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Friday, 25 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite at Salthouse
Waxwing flew over Northrepps
Osprey, Water Pipit at How Hill NR
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Shorelarks  x 11, Snow Buntings x 50, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 4, Velvet Scoters x 4, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm., released at Holkham Park
Siberian Chiffchaff, Scaup, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Ferruginous Duck, Scaup at Ormesby
Water Pipits x 3, Snow Buntings x 13, Lapland Bunting, Little Stint, Caspian Gulls x 3 at Cley NWT
Pomarine Skua, Great Northern Diver off beach car park at Cley
Great Grey Shrike at Methwold
Red-rumped Swallow at Hopton-on-Sea
Snow Buntings x 2, Little Gull at Cromer
Short-eared Owls x 3, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 7 at Caister-on-Sea
Hen Harrier south of East Hills, Wells
Ring-necked Duck at Filby Broad
Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Pallid Harrier juv. fem. at Warham Greens
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog NR
Tundra Bean Goose x 2 at Clippesby
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Campsite
Purple Sandpiper, Caspian Gull at Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Egmere
 
MEGA NEWS
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
WILSON'S SNIPE
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Thursday, 24 November 2022

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Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Scaup, Short-eared Owl at Titchwell RSPB
Ferruginous Ducks x 3, Ring-necked Duck, Osprey at Filby Broad
Shorelarks  x 7, Snow Buntings x 20 at Holkham Bay
Hawfinch at Felthorpe
Snow Bunting at Heacham
Ferruginous Ducks x 2, Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Osprey at Ormesby
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Little Stint, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Little Stints x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Guillemot on sea, Little Gulls x 31, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Trimingham
Hen Harrier, Common Cranes x 4 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Penduline Tit by River Ant at How Hill Nature Reserve
Little Auk, Snow Buntings x 8 flew past Weybourne Camp
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm., released, Pallid Harrier juv. fem., Yellow-browed Warbler, Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens
Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 3 at Sheringham
Osprey flew over Catfield Fen
Common Tern, Snow Buntings x 2 at harbour entrance, Great Yarmouth
Reed Warbler trapped and ringed at private site, Burgh Castle
Hen Harrier SSE of Ludham
Hen Harrier, Bewick's Swans x 2 at Horsey
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey Campsite
Common Cranes x 27 at Ludham
Great Northern Diver at Cromer
 
MEGA NEWS
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
WILSON'S SNIPE
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

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Ferruginous Duck possible at UEA Broad, Norwich
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. released, Cattle Egrets x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Scaup x 2, Little Gull at Whitlingham Country Park
Pallid Harrier juv. fem., Hen Harriers x 2, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Little Auk flew past Weybourne Camp
Little Stint at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 in field WNW of Rollesby
Hen Harriers x 2, Common Cranes x 19 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Little Auks x 2, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 14, Great Northern Divers x 3 at Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog NR
Ferruginous Duck, Smew Redhead, Caspian Gull at Filby Broad
Bewick's Swan (for 2nd day) NE of Haddiscoe
 
MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 15th to 21st November!

By Jon Dunn

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Auks x 3, Velvet Scoters x 2, Little Gulls x 4 off beach car park at Cley
Little Stints x 3, Water Pipit, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Little Auks x 4, Velvet Scoters x 4, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 2, Snow Bunting at Winterton
Ferruginous Ducks x 2, Ring-necked Ducks x 2, Smew Redhead, Scaup, Caspian Gull at Filby Broad
Ferruginous Duck at Ormesby Broad
Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 just south of Rollesby
Snow Buntings x 16 at Holkham Bay
Black Redstart at Holkham Park
Little Auks x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Great Northern Divers x 3, Caspian Gull, Little Gulls x 48, Black Redstart at Sheringham
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog
Pallid Harrier, Hen Harrier near East Hills at Warham Greens
Snow Buntings x 35 at Gramborough Hill
Velvet Scoter, Hen Harrier at Holme Dunes NWT
Hen Harriers x 2 at Horsey
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 21 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 3, Snow Bunting at Gore Point, Holme
Little Auks x 5, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gulls x 9, Purple Sandpipers x 2, Black Redstart at Sheringham
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at West Runton
Waxwings x 5 at Eccles-on-Sea
Ferruginous Ducks x 3, Ring-necked Ducks x 2, Bittern, Scaup at Filby Broad
Little Auks x 2, Snow Buntings x 8 off beach car park at Cley
Long-billed Dowitcher, Snow Buntings x 21, Little Stints x 2, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Yellow-browed Warbler at Warham Greens
Shorelarks x 12, Little Auks x 3 at Holkham Bay
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. released, Cattle Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 15 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Little Auk, Waxwing at Winterton
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Great Northern Diver at Outwell
Hen Harriers x 2, Bewick's Swans x 2 at Horsey
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
 
