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Monday, 30 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Arctic Terns x 25 at Rollesby Broad & Ormesby Great Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Pied Flycatcher between Holkham Meals & Wells Woods
Wryneck, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Arctic Tern at Hardley Flood
Little Gull on pool at Salthouse
Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Garganey x 2, Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret flew over Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday Therapy!

Weather dire all weekend and back to winter temperatures! Spent yesterday with my mother. Huge thanks to my neighbour Richard and his father for replacing my broken fence panel this afternoon, which was very kind of them indeed and much appreciated.

I didn't feel like driving far, so went to Ken Hill Wood at Snettisham. I have never walked around here before, which is awful really being as its only just down the road. It was a beautiful, but very muddy walk with lots of very mature trees and it rained throughout my walk. Lovely views across to The Wash and Snettisham Coastal Park from the edge of the wood. It looked potentially brilliant for birds, but, I was very disappointed – I only saw two birds, well one actually, a Jay and heard a Chiffchaff!

Spent the rest of the afternoon at Holme after seeing bird news on RBA at 4.17pm of a nice little selection of birds including 2 Pied Flycatchers in the pines that were seen in the 'afternoon' (don't know if this was early pm or later), but after much searching with local birder Phil, we found nothing of note at all! However there were a couple of smart Wheatears on the paddocks on the way back along the Firs Road, which was nice. Strange that there were only 2 Pied Flycatchers in the entire county today – there must have been more!

I stopped near the lighthouse at Hunstanton and from my car watched 2 Robins, 2 Blackbirds and a Wheatear feeding on the muddy area, which has been created for wild flowers (I presume) in the midst of the wide grass verge, by the end of the fenceline just before the 'Sign Post' garden and the lighthouse. Headed home in rain and looming black clouds – sums up my mind right now!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wood Warbler singing at Muckleburgh Hill
Spoonbill at Thornham
Wryneck, Ring Ouzels x 3, Black Redstart, Spoonbill flew over at Burnham Overy Dunes
Great White Egret, Black-throated Diver at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilt, Spoonbills x 3, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey x 2 from Washland Viewpoint, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Morston Quay
Iceland Gull flew past Walcott
Ring Ouzel at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Waxham
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great Skua at Horsey Gap
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Horsey
Great White Egret at Ormesby Broad
Pied Flycatchers x 2, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Black Redstart, White Wagtail at Holme Reserves
Garganey x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret east of Walsey Hills NOA

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 28 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-rumped Swallow flew along beach at Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 2 at south end of Snettisham
Black-winged Stilt , Spoonbills x 2, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Ring Ouzels x 6, Spoonbills x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Great White Egret on freshmarsh at Brancaster
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Little Stint at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Friday, 27 April 2018

EU Agrees Total Ban On Bee-Harming Pesticides!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/eu-agrees-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides?CMP=share_btn_tw

Friday Update!

Things are not too good right now with my health for a number of reasons. Had to go to my GP late afternoon for various things – a more minor complaint being a painful right hip. The doctor I saw was very good and quickly diagnosed my hip as suspected 'Trochanteric Bursitis' – which I need to have an X-Ray for to confirm this. This condition is "inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside (lateral) point of the hip know as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip." I left the surgery with various bits of paper and prescriptions and felt like an old lady.

I am finding it extremely difficult to cope at the moment, partly due to my mother's increasingly failing health and her wanting to 'give up'. She is fed up with medication, treatment and hospital visits. Life can be so cruel. I have not got over losing my dear father yet and can not deal with the possibility of losing my mother too. My mother has asked me not to talk about her 'illness' on my blog (which has been going on since September 2016 and before father died on 23rd February 2017), so I can't say much more than that – but it rocked our already rocky world, when my mother was diagnosed that September. Both my parents were in and out of hospital at that time, but I couldn't talk about it then. I don't understand why someone who has been so healthy all their life, never smoked, drank or anything unhealthy, should be struck down with such a black card – so unfair, so sad and its making me ill too. Its a very difficult time for my sisters and I right now.

On a different matter, I really wished I hadn't changed my car insurance to 'SAGA' – for anyone considering this, don't bother! I have never known such an ordeal, just to get my cracked windowscreen replaced. I really wished I had stayed with 'More Than'.

