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Monday, 25 March 2019

Warham Greens & Stiffkey Fen!

It was another beautiful day, but with north west winds it was chillier than it has been! I parked up on the concrete pad at Garden Drove, Warham and ambled along the hedge-lined track in anticipation of something exciting. The main excitement was tons of squealing pigs racing around in the fields! One Robin along the track! No birds in the copse at the north end. Lots of Brent Geese on the marshes, Little Egrets and Curlews were seen. However, I did have spectacular views of a Red Kite and also a Common Buzzard over my head, as I walked back to my car.

Parked along the road at Stiffkey to walk to Stiffkey Fen. Chiffchaffs were singing in the wood just before you cross the road and I saw another Red Kite on the horizon. I was overjoyed to find that the nasty high stepped stile had gone! It has been replaced with a wonderful swing gate, much easier for us older birds! I really enjoyed the walk along to the fen, it was very peaceful and it was joyous to see all the catkins out and freshly emerged hawthorn leaves and willow. I was surprised I didn't hear any Chiffchaffs along here, only saw a couple of Great Tits, a Blue Tit and a few Goldfinches. The fen itself was jam-packed full of birds including loads of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Shelducks, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Black-headed Gulls, Heron and Lapwings. I had stupidly left my scope in the car, so there could have been far more birds than I have listed! I walked east of the fen for a short distance, but it was so cold and with lack of birds (none) in the gorse bushes, that I turned back. Hundreds of Brent Geese continually flew overhead as I walked along the path by the river.

Parked the car by Stiffkey Church and had a cup of tea and a hot cross bun! I spent a good while looking for birds in the churchyard, but only found 2 Pheasants amongst the daffodils, 1 Blackbird and 1 Robin. Anyone that hasn't been in this churchyard, it is definitely worth a visit – very scenic with beautiful mature trees and a cherry tree just coming into blossom, holly tree etc and the views over the stone wall to an incredible estate/garden are jaw dropping! It would help if you were taller than 5ft 4" though, as I could only just see over the wall! I just googled and found the history of the old hall next to the church here – an informative and fascinating account with loads of pictures from blogger Lynne!

At Stiffkey Campsite a Common Buzzard hovered briefly (rarely see this) near the far end of the cliff top wood and then plummeted to the ground and was then out of view – when it appeared again, a Black-headed Gull was mobbing it. I didn't see what it had caught or if indeed anything, but I then had fabulous views of this buzzard, as it sailed over my head in the beautiful evening light. I was going to walk through the wood, but decided it would be a waste of time, with the cutting north west wind and being late in the day, so decided to have a nap instead!!! Curlews and Little Egrets on the marshes along with Brent Geese. Had an egg sandwich and a cup of tea and then cruised home.

I have a physiotherapy appointment first thing tomorrow morning about my wrist and ankle. My Great Grandfather's oil painting of Ebridge Mill and two Watercolours that my father found in a bookshop, go under the hammer tomorrow at Keys Auctioneers – auction commences at 10.30am! I didn't want to sell the Ebridge Mill painting, but as Vivien said, everything we own will end up in a tip, as none of us have children to pass anything on to!

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Water Pipit, Jack Snipe, Spoonbills x 3, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still in garden by A149 at Salthouse
Cattle Egret along A47 Acle Straight, Great Yarmouth
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Spoonbill at Berney Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 11, Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Black Redstart, Spoonbill flew past Winterton
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NNR
Spoonbill, Firecrest at Waxham
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham
Spoonbills x 3 at Holme Dunes NWT
Lapland Bunting at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum
Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver on sea at Cley

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Why Are Nets Appearing Over Trees And Hedges?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47627749

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Holme Dunes NWT and Holme NOA!

A beautiful sunny day – tons of traffic along the A149 grid locked both ways – its March and not even a bank holiday weekend or half-term?!!! I'm really fed up with the massive increase of traffic to our coast, its getting ridiculous now! There are some very selfish drivers who think they are in the bl**dy city as I found out today, when driving along the Firs Road to Holme Reserves!

The light from the Wader Pool Hides (as they were known) at Holme Dunes NWT was beautiful this afternoon and I had the hides all to myself, magic! I also had my first Sand Martins x 4 and House Martins x 2 from Christie's Hide, which was very uplifting. Nothing much else of note though, but plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Wigeon, Shelducks, Teal, Shovelers, Snipe x 4 in flight and Marsh Harrier. Toads were on the grassy paths and a few Bees were seen.

Sat outside the observatory and reminisced. 2 Pied Wagtails and a flock of Linnets were feeding on the grassy slope east of the observatory and a male Stonechat perched on the fence wire. 1 Goldcrest in the buckthorn and a Little Grebe was at the edge of the Broad Water. Walked round the back of the pines and onto the beach. I was very impressed with a couple who were bagging up loads of rubbish on the beach, something my dear mother did regularly over many, many years.

Went to check the house at Holme – every time I visit, it makes me so sad, I wish it would hurry up and sell, I can't bare each time I go, seeing more bulbs and flowers coming up – all memories of my dear mother. Need it sold so I can start my life again, somewhere new.

