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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Twite x 39, Snow Buntings x 50 at Thornham Harbour
Glaucous Gull on Simmonds' Scrape, Smew redhead 200yds west of the north end of the East Bank at Cley NWT
Twite x 39, Snow Buntings x 60, Velvet Scoters x 31 at Holme
Long-tailed Ducks x 85, Velvet Scoters x 120, Lapland Bunting, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Bewick's Swans x 40 flew NE over Norwich
Siberian Chiffchaff in pines above Walsey Hills NOA
Russian White-fronted Geese x 67 at Breydon Water
Waxwing in coach park, then flew to garden at Hunstanton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 at Horsey
Russian White-fronted Geese x 73, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Burgh Castle
Tundra Bean Goose in stubble field between Burnham Deepdale & Stanhoe
Shorelarks x 25 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island
Glaucous Gull, Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 16 at North Beach, Winterton
Scaup x 3 north of bridge at Saddlebow

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male
 

Beyond end of Kerver Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
KILLDEER
Mainland at Sandwick, Shetland

Monday, 20 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Glaucous Gull flew west over Nunnery Lakes, Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Velvet Scoters x 145, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull flew over west bank and on Cricket Marsh east of Beach Road at Cley NWT
Bewick's Swans x 48 flew NE over Broadland Business Park,
Thorpe St Andrews
Bewick's Swans x 100 flew east over North Dunes, Winterton
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gore Point, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter at Holme
Shorelarks x 29 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 3, Spoonbills x 4 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Tundra Bean Geese x 17, Pink-footed Geese x 1,155 in sugar beet field north of Docking
Hawfinches x 20 at Lynford Aboretum
Short-eared Owl at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens
Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owl at Burgh Castle
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Brake Hill Farm, Swaffham
Purple Sandpiper on rocks under cliff at Hunstanton

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male

Beyond end of Kerver Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
PINE BUNTING Male
 

Saxon Shore Way, E of Milton Creek, NE of Sittingbourne, Kent
GREAT SNIPE
 

possible, reported at Ashdown Forest, Sussex
NORTHERN HARRIER
 

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Birding at Holme NWT & Titchwell RSPB!

Holme NWT
A Common Buzzard was spiralling in the blue skies over Ringstead Downs NWT on the way to Holme this morning. It was a beautiful sunny day and it felt very Spring like. I know its only February, but if felt so warm in the sun, that I half expected to see a Swallow skimming over – a little too early yet I think, not too far away though! The highlight of my day was my Mother coming out birding with me for a short while! I can't remember the last time my Mother went to the reserves and beach, its been far too long. Just before I walked into Mother's house, the magical sound of a Bumble Bee filled my ears - buzzing around the newly emerged honey suckle blossom, by the porch.

We made our way along the very bumpy Firs Road and stopped to park at the 5-bar gate. I could hear a Cetti's Warbler briefly in the reeds near the pay hut. We bumped into Wells birder Dave Foster, who kindly told us that the raft of Long-tailed Duck were towards the Firs house end, so we got back in the car and continued along the road to park at the NOA car park. We then walked north across to the dunes and viewed the sea from here. I set up the scope at a suitable height for Mother – she is shorter than me! She finds it very difficult to look through a telescope, as her eyes are not as they were and she is due to have a cataract removed soon, but she did eventually see everything I pointed out to her. We found a massive flock of Wigeon on the sea and then not too long after that, we saw a long stream of Long-tailed Ducks just under the west end of the wind turbines – but it wasn't until the whole raft got up and flew east for a short distance, that we realised how many were there! I found it very difficult to count them all, but there were at least 150. I also found two Red-necked Grebes sitting on the sea and a Cormorant flew past. A small flock of Sanderlings also flew west. It was beautiful here and felt like a Summer's day! I would have stayed watching the sea longer, but Mother found it difficult to stand for too long, so we continued east along the path towards the Firs entrance.

My Mother had not seen the pines west of the Firs, since before the storm surge in 2013 and she could see how different it looked now, but agreed with me that the habitat with lots of log piles looked good for migrants – I think it looks better than it did before to be honest. Mother didn't have the energy to walk as far as HBO, so we headed down to the NWT Firs house for lunch in the cafe. Mother was very impressed with the cafe, which is new to her since she last visited. Jeanette was working here, who normally works at Cley NWT Visitor Centre and introduced us to her son, also working in the cafe – she beamed when Mother said she didn't look old enough to have a son that age! Mother was thinking about sitting outside for lunch, but then realised it wasn't quite warm enough for that yet, so we sat inside and enjoyed our exceptionally nice jacket potatoes and cheese with salad. It was very relaxed sitting here and far more peaceful than Cley VC, which is packed out to the max most lunch times. Gary Hibbard (Warden) came and joined us to eat his lunch and had a good catch up with my Mother, who he had not seen for a long time.