I had a good result when I phoned 'Apple' about my burnt out USB cable. When I purchased my iMac last Autumn, I was supplied with a USB cable for recharging the wireless mouse. I presumed (wrongly) that this USB cable was the same as my iphone USB cable – after all they look identical. Normally when I offload pictures from the iphone to the iMac, I use the iphone USB cable, but on Tuesday, I used the USB cable that recharges the mouse. Anyway, it was explained to me by 'Walter' a very nice Apple Technician in Ireland, that the reason the wire started to burn was because the wireless USB cable is specifically for the mouse and is not high powered enough for the phone, which is why is started to burn!!! He said I was very lucky, as it could have knocked out the iMac and the phone!!! It was a good job I removed the cable so quickly! Lesson learnt! Walter is very kindly sending me another USB cable free of charge, which he didn't need to do, being as it was entirely my fault. My only complaint is that I wish the cables looked different – they may be different internally, but on the outside they are identical.

Looking at the weather forecast, it looks like rain most days until next Thursday morning, when the sun will appear again, great!!! Miserable weather! Rain all day on Saturday with NE winds. Cloudy, but mostly dry on Sunday with NE winds. Heavy rain on Monday with 40mph winds first thing. Dull and wet on Tuesday. Rain all day on Wednesday and sunny intervals on Thursday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull at Cromer
Great White Egret flew over Cess Staithe, Martham
Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret flew over Cantley Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzel at Cawston Heath
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp
Black-winged Stilt on Swim Coots, Garganey at Hickling Broad NWT
Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Glossy Ibis at Berney Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzel at West Runton

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Thursday, 26 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull both flew past Sidestrand
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Serin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Ring Ouzels x 11 at Waxham
Black-winged Stilt male, Osprey, Spoonbill, Arctic Tern at Potter Heigham Marshes
American Golden Plover, Hooded Crow, Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owl, Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Whimbrel x 8 at Hardley Flood
Pallid Harrier fem, Arctic Tern at Barton Broad
Black-necked Grebes x 3, Great Northern Diver, Garganey x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Whimbrel x 2 at Wormegay
Hooded Crow, Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland 
GYR
Black morph, escaped, on Monday [reported as taken into care and then died] near Little Ouse, Littleport, Cambridgeshire
AMERICAN ROBIN 
Wholly unconfirmed report by non-birder on Tuesday at Threemilestone, Cornwall

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pallid Harrier at Horsey Gap
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Black-winged Stilt male, Garganey x 2, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Nightjar flew over Cley
Ring Ouzel at Holme Dunes NWT
Black-necked Grebes x 3, Great Northern Diver, Garganey x 3 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland 
KILLDEER
Isle of Foula, Shetland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 18th to 24th April!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-17.aspx?s_id=2348249

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT!

From Daukes' Hide this evening with James McCallum and Eddie M. – I saw my first Swift of the Spring, a White Wagtail perched on the wire fence, Great White Egret, Whimbrel x 3, Med Gulls x 2, Reed Buntings, Little Ringed Plover x 1, several hirundines: Swallows, Sand Martins and a House Martin, Dunlins x 6, Heron, Little Egret, Marsh Harriers, Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets and Shelducks were the main highlights. There was no sign of the Black-necked Grebe from Babcock Hide when I looked earlier. It was a dismal evening with rain and grey skies.

The rest of the day has not been very good at all – I received bad news from my sister Vivien, who was made redundant on Monday and now has to look for another job and my mother has been having treatment in hospital all day, but now home and feeling a bit better (long story). Back to normality and work tomorrow!

Easterlies hit us again on Friday and Sunday (switching to west on Saturday), so hopefully there will be more rares arriving! Mind you, its only Tuesday, so the forecast could change completely by the weekend!