Lucy played another concert today in St Nicholas's Church in King's Lynn with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. I didn't go as can't afford to go to them all!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hooded Crow flew over North Dunes, Russian White-fronted Geese x 26 flew out to sea at Winterton
Velvet Scoters x 3 off Gun Hill, Hen Harrier at Burnham Overy Dunes
Shorelarks x 5, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Short-eared Owl east of Holkham Gap
Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck off beach car park at Cley
Spoonbills x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11 at Cley NWT
Iceland Gull at Happisburgh
Slavonian Grebes x 5, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Black Redstart north of church, Short-eared Owl at Happisburgh
Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still in garden, Spoonbill, Black Redstart in garden by A149 at Salthouse
Great White Egret, Water Pipits x 2 at Burnham Norton
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 10, Great White Egret, Cattle Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Scaup at Welney WWT
Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Woodlark, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Holme
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 25, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Potter Heigham Marshes
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Cley NWT & Salthouse!

Cheese scone in the Visitor Centre, 4 Wheatears on the Eye Field, 3 Hedge Sparrows at Gramborough Hill, no Firecrests at Walsey Hills NOA despite hours of searching – I do believe I was the only person not to see them😢, but 1 or 2 Chiffchaffs seen and heard, also Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, Robins, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and then Pear and Ginger Cake from Cley Deli to cheer myself up. No Eagle above my head or anywhere remotely close. However, it was nice to bump into several local birders today. Can you tell I don't feel like writing this evening?!!!!

I forgot that I was boiling eggs for sandwiches this evening..... will 60 minutes be long enough?😂

A little bird tells me that I have some big blog fans at Saltholme Nature Reserve – HELLO Saltholme birders!

Goodnight!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Great Northern Divers x 12, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Water Pipits x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 2, Great White Egret near Horsey Mill
Velvet Scoter off Coastguards at Cley
Shorelarks x 11 east of Holkham Gap
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 3 at Winterton
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 12 off Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Firecrest at Wells Woods
Firecrests x 2 at Walsey Hills NOA
Tundra Bean Geese x 7, Scaup, Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Rockland Broad
Black Redstart at Haven Holiday Camp, Great Yarmouth
Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Holme
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 40, Common Cranes x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Short-eared Owl at Claxton Marshes
Great White Egret at Runham
Great Northern Diver flew over Thetford
Twite x 9 at Blakeney Freshmarsh

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE first seen again at Horsey Mill 8.56am, towards Winterton at 9.17am, Breydon Water 9.40am, Waveney Forest at 9.42am, Belton 10.22am, Breydon Water 10.44am, Brograve Levels 11.30am, Waxham 11.45am, Calthorpe Broad 11.55am. Was also seen at Carlton Marshes NR 10.13am and Somerleyton Hill 10.16am in Suffolk, before returning to its favoured county!😉 Last seen at Calthorpe Broad.

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FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

FOR SALE: RNLI Negretti & Zambra – London, Fisherman's Aneroid Barometer!

This belonged to my father and was in the hallway at Holme for over 50 years

Early 20th century aneroid barometer, Negretti & Zambra – London “Fisherman’s Aneroid Barometer, issued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, No 2052”, the green painted drum shaped case with cast bezel and bevelled glass enclosing a 12cm enamelled dial with scale of 26 to 31 and with blued steel indicator hand and gilt marker hand, total height 17 ½ cm

Going under the hammer on Thursday 28th March!

FOR SALE: Watercolour Paintings!


19th Century English School, two watercolours, Naïve studies of young girl holding a hoop and a seated young lady holding a rose, 21 x 15cm, both unframed (2)

My late father found these paintings in the back of a book he purchased in a bookshop in Great Yarmouth when he was a young man! He believed they were painted by Naturalist Arthur Patterson, but auctioneer said he didn't think they were.

Going under the hammer on Tuesday 26th March!

FOR SALE: Oil Painting of Ebridge Mill, Norfolk Painted by My Great Grandfather Henry Waterson!

Ebridge Mill, Norfolk  By Henry Waterson


Going under the hammer on Tuesday 26th March!

Best Travel Insurance for Delayed Departures & Adverse Weather for UK!

After posting a question on the Friends of Fair Isle Facebook group about travel insurance, Ann Croucher recommended LV Insurance (Liverpool Victoria).

I have been trying to find travel insurance for Fair Isle and I was finding it extremely difficult to find someone who covered for delay, due to adverse weather conditions. I even spent nearly 60 minutes on the phone to the British Insurance Brokers Association, who after putting me through to 'Manor Insurance Brokers' was told that no one would insure for delays due to adverse weather in the UK.

I have only ever visited Fair Isle in the Spring, so this wasn't really an issue then, but I know that things can go wrong in the Autumn with fog stopping the Airtask planes from departing and Northlink Ferry leaving late because of rough seas etc. So, it was more important to find the correct travel insurance this time. Huge thanks to Ann, as LV Insurance do cover for adverse weather delays and connections! You have to choose their "Premier" Insurance though, but even so it was still only £20.64!!! Here is their website: https://www.lv.com/insurance

Friday, 22 March 2019

Burnham Overy Dunes and Gun Hill!

Not early enough though! Early bird catches the worm and all that jazz..... Ashley Saunders did just that and jammed in on the White-tailed Eagle at 11.08am this morning at Burnham Overy Dunes!

Walking to BOD wasn't a good idea really, not with my dodgy left foot, which is still very tender to touch, I don't understand why it hasn't healed – I requested another appointment with the fracture clinic today – no appointment available until the week I return to work though. Wrist still not healed totally either!!!

It was worth the walk out though, as I had a nice little selection of birds, nothing the size of a barn door though! Lots of Greylag Geese and Egyptian Geese on the way out along with Shelducks, Wigeon, Lapwings, Starlings, Heron and small flocks of Linnets overhead. East of the end of the boardwalk, I found 4 Wheatears in the dunes! Also had a Red Kite overhead (camera was in bag).