MEGA NEWS
WILSON'S SNIPE
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Hunstanton to Skegness Barrage and Port Plan Revealed

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Sunday, 20 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier at Waxham
Long-billed Dowitcher, Little Stint, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Little Stints x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Snow Buntings x 20 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Brancaster
Little Auk at Gorleston-on-Sea
Ferruginous Ducks x 3, Ring-necked Ducks x 2, Scaup x 2 at Filby Broad
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog
Caspian Gull, Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. released, Russian White-fronted Geese x 28 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Little Auks x 2, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Holkham Bay
Spoonbill at Thornham
Hawfinch reported, Short-eared Owl, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing flew over Northrepps
Yellow-browed Warblers x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Warham Greens
Pallid Harrier juv. fem. SE of East Hills, Wells
Pallas's Warbler still at Wells Woods
Ring Ouzel at East Quay, Wells
Little Auks x 3, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Snow Buntings x 2 at Salthouse
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Grey Phalarope at Kelling Water Meadows
Hen Harrier at Burnham Overy Marshes
Shorelarks x 2, Pomarine Skuas x 3 at Holme
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey Campsite
Hen Harriers x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Common Cranes x 29 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Osprey at Nar Vally Fisheries
Great Northern Diver at Outwell
Short-eared Owl, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
 
MEGA NEWS
None

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER
 
Ferruginous Ducks x 3, Ring-necked Ducks x 2, Scaup at Filby Broad
Waxwing in garden at St Olaves
Little Auks x 104, Short-eared Owl, Pomarine Skuas x 2, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 4, Little Gulls x 15, Velvet Scoters x 4, Snow Buntings x 4 off beach car park at Cley
Little Stint, Caspian Gull, Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x 60, Water Pipits x 2 at Cley NWT
Little Auks x 7, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 10 at Winterton
Shorelarks x 14, Little Auks x 4, Velvet Scoters x 5, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 5, Bean Goose sp. x 2 at Holkham Bay
Pallas's Warbler, Waxwing at Wells Woods
Little Auks x 86, Long-eared Owls x 2, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Little Gulls x 15, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 4 at Sheringham
Yellow-browed Warbler, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Little Auks x 5, Velvet Scoters x 2, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Little Gulls x 25 at Happisburgh
Little Auks x 38, Black Guillemot, Short-eared Owl, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Eccles-on-Sea
Little Auks x 27, Black Guillemot, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 211, Black Brant flew past Sea Palling
Little Gull at Caister-on-Sea
Dusky Warbler, Little Auks x 2, Snow Buntings x 65 at Blakeney Point
Waxwing, Little Auks x 14, Little Gulls x 40, Short-eared Owl at Waxham
Little Auks x 33 flew past Weybourne Camp
Common Scoter, Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Campsite
Grey Phalarope at Kelling Water Meadows
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 8, Little Auks x 41, Velvet Scoter, Sooty Shearwater at Salthouse
Short-eared Owls x 2, Spotted Redshank at Welney WWT
Pallid Harrier, Hen Harrier, Yellow-browed Warbler at Warham Greens
Pallid Harrier over marsh at East Hills, Wells
Hen Harrier at Lynn Point, King's Lynn
Little Auk at Gorleston-on-Sea
Little Auks x 19, Great Northern Divers x 2, Little Gulls x 94 at Mundesley
 