Something quite frightening happened just now, I plugged my iphone to my new imac to open 'Image Capture' to offload my recent pictures and videos off the phone (which I have done tons of times before with no problems) and a message came up with 'no camera or scanner detected' and then a warning message saying "USB Accessories Disabled – unplug the accessory using too much power to re-enable USB devices" THEN I smelt a burning smell and was aware that the USB cable was burning and twisting at the end of the cable which plugs into the phone!!! I quickly pulled out the cable from the imac (opposite end to burning) and both seem to be ok, but I was horrified to say the least! I havn't got time to sort it now, but will phone Apple up after work tomorrow for advice – they owe me a new USB cable for starters! So I can't put my pictures on videos on here until it is sorted. I have another USB cable, but don't want that to burn out too, can't take the risk of trying it!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pallid Harrier at North Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzels x 7 at Winterton
Pallid Harrier at Horsey
Hooded Crow, Ring Ouzel at Weybourne
Caspian Gull at Sidestrand
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Turtle Dove at Lyng
Black-winged Stilt male, Garganey x 9, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Black Kite, Black-necked Grebes x 3, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Cromer
Glossy Ibis at Berney Marshes RSPB
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Garganey x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Dotterel at Blakeney Point
Arctic Terns x 2 at UEA Broad, Norwich

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Colouring Book Celebrates Norfolk Bird Life

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-43829941/colouring-book-celebrates-norfolk-bird-life#

Monday, 23 April 2018

Burnham Overy Dunes!

I had to help my mother with various things, so unable to get out birding during the day. An evening walk at Burnham Overy Dunes produced some excellent birds! South west winds and considerably cooler than yesterday and no sun whilst I was out!

Wheatears x 4 were on the marsh east of the hedge-lined track, just before joining the sea wall and a Marsh Harrier was seen distantly. A Bittern was booming from the reedbeds! Herons x 2, several Swallows, Greylag Geese, Egyptian Geese, Canada Geese, Shelducks, Redshanks and Oystercatchers seen. A Cuckoo was calling from the direction of Gun Hill.

No birds surfaced from the scrub/bushes at the end of the boardwalk or from 'my' apple tree, but in the dunes east of here, I found a single Chiffchaff, a female Ring Ouzel, Wheatears x 11 including a particularly smart male and 6 Linnets feeding on a dune ridge.

On the way back, I found a Great White Egret on the far pools east of the sea wall which was a lovely surprise! Also saw 3 Spoonbills (2 east of the sea wall and 1 west of), Reed Buntings x 2, Sedge Warblers x 2, Marsh Harriers x 4 and Avocets x 18 west of the sea wall.

I had to speed up my pace towards the end of my walk as looming black clouds appeared. I was very lucky indeed and just got back to my car in time before the rain started! Saw a Roe Deer just outside Burnham Market on route home.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzels x 2 at Trimingham
Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Pallid Harrier near car park (10.25am) at Horsey Gap
Pallid Harrier this evening, Ring Ouzels x 3 at Winterton
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Waxham
Alpine Swift flew along cliff over Happy Valley towards Cromer
Dotterel flew over Walsey Hills NOA
Ring Ouzels x 3, Redstart, Whinchat at Holme Dunes NWT
Glaucous Gull at West Runton
Ring Ouzel at Wells Woods
Spoonbill over Holkham Freshmarsh
Dotterel x 2 at Happisburgh
Ring Ouzel at Cawston Heath
Black Redstart at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Ring Ouzels x 3, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 3 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Black-winged Stilt male, Garganey x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Stop the Mass Culling of 300 Ravens in Scotland Now!!!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/675/529/264/stop-the-mass-culling-of-300-ravens-in-scotland-now./

WHAT EVER IS GOING ON?!!! THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN!!! PLEASE SIGN AND PASS IT ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, THANK YOU.

http://thenational.scot/news/16176566.Anger_at____experimental____plan_to_cull_ravens/

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hot Birding Coastal Tour!

FIRECREST
Gramborough Hill, Salthouse


Arrived at my mother's house very early morning to deliver some bread and then arrived at Titchwell RSPB at 7.15am. A glorious day, but far too hot – thunderstorms broke up the heat in the afternoon!

