apart from two birds, she was correct!

Hunstanton
In the Millennium Garden I found a few Goldfinches, House Sparrows and one Mallard – nothing else of note, but a nice selection of flowers. If the sun had been out, this would have been a good spot for butterflies and insects. Walked across the road to look into the pitch 'n' putt area for birds, to find that most of the bushes have been removed for a new playground!

The Lighthouse garden and surroundings produced a Robin, Hedge Sparrow, House Sparrows, a Pied Wagtail and Fulmars soaring over the cliffs.

Holme NWT and Holme NOA
Parked up on the NOA car park and spent a while watching the big sycamore in the NWT car park, but only managed to find a female Blackcap and a couple of Chaffinches. I got some really weird looks and stares from non-birders – funny that, as I found them rather odd, where were their binoculars!?

As I crossed over to the dunes, a Marsh Harrier flew east overhead. I then walked through the pines to the observatory. A couple of Hedge Sparrows and a Robin were all I could find. The new wheelchair friendly raised boardwalk path (part of the coastal footpath) has now been finished and in my personal opinion looks a complete eyesore! Also, you now can't walk directly from the NOA to seawatch from the dunes, as the steps have been removed and it is roped off! So you either have to jump over/duck under the rope or walk all the way down the new boarded path (left) and walk back right to follow the usual path to the favoured spot on the dunes. There would be very few people, that would be physically capable of pushing a wheelchair from Thornham to Holme and vice versa! I really can't see this new raised boardwalk being used for the purpose it is intended! Was the removal of pine trees/branches and part of the dune/ bank and cost of the wood and labour worth it? more than probably not!

There are several very disappointing things going in Holme recently – an ancient pond being filled in and levelled out in a horse meadow, mature hedges being hacked down, dumping of rubbish in village car park, trees being cut down at the request of second home owners etc. Holme is a rural village and is also part of an SSSI site ('Site of Special Scientific Interest' for those of you that don't know) being Holme Dunes Nature Reserve, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Holme Bird Observatory, Norfolk Ornithologists' Association – both reserves have been established for many decades. To those people that have moved into our village and don't like wild flowers, brambles, nettles, bushes and trees, then maybe you have moved to the wrong place! Please don't destroy our habitat and wildlife and make it neat and tidy – its not a town – this is the countryside and what little we have left is very precious! So much land has already been taken for huge houses, built for second homes. Its a pity some of that land wasn't used to build housing for local people – I know several people I went to school with in Holme, who would dearly love to buy a house in the village – but the astronomical prices are way off what we all earn! Someone told me today, that there is a new four bedroom property in the village that is up for sale for over a million pounds!!! I'll put an offer in for £125,000!😏

Where was I? Ah yes, so I arrived at the bird observatory to find Steve Newman and David Bratt on duty and sat and had a chat with them for a while. Weather dull, gloomy and cold. Yellow Flag Irises out in full bloom in the pond. Nice to see Peter and Sandra Tilley here too. Headed back to my car. Bumped into Mark and Tracy B. who said they had seen a Spotted Flycatcher in the sycamore where I had the Blackcap earlier. Went to visit mother briefly and then headed to Titchwell.

Titchwell RSPB
Walked slowly round the Fen and Meadow Trail in search of migrants. Cetti's Warbler, Blackcaps singing, Robins, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Jay, Chaffinches, Blue Tits and that was about it. Some birders who had just come from Thetford said it was warm and sunny there! It was so cold, I changed my clothes into warmer attire! Just as I was leaving, Geoff and Pat kindly rang me to say the Turtle Dove was feeding in the field next to the big wooden gate by the last car parking area, which I got some half decent pictures of, thanks!

Stopped in the layby for Burnham Overy Dunes and had my lunch. A Red Kite soared over my car! Got some pictures, but rubbish because of the light. The weather was so miserable and raining now too, that I couldn't be bothered to walk out there! A bit later on, there was pager news of an Icterine Warbler at Winterton (found by Barry Jarvis) and bird of the day was a Greenish Warbler found by Andy Stoddart at The Hood, Blakeney Point.

