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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Slavonian Grebes x 2, Great Northern Diver, Caspian Gulls x 2,  Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Scaup at Stiffkey Fen
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Taiga Beans Geese x 14 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Shorelarks x 22, Snow Buntings x 65, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Shorelarks x 3 at Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
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Monday, 17 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Common Cranes x 14, Great White Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 5, White-fronted Geese x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Bewick's Swans x 4 at Sea Palling
Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Caspian Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 40 at Wells Woods
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 55 at Holkham Bay
Taiga Beans Geese x 17 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Snow Bunting at Holme
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Scaup, Spoonbill at Stiffkey Fen
Hen Harrier from Stiffkey Campsite
Great Northern Diver at Blakeney Harbour
Snow Buntings x 26 at Winterton

MEGA NEWS
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NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER
Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Catfield
Bewicks Swans x 18, Whooper Swans x 15 at Sea Palling
Shorelarks x 23, Snow Buntings x 60, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 4, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup, Velvet Scoter, Short-eared Owl at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Waxham
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, White Stork, Common Cranes x 27 at Welney WWT
Great Grey Shrike at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Long-tailed Duck at Blakeney Harbour
Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Holme
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Cockley Cley Wood south of Drymere
Taiga Beans Geese x 8 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Taiga Beans Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 200, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 15 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 21, Russian White-fronted Geese x 187, Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Bewick's Swans x 18, Whooper Swans x 10 at Ingham
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Common Cranes x 10 between Clippesby and Thurne
Northern Bullfinch at Sculthorpe Moor NR
White-fronted Geese x 2, Tundra Bean Goose at Waxham
Shorelarks x 27, Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard at Barrow Common, Brancaster
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Taiga Bean Geese x 4 at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS
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Friday, 14 December 2018

Trip to Israel In March!

https://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.com/2018/12/southern-israel-arava-desert-flyway.html

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Common Cranes x 2 at Ashby, NW of Clippesby
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe at North Beach, Heacham
Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at ESE of Repps
Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Horsey
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Holme NOA
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup at Barton Broad
Short-eared Owl at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 SSE of Waxham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 40 at Wells Woods
Hen Harriers x 2 at Morston
Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
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Thursday, 13 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 13, Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoters x 5, Hen Harrier off beach car park at Cley
Hen Harrier at Martham
Smew redhead at Ormesby Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Hemsby
Velvet Scoters x 5 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Smew redhead at Filby Broad
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 at Ashby, NW of Clippesby
Tundra Bean Geese x 10 at West Somerton
White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 600 south of Horsey Mill
White-fronted Geese x 2, Pink-footed Geese x 250 at Waxham
Snow Buntings x 24 on beach at Winterton
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great Northern Diver in relief channel at Downham Market
Bittern at Saddlebow Bridge
Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe off Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier flew over Thornham Marsh
Velvet Scoter at Gorleston-on-Sea
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Coastguards, Cley
Hen Harrier at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Brancaster Marsh
Taiga Bean Geese x 15, Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Hassingham
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Buntings x 40, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holkham Bay
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Marshes

MEGA NEWS
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RBA Weekly Round-Up 5th to 11th December!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2018-50.aspx?s_id=82377715

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Long-tailed Ducks x 8, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove in garden on Langham Road (present c2. wks), Blakeney
Waxwing in garden at New Costessey
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham Coastal Park
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Slavonian Grebe at Sheringham
Smew redhead on Little Broad at Ormesby St Margaret
Rough-legged Buzzard (possible) by A47 Swaffham
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 9 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 15 at Holkham Bay
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 5 at Haddiscoe Island
Hen Harrier at Morston Quay
Red-necked Grebe at Holme Dunes
Black-necked Grebe at Weybourne
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwing flew over Fordham

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
Traeth Lligwy, Anglesey

Monday, 10 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 26 at Thornham Harbour
Arctic Redpoll (unconfirmed report) yesterday at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Black Brant at Stiffkey
Little Auk flew past Coastguards, Cley
Bewick's Swans x 8 flew over Cley NWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 9, Russian White-fronted Geese x 30 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit, Great White Egret at Titchwell RSPB
Dusky Warbler at Stiffkey Fen
Little Auk at Sheringham
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 33 at Holkham Bay
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Clippesby

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROYAL TERN
Traeth Lligwy, Anglesey

Weekend Update!