Titchwell RSPB
A Bullfinch was calling in the car park, but unusually nothing else seen in this area, aside from Robins. Two Lesser Redpolls were feeding on the alders in the picnic area, which was nice to see. Along the Fen Trail I had wonderful views of both male and female Blackcaps and a few Chiffchaffs. My first House Martin of the Spring flew overhead and also Med. Gulls were calling overhead. Along the East Trail I had a party of Long-tailed Tits, but surprisingly no other small birds seen here. Four Marsh Harriers were over the reed beds. On the way back around the Fen Trail I had my first Whitethroats x 2 of the Spring and also had a fleeting view of a pair of Bullfinches in a bramble bush.
Blackbird singing early morning at Titchwell RSPB


Along the main path to Island Hide, I heard Sedge Warblers, saw lots of Sandwich Terns flying (disturbed by something), and several Swallows flying through. I returned to the car park as it was boiling hot and needed to change into my cooler linen trousers (misjudged the temperatures!) Wrote some of my sightings in the book at the visitor centre and had a brief catch up with Sue B. Back at my car, I had coffee and breakfast.

Choseley Drying Barns
I was hoping for a Turtle Dove on the concrete pad or the telegraph wires, but no luck and the concrete area was devoid of any life whatsoever! I walked along the hedge-lined public footpath that runs west, in search of migrants. It was a beautiful walk with a nice wind and not too hot here. Stunning views of the yellow rape fields with the sea beyond and cloudless blue skies – a beautiful day. The best bird here was a Whitethroat gobbling a bright green caterpillar in a hawthorn bush! Saw and heard Blackcaps, a Blackbird shot along the hedge (should have been a Ring Ouzel), a few Chaffinches were seen and a Common Buzzard was perched in a dead tree. Also saw my first Speckled Wood, Tortoiseshell and Common Blue and Orange Tip butterflies. I also searched the surrounding fields for Dotterel before I left, but no luck.

Brancaster Staithe Harbour
Stopped here briefly to see how high the tide was. Very busy here, with people and boats and sightseers. Good numbers of Brent Geese on the marsh.

Burnham Overy Staithe
Stopped here briefly for a break and got very excited when I saw on the RBA website (via my phone) that there was a Wood Warbler at Wells Woods! Left promptly!

Wells Woods
The car park was so stressful, so many people, children, barking dogs – shorts, flip-flops, ice bags, buckets and spades, picnic hampers, ice-creams etc – it looked like a bank holiday weekend! I luckily managed to find a car parking space – £3.50 to park for two hours!!!

Long story short, I ended up searching in the wrong copse of birch trees initially, but after finding out via Twitter that Ashley Saunders had found the Wood Warbler – with his kind help and assistance, it wasn't too long before I saw his spectacular bird at approximately 1.40pm! A stunning bird, but I only saw it once and sadly no photographs obtained, not even a smudge on the camera! There was also a male Redstart that others had found, but I didn't see this. The Wood Warbler favours the belt of birch trees that runs alongside the right side of the wet meadow (when standing on the main path) and is with a Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs – it did not call once, so can't be found by its melodious tune sadly and feeds high up, so if you look tomorrow – look up! I trudged back in the intense heat to the car park.

Garden Drove, Warham
Nobody else was here, I had the place to myself (or so I thought), what a contrast from Wells! I only found a couple of Chiffchaffs along the entire track down to the copse, which was disappointing. There were a couple of men playing around with drones by the copse – they were so engrossed, they had no idea I was standing close to them! I don't like drones at all – invading people's personal space and just look completely out of place. The two drones were whizzing about over the fields and later on were in front of me which I was not happy about – if I had a gun I would have had great fun shooting it down! I returned to the concrete pad where my car was parked.

The grassy field opposite the concrete pad is no more – its ploughed up and looks potentially brilliant for birds. I stood by the fence and farm gate and scanned along the hedge line and got very excited when I found a stonking male Redstart perched on the barbed wire fence at 3.35pm! However, two Robins were not happy at all and constantly moved the Redstart off his perch every time he settled. The Redstart was too far away for my 300mm SLR, so got the tripod out of the car and got some video footage with the iphone. This proved a huge challenge, as every time I was about to start the video, the Redstart would disappear out of the shot, having been kicked off the fence by the Robins! I eventually got some fairly pleasing footage though.

I texted this through to RBA, but it didn't appear on the website, so presume they don't report Redstarts, so I tweeted the news out in case anyone else wanted to see this bird. The skies darkened, thunder rolled and lightening cracked and it felt considerably cooler. Sat in my car to take shelter. Made my way east to Salthouse.

Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Parked the car up along Beach Road and bumped into John F. who was wet from the downpour earlier. At Gramborough Hill, I had both an amazing time and a terrible time. Amazing, because I watched and photographed a stonking Firecrest (found earlier on) flitting around in the sunshine feeding on zillions of midges, an equally stonking Whinchat on the fence line, two Chiffchaffs, a Stonechat, 2 Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and a Wheatear in the field. Terrible, because the second the sun came out, there was a midge festival from hell – the worst experience of midges I have ever endured and no I'm not exaggerating! A whole cloud of them filled my face and were attacking me like there was no tomorrow. Steve G. joined me to photograph the Firecrest and after 5 minutes of standing with me said "I see what you mean". I had to put my hood up and drawstring it tight and even then, they continued to attack my forehead, face and hands – I found out later that they were Tiger midges – an appropriate name! I only stuck it out, in an attempt to get a good shot of the Firecrest. Left and walked back to my car. I could feel the bites on my forehead, it was awful.

Went to Babcock Hide to see the Black-necked Grebe, but no sign of.

Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT
Sat with Eddie M. and Andy J. who had both had close views of the Great White Egret just before I arrived – it had been flushed out by a Chinese Water Deer. However, when I arrived, it had flown over in the direction of North Scrape and was not seen again. 17 Yellow Wagtails flew over south east. Lots of Dunlins on the pools along with the usual Avocets, Redshanks, Shelducks, Little Ringed Plover etc.

PICTURES AND VIDEOS TO BE ADDED!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wood Sandpiper at Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve, Thetford
Stone Curlew (3am) flew over, Common Cranes x 2 flew SE of Cley
Ring Ouzel, Black-necked Grebe, Spoonbill, Glaucous Gull, Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis (probable) circled over Cley NWT
Great White Egret flew over, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzels x 10, Common Cranes x 3 at North Dunes, Winterton
Black Tern at Barton Broad
WOOD WARBLER at Wells Woods
Stork sp. circled over A47 at Colney
White Stork over Buckenham
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Cromer
Whinchat at CleySpy, Glandford
Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 8 at Horsey Gap
Ring Ouzel at Cawston Heath
Common Cranes x 2 circled over Stiffkey
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 2 over Burnham Overy Staithe
Hobby at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Common Crane over Ingoldisthorpe
Ring Ouzel at Bradwell
Ring Ouzels x 8+, Glaucous Gull at Waxham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Glaucous Gull, Common Cranes x 2, Ring Ouzels x 2, Great White Egret at Sheringham
BOOTED EAGLE dark morph, probable, unconfirmed report, flew west over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, Firecrest, Great White Egret flew over at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse

MEGA NEWS 
BOOTED EAGLE dark morph
Probable, unconfirmed report, flew west over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Snettisham Coastal Park!

A very difficult time with family stuff and needed to catch up on some jobs this morning, meant I couldn't get out birding until later in the day.

A late evening walk at Snettisham Coastal Park produced a Cuckoo seen and heard, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, male Blackcap, Blackbirds, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Grey Heron and a several Swallows heading west. Lots of dogs off leads, when there are several notices saying "All dogs must be on a lead" – surprise, surprise. Sat on the beach watching the sun set and spent some time here, thinking about past, present and future! The skies darkened and it started to spit with rain and a rainbow appeared. Beautiful light as I walked back to my car. Out birding very early tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Blue-headed Wagtail, Garganey x 2, Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Great White Egret on floods at Stiffkey
Common Cranes x 2, Garganey x 7 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Long-tailed Duck, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Montagu's Harrier possible, reported in dunes at Horsey
Ring Ouzels x 5 at North Dunes, Winterton
Great White Egret at Salthouse
Turtle Dove, Ring Ouzel, Whimbrel at Snettisham Coastal Park
Ring Ouzel at Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve, Thetford
Arctic Tern at Hockwold Washes
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Glossy Ibis at Berney Marshes RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Holme NOA
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Hawfinch flew over Norwich
Whinchat at Great Ryburgh
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Friday, 20 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzels x 14 flew over Sidestrand
Ring Ouzel in Thornham
Ring Ouzels x 7 flew over Sheringham
Great White Egrets x 2, Common Crane flew over Holkham
Arctic Tern, Garganey x 10 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Trimingham
Ring Ouzels x 9 at Cromer
Richard's Pipit, Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owl at Gramborough Hill
Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill at Snettisham Coastal Park
Great White Egrets x 3, Black Tern at Welney WWT
Glossy Ibis at Berney Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Blakeney Fresmarsh
Great Northern Diver, Short-eared Owl at Holme
Short-eared Owl at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 3 flew over Claxton
Arctic Tern at Rockland Broad
Ring Ouzel at Beeston Bump
Montagu's Harrier flew over Waxham

