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Saturday, 24 October 2020

Red-flanked Bluetail at Holme!

I woke up late and felt spaced out with the medication I'm taking. Eventually got out of the house and went to Holme village car park. It was much easier to drive today, thank goodness. There were around 15 people watching the Red-flanked Bluetail in the brambles, just east of the footpath at the eastern most end of the golf course, including Eddie, James McC. and Mike B. amongst others. I was very pleased to see this bird again, but views were very brief and you only got to see it for a few seconds, before it disappeared or was flushed by a Robin, so no pictures obtained today. Another birder had a Yellow-browed Warbler by the coast path, but no one else managed to see it – the blustery wind didn't help.

I left the scene and walked east along the coastal path behind the houses to the pay hut and then west along the very narrow public footpath alongside the River Hun. I found several Long-tailed Tits, a Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbirds and Redwings, but nothing else of note. Continued on the footpath west across the road at The Hun bridge that runs alongside the caravan park. Heard a Cettis's Warbler, saw more Long-tailed Tits, a Wren, Redwings and a Chaffinch. Returned to my car via Beach Road.

Drove through Hunstanton and was shocked at how many people were around, I had forgotten it is half term, but even still, I can't recall that many people being on the Norfolk coast in late October! Returned to King's Lynn and did a healthy supermarket shop, which means nothing nice to eat! Don't forget the clocks go back one hour at 2am!


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Ring-necked Duck, on lake, Hawfinches x 4 at Holkham Park
Dusky Warbler in willows at car park at Weybourne
Hawfinch at Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth
Red-flanked Bluetail at east end of golf course, Little Bunting flew west over golf course at Holme
Tundra Bean Geese x 5 on marsh at Holme NOA
Slavonian Grebes x 2, Scaup at Holme NWT
Eastern Stonechat sp., Cattle Egrets x 13 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe
Large Pipit sp., NE of Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Wells
Long-tailed Duck, Great White Egrets x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Arctic Tern, Snow Buntings x 6 at Cley
Great White Egret, Lapland Bunting, Great Northern Diver at Weybourne Camp
Lesser Yellowlegs, Greenshank, Cattle Egrets x 9, Hawfinch at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 9 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Olive-backed Pipits x 2 east of Stiffkey Fen, then flew to marsh at Stiffkey
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Cantley Marshes RSPB

In garden at Gugh, Isles of Scilly

Friday, 23 October 2020

Friday Night Update!

So, the second part of my root canal filling treatment was done on Wednesday and I was an hour and a quarter in the chair, but nowhere near as painful as last time thank goodness, so that's all done with!

Note to self: DO NOT jump over creeks to see a rare bird, when you have a dodgy hip/back. I'm sure there are several people who have suffered with aches and sprains etc from last weekend's Eastern Rufous Bush Chat twitch?! There were several people older than myself I noted, that probably shouldn't have been leaping across muddy creeks either!

I have had a slight niggling pain in my right hip/lower back for a couple of years (ish), which I have had two X-Rays for and nothing major was found, but quote 'showed minor spondylotic changes in my lumbar spine'. I didn't feel any pain, as I was jumping over creeks on the marsh, but I presume this is what caused my pain later!

I returned to work on Monday and also went in on Tuesday. I'm guessing that the strain on my spine of jumping over creeks, combined with returning to work and doing our typical heavy duty therapy, resulted in pain on another level! I was finding it difficult to do my job on Tuesday. Ibuprofen and Paracetamol did nothing at all to relieve the intense pain in my right lower back/hip. I rang the GP and was sent an email message late on Tuesday evening from my doctor, to say he had prescribed me some Naproxen Tablets 500mg and Co-Codamol 30mg/500mg tablets and advised me to self refer to a Physiotherapist at QEH, which I have done.

On Wednesday morning it was extremely painful just trying to put my socks on!  I was pretty cross with the situation, as its not very good having time off work, when you have just had three weeks off! But I had no choice but to stay at home on Wednesday and Thursday, but stubbornly returned today. I picked up my medication on Wednesday (after the dentist), but the Naproxen (anti-inflammatory drug) didn't kick in enough for me to return on Thursday. Went for a short walk from my house on Thursday to keep things moving, but felt spaced out with the medication. Its a job to keep awake on these heavy duty medications.