Very busy sorting things at our family home in Holme with both my sisters all day on Saturday. My parent's black, french polished bookcase was collected for restoration today. Sold my father's large desk thank goodness. I spent most of Sunday at the house too, visited the tip and the charity shop. Sold a bicycle and a sofa! No more large items in house, so at least we won't have to pay for any house clearance now. Still have two armchairs to sell, but think these will go soon. Cruso Wilkins collecting a few things for auction this week. Also sold the Bannerman Bird Books and The Birds of the Western Palearctic to an ornithologist, so these will be looked after well.

I managed to escape for a short while this afternoon and had planned to see the Red-rumped Swallow at Cley, but after a no news message, I opted for Stiffkey Fen in hope of seeing the Dusky Warbler. I failed, but did 'pish' in a couple of Goldcrests in a large willow. I really miss going birding, can't wait to get back to my 'normal' life!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Red-rumped Swallow at East Bank until 9am, Cley NWT
Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Divers x 5 flew past beach car park at Cley
Shorelarks x 21, Snow Buntings x 105 at Holkham Bay
Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck at Titchwell RSPB
Dusky Warbler, Richard's Pipit flew over at Stiffkey Fen
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Great White Egret at Burnham Norton
Smew Redhead at Filby Broad
Great White Egret, Taiga Bean Geese x 3 at Welney WWT
Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2 flew over, Great Northern Diver at Wells Harbour
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Red-rumped Swallow along seafront at 1.50pm (no further sign by 3.15pm), Gorleston-on-Sea
Ravens x 2 flew over Methwold
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egret at Belton Marshes
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gull at Sheringham
Common Cranes x 3, Whooper Swans x 20 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 8 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Red-rumped Swallow, Hen Harrier, at East Bank, Cley NWT
Dusky Warbler at Stiffkey Fen
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gulls x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Mealy Redpoll at Beeston Common
Shorelarks x 12, Snow Buntings x 90 at Holkham Bay
Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, Snow Buntings x 29 at Winterton
Hen Harrier, Taiga Bean Geese x 9 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Acle
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 4 at Holme
Hen Harriers x 6 at Warham Greens
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Sea Palling
Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS
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Friday, 7 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Red-rumped Swallow, Hen Harrier, at East Bank, Cley NWT
Dusky Warbler at Stiffkey Fen
Great White Egret, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Welney WWT
Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Twite x 4 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwings x 3 flew over East Bank at Cley
Common Cranes x 4 at Clippesby

MEGA NEWS
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Water Pipits x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Red-rumped Swallow at East Bank, Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 2 at Cley
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Short-eared Owl at Upton Marshes NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Thornham Marsh
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Sheringham
Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
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Southern Israel – The Arava Desert Flyway!

23rd to 30th March 2019

Leaders: Ashley Saunders and Gary Elton


This looks very exciting indeed and would fit in with my booked holiday at work very nicely! I really need to do something amazing to lift my spirits. The list of birds on this trip is insane! I will hopefully be going, but as with all birding tours, there has to be enough people for it to go ahead and we need a few more. Come and join Ashley, Gary and I for a week of incredible birding!

One of many amazing trips from Oriole Birding

Still places available if anyone is interested?!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinch flew along beach at Trimingham
Spotted Redshanks x 2, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Little Gulls x 5, Velvet Scoter, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 50, Slavonian Grebes x 2 at Holkham Bay
Sooty Shearwater, Great Northern Diver, Lapland Bunting at Sheringham
Taiga Bean Geese x 9 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 7 at Haddiscoe Marshes
Russian White-fronted Geese x 21 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Red-necked Grebe at Holme
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 3 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Taiga Bean Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Rough-legged Buzzard, Common Cranes x 8 at Thurne
Caspian Gull at Sidestrand
Water Pipit, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Pink-footed Geese x 1000 in sugar beet field at Catfield
Black Redstart at Sheringham
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Weekend Update!