West of the boardwalk and at Gun Hill, I found 2 more Wheatears, a pair of Stonechats, 4 Spoonbills flew west, big flock of Linnets and in the bushes immediately seaward side of Gun Hill, I flushed 2 Robins, male Stonechat and more Linnets. Bumped into a birder here (I didn't know him) who said he had a Whinchat in the dunes on Tuesday – this seems very early indeed! I don't know what the earliest Spring record is for a Whinchat in Norfolk?

Ambled back to the car after sunset and arrived back in King's Lynn around 7.30pm. It was gloomy all day here and the sun only came out intermittently later on. Tomorrow looks like a nice sunny day and Sunday looks even nicer! Traffic queues back home on Sunday night could be on the cards!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 7, Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Water Pipits x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 4, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Common Crane, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Mealy Redpoll at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Great White Egret, Cattle Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Scaup at Welney WWT
Wheatears x 2 at Salthouse
Red-necked Grebe at Holme
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Common Cranes x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Black Redstart at Winterton
Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid at Blakeney Harbour
Black Redstart at Haven Holiday Camp, Great Yarmouth
Spoonbill, Russian White-fronted Geese x 12 at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Berney Marshes RSPB
Scaup x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit at Barton Broad
Great White Egret at Rockland Broad
Turtle Dove still in garden, then taken by Sparrowhawk at Langham Road, Blakeney
Spoonbills x 4 at Burnham Overy Dunes

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE seen again at Burnham Overy Dunes at 11.08am and then tracked along the coast east at Holkham 11.59am, Morston 12.15pm, Cley NWT 12.25pm-12.38pm, Kelling Heath 12.49pm, Cromer 1pm, Mundesley 1.18pm, Bacton 1.24pm and last sighted at Happisburgh 1.40pm. Will more birders be lucky tomorrow?

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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BAIKAL TEAL yesterday (no sign today), Tundra Bean Geese x 11, Scaup, Common Cranes x 2, Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Swallow, Wheatears x 2, Water Pipits x 4, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Wheatears x 2 on golf course at Sheringham
Wheatears x 6, Spoonbills x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11 at Cley NWT
Wheatears x 3 at Kelling Quags
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Wheatear at Burnham Overy Staithe
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Firecrest at Wells Woods
Curlew Sandpiper at Breydon Water
LITTLE BUNTING still at Weybourne Camp
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier, White Wagtail at Holme
Cattle Egret SW of Castle Acre
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

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BAIKAL TEAL
Welney WWT (yesterday) Norfolk

Busy Booking, Busy Bee! No Eagle for Me!

Wednesday 20th March
I had to stick to my plans today, I have so many things to do, but this resulted in the frustration of missing out on a White-tailed Eagle cruising around Norfolk today! The eagle was last seen near Wighton late evening, so hopefully it will be seen again tomorrow when I'm out!

Had to get new car insurance as my current one runs out at the end of the month and I won't be staying with who I am currently with – took ages to sort, but got there in the end and gone with the AA this time. Also had to try and find suitable insurance for my Fair Isle trip, not managed to sort that one yet, but in the process of. I was booked to stay at the observatory this October, as I'm sure many of you know and I thought all was lost, until I was lucky enough to get booked into the South Lighthouse for the same dates – very, very lucky indeed. In fact, weirdly this is where I stayed on my last trip in Spring 2010, as the 'new observatory' was not quite completed in time and I was given a choice of cancelling or staying in the South Lighthouse. Sadly, I never did get to stay in the new observatory.

So, I will be only one of a handful of birders on Fair Isle for the end of October, which mean I may be lucky enough to see a serious mega or maybe nothing at all – gamble! As LGRE teased earlier in the year, there will probably be a Siberian Rubythroat in Norfolk whilst I'm out of county, would be just my luck! I had already booked the Northlink Ferry before the terrible fire occurred and today I booked Airtask flights from Lerwick to Fair Isle – I was told in December that you pay for the flights on the day you depart, but its all changed now and you have to pay the whole £90.66 return at the time of booking. Only a few boxes ticked of many, but I will get there in the end!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wheatear, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 21 east of Holkham Gap
Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Grimston Warren
BAIKAL TEAL unconfirmed report, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 7, Scaup at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier at Ringstead
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Hen Harrier at Thornham
Wheatears x 4 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hen Harrier at Weybourne Camp
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3, Hen Harrier at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
LITTLE BUNTING still at Weybourne Camp
Black Redstart at Hemsby
Hen Harrier at Choseley Drying Barns 

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE tracked along the coast from east to west starting at Sidestrand 10.20am and then observed at: Weybourne 11am, Glandford 11.18am, Morston 11.29am, Holkham 11.57am, Burnham Overy Dunes 12.02pm, Titchwell RSPB 12.30pm, Thornham 12.36pm, Ringstead 12.41pm, Old Hunstanton 12.55pm, Heacham 12.55pm, Horsey 8.30am (late report) and finally in the dark at Wighton 6.38pm! Will it still be around tomorrow?!

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RBA Weekly Round-Up 13th to 19th March!

By Stuart Piner
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_12.aspx?s_id=243307228

PLEASE SIGN! Make 'Netting' Hedgerows To Prevent Birds From Nesting A Criminal Offence.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244233

I only heard about this recently, I am flabbergasted that this even goes on!!! Please sign, share, retweet, facebook, email etc. Thank you very much.