Garden Drove, Warham
Parked up at the concrete pad and walked Garden Drove, to the copse and back to the car – for the first time it was completely devoid of birds! I was feeling pretty fed-up now. I continued east, tempted by the Greenish Warbler, but not by the walk to Blakeney Point!

House on the Hill, Blakeney
I sat here in the car for a good while, waiting for something exciting to appear, but best I saw was a Robin, Whitethroat, Goldfinches and Hedge Sparrows. I've only ever found one good bird here and that was a Red-backed Shrike. Talking of shrikes, we haven't had any yet this Spring!

Walsey Hills NOA
Pretty dead in here too, apart from a Cetti's Warbler singing, Blackcap skulking around, Chiffchaff and a Cuckoo calling.

Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Whitethroat, family of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins, 2 Avocets on the pool and a Redshank. House Sparrows in the bushes by my car in Beach Road. I left and parked up next to the duck pond for a coffee and watched something very amusing – a Mallard and a Rat where feeding on some seed together, only inches apart! Never seen that before! Lots of hirundines skimming over the marshes and flocks of Starlings perched on the wire fence. There was more bird action here, than anywhere else I had been today!

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail yesterday at Sheringham
Icterine Warbler at South Dunes, Winterton
Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 18, Little Stints x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Greenish Warbler at The Hood, Blakeney Point
Honey Buzzard flew over Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Turtle Doves x 2 at Beighton
White-tailed Eagle in dead tree at Holt Country Park

MEGA NEWS
GREAT SNIPE
 

At Glandwr, SE of Ynyslas, Ceredigion, South Wales

Sunday, 28 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Osprey flew over, Spoonbill, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard & Spoonbill flew over at West Runton
Red-footed Falcon male flew east over Salthouse
Spoonbill at Kelling Quags
Osprey, Turtle Dove at Winterton
Osprey flew past Overstrand
Savi's Warbler singing, Spoonbills x 18, Little Stints x 3, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill flew past Weybourne Camp
Honey Buzzard flew over Kelling Heath
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew over Bodham

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN

Unconfirmed report, Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland

Saturday, 27 May 2017

A 'Little' Surprise! Titchwell RSPB & Cley NWT!

High Tide at Titchwell RSPB


I was up before 5am this morning, which is very early for me! I wanted to avoid the heat of the day and the queues of bank holiday traffic. I had a wonderful surprise on route! By the Knights Hill Hotel roundabout in King's Lynn, I spotted a small dumpy bird sitting on the low fence that runs around the Farm Shop grounds. I slowed down and reversed back to check it out and to my delight discovered it was a gorgeous Little Owl, perched on the fence sunning himself at 6am! Naturally my camera was in the boot! I would have got a cracking picture if the camera had been sitting on the passenger seat. Totally unexpected and a brilliant start to the day. There were also Red-legged and Grey Partridges in the field.

Headed to Titchwell RSPB via Ringstead and arrived in the car park at 6.30am. Choice of parking spaces and warm but not too hot, fabulous! I really must get up earlier more often. Turtle Dove purring in the corner of the car park and Robins were very active. A Jay was balancing on the nut feeder! I had just started walking along the Fen Trail, when Trevor G. joined me and we teamed up to see what we could find. The Turtle Dove flew up from the concrete by the gate near the entrance to the East Trail and quickly disappeared – no hope of any pictures. Mute Swans and 6 cygnets on Patsy's Pool, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier over the reed beds. Cuckoo, Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler singing and several Long-tailed Tits seen. I thought I heard the burbling call of a Bee-eater, but dismissed it. A Four-Spotted Chaser was also seen and a unusually dull Painted Lady appeared by the far pool. Back on the Fen Trail we found a Speckled Wood butterfly.

