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Thursday, 9 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 17 – COVID-19

I now have four days off, but may be called in to work if required urgently. 

A dozen new deaths in Norfolk hospitals

Don’t give the virus a second chance - please stay at home

Six more people die at King's Lynn hospital from coronavirus

'Stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives', officials say ahead of Bank Holiday Easter Weekend

Raab urges UK public not to ruin lockdown progress

UK claps for its carers

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Kite flew WSW of Scarning
Cattle Egret at Limpenhoe
Ring Ouzels x 2 on west side of Casiter-on-Sea
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzel at Roydon Common NNR
Osprey flew over Mundford
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Aylmerton
Ring Ouzel, Water Pipit at South Beach, Heacham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Firecrest in garden at Poplar Farm, Waxham
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Wryneck in garden at Sheringham
Ring Ouzels x 8 at West Runton
Ring Ouzel flew over East Wretham Heath NWT
Water Pipit near Hockwold-cum-Wilton
Cattle Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries

MEGA NEWS 
SONG SPARROW
Fair Isle, Shetland
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 16 – COVID-19

I miss the coast SO MUCH!!!
I miss sitting where my parents ashes are laid to rest
I miss the sea and the waves crashing on the shore
I miss searching for Spring migrants
I miss space and the sea air
I miss the 'Lark Ascending'

The longer people break the rules, the longer this dire situation will continue... not for weeks, but for MONTHS!

Norfolk confirmed death toll rises to 75

COVID-19 statement from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn

Boris Johnson 'improving' as intensive care treatment continues

A record 938 deaths were recorded today

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzels x 2 at Grimston Common
Ring Ouzel at Roydon Common NNR
Hooded Crow and Great White Egret flew over Cley
Curlew Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Great White Egret, Little Gull at Welney WWT
Ring Ouzel, Sedge Warbler, Yellow Wagtails x 5 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham
Cattle Egret in grazing marsh at Limpenhoe
Ring Ouzel, Garden Warbler at Reepham
Great White Egrets x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp
Grasshopper Warbler singing at Holme NOA
Hoopoe (then flew SE) at Blakeney
Firecrests x 2 at Hopton-on-Sea
Black Kite at Mulbarton
Black Redstart at Hungry Hill, Northrepps
Ring Ouzel at Rockland St Peter
Cattle Egret at Nar Flood Storage Reservoir at Blackborough
Hooded Crow, Woodlark, Tree Pipit at Waxham
Curlew Sandpiper (probable) flew over Earlham Road, Norwich

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 15 – COVID-19

This evening I fell asleep and then felt I really needed to walk. I ventured out from my house for only my second daily allowed walk, since this whole pandemic began. I ended up walking much further than I had intended! Walked along a cycle path, along fields and ended up in the wood next to the QEH and then back along the main road to my house. Only birds seen: a Pheasant and a Red-legged Partridge – no migrants, nothing exciting at all.

Sue G. tipped me off about a brilliant documentary, that was on Channel 5 this evening!

A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble: The Cook Family who relocate from Exeter to Yell on Shetland! A fascinating documentary and has helped me with my decision!

The battle against a vicious disease

King's Lynn hospital sets out its plans to tackle Covid-19

Coronavirus cases rise by 40 in Norfolk

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Grasshopper Warbler singing at Thorpe Marsh, Thorpe St Andrew
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Roydon Common NNR
Great White Egrets x 5 at Welney WWT
Hooded Crow, Great White Egret, Jack Snipe, White Wagtail at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzel at Upton Marshes NWT
Ring Ouzels x 3 on west side of Caister-on-Sea
Hooded Crow, Spoonbill, Yellow Wagtail at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzels x 9 at Cawston Heath
Ring Ouzels x 2 at West Runton
Ring Ouzel at The Lizard, Wymondham
Common Crane flew over Stalham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Fenway, Heacham
Garden Warbler singing north of Yelverton
Great White Egret at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Ring Ouzel at Claxton
Ring Ouzels x 3, Woodlark at Hemsby
Cattle Egret at Nar Flood Storage Reservoir, Blackborough
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly in garden at High Kelling

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 31st March to 6th April!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2020_15.aspx?s_id=537923650

Rutland Bird Fair 2020 Cancelled

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Birdfair_2020_Cancelled.aspx?s_id=537923650