"Developers, and other interested parties are circumventing laws protecting birds by 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting. This facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline. 'Netting' hedgerows threatens declining species of birds, presents a danger by entrapment to wildlife, and produces large amounts of plastic waste."

RSPB To Release Birds Into The UK Charts!

'Let Nature Sing’ is set for release on 26 April, with the hope of breaking into the UK singles chart.'

https://completemusicupdate.com/article/rspb-to-release-birds-into-the-uk-charts/

"Titled ‘Let Nature Sing’, the two and a half minute track will feature 25 of the UK’s most endangered birds, including the blackbird, robin and nightingale. The RSPB says that the UK’s bird population has shrunk by 44 million since 1966, due to destruction of habitats, pollution and climate change. The number of cuckoos has dropped by around 50% since 1970, while the number of turtle doves is down 98%."

WE NEED TO GET THIS TO
NUMBER ONE!!! 

Spread The Message!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Holme Marsh Reserve NWT & Titchwell RSPB!

Holme Marsh Reserve NWT
A beautiful sunny morning with no wind! The track where you park your car for this reserve was flooded badly and stunk of sewage overflow from the adjacent caravan site! Great! On route to the hide, I was delighted to see a Small Tortoiseshell at rest on the chalky path, shortly after this a Wren appeared in a bramble bush.

Hide One produced my first singing Chiffchaff of the Spring, which was a joy to hear. 5 Common Buzzards were spiralling in the thermals and 2 Marsh Harriers were seen. A Cetti's Warbler burst into song and 2 Med Gulls were calling and harassing a Common Buzzard above the hide. Other birds seen here: Lapwings, Little Grebe, Reed Buntings (pair), Teal x 6, Canada Geese, Wood Pigeons, Blackbird, Shelducks x 4, Chaffinch, Robin, Moorhen, Coot, a Long-tailed Tit, Wigeon x 2, Carrion Crows x 2 east.

I was very disappointed to find nearly all of my late mother's cushions scattered around the dirty floors of the hides, including the latest and newest ones I placed in the hides. What is wrong with people? They were put in the hides to bring comfort to people, especially for those that are of a shorter stature, as the bench seats are too low for short people. When the cushions became a bit dirty, my mother would take them home and hand wash them and return them to the hides – I don't know why she bothered, as no one appreciated it and obviously still don't! If you find the cushions on the floors, when you walk in the hides, please pick them up and either place them on the white chairs or the bench seat – its not much to ask is it?! Somebody's dog could have been sitting on that cushion and then you are sitting on it – what a thought, yuck!!!

Went to the family home and cleaned some of the bird baths out and swept the leaves up around the porch area. The wallflowers are starting to bloom, one of mother's favourites – a wonderful fragrant and familiar scent of our childhood days. I generally visit the property once a week and its amazing what flowers appear each time I visit! There were also some magenta pink and yellow primroses out and the ice plant (sedum) is starting to come up. It was sad to to see a mini bulldozer ripping up an entire blackthorn hedge (in bloom) that runs the width of the horse meadow (adjacent to the garden) – it was being tossed into a massive heap – I could not see why!? Its a good job my mother is not around to see that, she would have been very sad and disappointed.

Titchwell RSPB
The sun had disappeared and the weather was gloomy and dull for the rest of the day, which did not inspire me to carry on to be honest. Had lunch in the 'Feeding Station'. Chatted to Sue B. in the shop about life, birds and all that jazz! Ambled around the Fen Trail and onwards to Patsy's Pool. I saw and heard several Chiffchaffs which was wonderful – the beginning of Spring! Not much else of note to be honest, oh apart from a Water Rail in the usual ditch at the start of the main path. Ran out of time to walk to Island Hide and beyond, as had to be back at the family home to potentially sell an armchair to someone.

Sold chair for £65 – result! Just one armchair left now and boot sale stuff in the hall. There is also a Hayter electric lawnmower, in good working condition if anyone wants to be buy one?! Returned home to King's Lynn and fell asleep.

'Massive Wildlife Crime Scene': Endangered Hen Harriers Being Wiped Out By Illegal Shooting, Says Study

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/hen-harrier-grouse-moors-raptor-persecution-illegal-killing-shooting-gamekeepers-landowners-wildlife-a8830211.html?fbclid=IwAR0EjIoNIxt4X8OQkHD04d1itVoGuQQ0H98KOG2V5m3hjFq7OBbJwXpr-GM

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Quail singing at Felmingham
Cattle Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 10 at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Jack Snipe at Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve, Thetford
Shorelarks x 8 east of Holkham Gap
Firecrest near Joe Jordon Hide, Holkham
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NWT
Stone Curlew at Weeting Heath NWT
Russian White-fronted Goose at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoter on sea at Cley
Firecrest at Friary Hills, Blakeney
Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid at Blakeney Harbour
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL in garden at Cockley Cley
Hawfinches x 11 at Lynford Aboretum
White Wagtails x 6 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

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Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Wheatear, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Spoonbills x 3, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoter on sea at Cley
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Mundesley
Hen Harrier, Twite x 7 at Thornham Harbour
Mealy Redpolls x 6 at Cockley Cley
Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid at Blakeney Harbour
Shorelarks x 9 east of Holkham Gap

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Monday, 18 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Wheatear, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Spoonbills x 3, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoter on sea at Cley
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Mundesley
Hen Harrier, Twite x 7 at Thornham Harbour
Mealy Redpolls x 6 at Cockley Cley
Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid at Blakeney Harbour
Shorelarks x 9 east of Holkham Gap

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Zucchini Cake & Spring Migrants At Cley NWT!