I was determined to return to work today (Friday) and did, but probably shouldn't have done, as still in pain and spaced out, but was glad I made the effort. My 'normal' very fast walking speed at work (when I'm flying along the corridors), almost felt back to normal by late afternoon, so hopefully things are starting to improve. Being totally honest, my weight situation does not help at all and I now need to make a deadly serious effort to lose a significant amount of weight! No more cake baking or chocolate etc etc!

On a positive note, my five day full time post changes to three days starting 1st November, which is probably a good thing for my aches and pains! I will be having Monday's and Tuesday's off. Very exciting indeed, four days off every week!!! Sounds like a very good work/life balance to me!


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Dusky Warbler in willows at car park at Weybourne
Snow Buntings x 2 at Weybourne
Ring-necked Duck on lake at Holkham Park
Hawfinches x 3 near village car park at Holkham
Velvet Scoter, Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebe at Holkham Gap
Yellow-browed Warbler at Holkham Pines
Eastern Stonechat sp., Cattle Egrets x 23 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Parrot Crossbill flew over Sprowston
Richard's Pipit, Great White Egrets x 2 flew over Bishop's Marsh, Hickling
Great White Egret at Limpenhoe Marshes
Dusky Warbler, Tundra Bean Geese x 9 at Holme NOA
Hawfinches x 8 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard seen at Thornham, Titchwell RSPB, Brancaster, Scolt Head Island NNR & Burnham Overy Marshes
Yellow-browed Warblers x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, Curlew Sandpiper, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Scaup at Cley NWT
Snow Bunting flew in off sea at Cley
Hawfinch at Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth
Caspian Gull at Winterton
Snow Buntings x 4, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Hen Harrier flew over Morston
Yellow-browed Warbler at Hempton Marsh NOA
Lesser Yellowlegs, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Richard's Pipit flew over Cranwich Camp, west of Mundford
Great White Egret by River Stiffkey at Houghton St Giles
Great White Egret flew over River Bure, Great Yarmouth
Short-eared Owl at East Runton
Hawfinches x 4 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Yellow-browed Warbler at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Great White Egret at Seamere Fen, Hingham
Scaup x 13 flew past Mundesley

NE of Aith, Shetland
Probable, Woodbridge Airfield, Suffolk

Thursday, 22 October 2020


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Rough-legged Buzzard at Scolt Head Island NNR
Dusky Warbler in willows at car park at Weybourne
Dusky Warbler at Holme NOA 
Red-flanked Bluetail NE of Beach Road, by fence on golf course, Pallas's Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Great Northern Diver at Holme
Yellow-browed Warblers x 2, Mealy Redpoll (probable) at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Dusky Warbler at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Yellow-browed Warbler at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Caspian Tern 1w (probable) flew east though distant, Red-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier at Burnham Overy Dunes
Red-flanked Bluetail, Yellow-browed Warblers x 5 at Holkham Pines
Eastern Stonechat sp., Cattle Egrets x 13, Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkham Freshmarsh
Ring-necked Duck on lake at Holkham Park
Pallas's Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Firecrest, hybrid Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Hawfinch in allotments at Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler at Hempton Marsh NOA
Great White Egret at Limpenhoe Marshes
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Lesser Yellowlegs reported, Great White Egret, Cattle Egrets x 10 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Wells
Scaup at Cley NWT
Little Gull at Thornham Harbour
Lapland Buntings x 2, Caspian Gulls x 2 at West Runton
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Woodlarks x 2, Lapland Buntings x 3 flew over Sidestrand
Snow Buntings x 7, Twite x 2 at Snettisham
Hawfinch in garden (for 2nd day) at Hardley Street
Snow Goose white morph flew over A149 with Pink-footed Geese at Burnham Deepdale

29th September at sea, west of Valentia on boat, County Kerry, Ireland
On Sunday 18th October, but no sign since, Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland
Lundy, Devon
NE of Aith, Shetland