Walked along the main path for high tide, which was 8.10am. It was so beautiful here and the sea was almost lapping up to the dunes (what is left of them!). Two other birders were already here with their scopes. Birds seen on the sea: Common Scoters x 7, Gannets x 2, Ringed Plovers x 3, Sanderlings x 19, Turnstones x 6, Little Tern, Common Tern, Common Buzzard, Fulmar  west, Swallows x 2 flying low east over the sea. News came on the pager of a Bee-eater flying east over the East Bank at Cley NWT – somebody was lucky this morning, as was someone else a little later at Sheringham Bird Observatory. We returned along the main path and watched Red-crested Pochards x 3, Little Terns x 2, Little Ringed Plovers x 2, Med. Gulls x 2, a Reed Bunting singing in an elder and a Red Kite soaring west at 9.15am. Trevor headed back along the Meadow Trail and I continued along the main path. Moments later he shouted 'Spot Fly' and I re-traced my steps to join him and saw a lovely Spotted Flycatcher at 9.25am. We sat on the seat in the shade (now, very hot) by the door to the shop overlooking the feeders and watched several Greenfinches. I left Trevor here and headed back to my car. It was 10am when I left.

Went to visit my mother, but she wasn't there! I have a key, so let myself in – as I opened the door, the cat shot out. I presumed that mother must have gone on the bus to Hunstanton, so headed that way to see where she was. As expected, Hunstanton was packed out with tourists in shorts with buckets, spades, children and dogs. Did a couple of errands and then went back to Holme to find that mother had returned home. The skies darkened very quickly and there was a mini thunderstorm for around an hour and then the sun and blue skies re-appeared. I made a big salad for us both and then decided I needed a siesta! I must have gone to sleep properly as when I looked at my watch it was 1.15pm. We had our lunch and I then discovered a pager message that had come up a long time ago, whilst I had been snoozing: GREAT REED WARBLER in reeds, half way along the East Bank at Cley NWT! Tried to persuade mother to come out with me, but failed. I headed east to Cley.
The Serpentine, East Bank, Cley NWT


As I drove through Holkham, I could see that not only was Lady Ann's Drive packed out with cars, the field east of the drive was also packed out – I have never seen it like that before! I popped into CleySpy briefly and then headed to the East Bank car park at Cley. There had been no further messages or sightings of the Great Reed Warbler and with the blustery winds, the chances of seeing or hearing this were slim. Bumped into Jim Lawrence here. Very hot along the East Bank, but wonderful to sit in the hide opposite Arnold's Marsh in the shade. I stayed here for a long time, reluctant to return to the heat! Nice selection of birds here including Ringed Plovers, several Dunlin, a Greenshank, Redshanks, Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot x 4, Little Tern, Sandwich and Common Terns, Grey Plovers x 2, Lapwings, Greylags with young, Canada Geese, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Swifts, Sand Martins, Swallows etc. Eddie turned up to join several of us in the hide and eventually I left the shade and headed back along the East Bank. There was a Sedge Warbler singing in the reed bed on route back, but nothing else of note. From the car park I saw a Whitethroat, just before I left.

Went to Glandford Ford to have a coffee and snack before I drove home, but this was a bad mistake. Several families were paddling in the Ford and making lots of noise, so there was no chance of seeing any birds whatsoever. Arrived home before the sun set!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Grey-headed Wagtail (MAG) at Blakeney Bank
Bee-eater flew east over East Bank, Great Reed Warbler midway along East Bank + Otter, Little Stints x 3 at Cley NWT
Bee-eater flew east over Sheringham Bird Observatory
Golden Oriole at North Dunes, Winterton
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Hooded Crow at West Runton
Little Gull, Spoonbills x 2, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill flew west past Wells
Spoonbills x 12, Little Stint at Potter Heigham Marshes
Montagu's Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy Marsh

MEGA NEWS
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Friday, 26 May 2017

HOT Friday Night!

