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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wood Sandpiper at Redwell Marsh Reserve NOA, Fieldfare at HBO NOA, Holme
Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret at Holme Dunes NWT
Little Stints x 3, Curlew Sandpipers x 4, Garganey, Wood Sandpipers x 12, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 11, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpipers x 12, Garganey at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 5 at Cantley Beet Factory
Wood Sandpiper at Rush Hill Scrape, Little Stints x 2, Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Wood Sandpiper at Hickling Broad NWT
Little Stint, Wood Sandpipers x 8 at SW of Ongar Hill at Terrington St Clement
Black Terns x 3 flew past Hemsby
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, ENE of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 24th to 30th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_31.aspx?s_id=147597972

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Beautiful Marbled Moth trapped at Holme
Wood Sandpiper at Redwell Marsh Reserve NOA, Great White Egret at Holme
Black Tern, Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Pied Flycatcher at beach car park, Spoonbills x 3 at Brancaster
Common Cranes x 8 at Welney WWT
Quail singing at Choseley
Wood Sandpiper at Snipe's Marsh, Walsey Hills NOA
Wood Sandpipers x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells
Wood Sandpipers x 21, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Pied Flycatcher at South Dunes, Winterton
Little Stints x 2, Curlew Sandpipers, Wood Sandpipers x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT
Black Terns x 6, Little Stints x 3, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Wood Sandpipers x 7, Garganey x 2, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 21 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 9, Little Stint, Garganey x 3, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
None

UK Heatwave: Met Office Confirms Record Temperature in Cambridge!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49157898#

Gramborough Hill, and Cley NWT!

Monday 29th July
I had to deliver stuff to our family solicitors in Wells after work this evening, so took the opportunity to get some birding in whilst along the coast. I stopped to pick up some fish 'n' chips for my tea, but sadly this was not possible, as the queues along the quayside were insane! So had to make do with some emergency supplies from the local supermarket!

Gramborough Hill, Salthouse!
Tons of Gatekeeper Butterflies everywhere, have never seen so many, also big numbers of Painted Ladies, Peacock and Red Admiral on the buddleia bushes at the hill. I also saw an Emperor Dragonfly here. Little Ringed Plover, 4 juvs. and a Black-headed Gull were on the remains of the pool, just west of the hill. Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins and House Martins also seen, but no other birds of note. Sat on top of the hill to enjoy the view for a while, whilst listening to Sandwich Terns flying past on the shingle beach.

Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 23, Arctic Terns x 5, Greenshanks x 2, Water Rail juv. x 1, Little Stint, Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, tons of Black-headed Gulls, Teal, Mallards, Redshanks, Little Egret, Reed Warbler, Pied Wagtails, Dunlins, Shelducks, Sparrowhawk, Ruff, Starlings, Little Ringed Plovers x 6. A Migrant Hawker was emerging from underneath the hide flap in Teal Hide! As we walked back a Water Vole was feeding in the river under the bridge next to A149!

Monday, 29 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ruddy Shelducks x 5 flew past, Spoonbills x 3 at Sheringham
Ruddy Shelducks x 5 flew past Scolt Head Island
Wood Sandpiper flew over Brandiston south of Cawston
Turtle Dove juv., Little Stints x 3, Curlew Sandpipers x 7, Wood Sandpipers x 11, Gargany x 2, Great White Egrets x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 4 on Snipe's Marsh, Quail at Walsey Hills NOA
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Cantley Beet Factory
Wood Sandpipers x 28, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Breydon Water
Wood Sandpipers x 5, Great White Egret at Holme Dunes NWT
Quail singing at Kelling Water Meadows
Caspian Gull at Cockley Cley
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Wood Sandpipers x 10 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 28 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Terns x 2 flew past beach car park at Cley
Baltic Gulls x 2 possible, (nominate form fuscus), Wood Sandpipers x 110+, Curlew Sandpipers x 16, Little Stints x 6, Spoonbills x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Garganey, Quail, Osprey, Arctic Terns x 5 at Cley NWT
Quails x 3 at Walsey Hills NOA
Two-barred Crossbill flew over, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 20, Curlew Sandpipers x 4, Little Stints x 5, Great White Egret, Cattle Egrets x 2, Black Terns x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 2 flew over Hungry Hill, Northrepps
Little Gull, Sanderling at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham RSPB
Black Tern, Wood Sandpipers x 4 at Blakeney Point
Wood Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbills x 11 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Cattle Egrets x 2 on grazing marsh briefly, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Great White Egret at Holme Dunes NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 7, Little Stint at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 25, Wood Sandpiper at Stiffkey Fen
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Arctic Terns x 2 flew past Hopton-on-Sea
Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Breydon Water
Wood Sandpiper flew over Thorpe Marshes, Thorpe St Andrew
Wood Sandpipers x 9 at Cantley Beet Factory
Wood Sandpipers x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
None