Watching a Little Ringed Plover from Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT


I had a lovely birding trip out to Cley today! Lunch at the Cley Visitor Centre NWT, which included a jacket potato lunch, followed by a treat of Zucchini Cake with pot of tea! Met two lovely lady birders from Colchester, who introduced themselves to me as readers of my blog – we chatted about all kinds of things, including the state of the NHS (one of them worked in a hospital), the best places in Norfolk for cream teas and cakes in general!

Still very windy today, but not quite as bad as the atrocious weather yesterday. Met up with Pete S. at Coastguards and had very distant views of the male Wheatear in the Eye Field, my first of the Spring, which was nice, but it was a dot in the scope, so no hope whatsoever of any pictures. Bumped into Richard (usually with Ian B. and Chris S.). Also saw 11 Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese (of unknown origin), lots of Brent Geese, 2 Goosanders flying west over the sea, Marsh Harrier, Pied Wagtail by the Eye pool, Lapwings and Skylarks singing. Pete left to go elsewhere and I headed to Salthouse.

Parked up at Beach Road and had an exhilarating walk to Gramborough Hill. A couple of Redshanks erupted from the pool just before the hill, but nothing else of note. It was very windy on the top of the hill! Ambled back to the car. I'm becoming increasingly clumsy lately – as I got back in the car, the wind pushed the car door onto my forehead (opposite side of where I fell a few weeks back!). It was an 'ouch' moment, but nothing serious. I still have my hand support/splint on and my left lateral side of my foot is still very tender, even though I can walk ok – if I was to twist that foot even slightly it would sprain again. I'm hoping my physio appointment on 25th will be the beginning of strengthening my foot and wrist.

Parked at the bottom of Old Woman's Lane in Cley and walked out to Daukes' Hide NWT and had the hide to myself! After a tip off from Steve G. who I passed leaving, on my way out to the hides, I eventually found the Little Ringed Plover at the back of Simmond's Scrape and a Spoonbill flew across west. The light was beautiful as it always is here on a sunny afternoon. A nice selection of birds here including: Teal, Shovelers, Shelducks, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Redshanks, Avocets, Coot, Black-headed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Marsh Harrier, Lapwings & Oystercatchers.

Returned to Coastguards again in hope of seeing the Wheatear a little closer, no luck with that at all. Watched the sun setting and then cruised home to King's Lynn.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Swallow over Lynford Gravel Pits, Hawfinches x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Velvet Scoter on sea, Slavonian Grebe at North Scrape, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11, Spoonbill, Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, Snow Buntings x 10 at Cley NWT
Iceland Gull at Walcott
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 15 in garden at Cockley Cley
Jack Snipe at Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve, Thetford
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Beeston Common, Slavonian Grebe at Sheringham
Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
TURTLE DOVE in garden at Blakeney
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Wheatear in field near Blakeney Harbour
Jack Snipe x 2 at Roydon Common NWT
Short-eared Owl at St Olaves
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Firefighters Battle Large Gorse Fire At Kelling Heath!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/fire-crews-called-to-gorse-fire-at-kelling-heath-1-5941405

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill, Snow Buntings x 16, Velvet Scoter on sea at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egrets x 2 at Heigham Holmes
Cattle Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 12, Scaup at Welney WWT
White Wagtail at Winterton Dunes
White Wagtail at Kelling Quags
Green-winged Teal at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Shorelarks x 7 east of Holkham Gap
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Upton Marshes NWT
Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blakeney Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzard at Weeting Heath NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard (possible) over Great Cressingham
Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) on bird table in garden at Salthouse

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‘We have 12 years before it is irreversible’ - Students Hold Second Climate Change Protest In Norwich

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-students-second-climate-change-norwich-protest-1-5940753

Excitement As Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Falcon Lays Her First Egg Of The Year

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norwich-cathedral-peregrine-falcon-first-egg-of-2019-1-5939468

Tesco Criticised For Anti-Swallow Netting in Norwich!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47584983

I've just DM'd them a message and demanded a reply to my email. What is the world coming to?!!! It would have been just as cheap to erect boards underneath to catch droppings, which would then have kept the birds and trolley complainers happy! May I suggest that no one visits this store until the netting is removed!!!

Here is my reply:
 Good to see that the RSPB is getting involved:

"Further to discussions with today, we will be meeting with their Harford Bridge store team to work towards finding a solution to look after the returning swallows. We will update once we have further news."  https://twitter.com/Natures_Voice/status/1106598352253276160 

RESULT!!!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47591127
https://twitter.com/Natures_Voice/status/1106598352253276160

Friday, 15 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egrets x 2 at Wymondham Abbey
Cattle Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 4 at Welney WWT
Wheatear male in Eye Field, Water Pipits x 2, White Wagtails x 2, Spoonbill, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
Slavonian Grebe flew past Weybourne Camp
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Iceland Gull at Walcott
White Wagtails x 2 at Winterton
White Wagtail at Kelling Water Meadows
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 12 in garden at Cockley Cley
Hooded Crow at Catton, Norwich
Water Pipit, Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum

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Fair Isle Fire Family 'humbled' By Kindness

 "The family who ran the Fair Isle Bird Observatory have said they are "humbled" by messages of support from around the world."

Thursday, 14 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove in garden at Langham, Blakeney
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
White Wagtail at Weybourne Camp
White Wagtail flew over Holme NOA
Velvet Scoter at Coastguards, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
Scaup at Welney WWT
Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Twite x 12, Spotted Redshank at Thornham
Water Pipit, Red-crested Pochard at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Shorelarks x 11 east of Holkham Gap
Spoonbills x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 17, Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Redstarts x 2 at Winterton
Little Gull at Breydon Water

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Remains of Smouldering FIBO Yesterday!!!