Monday, 6 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 14 – COVID-19

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen

Inside an ICU fighting Covid-19

Largest rise in Norfolk coronavirus deaths as 12 more die

COVID-19 statement from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzel at Cley
Spoonbill, Jack Snipe, Yellow Wagtails x 2 at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill flew past Salthouse
Pied Flycatcher briefly, Ring Ouzel at Gramborough Hill
Ring Ouzels x 8 and Spoonbills x 3 flew over Sheringham
Garganey x 2, Great White Egret at Upton Marshes NWT
Ring Ouzels x 2, Yellow Wagtails x 2 at Weybourne
Ring Ouzels x 2, Wheatear at Felmingham
Great White Egret at Wiveton
Hen Harrier, Sedge Warblers x 2, Whimbrel x 2, Yellow Wagtails x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Breydon Water
White Stork flew over River Wensum, Great Ryburgh
Ring Ouzel on west side of Caister-on-Sea
White Stork, Ring Ouzels x 5 at Billingford, ESE of North Elmham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Sedgeford
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Bittern at Earlham, west of Norwich
Grasshopper Warbler singing at Thorpe Marsh, Thorpe St Andrew
Hooded Crow at Southrepps
Bittern flew over Horsford

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Sunday, 5 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 13 – COVID-19

I have stayed in the entire weekend and not been on any 'daily walks' – couldn't see the point as not the same as birding on the coast, not the same at all, plus I'm in a very depressive mood. Its very difficult reading about all the migrants turning up on the coast and people's birding accounts in rural areas, very difficult indeed. I still haven't heard a Chiffchaff, never mind anything else. My only consolation is that my garden is quite busy with birds, which includes Blackbirds, Robins, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Hedge Sparrow, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Starlings and House Sparrows – all enjoying my selection of bird food and daily cleaned out bird baths.

I attempted to sit outside to eat my lunch, but it was too hot! Late afternoon, I forced myself to start removing elder from the back of my garden, which I should have done long ago – I have a brilliant bow saw, which cuts through most things with ease, so it was a fairly easy task. I didn't get very far though – its going to be a long job. My fencing is all dodgy too, but hoping I don't have to replace this before I move. I didn't see any hirundines from my back garden, only gulls flying over. Bees and Hoverflies were in the garden and one Brimstone Butterfly seen briefly.

Lots of news on social media of people AGAIN not following the rules, including day trippers, people not social distancing, second home owners still arriving in Norfolk, people driving for walks and parking in car parks that have signs up to say they are closed (obviously some people are either pretty thick, can't read or don't care), not only in Norfolk, but all over the UK. We obviously need total lockdown to make things black and white for those that only have half a brain cell.

Queen tells UK 'we will succeed' in fight

PM admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

Scotland's chief medical officer resigns over lockdown trip

Positive coronavirus patients at QEH rises to 71  this is dated 3rd April, so presumably higher numbers now

Five more coronavirus deaths at Norfolk hospitals

Outdoor exercise may be banned if people keep ignoring lockdown rules, says health secretary

A Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzel  at Limpenhoe
Hawfinches x 2 flew over Cockley Cley
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Wormegay
Common Terns x 3 at Colney Gravel Pits
Little Ringed Plovers (no general access) at Wymondham Gravel Pits
Bittern flew over, Sandwich Terns x 5 flew over garden in Norwich
Hen Harrier flew over Wereham
Woodlark at North Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Hungry Hill, Northrepps
White Stork (ringed), Great White Egret at Welney WWT
House Martin at Roydon
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Sparham
Little Gull, Common Terns x 4 at Filby Broad
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Hunstanton
Black Redstart at West Runton
Shorelarks x 2 at Holkham
Little Gulls x 13 flew over Hopton-on-Sea
Sedge Warbler at Walsey Hills NOA (note this reserve is currently closed as are all NOA reserves)
Great White Egret, Whimbrel at Salthouse
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzel at Cley
Whitethroat singing by railway at Wymondham
Hen Harrier flew over Beach Road at Snettisham
Whimbrel x 2 at Blakeney Harbour
Bittern flew over West Earlham
Whimbrel flew over Hingham
Ring Ouzel at Hemsby
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes, Whimbrel flew over Thetford

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Saturday, 4 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 12 – COVID-19