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SATURDAY 27th JULY
Wood Sandpipers at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 21, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpipers x 4, Wood Sandpipers x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
PURPLE HERON juv., on grazing marsh, south of Holme Bird Observatory
Wood Sandpipers x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
Balearic Shearwaters x 2 flew past Cley
Wood Sandpipers x 5, Garganey, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 33, Wood Sandpiper at Stiffkey Fen
Quail singing at New Buckenham Common
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 3 at North Point Pools, Wells
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Berney Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 26 July 2019

Another Sticky Hot Day!

I didn't sleep on my camp bed at all last night and eventually returned to my normal bed at about 5am where it was very slightly cooler than last night and got about an hour's sleep before having to go to work. I was like a drunken zombie all day.

Although temperatures had dropped to 23.5c outside, as I drove into work this morning, the hospital remained at boiling point all day. Yesterday's heat had not escaped the building and we suffered again with stifling conditions. Some of my colleagues who live in the Norwich area reported big thunderstorms last night, but there was no rain here overnight. I really hope tomorrow's forecast is correct and the rain is torrential to cool things down! My body and mind can't take much more!

This won't be a joyous weekend at all. Vivien is coming to my house tomorrow and we have to spend hours filling in laborious legal forms in relation to the family home and on Sunday I am scheduled to work all day!!! Roll on the following weekend!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON juv., Curlew Sandpipers x 4, Little Stint, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 11 at Titchwell RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper at Breydon Water
Black Terns x 2 flew past Beach Carpark at Cley
Wood Sandpipers x 2, Quail singing at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes NWT
Great White Egret, Garganey at Fleet Farm, Halvergate Marshes
Quail singing at New Buckenham Common
PURPLE HERON juv., on grazing marsh, south of Holme Bird Observatory
Wood Sandpipers x 2, Garganey at Cantley Beet Factory

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN 
Glyde River, Annagassan, County Louth, Ireland

Thursday, 25 July 2019

UK HEATWAVE & HOTTEST DAY EVER IN NORFOLK!

"UK heatwave: Second hottest day on record leads to travel chaos"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49106092

"Today's heatwave saw the hottest day ever recorded in Norfolk, with the mercury soaring to 35.8C, forecasters confirmed and police closing the A11 due to melting tarmac."

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/norfolk-hottest-day-ever-county-sees-new-heatwave-record-set-at-marham-1-6181723

IT WAS UNBEARABLE IN THE HOSPITAL TODAY. All lights turned off to the minimum, blinds and windows closed. I felt so sorry for the patients, it was dreadful. It was like a boiling inferno, inside and out. When we walked out of work it was even hotter, sickeningly hot, the intensity was shocking. Getting in the car was torture and the air conditioning did not even kick in fully by the time I got home. The outside temperature at 4.40pm according to my car was 40.5c (104.9°F) and one of my colleagues who works part time, recorded 42c (107.6°F) at her home in Pott Row at 12.30pm!!!