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra Bay, County Galway, Ireland

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Hot Birding At Work, Titchwell RSPB & A Chorus of Toads!

Sunset at Titchwell RSPB


On route in the community at work, I had a Red Kite and a Common Buzzard soaring in the thermals, on the hottest day of my life in April! A wonderful Nuthatch was creeping around an ivy covered tree in Great Massingham churchyard, whilst having my lunch – a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were singing their hearts out and a Blackbird was collecting food.

Later on I had to meet and pick my mother up from a hospital appointment, but due to various issues we didn't leave the QEH until about 6pm. The traffic back to Hunstanton was diabolical to say the least! Stopped in Sainsburys to pick up a few things for mother and then on to Holme.

At 7.35pm I went for a walk and spent an hour at Titchwell RSPB. What a beautiful evening, considerably cooler and beautiful light, as the cerise sun set over The Wash. Four Marsh Harriers were gliding over the reed beds by the dead trees. So pleased to hear my first Cuckoo on The Fen Trail, along with Sedge and Reed Warblers in the reed beds near Island Hide! Cuckoo arrival time/date had not been written on the RSPB's "Arrivals board" in the window of the visitor centre this evening, but I have been informed via Twitter, that the first Cuckoo was heard yesterday at Titchwell RSPB.

As it was late in the evening, I didn't bother bringing my scope with me, but the massive roost of gulls was almost deafening! Couldn't see any Spoonbills whilst having a quick scan with my bins, but plenty of Avocets etc.

I was surprised to see two young men (not english) passing me on route out to the beach when it was almost dark and with no birding gear I felt this was quite unusual. Equally odd was a single lady walking a dog out along the main track at around 8.15pm – both she and the two young men would have been walking back in complete darkness.

Returning to mother's house I heard Natterjacks calling from the midst of the village! Never heard them here before, but mother said she has heard them on and off over the years, but she is far too deaf to hear them now!

UK Temperatures Top 29C In Hottest April Day Since 1949!

That's 84.2 Fahrenheit for us oldies!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43823074

Such a weird day! Heatwave here in Norfolk, with all the fans on at work and air conditioning on max, out on community visits! Dare I say this after the bitterly cold winter we've had? ITS TOO HOT!!!😉

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret flew over Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Black Terns x 2, Spoonbill, Garganey x 6 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret flew over, Ring Ouzel at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Short-eared Owl at Blakeney Point
Great White Egrets x 2, Garganey x 2, Black-necked Grebe, Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Salthouse

Turtle Dove flew west, Long-tailed duck, Red-necked Grebes x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 7 at Cromer
Wryneck east of Kelling Quags
Ring Ouzels x 8 at North Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzel at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Hen Harrier at Burnham Norton
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Old Hunstanton
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Holme NOA
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Cawston Heath
Sandwich Terns x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Overstrand

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey x 6, Spoonbill, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Cranes x 5 flew over, Great White Egret, Black-necked Grebe at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 5 flew over Beeston Reegis
Common Cranes x 5 flew over Blakeney Point
Common Cranes x 10, Hen Harrier, White Wagtail at Waxham
Common Cranes x 5 flew over Kelling
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Dunes
Great White Egret flew over church at Hickling
Great White Egret on wet meadow at Stiffkey
Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Reedham Marshes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzel at Swafield, North Walsham
Black Redstart at Holme NOA
Bittern at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe

MEGA NEWS 
BELTED KINGFISHER Male
Porth Hellick Bay, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 11th to 18th April!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2018-16.aspx?s_id=911207331

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Stunning Pied Flycatcher at Burnham Thorpe!