HOT, HOT, HOT!
My house feels like the central heating is on max, even with all the windows open!

Busy bee last night – cut all my front hedges with shears, which took over two hours, did the supermarket run etc. I have had to give up my Couch To 5k running temporarily, as my left ankle is very painful, feels like I have pulled ligaments and have been sitting with a pack of peas on it this evening and now bandaged up for support.

Overall it has not been the Spring that we hoped for so far. Not one single rare bird has turned up to get the heart racing and the wheels spinning! Hoping that will change when the storm arrives on Monday! There just seems to be a general lack of birds all round. I have heard a few dawn chorus's and it was so sad to hear – a very quiet chorus compared to when I was a youngster, when it used to be almost deafening!

Hope you all have a good weekend, don't forget the suncream, or stay in the shade. Saturday will be boiling, a little cooler on Sunday and storms hit on Monday! Winds remain south east on Saturday, changing to south west at 4pm – Sunday remains south west and then changes to west north west at around 4pm – Monday starts off with east winds, veers south east at 1pm, then south and south westerly.

I have another mini break and don't go back to work until next Thursday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Common Cranes x 12 yesterday at Horsey Mere
Glaucous Gull juv. on beach at Gorleston-on-Sea
Turtle Dove at Holme
Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
*Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 2 on main double pool at Winterton
*Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbill at Warham Greens
Black-winged Stilt at Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Little Stint, Spoonbill on Simmonds' Scrape, Cley NWT
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE just west of Ridlington

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
 

Flew east past Orcombe Point, Devon

Norfolk Set for Boiling Bank Holiday Weekend with Highs of 29C – Hotter than Ibiza, Tenerife and Morocco!

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/norfolk-set-for-boiling-bank-holiday-weekend-with-highs-of-29c-hotter-than-ibiza-tenerife-and-morocco-1-5031332

I don't do hot weather! The best place to be when the temperature rises is my mother's house, the coolest place in the hottest weather! Looks like I will be at Holme at the weekend!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing a Cockley Cley
Golden Orioles x 2 (both 1s male/female) flew west, Spoonbills x 4 flew west at Overstrand
Turtle Dove reported yesterday, briefly at Winterton
Ring Ouzel yesterday at Lopham Fen
Little Gull 1s at Salthouse
Little Gull 1s at Snettisham Coastal Park
Black-winged Stilt at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Purple Heron, Turtle Dove at Holme
Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
CRAG MARTIN

Lake Lake Vyrnwy RSPB, Wales

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Garganey, Spoonbills x 15, Common Cranes x 7 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 3 at Breydon Water
Red-footed Falcon at Cut-off Channel, Stoke Ferry
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
LESSER KESTREL Fem.

On 1st May [identified from photograph]
Isle of Noss, Shetland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 17th to 23rd May!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-21.aspx?s_id=677623993

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Duck, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler by Weavers' Way, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey, Spoonbills x 6 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Glossy Ibis at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull 1s, Long-tailed Duck on pool east of East Bank at Cley NWT
Red-footed Falcon reported yesterday at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egrets x 3, Garganey, Whooper Swans x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Upton Fen NWT
Short-eared Owl at Wiggenhall St Germans

MEGA NEWS
None

Manchester Attack

Terrorists are not part of the human race, they are programmed and brainwashed to become the lowest form of life – they have no soul or religion. To the Manchester suicide bomber: you have given your life and killed innocent people for what? Nothing, nothing at all – so sad, so evil. My heart goes out to all those families and children who lost their lives – RIP and to those that have been injured – stay strong #manchesterattack

Dipz Dangal, who is a friend of mine on Facebook wrote the following this evening. I felt his words covered everything that any normal human being is thinking and feeling today. He kindly gave me permission to post this:


You’re NOT a monster; you’re NOT larger than life.