MEGA NEWS
Trapped & ringed at Nanjizal Valley, Cornwall

Friday, 18 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ferruginous Ducks x 2, Ring-necked Ducks x 2, Bittern at Filby Broad
Slavonion Grebe, Common Scoter, Scaup x 2, Grey Plovers x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Grey Plover flew over Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich
Cattle Egret, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Holme
Lapland Bunting at West Runton
Yellow-browed Warbler at Holkham Pines
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. (released), Russian White-fronted Geese x 19, Cattle Egrets x 5 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 5, Snow Bunting, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 3, Black-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull at Holkham Bay
Osprey at Holkham Park
Bean Goose sp. x 20, Pomarine Skua, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 2, Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpipers x 2, Little Gulls x 201 at Sheringham
Little Auks x 2, Grey Phalarope, Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoter, Puffin x 2, Short-eared Owl, Little Gulls x 27, Great Northern Divers x 9, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Bunting off beach car park at Cley
Long-billed Dowitcher, Snow Buntings x 30, Water Pipit, Little Stint, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at Hardley Staithe, Loddon
Waxwing south of church at Waxham
Shorelarks x 2, Twite x 2, Snow Buntingns x 28 at Salthouse
Little Auk, Black-throated Diver, Little Gulls x 3 off Gramborough Hill
Yellow-browed Warbler, Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 16, Jack Snipe at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. (released) over Blakeney Harbour
Pallid Harrier juv. flew west past Stiffkey Campsite
Puffin, Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gulls x 200 flew past Cromer
Bean Goose sp. x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Snow Buntings x 19, Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 2, Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gulls x 60 at Winterton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 flew past Weybourne Camp
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Water Pipit at Brancaster
Common Cranes x 23 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 17 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ferruginous Ducks x 2, Ring-necked Ducks x 2 at Filby Broad
Snow Goose recently reported, is a leucistic Greylag Goose at Titchwell
Yellow-browed Warbler, Little Auk, Jack Snipe, Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 41, hybrid Green-winged Teal x Teal, Spoonbill, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Little Auks x 4, Pomarine Skuas x 5, Sooty Shearwaters x 2, Little Gulls x 200, Scaup from beach car park at Cley
Little Stint at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 17 at Happisburgh
Snow Buntings x 22, Little Gulls x 300 at Winterton
Common Scoter, Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Pomarine Skuas x 6, Little Gulls x 164 flew past Heacham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. (released) at Holkham Freshmarsh
Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 41, Black-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoter flew past, Cattle Egret at Holme Dunes NWT
Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Sabine's Gulls x 2, Little Auks x 9, Little Gulls x 5,980, Pomarine Skuas x 38, Sooty Shearwater, Velvet Scoter, Scaup, Great Northern Divers x 4 at Sheringham
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Little Auks x 3, Pomarine Skuas x 2, Little Gulls x 2,050, Black Guillemot, Great Northern Divers x 5, Velvet Scoters x 2, Snow Buntings x 8 at Walcott
Little Gulls x 800 flew past Trimingham
Little Gulls x 300 at Salthouse
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN COOT
Lough Yganavan, Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wednesday 16th November
 
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog
Ferruginous Ducks x 3 + hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard, Scaup at Ormesby Broad
Ferruginous Ducks x 2, Ring-necked Ducks x 2 at Filby Broad
Long-billed Dowitcher, Snow Buntings x 6, Little Stints x 3, Water Pipit, Lapland Bunting, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Little Auk, Little Gulls x 25, Velvet Scoters x 2 off beach car park at Cley
Yellow-browed Warbler, Hooded Crow at Warham Greens
Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter at Whitlingham Country Park
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Dartford Warbler east of Halfway House, Snow Buntings x 55 at Blakeney Point
Shorelarks x 2, Twite x 5, Snow Bunting at Salthouse
Black Brant at North Point Pools, Wells
Yellow-browed Warblers x 2 at Holkham Pines
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Lapland Bunting, Great Northern Diver at Weybourne
Great Northern Divers x 2, Water Pipit, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Goose still in field north of A149 at Titchwell
Scaup at Rollesby Broad
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Campsite
Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Little Gulls x 109 at Sheringham
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN PURPLE GALLINULE 1w.
Dunster Beach (apparently photographed), Somerset and Bristol
GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH
East Coast NR, County Wicklow, Ireland

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Little Auk, Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoters x 3, Little Gulls x 120 flew past beach car park at Cley
Little Stints x 2, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter at Whitlingham Country Park
Hen Harrier at Dersingham Bog
Ferruginous Duck + hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard at Filby Broad
Ferruginous Duck at Ormesby Broad
Black-necked Grebe, Little Gull, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gulls x 25, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Winterton
Little Gull flew past Weybourne
Little Auk, Great Northern Divers x 3, Little Gulls x 48 at Sheringham
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common NNR
Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Shorelarks x 2, Twite at Salthouse
Caspian Gull at West Runton
 
MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 8th to 14th November!

By Jon Dunn

Paintings Reframed: John Shepperd, Mick Goodman and More!

