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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
Parrot Crossbills x 2 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Sooty Shearwater, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Black-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Cley
Little Gulls x 3, Purple Sandpipers x 2, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter at Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Bean Geese x 3 at Welney WWT
Bewick's Swans x 5 in field between Thornham and Titchwell

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 19 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwing flew NE over Norwich
Black-throated Diver at Overstrand
Scaup x 9, Great Northern Divers x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 3, Russian White-fronted Goose, Little Gulls x 179 at Hemsby
Arctic Redpoll, Jack Snipe at Wasley Hills NOA
Parrot Crossbill at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Black Redstart east of Briarfields Hotel, Titchwell
Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Great White Egret, Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 6 at Winterton
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Cley
Great Northern Diver at Waxham
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Sea Palling
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Short-eared Owl in off sea at Cromer
Scaup north of Harbour Master's Office at Wells

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Weekend Update!

An extremely busy weekend, but alas no birding. Vivien & Ray, Lucy and myself started Saturday off with a very nice full breakfast at Tesco in Hunstanton at 8am. We then spent the entire day at our parent's house in Holme, clearing rubbish from the garden and emptying both large sheds and filling a massive skip, that Vivien had ordered and had delivered on Friday. Ray did a very good job of packing the skip – I don't think there were any gaps left at the end! Vivien and Ray stayed in a B&B in Hunstanton, in order to spend a second day at the house. We all met up for a lovely evening meal at Northgate Indian Restaurant in Hunstanton and then Lucy and I returned to King's Lynn. Slept well!

Today, Vivien, Ray and I returned to the house for round two! We burnt loads of wood that I had advertised free, but nobody bothered replying to my adverts. Richard B had already taken a massive wooden crate that the cat used to sleep in, which will now be used as an owl box (owl and the pussycat springs to mind!). Ray cut down all the massive buddleias that mother had planted in the road years ago! I had been putting off doing this, as sentimentally I didn't want them cut down at all, but they needed to go. We were not able to park in front of the house because of these, plus IF we sell the house, someone else will get rid of them anyway.  I dragged all the buddleia through the garden and stacked behind the big willow tree – I lost count of how many times I dragged stuff through the garden! Vivien was fire chief! Sold my father's Bembo tripod this morning to the father of an east coast birder – nice to know its gone to a good home!

Thousands of Pink-footed Geese flying over us all afternoon which was beautiful, however four Common Buzzards circling overhead in clear blue skies were the highlight for me. Mother's local Robin has been following me around all weekend and was very happy when I topped up the bird table with seed and cleaned the bird ponds out. Vivien and Ray left around 3.30pm and I carried on clearing up from the mass buddleia cull! Gary H. turned up to collect some items I had sorted for Alison and then a bit later Sophie turned up to collect a box of goodies I had for her too, including some old bird rings I had found amongst father's nail and screw box. Tina, one of the neighbours turned up to ask how I was, which was nice of her. I continued sweeping up all the mess until after dark and then went back in the house and had a coffee and sort out in the house.