You’re NOT supernaturally evil; you’re NOT a political warrior NOR religious revolutionary.

You’re NOT going to be remembered.

Your name will NOT go down in history with any reverence, among ACTUAL human beings.

You’re cause will NOT be heeded to.

You have NO religion.

You have NO argument.

You ARE, on the other hand, deplorable.

You ARE small minded.

You ARE a criminal against humanity.

You ARE morally bankrupt.

You ARE a mentally disturbed, emotionally unstable, weak, waste of oxygen and space; as is anyone that even slightly shares these nonsensical ideologies with you.

No one actually cares that you are dead.

No one appreciates your ‘sacrifice’.

Your suicide only exemplifies your cowardice.

You wasted your time, your life and selfishly you took real human beings down with you.

You ARE pathetic.

Monday, 22 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Quail singing on Saturday and Great White Egrets x 3 flew west at Sheringham
Osprey flew south over North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Red-footed Falcons (both males) x 2 flew east, Red-throated Pipit flew over, Bluethroat male at The Hood, Spoonbill flew east at Blakeney Point
Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner at Hickling Broad NWT
Purple Heron flew in off sea at Cley
Black Kites x 2 flew over Cranwich Camp, Mundford
Turtle Dove in trees at Horstead

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Early Bird, Family Day & Titchwell RSPB!

A Cuckoo was calling continuously at 2.15am!!!! I listened in disbelief! Stuck my head out of the window and yes, there was a Cuckoo calling – I wasn't dreaming! Never heard one at this time of night! Odd!!!

Did a Couch To 5K run this morning and saw a Barn Owl carrying prey (looked like a rat), a Cuckoo calling and a few Whitethroats, not bad for 'Urban Birding'!!!

Spent the rest of the day with my mother and sisters at Holme. Did some clearing in the garden with my shears for mother – her garden is like a jungle! Then spent the evening at Titchwell RSPB. Heard the Turtle Dove in the car park. Saw and heard two Cetti's Warblers, Sedge Warblers singing, Blackcap, Blackbirds collecting food, Marsh Harrier, Robins, Herons, a Chinese Water Deer, a Muntjac and the highlight was a Bittern booming!

Back to work tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iberian Chiffchaff still, singing at Walsey Hills NOA
Golden Oriole flew towards Incleborough Hill, Honey Buzzard circling over village at West Runton
Little Gull 1s, Little Stint, Velvet Scoters x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
*Otters x 3 in main drain, viewed from East Bank at Cley NWT
White-tailed Eagle, Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner, Common Cranes x 5, Spoonbill on Rush Hill Scrape at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 8 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Cranes x 2 flew north over Sparham Pols, Lyng
Spoonbills x 2, Garganey x 2, Short-eared Owl at Berney Marshes RSPB
*Dotterel x 3 at Choseley Drying Barns
*Please keep to footpaths and do not trespass into the field!
Common Cranes x 2 flew west over Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Common Cranes x 2 flew west, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Blue-headed Wagtail (hybrid) x Yellow Wagtail male briefly at Sheringham
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Thinking About You......

My dearest father – Peter Clarke
02-11-1926 – 23-02-2017

Still can't believe you've gone. 😒I think about you every day. Got myself into a real bad state the last couple of days, need to dig myself out and carry on with life I suppose. People around me think I'm a strong person – I so wish I was. People sum you up into a little box and think they know you, but they only see the surface. So much heartache in my life that few people know of and yes of course there are people far worse off, but each and every one of us has to cope with sadness, pain and struggles – all part of the roller coaster of life!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner at Hickling Broad NWT
Golden Oriole on golf course then flew east over Incleborough Hill, West Runton
Turtle Dove, Velvet Scoters x 3, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Tern, Spoonbills x 7, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egrets x 2 flew west, Little Gull 1s at Cley NWT
*Dotterel x 3 at Choseley Drying Barns
*Please keep to footpaths and do not trespass into the field! 
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Iberian Chiffchaff still, singing at Walsey Hills NOA
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hobby at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Temminck's Stints x 2 on Simmonds' Scrape at Cley NWT
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Honey Buzzard at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 2 flew west over Weybourne Camp

MEGA NEWS
None

Rufous Treepie OR Just An Odd Magpie In Norfolk Garden?!