Dripping hot and exhausted, I stumbled into my house after work. I felt sick. I changed the hot bird bath water so the birds could have a cool splash around and then collapsed on the sofa with the fan switched on. Watered the plants outside and put out hedgehog food at around 9pm. I didn't even have the energy to cook any tea until 9.30pm. When I ventured upstairs a short while ago, I was horrified by the intensity of the heat, so I won't be going to my bed tonight. Its going to be a long night, camping on the kitchen floor, there is no way I will be sleeping upstairs, its like an oven!!! Looking forward to the lower temperatures tomorrow! My hot water bottles are in the freezer, can't wait to get them out! Now going for a cool shower!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON juv., Osprey, Curlew Sandpiper, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 3, Little Gull, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret a Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 6, Spotted Redshank at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret, Common Crane at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove singing at Silfield Nature Reserve, Wymondham

MEGA NEWS
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER
Flew south, 5 miles west of Stornoway, Lewis, Western Isles
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, ENE of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

UK Heatwave: Extraordinary Temperatures 'could break records'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49094575

It was 88°F (32c) today in King's Lynn! Probably far higher than that working in the hospital though! Roll on Saturday when the temperatures drop to simply hot!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PURPLE HERON, Turtle Doves x 2, Osprey, Garganey, Spoonbills x 21, Curlew Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Black Tern north of Coastguards Station at Wells
Pacific Golden Plover (possible) at Potter Heigham Marshes
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonflies x 2 at East Winch
Little Gull at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 17th to 23rd July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_30.aspx?s_id=1056443392

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

HEATWAVE!!!

HOT WEATHER ESSENTIALS!
  • Close every window
  • Close all curtains and blinds
  • Turn all lights off when/where possible.
  • If you have pale curtains hang something dark over them.
  • Only open windows late evening/middle of night, if air is cooler than in room and close again before sunrise (5.02am tomorrow) to keep all rooms in day as cool as possible – closing them later in morning is too late, as the boiling sun will have been pounding through into the room, raising the temperature to melting point!!!!!
  • Fill hot water bottles with cold water and put in freezer a couple of hours before bedtime and then enjoy icy cold water bottles all night!
  • Keep hydrated, drink lots of water
  • Purchase a Cobber Neck Wrap from Amazon – I have one, its awesome! You soak the wrap in cold water for 30 minutes and then for added coolness, place in freezer for a short while. You can then wear round your neck, head, wrist etc and it stays cold for ages!
  • If you are working.... have a tepid shower as soon as you get home, sit on sofa with fan on and move around as little as possible, apart from doing your tea and only do essential jobs like watering plants, changing bird pools and feeding hedgehogs!!!
  • I wonder if anyone has invented a type of head fan? Wouldn’t that be fabulous!!!😂 Pray for ❄️ ☃️

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUcMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Semipalmated Sandpiper (1st for reserve), Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 11, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret on Broadwater at Holme
Little Gulls x 4 flew past Mundesley
Spoonbills x 13 at Thornham Harbour

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, ENE of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MONDAY 22nd July
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1st for reserve), Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 17, Spotted Redshanks x 4, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Pacific Golden Plover at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 11 at Potter Heigham
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stints x 2, Black Tern, Spotted Redshanks x 11 at Snettisham RSPB
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Long-tailed Skua reported flying past Hunstanton
Quail singing at Kelling Water Meadow
Spoonbills x 3 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, ENE of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Meet Up with Vivien, Delivery to Norfolk Hospice Shop & A Great White Egret!

I met up with Vivien at 10am this morning at our family home to have another sort out. We had left a number of boxes of bric-a-brac and unwanted books in the hall, which we had intended on selling at a boot sale, but neither of us could be bothered with the effort of doing one. We kept a few things back to sell, but donated all the rest to the Norfolk Hospice Shop in Hunstanton, which resulted in two car trips! The ladies in the shop were very pleased and I think we filled their little back room to the max! We have already donated tons of stuff to their shop and they remembered me when I walked into the shop. We were probably donating things that our mother had bought in there over the years!

Vivien had a very emotional start to her day. She arrived at the house at 9am, much earlier than she had intended. On her arrival she was shocked to see the cat (as in mother's cat that was) sitting in the front garden! For those of you that don't know, or can't remember...... the cat originally belonged to the village pub, the pub had a fire many years ago and 'Missy' (the cat) had escaped and never returned – my mother found her sleeping in the snow by a tree, many years ago and adopted her – my mother never knew this cat had belonged to the pub. After my mother died last year, we returned the cat to the pub landlady and they were happy to take her back. We heard through someone that works there, that Missy was very pleased to be back with her brother (another cat in the pub) and apart from a few visits back to the house initially, we havn't seen Missy for a long time now. So you can understand Vivien's shock, when Missy greeted her like she had never been away and meowed to go into the house! Vivien did the right thing and plonked the cat on her front car seat and drove her back to the pub. The cat was not overly happy with the car ride, but looked 'ok' Vivien said, when she was returned to her new home. I have been extremely emotional lately about the loss of my mother and I would have been in tears if I had seen the cat, so glad I wasn't there, but felt sorry that Vivien had to deal with the situation. I can't believe that on the 7th August it will be a year since our dear mother died – it doesn't feel like 12 months at all and I miss her so much.