Gary and Robert were inspecting Mother's Carl Zeiss 7x42 bins, which she has had for many years – yes they are a good set of optics, but her new Swarovski 8x42 bins (newer version of mine) are far superior, but she doesn't want to use them yet as they 'are a bit too heavy' – I did try to advise her on the far lighter 8x32's at the time, but she insisted she wanted the wider field of view! The weight of the bins is not going to change! We enjoyed watching the NWT videos on the screen whilst eating our lunch and also watched some Goldfinches in the alder tree through the window. Neither of us succumbed to any cakes! Mother had really enjoyed herself, but didn't have the energy to walk anywhere else, so I took her back home. Hopefully next time we will go to the observatory – I think the reason she didn't go there, was because it would bring back too many memories of Father and the fact that he is now in a care home would have made her sad – I can fully understand this. On the way home home we had lovely views of a Song Thrush feeding on the grass at the end of Peddars Way by the crossroads in Holme.

Titchwell RSPB
I really don't know what to think about the all the trees that have been removed along the path by the picnic area, it looks pretty bare! Personally I think it will encourage children to run around too much, which will impact on birds seen in this area, but I may be wrong. It was a nice enclosed spot before and many good birds have been seen here including Wood Warbler, Pallas's Warbler etc. Time will tell! I found a lovely fungi on a mossy log along here, which Mother instantly identified for me when I showed her the picture later, but I have now forgotten! I saw a Brambling by the feeders next to the cafe, along with the usual Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robins etc. I walked around the Fen Trail and then on to the East Trail. Took a photograph of an obliging Robin and then sat by the screen that overlooks Patsy's Pool. Birds seen here were: Tufted Ducks, Mallard, Gadwall, Pochard, Teal, Snipe, Coot, Little Grebe, Shelducks and a Cormorant sitting on one of the dead trees.

I continued back around the Fen Trail and headed north along the main path towards Island Hide. Had a nice catch up with Mike Sidwell and David Norgate, before joining Eddie, Joan & husband a little further along the path. Tons of beautiful Golden Plover were on the freshmarsh, big numbers of Avocets, gulls, Teal, Starlings etc. Highlights here, were a Peregrine that bombed through and our count of 10 Hen Harriers in the roost. It was bitterly cold now and the gloves had to go on!

We walked back to the car park and Eddie decided he was going to Eric's fish 'n' chips next to the farm shop at Thornham, so as I was also buying Mother and I a children's portion too (cheaper!), I invited Eddie to join us back at Holme. The three of us enjoyed what is definitely now the best fish 'n' chips in Norfolk by miles and chatted for a while about birds, life and all that jazz. Eddie then left to return home east and I stayed with Mother to watch one of our favourite programmes at the moment: 'Call The Midwife', which was a very dramatic and sad episode. Left Mother's at 9pm and made my way home. Not too bad a day's birding for February!

I see the Holme Bird Observatory Windows Appeal has now risen to £1,145.00!!! Fabulous!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Great White Egret at Pentney Gravel Pits
Great White Egret, Great Northern Diver, Smew redhead at
Nar Valley Fisheries
Russian White-fronted Geese x 466 in field by minor road to Burnham Thorpe, North Creake
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Kimberley Hall Lake, Wymondham
Great White Egret at Berney Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret flew over Holkham park lake, Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Tundra Bean Geese x 75, White-fronted Geese x 2 SE of Belton
Hybrid Hooded Crow x Carrion, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of
Mautby Lodge
Tundra Bean Geese x 95 at Breydon Water
Velvet Scoters x 9, on sea Scaup x 11 south of Crossbank at
Snettisham Coastal Park
Long-tailed Ducks x 300, Great Northern Divers x 4, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe off Gore Point, Snow Buntings x 65 at Holme
Common Cranes x 11 at Upton Fen
Velvet Scoters x 125, Long-tailed Ducks x 40 at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Short-eared Owls x 6, Hen Harriers x 2 at Burgh Castle
Great Grey Shrike at Brake Hill Farm, 1 mile south of Swaffham
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 in field south of Walsey Hills NOA
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common NWT
Smew redhead at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 9 in outer harbour at Gorleston-on-Sea
Hawfinches x 3, Crossbills x 4 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male

Beyond end of Kerver Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
PINE BUNTING Male

Saxon Shore Way, E of Milton Creek, NE of Sittingbourne, Kent 
AMERICAN COOT
Balranald RSPB at North Uist, Western Isles
NORTHERN HARRIER
North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Saturday, 18 February 2017

£1000 Target Reached In Under 48 Hours!

 πŸ˜‚ WOW! πŸ‘
A WHOPPING £1000 raised in under 48 hours!