FRIDAY EVENING
A lady called Sue has posted a very interesting picture of a bird on her bird table on the public group "NORFOLK COUNTRYSIDE PHOTOS" on Facebook and this has certainly created a lot of discussion amongst the birding fraternity! When you first look, you think Rose-coloured Starling, but this is far too big and the tail is far too long. Sue describes the bird as having a white beak and belly and breast is pink, when I asked her. Sue also described it as 'bigger than a Magpie'. Sue also said "Not a magpie, bigger dark head like a jackdaw, but also has colours of a Jay – been visiting last 3 days!!"

Presumably this is an escape from someones aviary, but is it?

I emailed some of the birding elite and received prompt replies, thank you all. Suggestions of "Rufous Treepie", "an aberrant Blue Magpie of some sort" are thoughts so far. I also started an ID thread on Birdforum and you will see the replies and discussion here:

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3568648#post3568648

It has also been suggested that it is a Eurasian Magpie that has been kept in captivity and been fed food to make the white feathers turn pink? Or the white feathers either dyed or discoloured? But, this still doesn't explain the white beak! Another suggestion was that this is a Eurasian Magpie with heavy feather loss, but again doesn't explain the white beak, unless of course it is also an albino.

I had spent quite a bit of time trying to help Sue ID this bird and was most annoyed when the 'Admin Team' on this Facebook group deleted my post below. I was really confused, as wanted to add something else and could not understand what had happened. It was deleted very quickly I found out!!! When I asked why it was removed, I was told that 'we do not allow links' and asked me to 'PM them in future'! I replied with "Oh.... I was merely have a conversation with Sue W. about her photo and by showing my blog, letting her know that I was someone genuine, not to 'sell' my blog as I don't need to with 4,000 views daily!" I received no reply to this and I then added "There are links on this post to Birdguides and Wikipedia, so presume they need to be deleted too?". I did not receive a reply to this either and now the Admin lady has disabled any further comments!!!!! Funny that, rules for some, not for others. So some people are allowed to post links and others are not! Anyway, I thought I had lost this post, but found it in another tab on my browserπŸ˜€ later on, so took a screenshot – here it is Sue if you are reading this:

I posted the 'link' to Birdforum for Sue and her other commenters to see, as Birdforum is a huge worldwide website and knew I would get a good response for them all to see – not now its deleted they won't! Luckily Sue must have seen my post before it got deleted, as she replied that her husband has a Nikon and a Lumix camera and they would try and get a better photo tomorrow if it showed up. Good luck Sue – hope you get another picture!

Several others posters on Sue's ID post were really interested in this fascinating bird and its a pity that no more comments can be made. Maybe it will be opened again tomorrow? If it isn't and you would like more assistance Sue, then please do not hesitate to email me any new pictures you may be lucky enough to obtain to: pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com OR/AND alternatively to the Birdforum link above if you would like any more help to ID your bird. If it was something rare/wild (which I doubt to be honest, more likely to be an odd Magpie or escapee), you can make alot of money out of us birders! There is usually a bucket for birders to put money into when going to see a rarity and this is then usually given to either the reserve where the bird is or to a chosen charity. Also there are many people who simply do not want loads of people on their property, which is totally understandable!

I remember some of my posts being deleted on the Norfolk thread on Birdforum and this was the very reason I started this blog in 2010, so that I could write freely about "Hot Birding and life"!!! So to those complainers at the time, thank you so much!

Looking forward to seeing more of Sue's pictures – also have you heard the bird singing at all Sue?