Eight more coronavirus deaths in Norfolk as UK death toll jumps by 708

COVID-19 statement from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Raven at East Barsham
Osprey at Kelling Heath
Bewick's Swans x 2 flew over Winterton
Common Cranes x 7 flew over Hungry Hill, Northrepps
Common Cranes x 7 flew over West Runton
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Horsford
Swallows x 3, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Osprey flew over Cley
Common Scoters x 2 flew over Norwich
Common Scoters x 2 flew over Hempton
Velvet Scoter off South Beach, Heacham
White Wagtails x 4 at Hopton-on-Sea
Sedge Warbler, Little Ringed Plovers x 2, Red-crested Pochards x 2 at Titchwell RSPB (please note that the reserve is closed)
White Wagtail at Felmingham
Lesser Whitethroat (probable) heard only at Wymondham
Common Scoters x 4 flew over Hellesdon
Common Terns x 10 at Filby Broad
Common Crane flew over Beeston Common

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Friday, 3 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 11 – COVID-19

Very, very low mood, good night.

Coronavirus: Staying home this weekend 'not a request', UK told

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52155430

Coronavirus deaths in Norfolk rise to 38 as UK sees total increase by 684

‘This is a not a public holiday’ - People urged to stay in over hot weekend to curb coronavirus

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Raven at East Barsham
Sedge Warbler at Titchwell RSPB
Russian White-fronted Goose at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Great White Egrets x 2, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
White-tailed Eagle at Thorpe St Andrew
White-tailed Eagle at Colney
Swallow over Weybourne
Cattle Egret at Limpenhoe
Great White Egret at Salthouse
Black Redstart in gardens at Great Massingham
Osprey (probable) flew over Norwich
Short-eared Owl at Blakeney Bank
Black Redstart at North Beach, Heacham
Common Crane flew over Great Ryburgh
Ring Ouzel at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Scoters x 2 flew over Swaffham
Osprey flew over Dersingham

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL 
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

This is when Comet Atlas is set to light up the night sky this month

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/this-is-when-to-see-massive-comet-visible-in-night-sky-9105241/

Thursday, 2 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 10 – COVID-19

I took two very large boxes of Thorntons and Lindt chocolates to the very kind person in ENT this morning (see yesterday's post). I also brought in two Strawberry Gateux's to my colleagues to add a little extra sparkle to our lunch!

My hands are closed to bleeding from far more hand washing then you would normally do! A particularly crazy day, shattered.

There were a few pots and pans being banged for Clap For Carers at 8pm, but no where near as many as last week – maybe people had forgotten or the novelty had worn off, but still very thankful for those that did make the effort to join in, very much appreciated, thank you.

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million

Clap for Carers: UK applauds the NHS and other key workers

Huge applause from Norfolk for NHS and key workers fighting coronavirus

Six more coronavirus deaths in Norfolk as UK reaches new record for testing

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NNR
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Cattle Egret at Limpenhoe
Black Redstart at South Denes, Great Yarmouth
Cattle Egret flew over South Beach, Heacham
Osprey flew over North Hamlet, Norwich
Great White Egret at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Velvet Scoter flew past Hemsby
Cattle Egret flew over Binham
Raven at East Barsham
Caspian Gull at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS 
SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER
Dungeness, Kent
LESSER KESTREL
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 9 – COVID-19

I went to my local supermarket this evening, to buy a few essentials, plus two massive boxes of chocolates for a very kind person in the ENT team at the QEH – I can't say who, why etc, but lets just say this person went way beyond the call of duty – I will deliver the chocolates tomorrow. Several people in the supermarket were wearing masks and gloves and I felt more at risk here, than I do in the hospital to be honest! I managed to find boxes of yeast, which a member of staff had just put on the shelves at 9.50pm – 10 minutes before closing! Very pleased that I was able to get Bev (from work) a box of yeast for her breadmaking. I also bought the team a luxury treat for lunchtime tomorrow!

Everything is so weird now. I find myself not shaking hands with patients I meet anymore and this is not normal at all for me or indeed for any of us. We are distancing ourselves from everyone. We can't even have hugs in our team, its all very difficult at times. So now we have air hugs! Sounds odd but we put our arms out as if to hug someone, but don't – makes us smile when we do this, it will have to make do for now!

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 563 to 2,352 in biggest daily jump yet

Seven coronavirus deaths sees Norfolk total rise to 25

Coronavirus cases in Norfolk rise to 180

King's Lynn hospital coronavirus death toll rises to 10

WHO 'deeply concerned by coronavirus 'rapid escalation'

Charles speaks following virus diagnosis

Goats take over deserted Llandudno!