John F. phoned me to ask if I had been let out yet.... I hadn't got a clue what he was going on about! John obviously hadn't realised that I had not been in King's Lynn all day and he told me there had a been a major 'Chemical' incident in King's Lynn – see here!!! I had turned the water back on for the weekend and went outside to turn it off just before I left. The handle in the stopcock would not turn off completely, however hard I tried to turn it on and off several times – it wouldn't budge any further and I have only manged to turn it off by about 97%! Oh well! I returned home wearily to King's Lynn. Phew!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Siberian Chiffchaff at Wells Woods
Twite x 12, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Black Redstart at Gorleston Pier at boatyard, Gorleston-on-Sea
Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe at Weybourne
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 flew over Kelling Quags
Puffin, Great Skua flew past Kelling Hard
Shorelarks x 12, Grey Phalarope flew past Holkham Gap
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Pink-footed Geese x 2,000, Russian White-fronted Goose at Anmer
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Little Gulls x 3 at Sea Palling
Scaup x 2, Long-tailed Duck at Barton Broad
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoters x 5, Little Gulls x 20, Snow Buntings x 19, Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Winterton
Great White Egrets x 2, Bewick's Swan at Breydon Water
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Walcott
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Water Pipit, Twite, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiescoe Marshes, north of Toft Monks
Snow Buntings x 50 at Cley
Pomarine Skua, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Happisburgh
Little Auks x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Scaup at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 17 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake, Richard's Pipit, Caspian Gull, Little Gulls x 59, Short-eared Owl at Sheringham
Waxwing flew over, Black-throated Diver, Water Pipit, Arctic Tern (probable), Grey Phalaropes x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gulls x 14 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe at Weybourne
Velvet Scoters x 3, Little Gulls x 31, Great Northern Diver, Sooty Shearwater, Short-eared Owl at Coastguards, Hen Harrier, Snow Buntings x 50 east of East Bank at Cley
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Waxham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Great White Egret at Horsey
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Common Cranes x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Siberian Chiffchaff at west end of Holkham Pines
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Shorelarks x 11 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 3 at Winterton
Little Auk, Scaup, Little Gulls x 88, Short-eared Owl at Happisburgh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 20 at Wells Woods
Black Brant on football pitch at Wells
Hen Harrier at Snettisham RSPB
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20 at Sea Palling
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Halvergate Marshes
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Little Gulls x 33 at Holme Dunes NWT
Lapland Bunting, Twite x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Stejneger's Stonechat 1w male 19th October to 8th November (ID confirmed by DNA analysis) at Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 16 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 5, Snow Buntings x 35 at Coastguards, Short-eared Owl at Cley
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Twite x 16 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Lapland Buntings x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2, Bittern at Blakeney Point
Yellow-browed Warbler still at east end of Walsey Hills NOA
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Great White Egret, Bittern at Welney WWT
Cattle Egret reported at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Red-necked Grebe, Purple Sandpiper at Waxham
Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 4, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoter at Hopton-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
MOURNING DOVE
In garden at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake, Richard's Pipit, Caspian Gull, Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 2, Little Gulls x 5 at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 6, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black Redstart, Little Gull, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Coastguards, Rough-legged Buzzard at Cley
Bittern, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Jack Snipe, Great White Egret, Water Pipit at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Weybourne
Short-eared Owl at Marshland St James, Downham Market
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Caspian Gull at Overstrand
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Red-necked Grebe off South Beach, Winterton
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
Yellow-browed Warbler at east end of Walsey Hills NOA
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Russian White-fronted Geese x 73 at Cantley Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
MOURNING DOVE
In garden at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Auk at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 3, Great White Egret, Slavonian Grebe at Breydon Water
Spoonbill on saltmarsh/quay at Blakeney
Velvet Scoters x 4, Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated Diver at Coastguards, Snow Buntings x 60 at Cley
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Black-throated Diver at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 7 at Holkham Bay
Twite x 13, Lapland Buntings x 2 on Blakeney Freshes
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
PALLID SWIFT & Rough-legged Buzzard at North Dunes, Winterton
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Swift sp. flew over Horsey
Red-flanked Bluetail and Dusky Warbler on 28th October near Burnham Market
Dusky Warbler on 18th October at Scolt Head Island NNR
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cromer
Great White Egret, Bittern at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owl at Burnham Norton
Water Pipits x 4, Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 reported at Stoke Holy Cross
Great White Egret, Water Pipits x 2 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
None

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-46.aspx?s_id=496562632

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 18, Lapland Buntings x 3 on Blakeney Freshes
Tundra Bean Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Common Tern, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Dolphin sp. x 6 off East Bank, Velvet Scoters x 5, Black-throated Diver off Coastguards, Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
KING EIDER drake, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Shorelarks x 12 at Holkham Bay
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
NUTCRACKER probable, flew SE over A148 Holt Road between Railway Bridge and North Norfolk District Council Offices at 11am, 1/2 mile WSW of Cromer
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Fen
Snow Buntings x 7 at North Beach, Winterton
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Caspian Gull at West Runton

MEGA NEWS
NUTCRACKER
Probable, WSW of Cromer, Norfolk

Monday, 12 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 7, Lapland Buntings x 3, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
KING EIDER drake, Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Spoonbill, Pale-bellied Brent Goose west of Blakeney Quay
Twite x 13 on Blakeney Freshes
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Snow Buntings x 3 at Holkham Bay
PALLID SWIFT with House Martin at Cromer
PALLID SWIFT over Happisburgh
Crossbills x 2 flew over How Hill
Waxwing at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard, Common Cranes x 2 at North Dunes, Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 3 at Winterton
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Coastguards, Cley
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 13 at Sea Palling
PALLID SWIFT flew over Tilney All Saints
Twite x 100 at Holme Dunes NWT
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Martham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT
Hartlepool, Cleveland
MOURNING DOVE
Recently at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