PIED FLYCATCHER
Burnham Thorpe


I heard my first Spring Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing today, whilst having my lunch in the car at work. Strong southerly winds and wonderfully warm weather – what a welcome change!

Even though I was tired from work this evening, I had just had to go and see the male Pied Flycatcher at Burnham Thorpe – how could I resist?! After all, you don't see many male Pied Flys in Norfolk and I wasn't going to miss this opportunity. Huge thanks to whoever found it and put the news out – it made my day.

Burnham Thorpe is such a beautiful village, I would really love to live here, but not a millionaire, so no point in thinking about it really! I did notice a little cottage for sale and made a note of the estate agents, but could not find the property on their website, when I looked later this evening.

I parked up along the road, adjacent to the picture postcard River Burn by the telephone box and bus shelter as per RBA directions. Another couple also arrived at the same time to look for the Pied Flycatcher. There were no other birders around, but I felt there must be a good chance of finding it, being as it was reported at 5.05pm and had been seen throughout the afternoon. It took us a while, but the couple I met found the Pied Fly in a sheltered spot at the far end of the small park, flitting about in the hedge – what a stonking bird! Fabulous views, but it was incredibly difficult to photograph and was rarely out in the open. It favoured the fence posts behind the long hedge and it was just a matter of luck if you were able to photograph it through a gap in the hedge!

The couple I met left after a while and then Geoff Douglas turned up to watch this fabulous bird – a bit later I had the bird to myself and watched it feeding and flitting about behind the hedge until 8.05pm! The land behind the hedge (with donkeys) is private, so no possibility of getting the other side of the hedge for clearer views. It could not have been a more idyllic spot, with daffodils, river, beautiful trees and pretty cottages – worth leaving my house for!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Common Cranes x 2 flew over Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Puffin on sea, Long-tailed Duck at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey x 10, Spoonbills x 2, Common Cranes x 2, Little Gulls x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Pied Flycatcher male at Burnham Thorpe
Glaucous Gull at Cromer
Lapland Buntings x 2 flew over Horsey
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret on floods at Stiffkey
Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Osprey flew over Thorpe St Andrew
Dotterel near Thetford
Iceland Gull at Overstrand

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Monday, 16 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey x 2, Spoonbill flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Little Gulls x 11 at Barton Broad
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Winterton Holmes
Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Water Pipit at Thornham Point
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Ring Ouzel in garden at Knapton, SSE of Mundesley
Garganey x 3 at Hickling Broad NWT
Black-necked Grebes x 2 at Welney WWT
Savi's Warbler, Common Cranes x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Black Redstart, Short-eared Owl at Blakeney Point
Little Gull at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzels x 3, Black Redstart at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzel, Redstart at Snettisham Coastal Park
Black Redstart at Holme NOA
Mealy Redpolls x 3, Little Gull, Ring Ouzel, hybrid Blue-headed x Yellow Wagtail at Sheringham
Ring Ouzel at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Garganey x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Weekend Update!

Saturday wasn't a very good day at all and sadly resulted in no birding whatsoever and today I was at work all day, so again no birding. Roll on next weekend, when I have Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday booked off – my first mini holiday this year!

So many jobs to do, so many emails to reply to, so many things to sort, so many family issues, so stressed I don't know which way to turn!

On a positive note, at least the gloomy weather has disappeared and Spring seems to have properly arrived with a nice selection of migrants on offer with sunshine and blue skies!