18 concerts, plays and West End shows you can stream for free

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Sedge Warbler at Potter Heigham
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Lanner (adult) at Breydon Water
Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Cattle Egret at Limpenhoe
Velvet Scoters x 2 off South Beach at Heacham
Short-eared Owl at Winterton
Common Scoters x 10 flew over Hingham
Caspian Gull at Hemsby
Common Scoters x 2 flew over Hellesdon

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

LOCKDOWN DAY 8 – COVID-19

TUESDAY 31st MARCH

You can't quite believe, that we have only been in lock down for just over a week, its almost unreal. It has all happened so quickly and so unexpectedly that its hard to take in. Not being allowed to do many of the things that we normally do, is going to test our minds, our relationships, our everything. Hang in there! We're British, we can do this!!!

The best thing to happen to me today personally, was my little sister Vivien FINALLY working out how to do a WhatsApp Video call!!! It was really lovely to see her sitting in the narrow boat that she shares with her partner Ray – signal was a bit dodgy but it usually is where their boat is moored. Sadly Lucy has an ancient Nokia phone (which is close to packing up), so many need to encourage her to get a new smartphone!

Seven more confirmed coronavirus deaths in Norfolk

Coronavirus: Three more deaths confirmed at King's Lynn hospital

Coronavirus: Woman faces court for ignoring police orders to go home

‘It’s my public duty’ - farmer challenges dog walkers heading to his fields

Coronavirus: Lockdown prompts clear fall in UK air pollution

Family goes viral with lockdown Les Mis song adaptation

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TUESDAY 31st MARCH
Osprey in tree at Tasburgh
Waxwings x 2 at Salthouse
Purple Heron, Cuckoo, Snow Buntings x 5, Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Black Redstart by beach car park at Cley
Ravens x 2 flew over Wiveton
Osprey flew over Hingham
Great White Egret at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Monday, 30 March 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 7 – COVID-19

I feel pretty low today, its all feeling very scary now its all starting to kick off.

King's Lynn hospital coronavirus case total jumps to 40

Norfolk coronavirus deaths rise to 11

https://medium.com/@Cancerwarrior/covid-19-why-we-should-all-wear-masks-there-is-new-scientific-rationale-280e08ceee71

Coronavirus: Building NHS Nightingale Hospital London

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Common Cranes x 3 at Upton Marshes NWT
Common Cranes x 3 between Acle Bridge & Billockby
Spoonbill at Salthouse
Great White Egret at Seamere Fen, Hingham
Cattle Egret at Attleborough
Black Redstart at Antingham, North Walsham
Black Redstart at Fakenham
White Wagtail at West Runton
Osprey flew over Swaffham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 74 at Hemsby
Purple Heron at Salthouse
Caspian Gull at Hockwold-cum-Wilton

MEGA NEWS 
LESSER KESTREL
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Wedding Anniversary Memories!


Today would have been my parent's 56th Wedding Anniversary

Love to you both up there, amongst the stars, hand in hand forever

Until we meet again

๐Ÿ’•

80's - Imagination - Just an Illusion 1982



Danced to this in a competition at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, I was aged 18!!!

The Brothers Johnson - Stomp! (Official Video)


Another favourite tune!!!
I use to fly round the floor to this, more than I do now!
Got the LP, oh dear, showing my age!!!

Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent


One of my favourite tunes in my teens!!!!

Hayla - Naked – Best Dance Tune Out There!


BEST TUNE OUT THERE, GET DANCING IN YOUR KITCHEN!

I watched Hayla live at the LCR, UEA – she was supporting EXAMPLE who I saw on the 4th March 2020, she has an incredible voice!!!

Sunday, 29 March 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 6 – COVID-19 – First Walk From Home!

At around 4.30pm I went for my first allowed walk from my house since Lockdown began. To be honest I wish I hadn't bothered. One of the reasons why I don't walk around King's Lynn is because it can be quite unnerving for a female on your own. Ok, so its fine if you going shopping in the town centre, but if you are attempting to find wildlife, you can sometimes end up in unsavoury areas!