In between our trips to the Hospice Shop, we had fish 'n' chips from 'Sunny Hunny' and later had a 99 ice-cream and a flake. There were tons and tons of people along the promenade for the last night of the Sunset Festival, just east of the pier (that was).

We finished our sort out by mid evening and went to Holme Marsh Reserve NWT for a short while. We saw three Marsh Harriers, a Mute Swan, Mallards, Coot, Wren, Reed Warblers zipping around the reed mace, good numbers of hirundines in the skies and a Grey Heron was seen. Star of the show was a Great White Egret, which I spotted flying over the marshes distantly at 7pm (no pictures I'm afraid). I was horrified to see on the BBC Weather, that a heatwave is going to hit us tomorrow and all week – it will be dripping hot at work! Oh dear!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pacific Golden Plover at Breydon Water
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1st for reserve), Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 17, Black Tern, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Two-barred Crossbill fem/juv, flew past In Focus at Titchwell
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Quail singing near Galley Hill Farm at Blakeney
Turtle Doves x 2, Osprey flew SW over Holme Dunes NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Buxton Heath, WNW of Hevingham
Osprey flew west over Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Quail singing at Northrepps
Quail, Black Tern flew west past Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 20 July 2019

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER at Titchwell RSPB!

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
Titchwell RSPB
1st for the reserve, 7th for Norfolk


Phonescoped this evening at 6.52pm distantly from Island Hide at Titchwell RSPB. The light was beautiful, after an earlier thunderstorm. Sat in the hide with Eddie M. Also seen: 3 Spoonbills, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel flew over west, 3 Common Terns, loads of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Redshank, Dunlin, Med Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Shelducks, Little Egret, Teal, Pied Wagtails, Starlings, Marsh Harriers.

I missed last year's Semipalmated Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB as I was caring for my mother in her final days, before her death on 7th August. When I finished work yesterday I was so tired, I didn't bother going to Titchwell when the Semipalmated Sandpiper was first found, as I truly believed I had seen one before! This is what happens when you don't keep a list and you have a bad memory! It wasn't until today that I remembered that the Semipalmated Sandpiper that I had seen at Cley was then re-indentified as a Western Sandpiper, so I hadn't actually seen one!!! So a new Norfolk tick for me today! I really must get round to doing a list!

Earlier in the day I visited Foxley Woods NWT and saw several Silver-washed Fritillaries, Peacocks, Commas, Ringlets, Painted Ladies, Emperor Dragonfly and bumped into Chris Stone who had been to see the Pacific Golden Plover at Breydon Water this morning. No sign of any Purple Emperor butterflies. It was boiling hot here and I left sooner than I should have done, but wanted to get to Titchwell. I diverted for a short while to Bintree Mill – a place I love, but couldn't even get out of the car, as a massive thunderstorm then broke!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Pacific Golden Plover, Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1st for reserve), Curlew Sandpiper, Osprey, Garganey, Spoonbills x 16 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2, Scaup, Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 11 at Snettisham RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 5, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 4, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Spoonbill at Holme NOA
Garganey, Spoonbills x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 19 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pacific Golden Plover at Breydon Water
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1st for reserve), Osprey, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Spoonbills x 10, Black Tern at Titchwell RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 2, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT
Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew over Buxton Heath

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 18 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pacific Golden Plover at Breydon Water
Purple Emperor Butterfly yesterday at Foxley
Spoonbills x 11, Garganey, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 4, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Tern flew past Beach car park at Cley
Little Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 23 at Stiffkey Fen
Black Tern, Spoonbills x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 11, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 4 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black Tern flew past Sheringham
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Perseid Meteor Shower 2019: When To Watch The Skies

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/perseid-meteor-shower-2019-when-to-watch-1-6164940

Wildlife Trust's 'grave concerns' Over Impact of Route of Western Link

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/wildlife-trust-concerned-over-western-link-impact-on-wildlife-1-6165067

Once Extinct Butterfly Confirmed in Norfolk Wood!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/purple-emperor-butterfly-back-50-years-after-being-declared-extinct-1-6164696

Cakes, Hedgehogs, Birds, Diet & Postal Issues!