When I posted my thanks yesterday for all the amazing and generous donations to the Holme Bird Observatory Window Appeal, the total hit £670 in under 24 hours! If that wasn't enough, today at 9.55pm that total has climbed to a humongous total £1000!!! With Gift Aid, it has totalled to £1,227.50 – all in under 48 hours! This has seriously lifted my spirits and feel pretty chuffed to say the least, that my blog readers, supporters, friends and others, have so kindly and generously donated and also written so many lovely comments on the NOA 'My Donate' website – HERE.

I had a lovely thank you email from the NOA Chairman yesterday to thank me for promoting this and I'm pretty sure both him, Warden Sophie Barker and the rest of the NOA Team will be over the moon with this very fast donation result!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/holme-bird-observatory-appeal.html

Revamping The Blog & More!

I woke up exhausted from work and pottered around today. I was fascinated by the huge response of donations to the NOA Window Fund and became a little obsessed with checking the My Donate website every so often and retweeting my original post to reach as many people as possible! I still can't believe that the total has been achieved already! Incredible and thank you all again.

I suddenly felt the urge to have a revamp and Spring clean of the blog, which I have been meaning to do for a while – this took far longer than expected. It won't look much different to most of you, but basically I have shuffled things around in the right hand column into a more logical order and added some new features, updated old ones and removed links that don't work anymore. It took forever to add my youtube link! Does anyone know how to make an email address link to directly opening a new email in someone's mail account please?

I forgot to say earlier in the week – on Thursday I picked my Mother up from a hospital appointment after I finished work and we visited Father on the way back to Holme. He was wearing his new jumper that Mother had bought him for Christmas, which was nice for her to see. He had been shouting just before we arrived, that he 'wanted to go home' – oh dear, I didn't expect him to still be saying this, which was sad. When he realised we were both there, he burst into tears for a short while, but I worked hard on continuously chatting about all kinds of things to keep his attention and to cheer him up – this seemed to work eventually! He had had his tea already, but when I asked if he was still hungry, he replied 'yes', so I requested a banana which I mashed up with a small piece of Nigel Playford's (Manager) coffee birthday cake – this went down very well – this is Father's favourite cake and we were kindly offered a piece too, it was exceptional yummy! My favourite cake too!

I have very fond memories of my Father's evening visit to our Great Aunty Ile, who lived in Hanover Gardens, Hunstanton – she made him a scrumptious coffee cake every week and he would craftily take it directly to the observatory! He would keep it in his bag on the vespa scooter in the shed overnight, until he left in the morning! If he had brought it into the family home, it would have disappeared in seconds! Being as I spent far more time at the observatory than my siblings, I enjoyed a good few pieces of that treasured coffee cake!

Birding tomorrow, dawn 'til dusk!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Iceland Gull flew east past Sidestrand
Waxwing flew NW over Tharston, near Long Stratton
Great Skua on sea, Velvet Scoters x 80, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Great Northern Diver at Thornham Point
Russian White-fronted Geese x 84 viewed from Bridgefoot Lane, south of Cley
Shorelarks x 25, Twite x 2 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 665, Hen Harrier at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull, Tundra Bean Geese x 102, Taiga Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Breydon Water
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in wood behind Kimberley Hall Farm, Great White Egret at Kimberley Hall Lake near Wymondham
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 40 at North Beach, Winterton
Long-tailed Ducks x 310, Great Skua, Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Smew x 3, Snow Buntings x 50 at Gore Point, Holme
Great Grey Shrike at Sparham Pools, Lyng
Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull, Rough-legged Buzzard at Burgh Castle
Common Cranes x 8 at Candledyke Marsh, Common Cranes x 21 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Common Cranes x 2 at Acle
Great Grey Shrike, Smew redhead, Great Northern Diver at Nar Valley Fisheries, Narborough
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens
Glaucous Gull at Stiffkey
Lapland Bunting flew west over Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard reported at Berney Marshes RSPB
Waxwings x 2 at Tesco car park, Hunstanton

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male 
Beyond end of Kerver Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
PINE BUNTING Male 
Saxon Shore Way, E of Milton Creek, NE of Sittingbourne, Kent
KILLDEER 
Mainland at Sandwick, Shetland

Meet The Nurdle - The Latest Threat To Wildlife Off Norfolk’s Beaches

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/meet_the_nurdle_the_latest_threat_to_wildlife_off_norfolk_s_beaches_1_4895187

Campaign Highlights Impact Of Litter On Norfolk’s Wildlife

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/campaign_highlights_impact_of_litter_on_norfolk_s_wildlife_1_4895530

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Urge Help For Hickling Broad To Expand

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk_wildlife_trust_urge_help_for_hickling_broad_to_expand_1_4894591

MASSIVE THANKS TO MY READERS!