Sunday, 11 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
KING EIDER drake, Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 7 at Coastguards, Bittern flew over River Glaven at Cley
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 13 at Sea Palling
Pallid OR Common Swift, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3, Snow Buntings x 14 at Winterton
Whale sp. over North Beach, Winterton
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Waxwing at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate
Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 on Freshmarsh, Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkham Pines
Shorelarks x 15, Snow Buntings x 40 at Holkham Gap
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Scratby 
Common Cranes x 18 at North Repps
Rough-legged Buzzard, Shorelarks x 2 at Sidestrand
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Horsey
Rough-legged Buzzard at Mundesley
Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Quay
Hen Harrier at East Hills, Wells
Hawfinches x 2, Crossbills x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Red-necked Grebe at Holme
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens Roost
Waxwing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham
Parrots Crossbill at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Snow Bunting flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT
Hartlepool, Cleveland
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra Bay, County Galway, Ireland

Armistice Centenary






HUNSTANTON
 
St Mary's Church, Holme-next-the-Sea

Happy Birthday Vivien & Lucy's Concert!

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Vivien and I met up in Ely on Thursday afternoon and had lunch at a wonderful vegan cafe. The food was excellent and the setting was tranquil. No screaming children, no music, just peaceful!

Happy birthday to my youngest sister Vivien!

11th November 2018
Love Penny xxx


Lucy played in her first concert of the season with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra today. I'm so proud of her, I really don't know how she has managed to do all her rehearsals since our mother died. She is stronger than I thought. Lucy regularly rang our mother to talk about music and finds it so difficult now she's not here – Vivien and I don't quite have the same knowledge of classical music as our mother did!
Lucy with her violin – far left, front row!

NORFOLK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn

Saturday, 10 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Pallid OR Common Swift offshore 2.08pm and until dusk along cliffs, Red-necked Grebe at Sheringham
Purple Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 6 at Kelling
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 12 at North Beach, Winterton
Parrot Crossbills x 5, Crossbills x 6 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Hawfinches x 3, Crossbills x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Shorelarks x 12, Snow Buntings x 45, Slavonian Grebes x 3 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Bewick's Swans x 10 at Horsey
Barred Warbler at Warham Greens
Velvet Scoters x 3 at Hopton-on-Sea
Pallid OR Common Swift flew in off sea, mid afternoon at Blakeney Point
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Happisburgh
Waxwing at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate

MEGA NEWS
WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT
Unconfirmed report yesterday, Blacktoft Sands RSPB, Yorkshire
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra Bay, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 9 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret flew over Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Rough-legged Buzzard, Snow Buntings x 10 at North Beach, Red-necked Grebe at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Snettisham
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard over Burnham Overy Dunes
Little Gulls x 4, Spotted Redshanks x 5, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 6 at Kelling
Parrot Crossbills x 8, Crossbills x 6 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Snow Buntings x 3 at Holme
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Duck off Coastguards at Cley
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Hen Harrier at Morston
Lapland Bunting flew over Thornham Harbour

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

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshanks x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard west of Ringstead Common
Waxwings x 6 at Kelling
Shorelarks x 14, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham Gap, Holkham Bay
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 8, Red-necked Grebe at Winterton
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Horsey
Great Northern Diver at Cley
Parrot Crossbills x 4 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Great Grey Shrike at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Spoonbill at Stiffkey Fen
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Burnham Overy Dunes
Hen Harrier at Clippesby
Snow Buntings x 2 on beach at Holme
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at  Somerton Holmes

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

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Brant on saltmarsh, Hen Harriers x 4 at Stiffkey
Waxwings x 6 at Kelling
Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 9, Snow Buntings x 29 at Holkham Gap, Holkham Bay
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Parrot Crossbills x 1+ at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Rough-legged Buzzard at Holme
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Shorelarks x 2 at Sidestrand

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 31st October to 5th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-45.aspx?s_id=331662217

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers!

Vivien and I visted Keys Auctioneers at Aylsham this afternoon. What an exciting place! A massive site and some fascinating people work there. All staff were extremely helpful and gave us lots of interesting values on various items that belonged to our parents, including two small paintings of children playing with toys – my father believed these paintings were painted by A. H Patterson, the Great Yarmouth Naturalist, but frustratingly they are not signed. However, we were told that these paintings were not Patterson and were painted far earlier than we thought... approximately 1840!!!! They would sell for at least £100 in auction! Such a pity we don't know who the artist is though!

Keys are holding a second Ornithological and Natural History sale in February 2019 we heard, as their annual Ornithological Auction in September is so popular they decided to do two in 2019! This auction will be packed out, I'm sure!