I made two Victoria Sandwiches today, for the ward and rehab, to give us all a little boost! I think we need to big ourselves up more than we do, after all we are ranked in the country's top 10 Stroke Units! Our hard work, devotion, dedication and caring, is why we are one of the best Stroke Units in the UK!

The Hedgehogs are still visiting my garden every evening, I now regularly see a male and female, no sign of any hoglets yet though! Several young birds in the garden still, including young Song Thrushes. I now have increased numbers of House Sparrows on the feeders and the Goldfinches are enjoying the new RSPB Niger Seed Feeder. Tomato plants are now at their max with yellow flowers and the tiniest little green tomatoes developing! Runner Beans don't look as good as tomato plants though – they had a hard time in the early stages with slugs. I don't use any chemicals or slug pellets, but hopefully I will get a few beans eventually.

I am done with this sticky hot weather, its unbearable! Diet still going well, lost 1.5 lbs last week and another 1 lb this week – total loss is now 21 lbs – still a long way to go yet!

On Monday I received three letters in my door. Two of them had messages written on the envelopes that read the following: "inaccessable garden overgrown" (spelt wrongly). I was fuming to say the least. To the non naturalist, my garden does indeed look overgrown – it is jam packed with nectar loving herbs and plants and I have more bees, hoverflies and insects than probably the entire estate put together! But, the post person CAN access my front door along the main front path, but they choose to take a short cut across my sloped drive and nip between my two borders of plants, which are currently overhanging each other. I put in a formal complaint to the post office and I was apologised to and given a reference number.  I wrote the following message in reply and stuck it to my front door!

"To the post lady or man who wrote on my letters x 2 on Monday 15th July.

You wrote "inaccessible garden overgrown". Inaccessible means 'unable to be reached'. I presume that you meant that you are unable to reach my front door?

If you follow the correct path from front gate, it is totally accessible to my front door.

If you choose to take a short cut across my driveway and across my little path between plants that I use when getting in/out of car – this is your choice.

My garden may well appear overgrown, but as a naturalist, this garden has more bees, butterflies and insects than gardens that are made up of shingle, concrete and decking.

The only thing that is soon due to be trimmed is my hedge. When the Thyme flowers have finished flowering along main path (bees are collecting nectar from) these will be cut back as I do each year. Thank you."

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Spoonbills x 15, Spotted Redshanks x 5, Little Stint, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Turtle Dove at Harpers Green Farm, East Dereham
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 10 on freshmarsh at Warham
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Salthouse Heath
Spoonbills x 8 at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 10th to 16th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2019_29.aspx?s_id=891549677

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Tern, Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Cantley Beet Factory
Spoonbills x 3 flew past Cromer
Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 15 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Tern, Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egret x 5 at Burnham Overy Staithe

MEGA NEWS
ORANGE BILLED TERN sp.
At Beacon Ponds NR, north of Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Holme NWT, NOA & Titchwell RSPB!

No sign of the male Red-backed Shrike at Holme Dunes NWT this morning, when I searched thoroughly at 10.15am. I found it very odd that a 'no sign of' message came up on my RBA pager at 9.46am, when you can't access the Forestry until 10am?! Whilst I was here, I didn't see another birder at all! Parked up in the NWT car park and queued up for lunch, but got inpatient. There were too many beach goers, families and dogs for my liking.

Went to HBO and chatted with Sophie for a while. Saw a Stonechat on a fence post just yards from the observatory which was nice. Nothing else of note seen. Returned to my car and went to Titchwell RSPB for lunch and then left to go to the family home for my usual chores. Cleaned and changed the bird baths, watered the plant pots, quick sweep round. Chatted to a neighbour for ages about the house and then a couple turned up unannounced to view the property – I showed them the garden, but not the house and didn't need to anyway as they said it would be too much for them to take on.