I am overwhelmed at the money donated today for the Holme Bird Observatory, thank you so much to all my readers and for the very kind comments on the donate pages and huge individual donations so kindly and generously given today. Since I plugged this last night and started the ball rolling with my £10 donation, the figure donated so far is a whopping £670.00 in the first 24 hours!!! Looks like we might reach the £1000 needed by the weekend!!!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/holme-bird-observatory-appeal.html

Friday, 17 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Glaucous Gull on Simmond's Scrape, Cley NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Pink-footed Geese x 750, Russian White-fronted Geese x 9 by road to Holt, SE of Cley
Bitterns x 3, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 6, Velvet Scoters x 115 at Titchwell RSPB
Great Northern Divers x 4, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 5, Long-tailed Ducks x 275, Velvet Scoters x 3, Snow Buntings x 65 at Holme Dunes NWT
Bewick's Swans x 20 flew east over Seething
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Shorelarks x 28 east, of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 28 at North Beach, Winterton
Glaucous Gull on beach at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Tundra Bean Geese x 95, Taiga Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Breydon Water
Scaup x 22 from outflow at South Beach, Heacham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Smew redhead, Great Northern Diver –view from footpath by River Nar from Wormegay High Bridge, Nar Valley Fisheries
Scaup x 3 at Saddlebow, King's Lynn
Hen Harrier at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hen Harrier flew over Mundford
Great White Egret flew south of A47, west of Great Yarmouth
Great White Egret at Burgh Castle
Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Roydon Common NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard flew to roost at Waveney Forest

MEGA NEWS 
PINE BUNTING Male
Beyond end of Kerver Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
FORSTER'S TERN
E of Newtownlynch Quay, Galway Bay, County Galway, Ireland

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Holme Bird Observatory Appeal!

HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY
WINDOW APPEAL

After years of regularly repairing sections of the windows at the Observatory, the NOA is seeking to permanently replace the windows and door to our headquarters with an aluminium clad timber product from Timber Windows Norfolk. The new windows will provide a very high quality and long term solution to our maintenance problems, but this is an expensive job.

NOA already has the majority of the funds required for this work, with help from the Goldcrest Charitable Trust and proceeds from our 2016 in-house fund raising, but we still need to raise at least £1,000 in order to afford this work without raiding core funds, and the repairs are becoming urgent. So we are appealing to the membership and web visitors for their help in reaching our £1,000 target. Any contribution to the window fund will make a big difference so please support this project if you can.

You can donate to the Window Appeal in two principal ways: cheques can be made payable to NOA and sent to us at Holme Bird Observatory Window Appeal, NOA, Broadwater Road, Holme-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton PE36 6LQ, or you can donate online at:
http://www.noa.org.uk/

NOTE FROM PENNY
I've started the ball rolling – 198 people donating £5.00 each and we've reached the target of £1000! We can achieve this by the end of the weekend! On average I have 4,000 views a day of my blog, so I'm hoping 198 of you might dig deep – it would be incredible to hit this target by end of Sunday evening.
Thank you all very much indeedπŸ˜€

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Shorelarks x 32 east, of Holkham Gap, Snow Buntings x 6 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 600 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 10 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Great Grey Shrike at Sparham Pools, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Lyng
Waxwings x 7 on Reepham Road, Norwich
Tundra Bean Geese x 105, Taiga Bean Goose (possible), Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Breydon Water
Smew redhead on saline pools at Cley NWT
Bewick's Swans x 1,965, Whooper Swans x 6, 296 at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 60, Velvet Scoters x 75, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Bittern at Titchwell RSPB
Water Pipit at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burgh Castle
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Tundra Bean Goose at Nunnery Lakes NR
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 21 at North Beach, Winterton
Scaup x 3 at Saddlebow, King's Lynn
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Waxwings x 3 at Sheringham
Hawfinches x 40 at Lynford Aboretum
Smew redhead, Great White Egret, Great Northern Diver on 3rd lake viewable from Wormegay Road at Nar Valley Fisheries
Glaucous Gull, Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Glaucous Gull, Hen Harrier on saltmarsh at Stiffkey
Velvet Scoters x 23 on sea at Brancaster

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
KILLDEER
Mainland at Sandwick, Shetland

Great White Shark or Killer Whale?!!!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/what_is_killing_the_seals_carcass_split_in_half_found_on_waxham_beach_1_4892586

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Long-tailed Ducks x 114, Velvet Scoters x 72, Water Pipit, Red-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe, Water Pipit at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Slavonian Grebes x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Thornham Point
Snow Buntings x 35 east of Gore Point, Long-tailed Ducks x 100, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Divers x 3, Scaup x 4 on sea, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Holme
Shorelarks x 24 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 26 at North Beach, Winterton
Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Great Northern Divers x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Brancaster
Slavonian Grebe in channel at Brancaster Staithe
Russian White-fronted Geese x 166, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Scaup x 3 at Saddlebow, King's Lynn
Tundra Bean Geese x 117 at Breydon Water
Glaucous Gull by tank at Muckleburgh Hill, near Weybourne
Mealy Redpoll on edge of old deer park at Felbrigg Hall NT
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 flew over Wiveton
Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Pink-footed Geese x 650 south of Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 35 at Lynford Aboretum
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 8th to 14th February!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-07.aspx?s_id=524024607

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's! πŸ’

I could hardly open the door for cards stacked up on the doormat,
when I returned home from work this evening!!!
Red roses, chocolates and diamonds – what a day!!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

After my lovely dream and snooze, I cooked my tea, did Mother's on-line shopping, washed up and ironed – such a romantic evening!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Shorelarks x 25 near boardwalk by brick wall, Long-tailed Ducks x 47, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of eastern form) still in sea buckthorn north of Beach Road, Snow Buntings x 80 just east of Gore Point, Long-tailed Ducks x 150, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Holme
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Glaucous Gull on Cricket Marsh, east of Beach Road at Cley NWT
Waxwings x 7 on Reepham Road, Norwich
Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Shorelarks x 25 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at
Holkham Freshmarsh
Waxwings x 6 at Tesco fuel station, Hunstanton
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 by River Wensum NNE of Ringland
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Common Cranes x 8 at Welney WWT
Waxwings x 4 in garden by Cliff Hotel, Gorleston-on-Sea
Hawfinches x 50 at Lynford Aboretum
Scaup x 3 at Saddlebow, King's Lynn
Snow Buntings x 28 at North Beach, Winterton
Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Caspian Gull in field near Buxton

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
SIBERIAN ACCENTOR 
Still, near Invergordon in area with no general access, Highland 
AMERICAN COOT 
On Sunday still at North Uist, Balranald RSPB, Western Isles
KILLDEER 
Still, at Sandwick, Mainland, Shetland

Goshawk Incinerated on the Queen's Estate!

Riddle of rare bird of prey incinerated on the Queen's estate: Police probe launched after young Goshawk dies in mysterious circumstances

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4216074/Bird-prey-incinerated-Queen-s-estate.html

UPDATE: 15th February:
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/no_wrongdoing_over_death_of_rare_goshawk_on_queen_s_norfolk_estate_1_4891685

I do question why the bird was incinerated – why bother to dispose of the Goshawk if it had died naturally?!!! If no foul play was involved, why not send the entire bird and tag?!!! Surely they could afford the postage?!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4216074/Bird-prey-incinerated-Queen-s-estate.html

Monday, 13 February 2017

Stolen!

I had to take my car to the garage this morning, as the oil light warning came on. When I collected my Skoda at the end of the day after work, it was highlighted to me that my wheel nut caps were missing!!! The Skoda rep came out with me to look at the car and every single one on all four wheels has been stolen!!! I simply had no idea – if a few were missing I'm sure I would have noticed this, but being as every single one has been taken, it hadn't stood out to me at all. Fuming is an understatement! Ok, they are purely there for cosmetic reasons and don't affect the running of the car, but its the cheek of someone daring to take all of these right under my nose! I'm sure this must have been done under the cover of darkness, so I'm guessing someone has removed these as I have slept. Even more annoying is that my car is parked directly under my bedroom window – I can't believe I didn't hear any disturbance! No point in replacing them either, only to be stolen again.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Long-tailed Ducks x 9, Velvet Scoters x 2, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Waxwing at Napier Place, Thetford
Black Redstart at East Quay at Wells
Great Grey Shrike at Brake Hill Farm, Swaffham
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gulls x 4, Little Gull, Snow Buntings x 13 at North Beach, Winterton
Glaucous Gull in pig fields NE of Thornham Road at Ringstead
Snow Buntings x 10 at Thornham Point 
Glaucous Gulls x 2 flew east past Cley
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 by River Wensum NNE of Ringland
Great Grey Shrike, Smew redhead at Nar Valley Fisheries
Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Barningham Hall Lake, Matlaske
Black Redstart at Cavell Court, Cringleford, Waxwings x 7 on Reepham Road, Norwich
Hawfinches x 30 at Lynford Aboretum
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull in pig fields south of
Mautby Lodge
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male
Near Intake Lane, Dunnington, 4.5 miles ENE of York, Yorkshire

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekend Update!

The weather has been pretty awful, with gloomy grey skies, bitter cold and not a hint of sunshine all weekend. I dipped on the Waxwings in Oasis Way, Hunstanton yesterday and that was my birding for the weekend! Spent Saturday evening with my Mother, who was in a very low mood – suffering with sinusitis and not slept for several days.

I was working all today until 5pm and then after a quick change at home, went to visit my Father. Arrived at the care home at 6pm and he had already been taken to bed. I went up to his room and he was fully awake. He was so pleased to see me and became very emotional – he was really sobbing for a while. It was heartbreaking. He said that he couldn't stand it much longer and that he had nothing else to live for and just wanted to get out of here. He was fed up with sitting in the chair and fed up of being in bed and in a very sad voice said that no one cared about him anymore.

I managed to calm him down and chatted about anything I could think of to interest him. It was much nicer being with him here, there was no interruptions, no noise, no nothing, just the two of us. I talked about Mother's and Lucy's birthdays – their presents and how old they were. Father was quite astounded when I said Lucy was now 49 and remarked that this made her nearly as old as me!!! I rambled on.......Lucy playing her violin in rehearsals, the bird news in Norfolk, the Siberian Accentor that has turned up in Scotland and maybe Norfolk still had a chance of one landing here, my job, the weather etc. I reminded him how much warmer it was here and how cold it was in Mother's house at Holme, just in case he thought it would be better to return home, which isn't possible anyway. His feet were cold, even with thick socks on, but no hot water bottles are allowed, so I put a blanket over his feet, underneath the duvet. He was settled when I left.

I had to go to my Mother's again this evening, as I had stupidly left my reading glasses there last night and struggled at work today with an old pair of glasses! The winds are switching south mid-week, so it hould be a little warmer for us all soon!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Black Redstart at East Quay at Wells
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Waxwing at Napier Place, Thetford
Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 3, Purple Sandpiper off jet ski ramp at Hunstanton
Snow Buntings x 10, Twite x 50 at Thornham Point
Glaucous Gull on beach at Thornham
Glaucous Gull at Overstrand
Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Snow Buntings x 36 at North Beach, Winterton
Waxwings x 6 on Reepham Road, Norwich
Hen Harrier at Choseley Drying Barns
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Glaucous Gull on beach at Sheringham
Glaucous Gull flew east, Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens
Hawfinches x 59 at Lynford Aboretum
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great Grey Shrike at Brake Hill Farm, Swaffham
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Twite x 40 at Lynn Point
Great White Egret at Pentney Gravel Pits

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 
In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

Saturday, 11 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Snow Buntings x 50, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver at
Thornham Point
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Waxwing at Napier Place, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Shorelarks x 32 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Mealy Redpoll from Tower Hide at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Waxwings x 6 by Tescos fuel station, Hunstanton
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Snow Buntings x 10 at Winterton
Great Grey Shrike reported in garden at Cockley Cley
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Glaucous Gull at Breydon Water
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 20, Snow Buntings x 62 on beach west of path, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull, Spoonbill at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Black Redstart at East Quay, at Wells
Glaucous Gull east of Beach Road on Cricket Marsh at Cley NWT
Red-necked Grebe at Filby Broad
Hen Harrier at Rockland Broad
Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull east of beach access at Overstrand
Great Grey Shrike at Brake Hill Farm, Swaffham
Waxwings x 6 on Reepham Road, Norwich
Great White Egret on Freshmarsh, Black Brant at top end of Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Greylag Geese x 137 by River Wensum, Ringland
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens
Common Cranes x 18 between Repps and Ashby
Glaucous Gull at Hemsby
Hen Harrier at Clippesby
Hawfinches x 60 at Lynford Aboretum
Bittern at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
SIBERIAN ACCENTOR

In area with no general access (for 4th day), near Invergordon, Highland
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
NORTHERN HARRIER

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Friday, 10 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Snow Buntings x 50 east of boardwalk, Velvet Scoters x 22 at
Titchwell RSPB
Red-throated Diver, Water Pipit on Thornham Pool
Black Redstart on roof of Gapton Road DIY store at Bradwell
Black Redstart at East Quay, at Wells
Waxwings x 6 in coach park at Tescos, Hunstanton
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 15 on beach at Winterton
Hooded Crow in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Glaucous Gull on Cricket Marsh at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 56 at Lynford Aboretum
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Little Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret at Halvergate Marshes
Glaucous Gull, Hen Harriers x 3 off Green Way at Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
DUSKY THRUSH

Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
FORSTER'S TERN
 
Salthill, County Galway, Ireland

Happy Birthday Lucy!