Just to explain, I am on my third and last week of phase return and this week – I am at work all week apart from this afternoon and Thursday afternoon and next week I'm back to full time/normal hours. I spent the weekend cleaning the oven and fridge freezer up ready for selling and general work at parent's house. We still have a long way to go!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills  x 8, Spotted Redshank, Purple Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Great Grey Shrike at Grimston Warren
Rough-legged Buzzard, Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Velvet Scoter, Grey Phalarope at North Dunes, Winterton
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret, Great Northern Diver at Horsey
Waxwings x 6 at Kelling
Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Bay
Black-necked Grebe (probable) at Caister-on-Sea
Rough-legged Buzzard at Clippesby
Hen Harrier at Overstrand
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Hawfinch flew in off sea at Holme
Shorelarks x 4 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Parrot Crossbills x 7 at St Faith's Common, Horsford

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 5 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Waxwings x 3 at Kelling
Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 7, Grey Phalarope at South Beach, Red-necked Grebe at North Beach, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter at Winterton
Twite x 7 at Thornham Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Great Grey Shrike at Grimston Warren
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Wells
Rough-legged Buzzard, Richard's Pipit flew from Saltmarsh at Stiffkey
Rough-legged Buzzard at Upton Marshes
Purple Sandpiper at Gramborough Hill
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Water Pipit trapped & ringed, Snow Bunting on beach, Holme NOA
Richard's Pipit west of Clifftop Wood, Trimingham
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 21 on beach at Cley
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 11, Snow Buntings x 27 east of Holkham Gap
Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of eastern form) west of Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham
Long-tailed Duck at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard between Ringstead & Old Hunstanton
Waxwings x 8, Swift sp., Yellow Wagtails, Hen Harriers x 2 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Common Cranes x 6 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Hen Harrier at Sidestrand
Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of eastern form) at Sea Palling

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 4 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Rough-legged Buzzard, Grey Phalarope, off South Beach, Snow Buntings x 4, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Phalarope, Lapland Bunting, Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at North Beach, Winterton
KING EIDER drake on sea, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Waxwings x 8 in village at Kelling
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common NNR
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Great Northern Diver off Coastguards, Cley
Caspian Gulls x 2, Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Great Northern Diver, Snow Buntings x 8, Rough-legged Buzzard at Sheringham
Long-tailed Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 9, Snow Buntings x 25, Hen Harrier east of Holkham Gap
Richard's Pipit still, Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier near Clifftop Wood, Trimingham
Shorelark at Happisbugh
Lapland Bunting at Burnham Overy Staithe
Hawfinches x 2 at Walsham Wood, Blofield Heath
Hen Harrier at Salthouse
Purple Sandpiper at Gramborough Hill
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 2 at Blakeney Point
Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill, Twite x 11 at Thornham
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Long-eared Owl flew in off sea, then in pine tree at Holme Dunes NWT
Hen Harriers x 2 flew over Green Lane, Wells
Hen Harrier flew over Wells Woods
Swift over marsh at Stiffkey
Richard's Pipit flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS
DUSKY THRUSH
Easington, Yorkshire

Saturday, 3 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake on sea, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Waxwings x 7, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Richard's Pipit still, Lapland Bunting near Clifftop Wood, Trimingham
Shorelark, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at West Runton
Grey Phalarope + Snow Buntings x 2 on beach, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Rough-legged Buzzard at North Dunes, Snow Buntings x 4 at South Dunes, Winterton
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Buntings x 35 on beach east of Holkham Gap
Pomarine Skua, Crossbills x 10, Snow Bunting, Little Auk, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Purple Sandpiper, Hen Harrier at Holme
Waxwings x 3 on Beech Avenue, Lapland Bunting west of coastguards at Sheringham
Waxwing, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 2 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Hen Harrier at Horsey
Great Grey Shrike at Grimston Warren
Waxwings x 9 flew over Walsey Hills NOA
Little Auk, Great Skua flew past Cley
Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Red-necked Grebes x 2 in harbour at Burnham Overy Staithe
Twite x 4 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
PALLID SWIFT probable, over marsh near duck pond (3.30pm) at Salthouse
Common Swift probable, flew west at 4.15pm, Cley
Hen Harriers x 3, Pomarine Skua dark morph (probable) offshore at Stiffkey
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard flew in off sea at Sidestrand
Purple Sandpiper on pool at Gramborough Hill
Hen Harrier at Brancaster Staithe
Snow Buntings x 6 at Thornham Point
Waxwings x 7, Crossbills x 10 over Hunstanton Cliffs
Crossbills x 6 in pines at High Kelling
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
TENGMALM'S OWL
at undisclosed site, but reportedly in the Finstown area, mainland, Orkney