Returned to Titchwell RSPB and walked along the main path and joined Mark and Tracey Bradbury. It started to rain, so I relocated to Island Hide. Shortly after I escaped the rain, Mark and Tracey also escaped and went to Parrinder Hide. A very productive evening with highlights being a Little Stint and a Continental Black-tailed Godwit (both found by Mark). Other birds seen: lots of Knot, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Ruff, Dunlins, Med Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Shelducks + lots of juvs, Avocets, Teal, Mallard, Pied Wagtails, Common Tern, Marsh Harriers, Cormorants, Egyptian Geese x 2, Lapwings, big Starling flock bathing, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins, Reed Buntings, Spoonbills x 3, Sedge Warblers, Coot, Moorhens, Oystercatchers.

Around the Fen Trail there was a wonderful surprise! A Water Vole was feeding on reeds at the edge of the Dragonfly Pond! Unusually I had almost no battery left on my iphone, otherwise I would have done a video. 6 Little Egrets, 2 Mute Swans + young on Patsy's Pool, lots of ducks, but didn't ID them properly, as it started to rain again, so I speed walked back to my car.

Drove back along the coast road and pulled in at Gypsy Green, just before the bridge at Old Hunstanton. There was a flood here by the field which held 2 Common Sandpipers (which flew the second I pulled up in the car), 3 Mallards, 1 Black-headed Gull and a Pied Wagtail. I had not expected to see Common Sandpipers here!!! Drove along Waterworks Road as far the golf club entrance road and found a Hare feeding amongst flowers, but no birds of note aside from Wood Pigeons. Parked the car by the church and duck pond at Old Hunstanton, but apart from the usual ducks waiting to be fed, there was nothing else of note here at 8.30pm! Arrived back in King's Lynn – cleaned my bird baths out, topped up bird table and fed the Hedgehogs!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Spoonbills x 9 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Little Stint, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3, Spoonbills x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 in garden at Northacre, north of Caster, SE of Watton

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 13 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 11, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove, Little Stint, Great White Egret, Garganey, Spoonbill, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Red-backed Shrike male, Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holme Dunes NWT
Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER
On Thursday, at sea from pelagic in evening, SE of St Mary's, Isles Of Scilly

Friday, 12 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT 
Turtle Doves x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 5 at Snettisham RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Over Staithe
Little Gull at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Tern (probable) flew west past Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 11 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Green-winged Teal, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Roseate Tern flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Over Staithe
Spoonbills x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 18 at North Point Pools, Wells

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 14, Garganey x 3, Scaup x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Osprey, Spoonbills x 10, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Fieldfares x 4 (unconfirmed report) flew over Holkham Hall
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 3rd to 9th July!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2019_28.aspx?s_id=726669576

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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TUESDAY 9th JULY
Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly yesterday at Titchwell RSPB
Black Tern, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 18, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gulls x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3 at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Burnham Norton
Great White Egret at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Burnham Overy Marshes

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN
Flew past south past Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Monday, 8 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret flew over Ferry Road at Woodbastwick
Lesser Yellowlegs, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Tern, Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2 at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Black Tern flew past Hopton-on-Sea
Spoonbill at Holme NOA

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Wimbledon & Gardening!

No birding this weekend. I was spending the day with Lucy yesterday, but she wasn't in the best of moods and cancelled our day out. So, instead I had a wonderful relaxing day, watching all the brilliant Wimbledon matches on offer, whilst enjoying fruit salad and ice-cream!

Today I loaded up the car with gardening tools and birding gear. Drove straight to Titchwell RSPB to buy one of their Niger seed feeders and seed tray to attached underneath – didn't have time to stay on the reserve, plus it was too hot anyway. I spent eight hours in the garden at Holme, doing some serious clearing and cutting back. Anyone viewing the property wouldn't have been able to walk around the top of the garden, so lots of back breaking work had to be done – hand shearing all the nettles down, to create a path around the apple trees. Got the lawnmower out and cut all the grass out the front of the house and the lawn by the greenhouse. General tidy and pulling some of the nettles up elsewhere, weeding, pruning, sweeping up, cleaned all bird baths out and watered the few remaining pot plants. Read the meter – time to pay the electric bill again!