Couples’ Love Story Has A Twitching Twist!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/carlton-marshes-love-story-has-a-twitching-twist-1-5472724

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzels x 3, Black Redstart at Burnham Overy Dunes
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Waxham
Little Gulls x 2 at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath
PENDULINE TIT possible, heard only near Bishops Hide, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 35, Arctic Terns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Ring Ouzel at Snettisham Country Park
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 3, Mealy Redpolls x 5 SW of church, SSE of Felthorpe
Ring Ouzels x 2 at North Dunes, Winterton
Little Gulls x 13 at Hardley Flood
Little Gulls x 10 at Sparham Gravel Pits
Black Brant (possible) in channel at Wells
Sandwich Terns x 2 at Pentney Gravel Pits
Firecrest at Horsey Gap
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Glaucous Gull, Ring Ouzel at Trimingham
Ring Ouzel flew west at Sheringham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Cawston Heath
Whinchat, Firecrests x 2, Black Redstart at Holme NOA
Rough-legged Buzzard (probable), between Kimberley and Wymondham

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 14 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstarts x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hawfinches x 9 flew west, Ring Ouzels x 2 at West Runton
Hawfinches x 2 at Halvergate
Siberian Chiffchaff at Kelling Water Meadows
Ring Ouzels x 4 in village at Kelling
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Cawston
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Ring Ouzels x 6, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Burnham Overy Dunes
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 4 SW of church, SSE of Felthorpe
Mealy Redpoll at North Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Gapton Marshes
Ring Ouzels 4 at Holme Dunes NWT
Black Redstarts x 3 at Holme NOA
Blue-headed Wagtail, Arctic Tern, Glaucous Gull, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 3 flew over Cringleford
Gargeney x 2, Ring Ouzel, Water Pipit, Great White Egrets x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Little Gulls x 3 at Whitlingham Country Park
BLACK-WINGED STILT, Black-necked Grebes x 2, Common Scoters x 2 at Welney WWT
Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Ring Ouzel at Waxham
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp
Hawfinches x 4 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Scaup, Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Goshawk, Hawfinch, Ring Ouzel, Woodlarks x 2, Glaucous Gull, Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham
Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Thorpe
Hawfinches x 4 flew over Overstrand
Hawfinches x 6 flew over Sidestrand
Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Friday, 13 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Slavonian Grebe, Hawfinch at visitor centre, Black Redstarts x 2, Short-eared Owl at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Blackborough End
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Grimston Warren
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS  x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 3 SW of church, SSE of Felthorpe
Ring Ouzel at North Dunes, Winterton
Hawfinch at Salthouse Heath
Hawfinch at Beeston Bump, Ring Ouzel, Redstart at Sheringham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Choseley Drying Barns
Ring Ouzel, Black Redstarts x 2, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
Ring Ouzel, Hawfinches x 2 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Snow Bunting near Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes
Great White Egret at Wormegay
Ring Ouzels x 2, Black Redstarts x 2 at Horsey
Garganey x 2, Spoonbill at Berney Marshes RSPB
Black Redstarts x 2, Short-eared Owl at Holme NOA
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Scaup at farm reservoir, Ringstead
Hawfinches x 6 at Felbrigg Hall NT

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO
Unconfirmed report in garden near Porthleven, Cornwall

Thursday, 12 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinch at visitor centre, Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 7 at Roydon Common 
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Grimston Warren
Black Redstarts x 2, Ring Ouzel at Holme NOA
Black Redstarts x 2 at North Beach, Heacham
Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 3 at Waxham
Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Mealy Redpoll in garden at Hindringham
Great White Egret south of A149 at Stiffkey
White Wagtails x 2 viewed from Worthing Road at Swanton Morley

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstarts x 2 at Holme NOA
Hawfinches x 3 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Ring Ouzels x 4 at Grimston Warren
WOODCHAT SHRIKE at 11.45am only, Ring Ouzels x 9 at Roydon Common
Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Waxham
Sandwich Tern at Brundall Marina
Great White Egret, Hawfinch at visitor centre, Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart in garden at Wiveton
Black Redstart at Denver
Black Redstart at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hawfinch in garden at Langham
Pied Flycatcher male at Kelling Water Meadows

MEGA NEWS 
SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER
Dungeness, Kent
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 4th to 10th April!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-15.aspx?s_id=746314420

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstarts x 3 at Holme NOA
Black Redstart in horse paddocks, Holme Dunes NWT
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Roydon Common Nature Reserve
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL SW of church, SSE of Felthorpe
Mealy Redpoll in garden at Cockley Cley
Osprey flew west, Black Redstart by boating lake, Black Redstart at Beeston Bump, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzel at Caister-on-Sea
Little Gull at Whitlingham Country Park
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzel at Shangri-La, Waxham

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk