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Friday, 18 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Whooper Swan at Cley NWT
Glaucous Gull on beach at Coastguards, Cley
Dartford Warbler (east of Holkham Gap), Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 21, Red-necked Grebe, Lapland Bunting at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 35, Black Brant (or hybrid) at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 4, Great White Egret, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 13 near Thurne
Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 13, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Iceland Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egret on marsh at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Water Pipits x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great Northern Diver, Bewick's Swans x 16 at Hemsby
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Holme & Titchwell RSPB!

I returned to the family home today to read the electric metre and have a general check around the house. It was a beautiful sunny day and the garden looked lovely. I had bought some bird seed with me and a square berry fat block and placed this on the bird table – I was startled when the resident Robin dived onto the bird table, whilst I was spreading the seed around! This little Robin made me feel so guilty – it looked up at me with its twinkly little eye, as if to say 'where have you been, I'm starving'. We had stopped feeding the birds as neither Vivien or I can just pop over to top the feeders and table up, but with forecast of colder weather and snow, I felt I had to leave something for the birds today. The bird drinking pools were dirty and filled with leaves – I managed to clean them out and top up a few of them from my water container in the house (the water is turned off). I'm glad I did all this, it cheered me up a bit – I hate neglecting the birds here, its awful when every time I arrive, there are virtually no birds to be seen at all – it seems so cruel to stop feeding them, after they have been fed daily for the last fifty years. Normally, when you walk round the corner of the house, you scatter Pheasants, Robins, Wood Pigeons, House Sparrows, Hedgesparrows, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds and so on and now there is nothing, nothing at all. I wonder where the Pheasants have gone? There was one particular cock Pheasant who strutted around like a Cockerel and was not shy at all – all part of the history now.

Arrived at Titchwell RSPB for an afternoon's brisk and chilly walk out to the beach. I had so many clothes on, I could hardly see any birds! Lots of gulls on the freshmarsh, Pochard, Wigeon, Teal, Shelducks, Redshanks, Teal, Shovelers, Little Egrets, Brent Geese, Heron and Reed Bunting and a Wren along the path. On the shoreline there were large numbers of waders feeding – I counted 78 Oystercatchers feeding with several Turnstones and Sanderlings sprinting along the beach. The sea was ferocious and the wind was gusting the sands over the beach. I was very excited to find a Painted Top Shell (Calliostoma zizyphinum) along the tide line – this immediately brought back childhood memories of shell collecting with my sisters – we were always on the look out for Cowrie shells I recall – happy memories. On the way back I counted and re-counted several times, a huge count of 24 Marsh Harriers coming into roost! Saw a Robin and a Wren before returning to my car and then headed back to King's Lynn.

Lots of jobs to do tomorrow. I was very surprised that Prince Philip was driving himself, when he rolled his vehicle – the question is, should someone aged 97 be driving a car? You simply do not have the same reaction time at that age!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 30 east of beach car park at Cley
Glaucous Gull, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 30, Lapland Bunting at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbill at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Water Pipit, Little Gull, Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Thornham
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Common Cranes x 15 east of Thurne
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NNR
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Cattle Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Scaup at Barton Broad

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hen Harrier, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing between Thornham & Titchwell
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 70 east of beach car park at Cley
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Common Cranes x 13 at Clippesby
Great White Egrets x 4, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120, hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Bean Goose sp. x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Common Cranes x 15 south of Repps
Blue Fulmar at Sheringham
Smew redhead, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Scaup at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Annual Rarity Roundup 2018 Part 2!

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RBA_Annual_Rarity_Roundup_2018_Part_2.aspx?s_id=906815275

If you missed it, Part 1 is here

RBA Weekly Round-Up 9th to 15th January!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-03.aspx?s_id=906815275

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Cley NWT!

I am on holiday for two weeks! I don't normally have holiday at this time of the year, but when I was off sick with bereavement/depression, this was over the period when I had lots of holiday booked. So, I have 5 weeks holiday to take before the end of March, otherwise I'll lose it. I have another week in February and another 2 weeks at the end of March. Normally I only have a day or two left!!!

I have been very busy doing jobs over the last few days. There are so many things to do, I don't know which way to turn to be honest. Our parent's house is not going on the market as soon as we wanted it to, for various reasons and this is stressing Vivien and I out to the limit! I'll let you all know when its going up for sale. I needed to escape today and it was a good day to be out with lots of sunshine, blue skies and no rain!

I headed to Cley for the first time this year and headed straight to the NWT Visitor Centre for one of their scrumptious hot cheese scones – I can't remember the last time I had one! It was very peaceful sitting here, looking out over the marshes and the sea beyond – it was good to be back and good for the soul. It was nice to meet a concerned blog follower in the VC, just as I was leaving.

East Bank – I ambled along here with scope, bins and camera and reminisced – my parents met on this famous bank. I think about them both daily, they are constantly in my thoughts – their faces etched in my mind. It was such a beautiful day, it felt like there should be some Spring migrants! I didn't do too badly for a short winter's day though – on 'The Serpentine' there were good numbers of Teal, Pochard, Lapwings, a Gadwall I noted, several Curlew, Shelduck, Starlings, Carrion Crows, Jackdaw, Heron, Little Egret, Redshanks, Mute Swans and two Marsh Harriers were flying over the reedbeds. I spent a while watching the sea and it felt good to be out. Cley is my favourite place for watching the waves cascade and crash onto the shingle. But, aside from a few gulls, there were no birds on the sea or flying past of interest. There were large numbers of whelk egg cases on the shingle I noted. I walked east between the shingle ridge and Arnold's Marsh and found a beautiful pair of Stonechats (unringed) perched on vegetation high on the ridge. They vanished before I could obtain any decent pictures. I headed back to my car and then headed to Salthouse.

Met up with John Furse in Beach Road! We walked out to Gramborough Hill, where I saw another pair of Stonechats which was nice and a Skylark was seen. Three Snow Buntings were sunning themselves on the shingle ridge, just east of the 'hill' and I managed to get a few record shots. A Redshank was in the pool just west of the hill, as we walked back our cars and a couple of Pied Wagtails flew overhead in Beach Road. Nothing else of note, but then I didn't expect to see too much today. I wanted to go to Coastguards and add the Glaucous Gull to my mini day list, but I had to go to Bakers and Larners in Holt, so left around 3.40pm. Said hello to Andy W. when I was in Holt for a few minutes (he works in the town).

I enjoyed my day out, but looking forward to Spring and lighter evenings! I lost 6.5lbs in my first weigh-in with WW on Monday and yes I have counted the 'points' for the cheese scone today! The weather is getting colder by the end of the week with possible snow forecast. My birthday is on the last day of my holiday – there always seems to be snow on my birthday!

Some readers have highlighted that my posts are not linking properly to Twitter. It was such a long time ago that I linked my posts automatically, that I can't even find out how I did that when I investigated this evening! But, until I find the solution, I will simply link all my posts to Twitter manually, which only takes a second to do anyway.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 25 at Holkham Bay
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 40 east of beach car park at Cley
Common Cranes x 11 at Clippesby
Tundra Bean Goose at Runham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Scaup, Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Taiga Bean Goose at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull offshore at Holme

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 14 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Glaucous Gull flew over Beach Road at Wells
Sandwich Tern, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 3 at Cley NWT
Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoters x 11 on sea at Cley
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy/Lesser Redpolls x c40 at The Dell, Wells Woods
Russian White-fronted Geese x 96 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black-necked Grebes x 2 at Blakeney Harbour
Smew redhead, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Shorelarks x 23, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham Bay
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Runham
Common Cranes x 8 at Clippesby
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 13 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Smew redhead, Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham RSPB
Little Gulls x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver at Thornham Point
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Runham
Snow Buntings x 50, Great Northern Diver off beach car park at Cley
Long-tailed Duck at Weybourne
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Bewick's Swans x 80 at Ludham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 131, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
None

Birding Insights Vlog - Part 1 - Jan 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 6, Velvet Scoters x 16 off beach car park at Cley
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull off Burrell Way, Thetford
Hen Harrier at Morston Quay
Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Little Gulls x 5, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Ring-necked Duck, Cattle Egrets x 2, Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 8 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 40, Lapland Bunting, Black-throated Diver at North Dunes, Winterton
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Choseley Drying Barns
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 22, Glaucous Gull, Red-necked Grebe at Holkham Bay
Common Cranes x 9 near Clippesby
Slavonian Grebes x 3, Red-necked Grebes x 4, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Short-eared Owl, Little Gulls x 3 at Holme
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Tundra Bean Geese x 7, Bewick's Swans x 4 west of Runham
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Twite x 3 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Ringstead
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 11 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Glaucous Gull, Velvet Scoters x 18 off beach car park at Cley
Jack Snipe at Cley NWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 4 near Clippesby
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 32, Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 4 at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl at Toft Monks Mill
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Cattle Egrets x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Water Pipit, Little Gulls x 4, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Black-throated Diver, Black Brant at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 3, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Caspian Gull off Burrell Way, Thetford
Twite x 6 at Thornham Harbour
Long-tailed Ducks x 21, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe at Holme Dunes
Snow Bunting near lifeboat station at Sea Palling
Hawfinches x 18, Crossbills x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Mealy Redpoll at Wells Woods
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 25 at North Dunes, Winterton

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Giant Bird Book Gets Rare Public Outing!

"One of the world's rarest books by the 19th Century US artist and ornithologist John James Audubon has gone on display at Liverpool Central Library.

Birds of America features ornate hand-painted watercolours. A similar one sold for more than $5m (more than £7m) in 2010."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/must_see/46820378/rare-audubon-bird-book-displayed-at-liverpool-library

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Bewick's Swans x 5 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Long-tailed Ducks x 6 at Thornham Point
Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPBTaiga Bean Geese x 6, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Quarles Marsh, Wells
Black Brant on pitch+putt at Wells
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Short-eared Owls x 3, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island
Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2 at Holme Dunes
Twite x 13, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Common Cranes x 10 at Billockby
Shorelarks x 23, Snow Buntings x 23, Black-throated Diver at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Ducks x 3 at Blakeney Point
Water Pipits x 9 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egret at Horsey Corner
Bewick's Swans x 52 near airfield at Ludham
Common Cranes x 13 near Clippesby

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Black-throated Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 150, Lapland Bunting flew over at Holkham
Glaucous Gull flew over Cley
Taiga Bean Geese x 14, Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Ring-necked Duck, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Great Northern Diver, Blue Fulmar at Sheringham
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Common Cranes x 3 between Thurne and Clippesby
Iceland Gull, Velvet Scoter, Snow Buntings x 54 at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 2nd to 8th January!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-02.aspx?s_id=741905941

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Water Floods Over Sea Walls At High Tide, As Strong Winds Batter Norfolk Coastline

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/high-tide-in-walcott-which-is-braced-for-flooding-1-5843229

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Great Northern Diver, Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Velvet Scoters x 5, Scaup x 2 off beach car park at Cley
Rough-legged Buzzard at Choseley Drying Barns
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, White Stork at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 25 at North Dunes, Winterton
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Buntings x 25, Twite x 20 at Holkham Bay
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Happisburgh
Common Cranes x 5 between Thurne and Clippesby
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
East of Burgh-by-Sands, Cumbria
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Monday, 7 January 2019

New Year's Resolution Number One!

There are several New year's Resolutions this year – the first one commenced today. I have been comfort eating on a massive scale over the last two years, far more than I ever have and now its time to stop. Yesterday I cooked a New Year's Day lunch for my sisters and I, which included veggie roast dinner and home-made Tiramisu for dessert – this was my last big luxury food day until I hit goal weight – its going to be a long road, but I will get there.

I had so many jobs to do at the weekend, that I didn't get time to go birding, but I have TWO weeks off next weekend, so looking forward to getting out into the field. I also have to spend time helping Vivien sort out stuff/sale etc of our parent's house and also need to start clearing and sorting things in my own house in preparation for my house sale. Its going to be a busy, busy year!

Disappointingly, the Israel trip with Oriole Birding is not going ahead as not enough people booked, but I still have Fair Isle in October to look forward to!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Goose, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Spotted Redshank at Thornham Marsh
Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 4, Scaup off Coastguards at Cley
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 near Thrigby Hall
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Taiga Bean Geese x 14 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Dartford Warbler at Horsey
Spoonbill alt Snettisham RSPB
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 15, Great Northern Divers x 4, Black-throated Divers x 2, Little Gull, Shag x 4 off Holme Dunes
Rough-legged Buzzard north of Halvergate
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hooded Crow at Winterton
Shorelarks x 26, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe at Holkham Bay
Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose x 2 hybrids at Lady Anne's Drive, Holkham
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Pink-footed Geese x 600 at Happisburgh
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 6 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Dartford Warbler, Hen Harriers x 2, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 29 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate), Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 7, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Caspian Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Glaucous Gull flew over Wells Woods
Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at Wells Harbour
Shorelarks x 25, Snow Buntings x 20, Lapland Bunting flew over, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Little Gull, Velvet Scoters x 8 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Cattle Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owl, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Common Cranes x 7 between Clippesby and Thurne
Russian White-fronted Geese x 200, Taiga Bean Geese x 16 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Bewick's Swans x 34 south of Catfield
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 12 at off Holme Dunes
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret west of New Cut at Blakeney
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Burgh Castle
Twite x 7 at Morston Quay
Hooded Crow (probable), Snow Buntings x 40 at Winterton
Spoonbill, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Smew redhead, Spoonbill, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Waxwings x 4 at Horning

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 5 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) in picnic area, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 4, Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7, Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Welney WWT
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes), Lesser Redpolls x 60, Mealy Redpoll at Wells Woods
Shorelarks x 36, Snow Buntings x 50, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Smew redhead, Common Crane, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Gapton Marshes
Rough-legged Buzzard near Choseley Farm
Waxwing x 12 at Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 SW of Thrigby Wildlife Gardens
Bewick's Swans x 55 near Ludham Airfield
Black Redstart (on Wednesday) at Bulmer Lane, Great Yarmouth
Common Cranes x 3 at Thurne
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harriers x 5 at Stiffkey
White-fronted Goose at Burgh Castle Marshes

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FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 4 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Ring-necked Duck, White Stork, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Black-necked Grebe (probable), Long-tailed Ducks, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Common Cranes x 12 near Thurne
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) still on Meadow Trail, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Diver, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 15, Russian White-fronted Geese x 186 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 20 at Holkham Bay
Black Brant or hybrid at Holkham
Bewick's Swan at end of Beach Road, Salthouse
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Great White Egret at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 50 west of beach car park at Cley
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Happisburgh
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Heigham Holme Marshes
Common Cranes x 9 at Clippesby
Russian White-fronted Geese x 9 at Breydon Water
Smew redhead at Filby Broad
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Hen Harriers x 5 at Stiffkey Campsite
Hen Harrier, Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Velvet Scoter offshore at Holme
Bewick's Swans x 28 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hen Harrier, Bewick's Swans x 2, Common Cranes x 6 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Little Gulls x 2 flew past Hunstanton
Cattle Egret, Common Cranes x 9 at Heigham Holmes
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Glaucous Gull near caravan park, Black Brant east of coast path at Wells
Waxwing at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Bewick's Swans x 20, Whooper Swans x 30 at Ludham Airfield
Twite x 12 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 50, Great White Egret, Velvet Scoters x 2, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Blue Fulmar at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90, Great White Egrets x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant or hybrid by car park at Holkham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Hen Harriers x 4, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Great White Egret, Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owl at Stiffkey
Northern Treecreeper possible (form nominate) in alders along track to beach at 2.15pm (present several days), Water Pipit, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
Waxwing flew over Swainsthorpe, Norwich
Common Cranes x 3 at St Benet's Abbey, Norwich
Smew redhead on Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Ring-necked Duck, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Bewick's Swans x 4 at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 3 at Clippesby

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Scott runs the Virgin London Marathon 2019!