I walked (for those that know King's Lynn) from my house to past the train station, through the corner of the walks, across the busy road, past the library and down to Fisherfleet to look for Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail – both which I have seen here over the years, but neither seen today, just lots of discarded shopping trolleys and loads of other rubbish. I did see some Mallard, 2 Blackbirds and some Wood Pigeons. By the corner of the road looking out over the Great Ouse River, I could see distant gulls, some were Black-headed, others were too far away, also a Redshank and an Oystercatcher were feeding on the distant mudflats.

I diverted through the back of Boal Quay car park and up onto a high bank that leads to Harding's Pits Doorstep Green, which if had been along the coast, would have been a lovely little spot. The Visitor Information Board had been covered in graffiti, as had every single bench/seat in what could be an idyllic little reserve. Next to every seat were piles of lager cans and such like and it was all pretty depressing. I felt very uneasy walking round here and its highly unlikely I will return. Left here feeling pretty glum, walked back via a different route through The Walks, which is a large park in the centre of King's Lynn, but again didn't feel particularly safe walking there either. The highlight as soon as I entered the park, was a Song Thrush feeding amongst leaf litter. Only other birds seen were Wood Pigeons (all exciting stuff), Mallards and 1 Moorhen. Aside from the Song Thrush, the flowers beds were more interesting than the bird life.

Crossed over by the railway crossing and diverted right along the cycle path that comes out by the Jet Garage – tons and tons of depressing rubbish in the ditch that runs the length of this path. Bird of the day was seen here, a male Blackcap shot across the path and melted away into a dense bush, not to be seen again. I still haven't heard a Chiffchaff this Spring yet. On the playing fields (King Edward VII Academy) I saw 2 Mistle Thrushes and 1 Starling and on the opposite side of the path, 8 Jackdaws were feeding on another school playing field. It was very cold now, returned home tired and fed-up.

I was even more fed-up when I heard this evening, that the lockdown may go on for 6 months. People's mental health is going to be seriously affected by then, if not before. I see on social media that these wet markets in China, selling everything from cats to dogs, bats etc are back in action, according to an undercover reporter – I hope to god that this is fake news!

I going to miss the sea so much. I seriously get withdrawal symptoms when I havn't seen the sea for a while, its going to be very difficult to cope with. I can't believe that the Spring Migration is going to be non-existent for myself and many land-locked birders. Mind you, some people are not bothered about twisting the rules and are still going to the coast, even today with posts on Twitter about people driving to Brancaster beach to walk their dogs, but police were there to send them packing – hopefully people will get the message eventually that driving to the beach is NOT essential travel and not necessary in order to have your daily permitted exercise walk, which should be started from your front door, be it a flat, housing estate, village or town. I'm not going to post as many tweets as I have been lately as I have been getting over involved and some people are just trying to wind me up, because they have nothing better to do, I can't be doing with it, especially as its now going to get really serious at the QEH.

I more than probably won't go for any more walks in King's Lynn, instead I think I will blitz the garden, which to be honest needs loads of work doing and I won't have to worry about the 6ft gap between people either, plus there are more birds in my garden than what I have seen today!

Coronavirus: Four more deaths at Norfolk hospitals as national figure rises by 260

Coronavirus: Six months before UK 'returns to normal' - deputy chief medical officer

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Antingham, North Walsham
Grey Plover, Firecrest at Felmingham
Great Northern Divers x 2 flew past Hemsby
Black Redstart at Caister-on-Sea
Black Redstart in garden at Ingoldisthorpe
Cuckoo singing at Thorpe Marshes, Thorpe St Andrews

MEGA NEWS 
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Saturday, 28 March 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 5 – COVID-19 – A Day At Home!

Got up at 8am to retrieve my honey and sunflower seed bread that I had put on the timer in my bread maker last night. It was fabulous to walk downstairs to the aroma of cooked bread! Went back to bed as I still felt shattered.

Got up late morning, washed hair etc. Did some washing and general mundane chores. Had eggs, tomatoes, baked beans and toast, whilst watching the birds in the garden. 2 Robins, several Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Hedge Sparrows, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Collared Doves x 2, Wood Pigeons, 1 Sparrowhawk flew over. Later on a black and white cat cheekily landed on the roof of my bird table – it obviously didn't stay long, after I turned into a window banging, screaming maniac!!! I had intended on going for a walk, but it was very cold and to be honest I couldn't be bothered, I didn't feel it was necessary to go out.