Brings tears to your eyes seeing this😢

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/03/13/may-hints-at-support-for-rebuilding-fair-isle-bird-observatory/

Crowd Fund – Last Day!

The fund for the Parnaby family will be ending today (Thursday), as they have collected far more than they expected, which is brilliant!

It has now reached a huge £24,650!!!! donated lovingly by 821 people!

The lastest update on the site reads the following:

"This fundraiser for the Parnaby Family has raised far more than we had ever imagined it would. We have therefore decided to end this GoFundMe campaign tomorrow (Thursday 14th March).

Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated – the generosity of the public has been phenomenal and the family are very grateful for your support.
"

So if you would still like to donate before it finishes tomorrow, here is the link once more:
https://www.gofundme.com/helping-the-parnaby-family-after-bird-obs-fire

The crowd fund has closed this evening – an incredible £26,460 was raised by 863 people! Thank you to everyone!

I have just noticed on Twitter, that it was mentioned on PMQ!!!
https://twitter.com/amcarmichaelMP/status/1105821053807443978

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Something Special!

I have been very busy doing a BIG surprise over the last few nights! All will be revealed within the next week! That's all I am saying for the moment!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Velvet Scoter on sea at Cley
LITTLE BUNTING still at Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Great Skua, Purple Sandpiper at Hopton-on-Sea
Iceland Gull flew past Horsey
Great White Egret at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpolls x 6 in garden at Cockley Cley
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver flew past Hemsby
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Caspian Gull, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes

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

By Stuart Piner
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_11.aspx?s_id=78430525

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Quick_rebuild_planned_for_Fair_Isle_Bird_Obs_following_devastating_fire.aspx

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Crowdfunder_raises_over_15k_in_just_17_hours_to_help_bird_obs_fire_family.aspx

HOUSE FOR SALE in Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk!

Anyone looking to buy a house with huge organic garden in top wildlife location?!

http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.com/2019/02/our-family-home-now-on-market-with.html

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

News Snippets from Penny!

I have a stinking cold AGAIN which developed Monday evening!!!

Today I went to my last bereavement therapy appointment with the wonderfully kind and caring Louise Clark at Tapping House Hospice in Hillington. Louise has been a huge support to me and is a truly wonderful person. I will miss seeing her very much. I gave her a box of chocolates and a thank you card – another tearful appointment, even more so as it was the last one. Time and life goes on.

Spent three hours in the hairdressers this evening and returned home late, but blonder!

Was shocked to see how much the crowd funding for the Parnaby's has reached! Wow!

I have now lost 1 stone and 2lbs so far on my weight loss quest!

Still wearing my wrist splint – comes off on 25th March and then staff physio appointment to follow with exercise regime to get it back to normal – hopefully!

Had more viewings on our family home, but no acceptable offer yet!

I had 10,533 views of my blog yesterday!

On Saturday I have two weeks holiday!!!

WOW!!! Incredible!

The Crowd Funding for the Parnaby family on Fair Isle has reached an incredible sum of £21,921 raised by 726 people in one day!!! Wow, massive thanks and love to everyone who has donated!

https://www.gofundme.com/helping-the-parnaby-family-after-bird-obs-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r

Just found a very traumatic picture of the observatory remains:
https://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=689332&d=1552390491

Main thread on BIRDFORUM here:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=373990

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great Northern Diver at Holme
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 12, Scaup at Welney WWT
Shorelarks x 11 at Holkham Gap
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Snow Buntings x 18 at Cley NWT

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Monday, 11 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Little Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoter on sea, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 12 at Welney WWT
Shorelarks x 10 at Holkham Gap
Spoonbill from A149 at Holkham
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Water Pipits x 2, Great White Egrets x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 280 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum

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Helping the Parnaby Family After Bird Observatory Fire, Fair Isle

Love and caring for people in their time of need is so important. The birding world has really come together for the Parnaby family – just look at the donations flooding in!

We have all raised £11,598 of £2,000 goal!!!
By 360 people so far, in 8 hours this evening!!! Incredible fund raising!

https://www.gofundme.com/helping-the-parnaby-family-after-bird-obs-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r

Fair Isle Bird Observatory Fire Update!

Shocking pictures of the destroyed observatory have appeared on the news sites today. I can't even begin to imagine what the Parnaby family and islanders are going through right now. To cope with this tragedy with such a small number of people on the island, must be very difficult indeed and they must be feeling so traumatised.

To David, Susannah, Grace and Freyja and all islanders – you must all be in a serious state of shock, stay strong and know that thousands of people share your sorrow at this very difficult time.

Thousands of people are donating to the Fair Isle Community Crowd Funding page to help the Parnaby's replace their belongings – its the least we can do from the birding community:
  
https://www.gofundme.com/helping-the-parnaby-family-after-bird-obs-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47515175

https://twitter.com/STVNews/status/1105087990072819712 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-47528602/fire-destroys-fair-isle-bird-observatory

https://stv.tv/news/highlands-islands/1436171-renowned-bird-observatory-destroyed-in-devastating-fire/

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/03/11/trust-keen-to-see-bird-observatory-rebuilt/?fbclid=IwAR0I5DwpLdavTJeMMi60SLyccCBKJZZIrdvmYr6N4HqImIPhJ8M0-E3JP04

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/11/quick-rebuild-planned-for-fair-isle-observatory-destroyed-by-fire

https://twitter.com/STVNews/status/1105087990072819712 Latest update on the Fair Isle Website: http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/

You can donate to the observatory here:  http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/donations.html

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Shocking News: Fair Isle Bird Observatory Destroyed In Devastating Fire!!!