My wonderful colleague Scott is running a Marathon for the Stroke Association!!!

The Stroke Association plays a huge part in the daily lives of our stroke patients. Their work is paramount in the recovery and wellbeing of stroke survivors and their families.

Scott's target is to raise is £2,000 – I'm pretty certain we can raise this fairly quickly! If you would like to make a contribution, please click on the link at the bottom – thank you all so much!

This is Scott's message on the JustGiving page:


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

On Sunday 28th April 2019 I will be taking on my first ever Marathon – the biggest of them all – London.

As you can see I will be doing it for the Stroke Association – a charity very close to me and my job, and I am proud to get to see their immense work on a daily basis. The help, care and support that they give to stroke patients, their carers and families is second to none.

Please give as generously as you can as I take on this Marathon challenge for a great cause!
Scott x

https://www.justgiving.com/Scott-Ablett-London-Marathon-2019?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Scott-Ablett-London-Marathon-2019&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_term=MDQjMNM8b

Sixth Best Performing Stroke Unit in the UK!

CONGRATULATIONS TO US!!!
 
https://qehklmediahub.com/2019/01/02/qeh-is-rated-in-the-top-10-of-stroke-units-in-the-country/?fbclid=IwAR2tOlJN1Y-6xyiUP-DPBF1JocfW93H7uzUgCgLGcdcldeXLPvxurngv50g

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER on canal at Briggate, SE of North Walsham
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 20 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant in field by Lady Anne's Drive at Holkham
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Long-tailed Duck at Barton Broad
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 2 offshore at Wells
Hen Harriers x 2 at East Hills, Wells
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Little Gull offshore at Old Hunstanton
Bewick's Swans x 22, Whooper Swans x 30 at Ludham Airfield
Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Water Pipits x 2, Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoter at Gorleston-on-Sea
Russian White-fronted Geese x 20 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hen Harrier at Ringstead
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Dartford Warbler (along track), Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 20 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Glaucous Gull at Sea Palling
Great White Egret at Ingham Corner
Taiga Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Ballynacloghy, Tawin, County Galway, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 19th December to 1st January!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019-01.aspx?s_id=577029113

RBA Annual Rarity Round-up 2018 Part 1

By David Campbell
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RBA_Annual_Rarity_Roundup_2018_Part_1.aspx?s_id=577029113

Thanks to RBA for including my Snowy Owl picture in their Annual Rarity Round-Up!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Waxwings x 4 at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Great Northern Diver at West Runton
BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER on canal at Briggate, SE of North Walsham
Glaucous Gull at Wells Harbour
Twite x 13 at Thornham Harbour
Snow Buntings x 30 at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Duck flew past Cley
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Snow Buntings x 25, Bewick's Swans x 3 at Sea Palling
Taiga Bean Geese x 12, Russian White-fronted Geese x 35 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 8, Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Hopton-on-Sea
Tundra Bean Goose, Taiga Bean Geese x 2 in field east of Horning
Waxwings x 5 at Long Stratton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 at Breydon Water
Bewick's Swans x 20, Whooper Swans x 20 at Ludham Airfield
Cattle Egret at Heigham Holmes
Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holme
Caspian Gull, Hen Harriers x 3, Water Pipits x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Great Northern Diver, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart, Snow Bunting in beach car park, Snow Buntings x 20 in North Dunes, Winterton
Great White Egret at Stubb Mill, Scaup at Hickling Broad NWT
Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Great White Egret, Smew, Spoonbill at Snettisham
Hen Harriers x 6 at Warham Greens
Red-necked Grebe at Sheringham
Black-throated Diver flew past Weybourne Camp
Hen Harriers x 3 at Burnham Deepdale Marsh

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