Had a private viewing of the house, when a couple turned up unexpectedly who I know – they seemed very interested now the price has dropped! We had a viewing yesterday and have another one on Monday afternoon – hopefully someone will make a sensible offer soon. It was 9pm when I left the house, so couldn't squeeze any birding in at all! Arrived back at my house in King's Lynn, cleaned all bird baths out, topped up feeders, put hedgehog food out and collapsed on the sofa! No rest for the wicked! Work tomorrow!

I hear from a fellow birder that people are STILL parking their cars one behind the other at the parking area at North Point, Wells. Please park next to each car (as you would in a supermarket car park) as this means more cars will fit in the car park – please think of others, thank you.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cattle Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 11, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart in garden at Neatherd, Dereham
Spoonbills x 2 at Holme NOA
Lesser Yellowlegs, Spoonbills x 5, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Spoonbills x 14, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Saturday, 6 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshanks x 8, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
GREATER SAND PLOVER 1s possible, flew west past beach car park with Golden Plover at 9.45am at Cley NWT
Green-winged Teal, Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Spoonbills x 8, Little Gull, Black Tern (off beach car park) at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Cattle Egret, Garganey x 2, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 10 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Cattle Egrets x 2, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove at Pensthorpe Natural Park

MEGA NEWS
GREATER SAND PLOVER 1s
Possible, flew west past beach car park at Cley NWT, Norfolk
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

FOR SALE: House with huge garden In Holme-next-the-Sea!

https://www.sowerbys.com/property/100439029003/pe36/norfolk/aslack-way/house/2-bedrooms

Our family home has just been reduced in price. Since it went on the market I have always hoped that it would be sold to a birder or naturalist – I will keep my fingers crossed! The house does need lots of work doing on it, but has potential for extending and has a massive garden alongside a horse meadow with views to Holme church and is in a very quiet spot. Additional pictures on my post HERE.

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FRIDAY 5th JULY
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 17, Garganey x 4, Little Gull, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 8, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Green-winged Teal, Great White Egret, Black Tern, Spoonbills x 7 at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Spoonbills x 2, Arctic Tern, Spotted Redshanks x 6 at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egret at Burnham Overy Marshes
Caspian Gull at Cromer

MEGA NEWS
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER/BEE-EATER
North of Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire
BLACK-EARED OR PIED WHEATER
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Thursday, 4 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 5, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 13 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Green-winged Teal, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 10, Caspian Gulls x 4 at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 2 in garden at Neatherd, NE of Dereham
Great White Egret at lake, Felbrigg Hall NT
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3 at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove singing at Holme

MEGA NEWS
SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL sp.
possible, reported flew north past cliffs at Dunbar, Lothian
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

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WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY
Lesser Yellowlegs, Purple Heron, Turtle Doves x 3, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Seething
Spoonbills x 17 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Spoonbills x 16 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 2, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Turtle Dove heard in churchyard at Great Massingham
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Purple Heron, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Little Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull on beach at Sidestrand
Green-winged Teal, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Squacco Heron again on flood NE of Stiffkey
Lesser White-fronted Goose esc. on Swim Coots at Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Beckhithe, north of Hethersett

MEGA NEWS
SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL sp.
Flew north past Whitburn Coastal Park, St Mary's Island, Cullernose Point, Northumberland
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Glastonbury: Teenage fan Alex's rap with Dave 'too good to be true'

Loved watching this and I confess I've watched it several times!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/48833005/glastonbury-teenage-fan-alex-s-rap-with-dave-too-good-to-be-true

Monday, 1 July 2019

Hedgehog Surprise!

THREE hedgehogs on my patio this evening, two in courtship and one spectator!!! My feeding station and hedgehog house has paid off! Hoglets soon!

Lost another 4lbs this week in my WW weigh-in this evening #littleblackdressbychristmas

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 5, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPBCattle Egret flew over Sidestrand
Green-winged Teal at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 15 at Stiffkey Fen
Spoonbill flew past Weybourne Camp
Cattle Egrets x 3, Black Tern at Burnham Overy Marshes
Garganey x 4, Spoonbills x 17 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spotted Crake at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
BAIKAL TEAL 
Druridge Pools Nature Reserve, Northumberland