It has been an extremely busy weekend, sadly none of it involved birding. On Saturday I had to go Keys Auctioneers at Aylsham to drop off lots of antiques (from my parent's house) for forthcoming sales. I had most of the items at my house, but went to Holme first, to pick up some more items and then headed to Aylsham arriving at around 9.30am. I spent a long time there, booking everything in and deciding which sales each item was going in to. Then had to get back to Holme for 1pm for a van company arriving to pick up the piano I sold to 'Annie' last week. The van company were arriving some time between 1pm and 6pm. I was really hoping they were going to arrive in daylight as I knew it would be difficult to get the piano out of the house and the ground is rough at best outside the property, plus there is no street lighting! I had a message from Annie that the van was turning up at 3pm, then later she sent another message saying 4pm. It was freezing sitting in my parent's house all this time, I didn't want to turn the heating up as we all have to pay the bill now, so stuck it out and put my hands in my pockets and tried to have a nap, but it was too cold to settle. The van company eventually turned up, very unprofessionally at 5.50pm!!!

They were not very good drivers and made a pig's ear out of backing up down the road – it was a good job I stood by my Skoda! The whole thing was a complete debacle! Only three men turned up in a food transit van with no tail lift!!! They were all Portuguese and were swearing and shouting throughout the move. They were unprepared for the job and in some ways I felt sorry for them to be honest. The boss of the group said he 'normally has the vehicle with the tail lift', but 'not today'. Annie and her husband had arrived to oversee things and I thought it was dreadful that her husband had to help with the piano, when they had paid for four men to remove and deliver their piano. The van service was AnyVan – the 'boss' said he was a courier for 'AnyVan' – I didn't really understand the set up at all, but I wouldn't recommend them! They struggled just to get it from the dining room to the front door and that was where the problems really started – it was extremely difficult once they got it over the threshold of the door and one of the men was wedged in between the piano and the postbox. The postbox was pushed into the glass of the porch and the entire pane smashed! They also scraped off a large chunk of polished wood from the piano – hopefully it can be super-glued back into place. They then had to carry the piano down a step, then up a step and onto the unmade up, very muddy road. The worst bit was then walking with the piano over uneven ground and then having to lift it high into the back of the transit van – I really don't know how they did it. It broke all safety rules and they must all be in agony with their backs today. I tried to ring Vivien to discuss the broken porch window, but she didn't answer her phone.

I was at work all today until 3pm (my first scheduled Sunday for months, since I have been off work) and after doing the supermarket run, I collapsed in front of the TV all evening. I have been trying to get hold of Vivien since 5.15pm and sent her several texts, no reply by 12pm. There is not much point in her being my ICE (in case of emergency) on my phone as if anything serious ever happened to me, the police would never be able to get hold of her. Her phone is either on silent, or she is out of signal – for someone not working, she is incredibly difficult to get hold of! At least I got to chat with Lucy this evening. On that note, Christmas is going to be extremely difficult this year. Lucy and I ALWAYS spend Christmas at Holme with our parent's. Last year it was with mother only (father had died in February), but I'm grateful we spent that Christmas with her at least. This year I will be cooking for Lucy at my house in King's Lynn. Roll on the new year! Sell the house at Holme, then mine, then I'm off!!! I had a large response to my post about selling the house, so we should get a good price for it when it goes on the market in late December!

I still havn't sold the bird books and two paintings in my post HERE – please take a look and email if interested, thanks!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 40, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Cley
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Greenland White-fronted Geese x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 20 at Holkham Bay
Shorelarks x 3, Arctic Tern (probable), Water Pipits x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 4 in field south of Catfield
Taiga Bean Geese x 10, Russian White-fronted Geese x 65 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 6 at Gorleston-on-Sea
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2, Great White Egret at Haddiscoe Marshes
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
DUSKY WARBLER (probable) heard only at Stiffkey Fen
Twite x 16 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Hen Harriers x 8 at Warham Greens Roost
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour 

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 1 December 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Bittern at Cley NWT
PALLAS'S WARBLER in The Dell, Mealy Redpolls x 8 at Wells Woods
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 in field south of Catfield
Snow Buntings x 16 on beach at Winterton
Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, Russian White-fronted Geese x 15 at Breydon Water
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Taiga Bean Geese x 5 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Water Pipit at Haddiscoe Marshes
Great White Egret flew over Caston
Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 21 at Thornham Harbour
Hawfinches x 12, Crossbills x 4 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 30 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD & WILDLIFE FAIR 2019!!!