My sister Lucy's birthday today – expensive time of the year for Vivien and I!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Black-necked Grebe, Bittern at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Black Redstart at East Quay, Black Brant just before A149 junction at Wells
Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Waxwing at Burrell Way, Thetford
Russian White-fronted Geese x 135 in field east of Wiveton Church
Puffin flew north past Hemsby
Velvet Scoters x 70, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Glaucous Gulls x 2 at North Beach, Snow Buntings x 38 at Winterton
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh
Snow Buntings x 40 at Thornham Point
Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Scaup x 12 offshore at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hawfinches x 25 at Lynford Aboretum
Russian White-fronted Geese x 32 at Horsey
Tundra Bean Geese x 25 just east of Clippesby
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male
 
North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
DUSKY THRUSH
Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
KILLDEER
Mainland at Sandwick, Shetland.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

To My Dear Mother, who is 77 today!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Wednesday, 8th February
Velvet Scoters x 5, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 flew west at beach car park at Cley
Glaucous Gulls x 2, Snow Buntings x 10 at Winterton
Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose between Heacham and Ringstead
Black Redstart at East Quay, Wells
Common Cranes x 2 flew over wood, Trundra Bean Geese x 10 at Clippesby
Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Shorelarks x 30 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Burgh Castle
Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 1,500, Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1 mile south of Anmer
Great White Egrets x 2 east of Estuary Farm on Babingley River, +SW of Wolferton Wood, 2 miles north of North Wootton
Snow Buntings x 24 flew east over beach at Holme
Russian White-fronted Geese x 67 at Thorpe Common, just west of church at Burnham Thorpe
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14 at Welney WWT
Russian White-fronted Geesex 98 ESE of Burnham Overy Staithe
Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Divers x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Walcott
Bitterns x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Velvet Scoters x 80, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 30 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

 In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male

North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Velvet Scoters x 102, Long-tailed Ducks x 33, Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Shorelarks x 32 east of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret, Spoonbill at
Holkham Freshmarsh
Glaucous Gull at North Beach, Winterton
Glaucous Gull on Cricket Marsh by Beach Road, Cley NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 63 just eat of Clippesby
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Hen Harrier at Welney WWT
Hawfinches x 30 at Lynford Aboretum
Short-eared Owl east of Acle
Black-throated Divers, Slavonian Grebes x 6, Snow Buntings x 53 at Holme
Shorelarks x 31 on beach, Red-necked Grebe on sea at Brancaster

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male

North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Monday, 6 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Glaucous Gull flew west past Sidestrand
Glaucous Gull on marsh, viewable from coast path at Blakeney
Velvet Scoters x 81, Long-tailed Ducks x 55, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Tundra Bean Geese x 70, Pink-footed Goose, Common Cranes x 9, off B1152 near Clippesby
Red-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier at Filby Broad
Glaucous Gull at Breydon Water
Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Common Cranes x 3 at Thurne
Shorelarks x 33 still west of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 19 on beach at Winterton
Pale-bellied Brent Goose south of A149 opposite Babcock Hide, Smew redhead from East Bank at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 4, Hen Harrier at
Burgh Castle
Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 40, Twite x 35 on beach, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 200 at Holme
Hen Harriers x 3, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
DUSKY THRUSH
Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
PINE BUNTING Male
North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Weekend Update!

I haven't posted much lately, aside from the normal bird news, as I have been having a difficult time all round. New medication resulted in me having no sleep for four nights last week, with restless leg syndrome – it drove me insane, so I scrapped it – long story! I have been sleeping far more than I should, but that's due to depression/mood. People who do suffer will understand, those that don't will just think snap out of it – far easier said than done!

I actually got round to doing something on Saturday, which I have been putting off for a long time – with bow saw and loppers, I made a good start on clearing my back garden. This needs to be done before Spring migration starts, so decided to get on with it. My entire garden used to be perfect, but sadly I let it go. A neighbour's tree crashing into my greenhouse didn't do much for my enthusiasm a few years back!

Today was spent pruning/clearing Mother's buddhelias. Vivien and Ray came over to deliver Mother's birthday presents (9th February) and card and we had fish 'n' chips for lunch from Eric's at Thornham. I also visited Father today, he was very sleepy and could barely open his eyes, but looked fairly ok apart from that. Made myself a lovely salad this evening for my return back to work tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Velvet Scoters x 60, Long-tailed Ducks x 80, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Red-necked Grebe at Filby Broad
Siberian Chiffchaff still in reed debris along East Bank + Smew, Glaucous Gull, 2nd field along Beach Road at Cley NWT
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Hooded Crow, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of
Mautby Lodge
Scaup at Horsey
Tundra Bean Geese x 13, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 in fields east of windmill at Weybourne
Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) in sea buckthorn, Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 30 in dunes north of Beach Road, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 5, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 200 on sea from dunes at Holme
Tundra Bean Geese x 100 in fields just east of Clippesby
Glaucous Gull flew south past Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 12, Hen Harriers x 2 at
Burgh Castle
Shorelarks x 14 still west of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard reported at Holkham Freshmarsh
Glaucous Gull flew north, Snow Buntings x 32 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Glaucous Gull, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Black Redstart at East Quay, Wells
Waxwing flew over church at Syderstone
Bewick's Swans x 135 in field by A149 at Stalham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Common Cranes x 9 at Thurne
Hooded Crow from Cadbury Hide at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
 