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
Yellow-browed Warbler, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl, Pomarine Skua, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Whinchat, Snow Buntings x 5, Lapland Bunting at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Goshawk in woods near Hevingham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Waxwing at Wells Woods
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzards x 4 at Horsey
Great White Egrets x 4 at Horsey Mere
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Sparham Pools, Lyng
Grey Phalarope flew past Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Crossbills x 5 flew over Briston
Snow Buntings x 4 on beach, South Dunes, Great Norrthern Diver, Waxwings x 3 flew over, Crossbills x 3, Short-eared Owl at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at North Dunes, Winterton
Richard's Pipit near Clifftop Wood, Waxwings x 2 flew over Trimingham
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Shorelark, Pomarine Skua, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe at Holme
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common NNR
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Lapland Buntings x 3, Snow Bunting, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Scolt Head Island NNR
Twite x 8 at Thornham Harbour
Water Pipit at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
TENGMALM'S OWL
at undisclosed site, Orkney
WILSON'S SNIPE
possible, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Friday, 2 November 2018

Busy Bee, Busy Selling!

I have been very busy loading pictures, descriptions, prices etc of items from my parent's house onto Gumtree and Market Place Facebook. I won't write full descriptions/prices etc on here, as don't want to overload my blog with non-birding stuff, but if anyone is interested I have the following for sale:
  • SAMES PIANO (John L Thickpenny, Newport Pagnell)
  • SOFA - TWO SEATER
  • TWO ARMCHAIRS
  • HAYTER ENVOY 36 ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER
  • SILVER REED SILVERETTE RETRO PORTABLE TYPEWRITER
  • OLIVETTI LEXIKON 80 VINTAGE TYPEWRITER
  • ADLER RARE VINTAGE TYPEWRITER – Made in Germany
Please email me on: pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com 
if you would like the link to pictures, prices, details etc

CAMERA TRIPOD – BENBO, Kennett Engineering Co Ltd, England

FOR SALE
This antique (it must be!) has been in my late father’s shed for many years and would of cost a lot of money in its time, but is obviously very old, so probably will only be of interest to a collector maybe?
Price £25

Email Penny for loads more close up pictures if required: pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com

In Memory on Your Birthday

 Happy Birthday to My Dearest Father

You would have been 92 today – 2nd November

Life is so difficult without you both, you are in my thoughts daily

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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THURSDAY 1st NOVEMBER
Siberian Chiffchaffs x 2 at South Dunes, Great Northern Diver, Black Redstart at Winterton
Grey Phalarope at North Beach, Winterton
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 35 east of Holkham Gap
KING EIDER drake on sea, Little Auk, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
EASTERN STONECHAT 1w. male sp. (probably Stejneger's) at Meadow Lane, Kelling
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Velvet Scoters x 5 off Coastguards, Cley
Common Cranes x 4 at Horsey/Waxham
Short-eared Owl at Morston Quay
Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells Woods
Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly at James Paget Hospital, Gorleston-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
None

OWL EXTRAVAGANZA WITH RICHARD BROOKS!


Thursday, 1 November 2018

FOR SALE: SAMES PIANO (John L Thickpenny, Newport Pagnell)


This beautiful antique piano has been in my parent's house for years and they paid £300 for it at the time – it was bought for my sister Lucy, as she had to learn a second instrument when she was at the RCM. Sadly it now has to go. It has a beautiful sound, but will need re-tuning.

 The piano is 5ft wide. 49.5" high. Depth from back of piano to front of keyboard 25".
It has wheels and easily moveable around a room (I have done this alone!), but will need four people to take it out of the house.
The piano is at Holme-next-Sea, Norfolk.
Price: £100

Please email me: pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com

Apologies To All Readers Who Have Sent Comments To My Posts!

I have only just noticed that the email link in my settings for comments to my blog has failed since May!!! I wondered why I had not had any comments to posts!!! Normally I get an email link with the comment and then I can choose to publish, delete or spam – I have had none, or so I thought. It was only because a couple of people on Twitter this evening, said they has sent messages on my blog that I started to investigate things! I feel really bad as when I looked into the "comments awaiting moderation" section (deep within settings in the blog), which I never look at, as they are normally emailed, there are loads throughout the last few months, I am SO sorry! I can see there are loads of beautiful support messages when my mother died and am only just reading them now! I have no idea why these links stopped, but I think I have rectified the problem, I will know when the next person posts a comment! Oh dear!

I will go through all comments properly tomorrow and publish/reply, but just looking quickly, there are many spam comments also sent, which link to sex/dodgy websites – thank goodness I have the option to vet comments first, otherwise "Penny's Hot Birding" could be seen in a very different light!!! When I first started this blog, I never used to have to vet comments and happily allowed all comments to be published instantly, but sadly started to receive dodgy/sick links to unsavoury websites, so had no choice but to vet everything first.