18th-19th May 2019 

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Black Redstart by The Leas, Sheringham
PALLAS'S WARBLER in The Dell, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Wells Woods
Shorelarks x 15, Snow Buntings x 25 at Holkham Gap
Shorelarks x 35 reported between Holkham & Wells
Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Pale-bellied Brent Goose flew past Weybourne Camp
Smew redhead at Snettisham RSPB
Lapland Buntings x 3, Twite x 16 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Velvet Scoters x 6 off beach car park at Cley
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 (possible), Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Waxham
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Taiga Bean Geese x 9 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier, Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Short-eared Owls x 9 at Haddiscoe Island
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Great Yarmouth
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 8,500 west of B1153 near Docking
Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Holme
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 29 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Red-necked Grebes x 2, Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 8, Snow Bunting, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
PALLAS'S WARBLER in The Dell, Wells Woods
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Shorelarks x 24 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Cley
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Felbrigg Hall NT
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Water Pipits x 2 at Rockland Broad
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Rough-legged Buzzard, Black-throated Divers x 3, Great Northern Divers x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Hen Harriers x 2, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 25, Velvet Scoters x 8 at Cley
Smew redhead flew past, Black Redstart at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Thornham Point
Rough-legged Buzzard at Blakeney Point
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 21st to 27th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/content/WeeklyRoundup2018-48.aspx?s_id=826319942

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Hen Harriers x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Great Northern Divers x 3, Black-throated Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret, Taiga Bean Geese x 4, Water Pipits x 2, Bittern at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Twite x 26, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Thornham Harbour
Slavonian Grebe, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank, White-fronted Geese x 3 at Breydon Water
Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe at Sheringham
Taiga Bean Geese x 7, Russian White-fronted Geese x 80, Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 7, Great Northern Diver off beach car park at Cley
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
PALLAS'S WARBLER still at The Dell, Mealy Redpolls x 3 at Wells Woods
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Lapland Bunting, Caspian Gull, Velvet Scoters x 3, Snow Bunting at Happisburgh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Smew redhead, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 2, Little Gulls x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Lapland Buntings x 4, Twite x 16, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Spoonbill at Blakeney Harbour
Caspian Gull at Walcott
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at South Walsham Marshes
Slavonian Grebe at Burgh Castle
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
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Monday, 26 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Black-throated Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, Rough-legged Buzzard at Titchwell RSPB
Short-eared Owl, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 20, Snow Buntings x 21 at Holkham Bay
PALLAS'S WARBLER in The Dell, Spoonbill flew over Wells Woods
Great White Egrets x 2, Snow Buntings x 4, Slavonian Grebe, Russian White-fronted Geese x 9 at Breydon Water
Short-eared Owls x 2, Ruddy Shelduck at Snettisham RSPB
Purple Sandpiper at Hunstanton
Taiga Bean Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret at Ongar Hill
Twite x 7 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Thornham
Snow Buntings x 2 at Waxham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Taiga Bean Geese x 16, Great White Egret at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Little Auk, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Blue Fulmar, Little Gulls x 4, Puffin at Sheringham
Hen Harriers x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Holme

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Weekend Update!

Last week was horrible – went to work on Monday and did something at work which resulted in me doing my back in, but didn't realise how much until Tuesday afternoon. Woke up Tuesday morning feel seriously dizzy and not able to go to work. Later on that day, my back was so painful I could hardly walk and on Wednesday I couldn't walk upright – the pain was really bad, the worst back pains I have ever had and couldn't even put my socks on. I was also experiencing severe pins and needles in both my hands on and off for several days. I phoned the surgery and got a call back from a nurse, who advised me to take Voltarol (that I had in the house) and Paracetamol to relieve the pain and to keep moving, but to sign myself off work for a week. Moving was easier said than done, especially when laying flat felt more comfortable! It was quite frightening to be honest, as I have never had pains like these in my back before – I was not able to stand upright properly until Friday. The Voltarol definitely helped, but I felt very drugged up and slept alot. Since I arrived home from work on Monday evening, I didn't go out of my front door at all until Saturday morning.