Made some phone calls to distant friends to make sure they were ok, fell asleep on the sofa. Cleaned the bird baths out and replenished all the feeders. Ate rubbish snacks, watched the news and then late evening I decided to start cooking! I'm a terrible night owl – I more than often liven up, when everyone else has gone to bed! Part of the reason for wanting to cook, was because I had several dodgy bananas that needed using up, so I cooked a "Brilliant Banana Loaf", drizzled in icing, which turned out far better than expected – I cooked double the recipe and rather than make a loaf, made a huge round cake! Then I cooked a recipe I have made before "Berry-baked Oats with Coconut" which contains a entire tub of Alpro Soya Yoghurt, which needed to be used by today. I then cooked a new recipe "Chickpea and Spinach Curry with Quorn Vegan Pieces" – the curry is for tomorrow and work on Monday. I had to do something with the Quorn pieces as their sell by date was yesterday and there was no way I was going to waste them. I didn't have any spinach so that was substituted by finely cut up broccoli. I was very pleased with all my efforts and that I had not wasted any food.

Coronavirus: Things will get worse, PM warns in letter to Britons

Four more deaths at Norfolk hospitals as national figure rises by 260

Two more patients diagnosed with coronavirus die at QEH

UK's coronavirus death toll leaps by 260 in a single day to hit 1,019

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cuckoo singing at Methwold
Common Scoter flew over Brundall
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Black Redstart at Antingham, North Walsham
Black Redstart at Hemsby
Purple Heron at Salthouse
Black Redstarts x 4, Wheatear, Woodcock at Blakeney Point

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Friday, 27 March 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 4 – COVID-19

Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive along with
England's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had also tested positive while England's Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has shown symptoms.

Hospital bosses braced for coronavirus cases peak in third week of April

Coronavirus: How new police powers will affect you and your family

Confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 22 at QEH

Five remain in critical care with Covid-19 at King's Lynn hospital

Coronavirus: More than 900 deaths in a day in Italy

Rise of 181 deaths – the biggest day-on-day rise in UK

I had my last holiday for the NHS holiday year, which ends on 31st March and used my last half day, finishing at 12.15pm, but left later than that, as ran over writing patient notes. The hospital is being rearranged to accommodate Covid-19 patients, as I'm sure every hospital in the UK is – that is all I can say – its very, very scary, as its not even hit us yet!

Spent part of the afternoon getting a few more important supplies, including trying to get loo roll and yeast for two work colleagues (failed with both), something for Lucy (classed as a vulnerable adult now) and dropped her supplies (each one wiped over thoroughly with a Dettol wipe) off outside the porch of where she lives, for her to pick up whilst I stood about 10ft from her. Lucy is not coping with this situation well at all. Vivien is okish with Ray on their little narrow boat! Beautiful sunny day, but biting north easterly wind.

Collapsed on the sofa at home and had late lunch of cheese on toast, whilst watching two Robins and a Blackbird in my garden. I have more than enough to do in my house and garden this weekend without leaving the house at all for my daily exercise allowed walk, but I will go out once, maybe tomorrow as the weather looks pants on Sunday. I don't think it will be long before we won't be allowed out at all, except for one supermarket shop a week to be honest. Whilst the numbers of deaths and confirmed cases keeps catapulting, the lock down will get stricter. On a lighter note, below is a screenshot of something I tweeted this evening!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Firecrest singing at north end of Norwich Road at Wymondham
Black Redstart in garden, Spoonbills x 4 flew east over Cley
Tree Pipit flew over Thetford
Firecrest at Southrepps Common
Osprey flew over garden at Felthorpe
Great White Egret at Seamere Fen, Hingham
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Winterton

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

LOCKDOWN DAY 3 – COVID-19

Now its really kicking off!!!
PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANYONE ELSE AT RISK!

Do not drive somewhere to go for a walk, either a mile down the road, 5 miles down the road, or 30 miles, OR to walk the dog. Your daily permitted walk with or without dog, should ONLY be from your house and anyone you pass should be at least 6ft away from you. You can only walk (or cycle) out of the house with the people that live in your house. You can not meet up with anyone to walk with, either family or friends.

Police ban driving anywhere to walk your dog or exercise

UK police use drones and roadblocks to enforce lockdown

The Martin Lewis Money Show - A Coronavirus Special

Six new coronavirus cases in Norfolk as total reaches 51

Coronavirus update: 18 patients have tested positive at QEH

Parking charges scrapped at QEH

QEH: No visiting on hospital wards

CLAP FOR OUR CARERS 8PM!

When I heard about Annemarie Plas, who was behind "Clap For Our Carers" in Italy, I never, never expected this to take off in the UK, and for anyone to actually do it! I also didn't expected anyone in my little estate to bother either. How wrong was I! I was talking and having a catch up with Vivien on the phone, when I said to her 'its 8pm, I'm just going to look outside to see if anyone is actually clapping' and to my astonishment, they were, lots of them, cheering, whistling and thanking us NHS workers and also heard two people thanking me and asking me if I was ok! Four doors down from me is another NHS worker. I was extremely emotional and had a few tears. I had not expected this at all. Thank you to all and every one of you, it is much appreciated, in what is a VERY difficult time, that is only just kicking off and is going to get so much worse over the next few days and weeks. Our lives at QEH are changing daily.

hashtags on Twitter:  

#clapforourcarers #clapforNHS #clapforkeyworkers #NHShereos #NHSclap

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52057020/coronavirus-clap-for-our-carers-creator-on-her-viral-challenge

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52054745/clap-for-our-carers-national-applause-for-coronavirus-health-workers

https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1243271386845581325

https://twitter.com/Pennyshotbirdin/status/1243269837989777410

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Osprey flew north of King's Lynn
Black Redstart in garden at Ditchingham
Black Redstart at Winterton
Black Redstart at Weybourne Camp
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 3 at Thorpe Marshes, Thorpe St Andrew
Black Redstarts x 2 at Hemsby
Great White Egret at Burgh Castle

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CORONAVIRUS INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED! Coronavirus Updates – LOCKDOWN DAY 3!

THE LOCKDOWN AND RULES OF STAYING AT HOME DOES NOT INCLUDE DRIVING TO VISIT RELATIVES, FRIENDS, GIRLFRIENDS, BOYFRIENDS, AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY – THAT MEANS OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD IF YOU STILL DON'T GET IT!

You may well be ok, and feel this its fine to just see all your family, but ITS NOT! This virus is SO contagious that YOU can spread it to others without even knowing it. The rules listed below are so simple to follow, you don't even need a degree!!!

REMINDER
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/875786/Full_guidance_on_staying_at_home_and_away_from_others_-_200324__1_.pdf 

If you want to return to 'normal' life, then the quicker we ALL do EXACTLY as the Government are instructing us, the sooner we can get back to doing all the things we love to do. Its not too much to ask is it! Whilst those of you are not adhering to this and unknowingly spreading the virus, us NHS front line workers are risking our lives for you. YOU are also delaying EVERYBODY getting back to normal.

For anybody NOT following the law of staying at home, read this written on Facebook yesterday by a staff nurse:

Woman, 21, 'with no underlying health conditions dies from Covid-19'

Coronavirus Updates In Norfolk

45 cases now confirmed in Norfolk

Coronavirus patient in 50's dies at Norwich Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has confirmed more patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

UPDATE FROM NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST
I'm glad they are shutting the beach car park at Cley, that will solve the cars that were parked there on 24th! I hope they block the road off with a barrier next to the main road, otherwise people breaking rules will park along Beach Road!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Black Redstart at Cley
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Cantley Beet Factory
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Black Redstart at West Runton
Wheatears x 2, Willow Warbler at Snettisham Coastal Park

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Updates – LOCKDOWN DAY 1!

Nationally, the total number of UK cases stands at 8,077 with 422 people now confirmed to have died from the virus.

ExCeL Centre planned as NHS Field hospital

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52022417

Clear instruction for families, not to travel to second homes & to return from them if they have already fled. A new 4,000 bed hospital in London for you - far more likely to get a bed there than in our small NORFOLK hospitals!
From The Daily Mail this morning, sent to me on WhatsApp from a work colleague

Number Of Covid-19 Cases In Norfolk Increases to 42

Pier fenced off as tourists keep flocking to coast

'I'm why you must take this seriously' – Healthy 28 year Old Tells of Coronavirus Horror

'Mobbed' Seaside Village Closes Car Park and Begs People Not To Visit

MP For West Norfolk Praises Staff At QEH In Parliament 


NATURE RESERVES IN NORFOLK
  • All NOA Reserves have been completely closed to all members and visitors, this includes Holme Bird Observatory, Walsey Hills, Kelling Quags and Hempton Marsh. Also note that Holme Dunes NWT is also completely closed.
  • All RSPB Reserves have now closed all their reserves to all visitors throughout the UK.
  • Awaiting to hear in full about Norfolk Wildlife Trust – on 22nd March is said the following on their website: "Following a review of the number of visitors to our nature reserves this weekend, and in support of Government advice, NWT is now considering closing some of our nature reserves, including some car parks. While we of course want to give people the opportunity to enjoy nature, it is vital we prioritise the wellbeing of our staff and play our part in helping to stop the spread of the virus. Meanwhile we continue to ask you to stay local and ensure you follow distancing and isolation as appropriate. "
  • Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve is now closed to everyone.
  • National Trust's Gardens, Houses, Car Parks etc all closed to everyone throughout the UK.
CleySpy at Glandford is also now closed, but still operating an on-line and telephone service 10am to 5pm

Such a pity that many bed and breakfasts are accepting holidaymakers in Norfolk I hear through the grapefine #bothpartiesselfish #gohomeandstayathomenow

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Black Redstart, Common Cranes x 6 at Horsey Corner
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Marsh

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2020_13.aspx?s_id=215515372

Monday, 23 March 2020

UK LOCKDOWN!


 About time!
Hope this necessary lockdown isn't too late!

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF.pdf

Well, that's that then! So now, we have to comply and good job too! It was obvious it was going to happen, people don't like being 'advised' to do stuff, even if does mean saving lives – the majority of people are pretty dam selfish and that's putting it mildly. No mention of enforcing the second home owners back to London..... yet, anyway, come on Boris, do it! It does make me really cross that all those people acting like imbeciles over the weekend, have now stopped local people who don't live near the coast (because we can't afford to live on the coast!), being able to get there now, being as you can only walk from your house to exercise and have to "minimise time spent outside of the home". As a birder I find that extremely frustrating – if I lived on the coast or at least somewhere near the countryside, I would be more than happy for weeks on end with today's new 'measures', just simply going for one walk daily and seeing a few local birds – but, very sadly where I live, my local area consists of pavements and houses, nothing therapeutic about that at all! After having to work all day in the hospital in an incredibly stressful and increasingly worrying situation, it would have been so lovely to have gone for a short country walk, either after work or at the weekend. My life balance is going to be utterly rubbish! At least I have a few birds in my garden thank goodness!

I was very pleased to see the Holkham Estate has shut its car parks and everything else from 3pm today and in any case, nobody would be able to park there anyway now, as not allowed to drive to go for a walk. You can only walk for exercise from your house – if you live in Holkham you will be very lucky! I envy my fellow birders who do live on the coast, hugely right now!!! No Spring migrants for me this year, none at all๐Ÿ˜ข Mind you, I did see a Wheatear at Cley last week, so that could well be the only one! I detest suppression of rare birds hugely, but in these extreme circumstances that we find ourselves in, I would be eternally grateful, that if anybody finds a good bird in Norfolk, that they DO suppress it, for my sake and many others!!! Can't believe I just said that! Don't even think of broadcasting news of a first for Britain either! I don't want to know!

Let's hope that this lockdown doesn't go on for months on end, but I fear that could very well happen. Take care and look after each other, for those that are lucky enough to have more than one person in their house – I will end up talking to myself (no change there!).

Oh my goodness, I have just realised all the hairdressers are closing, my appointment on 7th April will obviously not happen. Can you imagine how crazy busy the hairdressers will be on the day they eventually open again! It takes three months to get an appointment booked at mine as it is! My hair will be very long again, by the time I get there!

On-line shopping will now kill off any high street shops completely. People will get so used to shopping this way, that any high street shops will more than probably never open again. We are getting a daily free cup of Costa Coffee at work, but I'm guessing that will be closed by the morning, we'll see.

I think I might start a new daily post at weekends "Hot Birding at Penny's!" Good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great Grey Shrike at Black Drove, Fincham
Cattle Egrets x 5, Great White Egrets x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egrets x 6, Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Common Crane flew over Brancaster
Osprey flew over UEA at Norwich
Firecrest at Hopton-on-Sea
Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Great White Egret at Seamore Fen, Hingham
Spoonbills x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Caspian Gull, Spoonbill at Cley NWT

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TENGMALM'S OWL 
Lyndsay Lee Plantation, SW of Kergord House, Shetland