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
DUSKY THRUSH

Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
PINE BUNTING Male
 

North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Saturday, 4 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Snow Buntings x 33 on beach by golf course, Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 3 offshore at Holme
Glaucous Gull flew north, Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Winterton
Long-tailed Ducks x 50, Velvet Scoters x 89, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret flew SE over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Smew redhead at Filby Broad
Hooded Crow, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of
Mautby Lodge
Glaucous Gull on beach at Salthouse
Glaucous Gull on Cricket Marsh by Beach Road, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 4 at Burgh Castle
Tundra Bean Geese x 123 in fields between Billockby & Clippesby
Shorelarks x 30 still west of Holkham Gap at Holkham Bay
Black Redstart, Glaucous Gull at East Quay, Wells
Black Redsart at east end of promenade at Cromer
Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 18 at Hemsby
Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 by River Wensum, NNE of Ringland
Glaucous Gull, Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens
Great White Egret at Narford Lake at Narborough

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
DUSKY THRUSH
 

Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
PINE BUNTING Male

North of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Friday, 3 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Long-tailed Ducks x 132, Velvet Scoters x 55, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Spoonbill, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Beach Road, Cley NWT
Glaucous Gull on beach east of Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Lapland Bunting in plouged field SE of Walsey Hills NOA
Tundra Bean Geese x 110 in fields between Billockby & Clippesby
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 18 at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Russian White-fronted Geese x 110 at
Berney Marshes RSPB
Black-necked Grebe, Bittern at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes
Shorelarks x 31 still west of Holkham Gap, Velvet Scoters x 17, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hooded Crow, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull in pig fields south of
Mautby Lodge
Snow Buntings x 33 NNE of car park at Snettisham Coastal Park
Snow Buntings x 30 on beach off golf course, Waxwing flew east over observatory at Holme NOA
Black-necked Grebe at Filby Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 6 at Burgh Castle
Twite x 40 at Thornham Saltmarsh
Russian White-fronted Geese x 92, Water Pipit at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Glaucous Gull flew south past Winterton
Tundra Bean Geese x 18 in field east of windmill at Weybourne
Glaucous Gull at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male

In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
DUSKY THRUSH
Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
PINE BUNTING Male
 

N of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
KILLDEER
Mainland at Sandwick, Shetland. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Siberian Chiffchaff still in reed litter along East Bank, Glaucous Gull at Beach Road, Cley NWT
Great White Egret flew south over Colney Gravel Pits
Tundra Bean Geese x 59 in fields between Billockby & Clippesby
Black Redstart at East Quay, Waxwing by Beach Road at Wells
Snow Buntings x 27 on beach at Horsey
Black-necked Grebe at St Andrews Broad, Thorpe Marshes,
Thorpe St Andrews
Rough-legged Buzzard SW of Surlingham
Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Winterton
Smew redhead in drain north of Walsey Hills NOA
Tundra Bean Geese x 4 in field between Heacham & Ringstead
Glaucous Gull on beach at Snettisham RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 19 at Halvergate Marshes
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holkham Freshmarsh
Slavonian Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
Waxwings x 2 at Priory Crescent, Binham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burgh Castle
Hooded Crow in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Great Northern Diver offshore at Holme NOA
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Shorelarks x 31 still west of Holkham Gap, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter at Holkham Bay
Waxwing flew over east, Mealy Redpoll at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 12, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 in field east of windmill, Weybourne

MEGA NEWS
DUSKY THRUSH

Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
PINE BUNTING Male

Saxon Shore Way, E of Milton Creek, NE of Sittingbourne, Kent
PINE BUNTING Male

N of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Russian White-fronted Geese x 257 in wheat field just south of Creake Abbey at North Creake
Long-tailed Ducks x 50 at Holme
Glaucous Gull at Blakeney Harbour
Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, Barnacle Geese x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Pink-footed Geese x 4,500 in field south of Paget's Farm, SE of Burnham Market
Water Pipit, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 40 at Titchwell RSPB
Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 at Clippesby
Jack Snipe, Twite x 8 on saltmarsh NW of Morston Quay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Siberian Chiffchaff still in reed litter along East Bank, Glaucous Gull on Arnold's Marsh at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Harp Seal on beach (on Saturday) at Snettisham

MEGA NEWS
DUSKY THRUSH
 
Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male
In garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
PINE BUNTING Male
 
Saxon Shore Way, E of Milton Creek, NE of Sittingbourne, Kent
PINE BUNTING Male
 
N of Intake Lane, N of Dunnington, ENE of York, Yorkshire
NORTHERN HARRIER
 
North Ronaldsay, Orkney