Over the weekend I sold the piano (at last) – to a very nice lady in Burnham Market (still to be collected though), I've also sold a Norwegian Jumper (that was sitting on the top shelf of my parent's airing cupboard for years), a first edition 'Dictionary of Entomology' and received a big fat refund/compensation cheque from BT (from my parent's house). My back was still painful over the weekend, but minor compared to last week. Had to finish sorting through paperwork at Holme and started the dreaded shredding process – so exciting!

I didn't get time to go birding sadly, as too many other things to sort out. Birders who have enjoyed the comfort of using my mother's cushions in the hides at Holme Marsh Reserve NWT, will be pleased to know that I have added three more comfortable cushions to hide 1 and 2! Could I kindly request that people pile up the cushions on the single chair in each hide when they have finished, rather than leaving them on the bench seat, from where they generally end up falling onto the dirty hide floor. My mother used to remove the cushions, handwash them and return them, but I'm not that dedicated!

I popped into The White Horse pub at Holme this afternoon, just to ask how the cat was doing. My sisters and I had been worried, as we had not seen the cat in mother's garden at all and this either mean't it had settled in to its new home or something more sinister! I was hugely relieved to hear from a young lad in the pub that 'Misty' has settled in well and 'rules the roost' and seems to like spending time with her brother. I had a tear in my eye as I walked out of the pub, such a relief! Thank goodness we made the right decision.

It looks incredibly bare outside mother's house after the massive buddleia cull and part of me regrets doing it, but as I said last week, somebody would have done it eventually anyway. Every time I return to the property, an immense sadness envelops me – every item we sell or take out, is another memory erased. Apart from a Robin, I didn't see a single bird in the garden today and all because there is no one there to feed them anymore – its almost haunting.

The house is probably going up for sale soon. I don't want to sell it really, but there isn't much choice. I'm the only one that could just about buy my sisters out (from selling my house), but my mortgage would be much bigger than my current one and I wouldn't have any pennies to do the house up (trust me it needs sorting!), plus I don't really want all that added pressure/financial burden at my age. Besides the fact that I don't think I could live in it emotionally – I think the sadness would continue and I can't see me ever feeling any different in that house. The biggest thing that frustrates me, is that it is highly likely that it will be sold to a second home owner and like most of the houses in the road and in fact the village, will stand empty for most of the year and lets be honest, the chances of them being naturalists are probably nil. The house will be extended and the garden will be destroyed and replaced by decking, concrete, pots and barbecue area. Any naturalists/birders/ornithologists out there, who would like to buy a two bed house (that needs alot of work doing) but has an amazing organic wildlife garden for the last fifty years, please email your interest! It will save us the estate agents fees if we sell it privately!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-necked Grebes x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Shag, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Water Pipit, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 2, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 25, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Little Gulls x 5, Snow Buntings x 13 at Holkham Bay
Slavonian Grebe at Burgh Castle
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 9, Short-eared Owl, Snow Bunting at Breydon Water
PENDULINE TIT, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great White Egret, Bittern, Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island
Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 20 at Happisburgh
Snow Buntings x 70 west of Gramborough Hill
Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull at Salthouse
Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Shags x 5 at Holme
PALLAS'S WARBLER in The Dell, Wells Woods
Little Gulls x 18, Red-throated Divers x 800 at Sheringham
Hooded Crow (or hybrid) at Hickling Broad NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Morston
Hen Harrier at Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Great White Egret, Bittern, Short-eared Owl, Rough-legged Buzzard at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 10 at Hopton-on-Sea
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Tundra Bean Goose at Burnham Deepdale
Snow Buntings x 32 at Sea Palling
Russian White-fronted Goose at Horsey
Pomarine Skua at Winterton
Purple Sandpiper at Overstrand
Taiga Bean Geese x 4 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 24 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 3, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Little Gulls x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Crossbills x 10 at High Kelling
Slavonian Grebe at Breydon Water
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island
Velvet Scoters x 2, Long-tailed Duck at Cley
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Kimberley Hall
Snow Bunting at Weybourne Camp
Hen Harrier at Horsey
Shorelark at Gramborough Hill
Russian White-fronted Geese x 20 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
Ruddy Shelduck, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe at Holme
Tundra Bean Geese x 5, Pink-footed Geese x 200, Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Sea Palling
Smew Redhead, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Burgh Castle Marshes
Shorelarks x 20, Slavonian Grebes x 3 at Holkham Bay
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2 at Wells Woods

MEGA NEWS
None

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER
Bewick's Swan flew over Thornham
Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Bewick's Swan at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 3 at Holkham Bay
Caspian Gull at West Runton
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
PARROT CROSSBILL (probable) flew over mound at Waveney Forest
Short-eared Owl at Cromer
Short-eared Owl, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Slavonian Grebe at Holme
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL at Wells Woods
Great White Egrets x 3, Slavonian Grebe, White-fronted Goose x 6, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Long-tailed Duck, White-fronted Goose at Barton Broad
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Mealy Redpoll with Lesser Redpolls x 27 at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
KING EIDER drake on sea, Little Gull at Sheringham
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 22 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 15 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 45 at Cley NWT
Great Northern Diver off beach car park at Cley
Great Northern Divers x 2, Little Gulls x 2 at Sheringham
Twite x 4 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Gapton Marshes
Dartford Warbler east of Morston Quay
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 3, Mealy Redpolls x 40 at Wells Woods
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant on inner saltmarsh at Holkham Gap
Great White Egrets x 4, Slavonian Grebe, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holme
KING EIDER drake on sea at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 6 at Winterton
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 6 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Short-eared Owl at Burnham Overy Staithe

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over South Beach, Heacham
Shorelarks x 22, Snow Buntings x 15, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Short-eared Owl at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black-necked Grebes x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2, Long-tailed Duck off beach car park at Cley
Snow Buntings x 50 at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 55, Long-tailed Duck at Salthouse
Twite x 17 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Twite x 6, Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Puffins x 2, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 2, Little Gulls x at Sheringham
Common Cranes x 16 south of Waxham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier at Holme
Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Kelling Heath
Great White Egret, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 4 at Haddiscoe Island
Waxwing at Burgh Castle
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 14th to 20th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-47.aspx?s_id=661439806

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
Parrot Crossbills x 2 at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Sooty Shearwater, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Black-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Cley
Little Gulls x 3, Purple Sandpipers x 2, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter at Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Great White Egret, Bean Geese x 3 at Welney WWT
Bewick's Swans x 5 in field between Thornham and Titchwell

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 19 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwing flew NE over Norwich
Black-throated Diver at Overstrand
Scaup x 9, Great Northern Divers x 3, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 3, Russian White-fronted Goose, Little Gulls x 179 at Hemsby
Arctic Redpoll, Jack Snipe at Wasley Hills NOA
Parrot Crossbill at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Black Redstart east of Briarfields Hotel, Titchwell
Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Great White Egret, Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 6 at Winterton
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Cley
Great Northern Diver at Waxham
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Sea Palling
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Short-eared Owl in off sea at Cromer
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2 at Wells Woods
Scaup north of Harbour Master's Office at Wells

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Weekend Update!

An extremely busy weekend, but alas no birding. Vivien & Ray, Lucy and myself started Saturday off with a very nice full breakfast at Tesco in Hunstanton at 8am. We then spent the entire day at our parent's house in Holme, clearing rubbish from the garden and emptying both large sheds and filling a massive skip, that Vivien had ordered and had delivered on Friday. Ray did a very good job of packing the skip – I don't think there were any gaps left at the end! Vivien and Ray stayed in a B&B in Hunstanton, in order to spend a second day at the house. We all met up for a lovely evening meal at Northgate Indian Restaurant in Hunstanton and then Lucy and I returned to King's Lynn. Slept well!

Today, Vivien, Ray and I returned to the house for round two! We burnt loads of wood that I had advertised free, but nobody bothered replying to my adverts. Richard B had already taken a massive wooden crate that the cat used to sleep in, which will now be used as an owl box (owl and the pussycat springs to mind!). Ray cut down all the massive buddleias that mother had planted in the road years ago! I had been putting off doing this, as sentimentally I didn't want them cut down at all, but they needed to go. We were not able to park in front of the house because of these, plus IF we sell the house, someone else will get rid of them anyway.  I dragged all the buddleia through the garden and stacked behind the big willow tree – I lost count of how many times I dragged stuff through the garden! Vivien was fire chief! Sold my father's Bembo tripod this morning to the father of an east coast birder – nice to know its gone to a good home!

Thousands of Pink-footed Geese flying over us all afternoon which was beautiful, however four Common Buzzards circling overhead in clear blue skies were the highlight for me. Mother's local Robin has been following me around all weekend and was very happy when I topped up the bird table with seed and cleaned the bird ponds out. Vivien and Ray left around 3.30pm and I carried on clearing up from the mass buddleia cull! Gary H. turned up to collect some items I had sorted for Alison and then a bit later Sophie turned up to collect a box of goodies I had for her too, including some old bird rings I had found amongst father's nail and screw box. Tina, one of the neighbours turned up to ask how I was, which was nice of her. I continued sweeping up all the mess until after dark and then went back in the house and had a coffee and sort out in the house.

John F. phoned me to ask if I had been let out yet.... I hadn't got a clue what he was going on about! John obviously hadn't realised that I had not been in King's Lynn all day and he told me there had a been a major 'Chemical' incident in King's Lynn – see here!!! I had turned the water back on for the weekend and went outside to turn it off just before I left. The handle in the stopcock would not turn off completely, however hard I tried to turn it on and off several times – it wouldn't budge any further and I have only manged to turn it off by about 97%! Oh well! I returned home wearily to King's Lynn. Phew!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Siberian Chiffchaff at Wells Woods
Twite x 12, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Black Redstart at Gorleston Pier at boatyard, Gorleston-on-Sea
Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe at Weybourne
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 flew over Kelling Quags
Puffin, Great Skua flew past Kelling Hard
Shorelarks x 12, Grey Phalarope flew past Holkham Gap
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Pink-footed Geese x 2,000, Russian White-fronted Goose at Anmer
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20, Little Gulls x 3 at Sea Palling
Scaup x 2, Long-tailed Duck at Barton Broad
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoters x 5, Little Gulls x 20, Snow Buntings x 19, Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Winterton
Great White Egrets x 2, Bewick's Swan at Breydon Water
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Walcott
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Water Pipit, Twite, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiescoe Marshes, north of Toft Monks
Snow Buntings x 50 at Cley
Pomarine Skua, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Happisburgh
Little Auks x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Scaup at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 17 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake, Richard's Pipit, Caspian Gull, Little Gulls x 59, Short-eared Owl at Sheringham
Waxwing flew over, Black-throated Diver, Water Pipit, Arctic Tern (probable), Grey Phalaropes x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gulls x 14 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-necked Grebe at Weybourne
Velvet Scoters x 3, Little Gulls x 31, Great Northern Diver, Sooty Shearwater, Short-eared Owl at Coastguards, Hen Harrier, Snow Buntings x 50 east of East Bank at Cley
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Waxham
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Great White Egret at Horsey
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 2 at Barton Broad
Common Cranes x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Siberian Chiffchaff at west end of Holkham Pines
Great White Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Shorelarks x 11 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 3 at Winterton
Little Auk, Scaup, Little Gulls x 88, Short-eared Owl at Happisburgh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 20 at Wells Woods
Black Brant on football pitch at Wells
Hen Harrier at Snettisham RSPB
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 20 at Sea Palling
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Halvergate Marshes
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Little Gulls x 33 at Holme Dunes NWT
Lapland Bunting, Twite x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Stejneger's Stonechat 1w male 19th October to 8th November (ID confirmed by DNA analysis) at Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 16 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 5, Snow Buntings x 35 at Coastguards, Short-eared Owl at Cley
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Twite x 16 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Lapland Buntings x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2, Bittern at Blakeney Point
Yellow-browed Warbler still at east end of Walsey Hills NOA
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Great White Egret, Bittern at Welney WWT
Cattle Egret reported at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Red-necked Grebe, Purple Sandpiper at Waxham
Shorelarks x 13 at Holkham Bay
Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 4, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoter at Hopton-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
MOURNING DOVE
In garden at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

BIRD BOOKS & PAINTINGS FOR SALE!!!

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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KING EIDER drake, Richard's Pipit, Caspian Gull, Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 2, Little Gulls x 5 at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 6, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black Redstart, Little Gull, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Coastguards, Rough-legged Buzzard at Cley
Bittern, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Jack Snipe, Great White Egret, Water Pipit at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Weybourne
Short-eared Owl at Marshland St James, Downham Market
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Caspian Gull at Overstrand
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Red-necked Grebe off South Beach, Winterton
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island
Yellow-browed Warbler at east end of Walsey Hills NOA
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Russian White-fronted Geese x 73 at Cantley Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
MOURNING DOVE
In garden at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Auk at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 3, Great White Egret, Slavonian Grebe at Breydon Water
Spoonbill on saltmarsh/quay at Blakeney
Velvet Scoters x 4, Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated Diver at Coastguards, Snow Buntings x 60 at Cley
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Black-throated Diver at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 7 at Holkham Bay
Twite x 13, Lapland Buntings x 2 on Blakeney Freshes
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
KING EIDER drake at Sheringham
PALLID SWIFT & Rough-legged Buzzard at North Dunes, Winterton
Twite x 10 at Thornham Harbour
Swift sp. flew over Horsey
Red-flanked Bluetail and Dusky Warbler on 28th October near Burnham Market
Dusky Warbler on 18th October at Scolt Head Island NNR
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cromer
Great White Egret, Bittern at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owl at Burnham Norton
Water Pipits x 4, Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 reported at Stoke Holy Cross
Great White Egret, Water Pipits x 2 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford

MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up to 7th to 13th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-46.aspx?s_id=496562632

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 18, Lapland Buntings x 3 on Blakeney Freshes
Tundra Bean Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Common Tern, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Dolphin sp. x 6 off East Bank, Velvet Scoters x 5, Black-throated Diver off Coastguards, Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
KING EIDER drake, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Rough-legged Buzzard at Horsey
Shorelarks x 12 at Holkham Bay
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
NUTCRACKER probable, flew SE over A148 Holt Road between Railway Bridge and North Norfolk District Council Offices at 11am, 1/2 mile WSW of Cromer
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Fen
Snow Buntings x 7 at North Beach, Winterton
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Caspian Gull at West Runton

MEGA NEWS
NUTCRACKER
Probable, WSW of Cromer, Norfolk

Monday, 12 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 7, Lapland Buntings x 3, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
KING EIDER drake, Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Spoonbill, Pale-bellied Brent Goose west of Blakeney Quay
Twite x 13 on Blakeney Freshes
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Snow Buntings x 3 at Holkham Bay
PALLID SWIFT with House Martin at Cromer
PALLID SWIFT over Happisburgh
Crossbills x 2 flew over How Hill
Waxwing at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate
Long-tailed Duck, Scaup x 3 at Barton Broad
Rough-legged Buzzard, Common Cranes x 2 at North Dunes, Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 3 at Winterton
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Coastguards, Cley
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 13 at Sea Palling
PALLID SWIFT flew over Tilney All Saints
Twite x 100 at Holme Dunes NWT
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Martham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT
Hartlepool, Cleveland
MOURNING DOVE
Recently at Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland

Sunday, 11 November 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
KING EIDER drake, Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Velvet Scoters x 7 at Coastguards, Bittern flew over River Glaven at Cley
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 13 at Sea Palling
Pallid OR Common Swift, Red-necked Grebes x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3, Snow Buntings x 14 at Winterton
Whale sp. over North Beach, Winterton
Great White Egret at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
Waxwing at Bowthorpe Industrial Estate
Great White Egret, Common Cranes x 4 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 on Freshmarsh, Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkham Pines
Shorelarks x 15, Snow Buntings x 40 at Holkham Gap
Velvet Scoters x 2 at Scratby 
Common Cranes x 18 at North Repps
Rough-legged Buzzard, Shorelarks x 2 at Sidestrand
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Horsey
Rough-legged Buzzard at Mundesley
Spoonbill, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Quay
Hen Harrier at East Hills, Wells
Hawfinches x 2, Crossbills x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Red-necked Grebe at Holme
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens Roost
Waxwing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham
Parrots Crossbill at St Faith's Common, Horsford
Caspian Gull at Cromer
Snow Bunting flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT
Hartlepool, Cleveland
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra Bay, County Galway, Ireland

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HUNSTANTON
 
St Mary's Church, Holme-next-the-Sea