This is shocking and devastating news, I couldn't believe it when John F. sent me a text message to let me know.

I see on the latest update on the BBC that is reads "... much of the building has been completely destroyed...." I can't quite take this in! I presume it was an electrical fault, I can't think how else it would have started!!! The main thing is that everyone is safe, but what a dreadful, heartbreaking thing to happen!😭😥😧

Sending love to everyone on Fair Isle

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47515175

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/03/10/fire-fighters-tackle-blaze-at-bird-observatory/

https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2019/03/10/fire-fighters-flown-to-fair-isle-blaze

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17490413.blaze-damages-shetlands-fair-isle-bird-observatory/

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1695972/fire-crew-transported-in-by-helicopter-as-fire-breaks-out-at-fair-isle-bird-observatory/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/3979669/firefighters-helicopter-coast-guard-shetland-fair-isle-bird-observatory-six-hours/

https://stv.tv/news/highlands-islands/1436164-firefighters-tackle-blaze-at-island-bird-observatory/

Roy Dennis has just written the following on Twitter: "Absolutely tragic news – our famous Fair Isle Bird Observatory has been lost to fire. Thank goodness no loss of life but heartfelt sympathy to David, Susannah and family and the islanders. We will rebuild. We have lost much and will lose a year. Close to my heart - very very sad."

LATEST UPDATES:
https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/03/10/fire-destroys-fair-isle-bird-observatory/ 

FIBO Warden David, his wife Susannah Parnaby and their daughters have lost all their possessions, it reads😢

Tweet from Hugh Harrop: "Devastating news coming through from Fair Isle, this evening. The fire swamped the whole observatory building which has now collapsed. Thankfully nobody has been hurt and praise to all the islanders and emergency services personnel for their efforts. A sad, sad day."

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/03/10/fire-destroys-fair-isle-bird-observatory/?fbclid=IwAR0GGl5WbE-Ug6p94NYKy_u5nIwaDVMV4xSbBSp0KuWGEDnSkMUkyw68lA8

Still ablaze this evening – there are no words.......




My thoughts are with all the islanders on Fair Isle, but especially to the Parnaby family who have lost their home and all their possessions. Heartbreaking for everyone.

Titchwell RSPB!

Heavy rain and wind all morning. Sun came out in the afternoon so ventured out of the house. Checked the house at Holme – For Sale board is now up. Lots of Spring bulbs coming up in the garden.

Headed to Titchwell RSPB. Just as I parked up I received shocking news from John F. via text message, Fair Isle Bird Observatory is on fire!!!

A very chilly, late walk on the reserve produced 14 Marsh Harriers, lots of Avocets, Teal, Wigeon, Pochard, Black-headed Gulls, Knot, Golden Plover, Redshanks, Greylag Geese and Brent Geese. The sand was gusting like a scene from the desert!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Velvet Scoter on sea, Caspian Gull, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Great Ryburgh
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owl, Scaup, Tundra Bean Geese x 11 at Welney WWT
Sooty Shearwater at Sheringham
Iceland Gull (probable) at Walcott
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard (probable), Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egret at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Cattle Egret south of Docking
Great White Egrets x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hen Harrier at Warham

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Snow Buntings x 14 at North Dunes, Winterton
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Little Gull, Twite x 13, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 21 at Holkham Gap
Snow Buntings x 24 at Cley NWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Burnham Norton
Little Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Beighton
Cattle Egret, Scaup at Welney WWT
Sand Martin at Great Ryburgh
Jack Snipe x 2 at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford

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Galway, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 8 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret flew over Holme NOA
Shorelarks x 11, Snow Buntings x 10, White Wagtail at Holkham Gap
Hawfinches x 3 at Lynford Aboretum
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Morston Quay
Snow Buntings x 16 at Cley NWT
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 26, Lapland Bunting at North Dunes, Winterton
Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens
Great White Egrets x 3, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 200 at Heigham Holmes
Hen Harrier at Glandford
Water Pipit at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Lapland Bunting heard only, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll, Otters x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Hen Harrier at Rockland Broad
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
Hen Harrier flew over Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Shorelarks x 16 at Holkham Gap
LITTLE BUNTING probable, briefly at Weybourne Camp
Caspian Gull, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 79 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Holme
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE unconfirmed report south of Beighton
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
Hen Harrier at Morston
Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 10 at Holkham Gap

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RBA Weekly Round-Up 27th February to 5th March!

By Stuart Piner
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2019_10.aspx?s_id=987268065

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
  For access to full details of daily sightings, please subscribe to one of RBA's Bird News Services  
Black-necked Grebes x 2, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver at Holme
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
LITTLE BUNTING at Weybourne Camp
Short-eared Owl at Upton Marshes NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Shorelark at Holkham Gap
Snow Bunting at Winterton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
Osprey (possible) at Reepham
Twite x 12 at Blakeney Freshmarsh

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Planning hearings held into impact of Norfolk offshore wind farm project

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/energy/vattenfall-planning-hearings-norwich-necton-happisburgh-norfolk-vanguard-offshore-wind-farm-1-5917785

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
  For access to full details of daily sightings, please subscribe to one of RBA's Bird News Services  
Little Gull, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipit, Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Sand Martin flew over Gorleston-on-Sea
Mealy Redpoll at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Shorelarks x 20 at Holkham Gap
Great White Egrets x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 160, Spoonbills x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
LITTLE BUNTING at Weybourne Camp
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Choseley Drying Barns & Weekend Update!