More pictures re-framed at

Picturecraft of Holt

 

This stunning painting of a Fieldfare by the late John Shepperd, was never framed, my father had kept it in a folder, so I decided it deserved to be framed and very pleased with the finished picture.

Fieldfare
Location and date unknown
JOHN SHEPPERD
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
 
 

Mother and I both loved this stunning painting by my father's close friend Mick Goodman, but framed very poorly by my father and the gold mount had leaked onto the painting and he hadn't even put it in straight, Lucy at Picturecraft and I discovered, after removing it from the frame! An inner mount was used in the re-framing to try and distract from the paper discolouring, I think its kind of worked!

After the old frame was removed

Garden Warbler, Blackcap & Whitethroat
Location unknown – 1957
MICK GOODMAN
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
Finished with "ArtGlass"
 
 
Another stunning watercolour by Mick Goodman
This is a very tiny painting and is actually a greeting card sent to my father
 
After the old frame was removed
 
Black Redstart
Location and date unknown
MICK GOODMAN
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
 

UPDATE: Wednesday 16th November
 
After this post, I heard some very sad news that Mick had passed away only last Saturday! I don't know how old he was, but must have been a similar age to my father. I was going to ring Mick and his wife to tell him about the new frames and mounts for his pictures 😢
 
My most sincere condolences to his wife and to all his family and friends. Rest in peace Mick 🕊
 

I recall my father telling me that his mother (Grannie Hess) had done this beautiful pastel picture and frustratingly, I also recall him telling me where she painted this in Norfolk, but can't remember now – it might have been somewhere near North Walsham! Interestingly, the picture framers label on the back (below) says "Mrs Westmoor", who was our Great Great Aunt Ile and both she and Grannie Hess lived in Hunstanton – so did Grannie Hess gift this to Aunty Ile? Vivien (my sister) said she knew it was done by a relative, but she didn't think it was Grannie Hess – an unsolved mystery! I love the picture anyway, whoever did it – it used to hang on the wall below the landing in our family home, special memories.

After the old frame was removed
The old mount card which was stuck to the pastel, was amazingly removed by Picturecraft
 
Country Scene
Location and date unknown
HESTER CLARKE?
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt

NEW Richard Richardson Paintings!

In the KEYS "Ornithology, Wildlife Sale" on 7th September, I was lucky enough to outbid all other parties involved and purchased three RAR paintings after a fast and furious bidding challenge! Richard's paintings rarely come up for sale, so I was over the moon and very excited indeed, when I realised I had purchased all three! It was the first time I had bid in an on-line auction, so it was all a bit scary and nail biting to be honest – although utterly thrilling too!

All three painting's frames and mounts were in a very poor state and were more than probably in the original frames. One was of Brent Geese, Pintail and Wigeon flying over Halfway House at Blakeney Point – a serene and beautiful scene. The second was of a stunning Redstart with damage around the main picture, but I knew this could be cropped out with a new mount and frame, without spoiling the painting. I had viewed these paintings the day before the sale, when I dropped off our family writing desk and chair to be sold. The third, exquisitely painted Rustic Bunting, was in an unusual round and bevelled frame, of which I was told was an antique frame and could be sold for around £40 just by itself, but I decided I wanted it re-framed.

So with advice from Keys and close friends, I headed to Picturecraft at Holt and took all three to be re-framed. Lucy who works there, was extremely helpful and has an excellent eye for what goes and what doesn't. After chatting with her, I discovered she had been to the Norwich School of Art and I then told her I had been to Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design. Creatively together, we made an excellent team I felt and after a considerable amount of time in the shop, we came up with the best mounts and frames for these stunning works of Richard's, with valuable input and advice from the owner Michael. In fact when I collected them a few weeks later, I had a tear in my eye, which may sound over the top, but I was so pleased with the finished results! So much so, I then took other paintings to be re-framed (see next post) and more to be submitted.

At Keys Auctioneers, the day before the sale
 
  

 
 
 Screenshots of the paintings on the Keys Website
 
 
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After the old frame was removed

Notes Richard had written on the back of the painting
I don't know who "Aunt Louie" was? Any help with this, will be very much appreciated
 
Given to Brent Johnson, who presumably lived at Ingworth
(I was told it was Brent Johnson by the owner of Picturecraft)

Pintail, Brent Geese and Wigeon
Halfway House, Blakeney Point – 1952
RICHARD RICHARDSON
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
Finished with "ArtGlass"


After the old frame was removed
This picture caused quite a lot of issues, as it would have been cropped far too close to the bird, had I cropped out the round outer circle of colour, so I decided it was best to finish it with corners showing, in order to leave plenty of space around the bird.
From a distance you can't really notice the corners, honest!
 
Fascinating to see that RAR had made invaluable notes on the backs of the paintings, including the dates of the Rustic Bunting being seen on 10th-13th September 1958 at Blakeney Point and even the ring number: K11949!
Checked with Dawn B. of BTO and not re-trapped anywhere else – thank you very much.
 
Detail of the Rustic Bunting
 
Rustic Bunting
 Blakeney Point – 10th-13th September, 1958
RICHARD RICHARDSON
 
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
Finished with "ArtGlass"


After the old frame was removed
 
Redstart
location unknown, 1954
RICHARD RICHARDSON
  
Completed framing by Picturecraft of Holt
Finished with "ArtGlass"
 
 
Huge thanks to Picturecraft for their excellent service!

Monday, 14 November 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pomarine Skuas x 2, Little Gulls x 140 flew past Horsey
Dusky Warbler, Waxwing, Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 40 at Blakeney Point
Cattle Egrets x 10 at Welney WWT
Ferruginous Duck + hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard at Rollesby Broad
Ferruginous Duck, Scaup at Ormesby Broad
Sabine's Gull on sea, Shorelarks x 2, Little Auk, Snow Buntings x 9, Black Redstart, Little Gulls x 3, Lapland Bunting, Twite x 5 at Salthouse
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Waxwing flew over Holkham Pines
Snow Goose (possible) in field with Pink-footed Geese at Titchwell
Black Guillemot, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Spotted Redshank, Puffin at Titchwell RSPB
Slavonian Grebe at Whitlingham Country Park
Pallid Harrier juv. flew past Morston Quay
Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gulls x 2 at Sidestrand
Black Brant, Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Black Guillemot, Little Gulls x 12 at Weybourne
Yellow-browed Warbler, Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Pomarine Skua flew past Holme
Great Northern Diver at East Runton
Long-tailed Ducks, Great Northern Diver at Great Yarmouth
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 13 November 2022

Burnham Overy Dunes!

Yellow-browed Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes 
An extremely elusive bird

 

With SE winds last night and today, I decided there may be a chance of some late migrants. I decided to walk Burnham Overy Dunes – parking up on the main road at Burnham Overy just after lunch, I could see Ashley Saunders was already here, always a good sign! The walk out was not as fun as I expected, I felt like I was in a line of marching ants – dog walkers behind and in front of me and two lots of loud conversations going on! No peace and quiet here. I hadn't expected it to be so busy on a dreary, dull day in November! I bumped into Ashley S. and Nick, who had found a Yellow-browed Warbler a little earlier, in the first scrub lined hollow east of the boardwalk. On route, I saw small flocks of Starlings, Blackbirds, Robins, Hedge Sparrows and Greylag Geese.

I eventually reached the end of the boardwalk and walked down to the lower path, leaving the line of ants to continue to the beach! Around the apple tree and the scrub, I only saw Robins and Hedge Sparrows. Starlings were feeding just east of the farm gate and a big flock of Linnets were perched on the brambles just east of here.

Yellow-browed Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes
 
 
I headed east to look for Ashley's Yellow-browed Warbler. I spent ages looking in the hollow where it was seen, I sat, walked around, waited, several times, nothing at all, nothing heard. Only Blackbirds, two Robins and two Wrens here. Gave up and walked further east. Checked out all the scrub east of here and then returned to the first hollow – I refused to give up! Again, I spent ages looking and was just about to leave, when two Wrens chasing each other, flushed the YBW out of an elder! At last! Then it vanished. It took a while, but then it decided to show itself, just enough to get some record shots. It was constantly on the move, feeding and not playing ball for the camera! I was so pleased I had seen it, I had almost given up, but perseverance paid off.
 
I wandered back as the sun was setting and saw a Stonechat perched up in some brambles near the apple tree and more flocks of Starlings. There seemed to be more Blackbirds along the hedge-lined track near my car, than when I had walked out to the dunes. Two Cetti's Warblers burst into song. Hundreds of Pink-footed Geese flying over and landing on the east side of the marshes. A beautiful end to the afternoon. 
 
 Sunset at Burnham Overy Dunes