Went to check the family home at Holme today – lots of Spring flowers popping up, bringing some colour to the garden. Headed to Choseley Drying Barns, sat in the car and waited for the Black Redstart to appear – it was a very long wait. It was pouring with rain and Storm Freya was in its infant stages, so not exactly a day to go out birding. Eventually, two hours later, the Black Redstart appeared on the far right hand corner of the concrete pad, distant and too far for photos, but lovely all the same. It appeared twice more for moments only, in the same spot.

Other birds seen whilst here: at least 15 Yellowhammers, flock of Goldfinches, Hedge Sparrows, Robin, Chaffinches, Wren, Pied Wagtails, Red-legged Partridges, Grey Partridges, Wood Pigeons, Pheasant, Marsh Harrier, Lapwings, Starlings, Curlews and a Magpie. Made my way home in daylight, before the storm got any more serious.

Nice little selection of birds at my bird table in King's Lynn, including far too many Starlings gobbling my mealworms put out for the Robins! Blackbirds, Robins, Hedgesparrows, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Goldfinches.

Spent yesterday with Lucy, Vivien and Ray in Ely. Went to The Cutters Pub by the Riverside and had a spectacular lunch – highly recommended. Spent a long time perusing all the fascinating antiques over three floors in the Waterside Antiques Centre. Had tea in the Vegan Cafe and then veggi burger and chips later, in Ray's narrowboat with cosy woodburner! Lovely day.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret, Black-necked Grebes x 3, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Red-necked Grebes x 3, Black-throated Divers x 2 at Holme
House Martins x 2, Snow Buntings x 6 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Shorelarks x 22 east of Holkham Gap
LITTLE BUNTING at Weybourne Camp
Rough-legged Buzzard between Weybourne & Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Lynn Point, King's Lynn
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-throated Divers x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Scaup x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 19, Lapland Bunting, Hen Harrier, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter east of Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 229 at Holkham Freshmarsh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Otters x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Black-throated Diver flew past Brancaster Marsh
Black Redstart at Choseley Drying Barns
LITTLE BUNTING at Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egret at Ten Mile Bank
Snow Buntings x 16, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cley NWT
Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Swallow, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebes x 3, Hen Harrier, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Holme
Spoonbills x 2 at Warham Greens
Twite x 15, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Scaup at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT

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TENGMALM'S OWL
In garden SE of Bixter, Shetland

Friday, 1 March 2019

Met Office warns of ‘injuries and danger to life’ as Storm Freya expected to hit parts of Norfolk!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/yellow-weather-warning-hunstanton-and-wisbech-1-5912545

Friday Night Update!

I had my fracture clinic appointment on Monday morning – the consultant said that I didn't need a second X-Ray, as he didn't think that I had a Scaphoid fracture – he asked me to keep my issued wrist support (Actimove Gauntlet) on for another four weeks and gave me a fit note for work for 'Light Duties' only. He said there is no way I should be lifting anything heavy or physically working with patients and said that sprains/bruising can sometimes take longer to heel than a fracture. I have to ring them in four weeks if I am still in pain. One of my physio colleagues explained that a scaphoid fracture is very difficult to see on an X-Ray and my wrist may well be fractured and that I should request another X-Ray at the end of the four weeks as if it was fractured, the X-Ray will show calcification, which will prove there was/is a fracture. I was hugely disappointed, as I had expected either another X-ray and plaster cast or to be told to remove the support and start using normally, which I couldn't anyway as too painful. ANOTHER 4 weeks – this is so tedious. Its also worrying me as my right affected hand is my dominant and strongest hand, I just hope this doesn't go on for too long! I can move my fingers ok in the splint and can now write, but attempting this out of the splint is painful. I'm fed-up struggling with daily chores, such as trying to take a lid off a jar and not being able to squeeze a flannel or cloth out at all or turn a handle etc etc. My right hand is also the hand that takes the main weight of my camera and lens – something I won't be able to do for a while. I'm at work doing 'light duties', but its not the same as the fulfilment of working with my regular patients in community.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Hen Harriers x 2, Water Pipit, Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Waxwings x 4 flew over Norwich
Goshawk flew over, Velvet Scoters x 2 on sea at Cley
Snow Buntings x 17 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Sidestrand
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
LITTLE BUNTING, Lapland Bunting at Weybourne Camp
Great White Egrets x 2, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Shorelarks x 16, Lapland Bunting east of Holkham Gap
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Common Cranes x 14 at Clippesby
Red-necked Grebes x 5, Slavonian Grebes x 9, Black-necked Grebes x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Great Northern Diver at Holme
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Great White Egrets x 2 in relief channel at Downham Market
Short-eared Owl at Hardley Staithe, Loddon

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TENGMALM'S OWL
In garden SE of Bixter, Shetland

Thursday, 28 February 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Hen Harriers x 3, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Sidestrand
Spoonbill flew over, Snow Buntings x 23, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Cley NWT
Raven flew over Wells Woods
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Shorelarks x 15 east of Holkham Gap
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Black-necked Grebes x 3 (probable), Hen Harrier, Bittern at Holme
Russian White-fronted Goose at Foulden
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egret at Ten Mile Bank

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TENGMALM'S OWL
In garden SE of Bixter, Shetland