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Monday, 10 May 2021

Spring Birding!

The light was stunning today and the weather was dramatic with serious downpours, strong winds and brilliant sunshine – an excellent day for photography. Started the day off at Hunstanton and checked the Boston Sensory Garden out, nothing there apart from a Blackbird. On the bowling green opposite, there were several House Sparrows feeding, a Pied Wagtail and a Wood Pigeon. Several Swallows skimmed over west.

At Holme I found a Spotted Flycatcher perched on a large hawthorn, a short distance east from the NOA car park – I managed to photograph it badly from the car window. Parked the car up and walked back to get a better photograph, but the Spotted Flycatcher had vanished. Only one Wheatear seen on the horse paddocks, no sign of any Whinchats or Ring Ouzels on the opposite side of the road. Walked to the observatory to pay my yearly NOA subscription to Sophie. A torrential downpour had me scurrying back to my car, but it was too late, I was drenched! Then the sun came out! Moved my car to the NWT car park and sat watching the big sycamore for any signs of birds. A Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were singing. Hung my coat up to dry on the NWT fence – 15 minutes later after a coffee and snack, the coat was almost dry! Saw a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel here and Swifts, Swallows and House Martins graced the skies. Marsh Harriers over the marsh and Little Egrets.

I knew I should have started at the other end of the coast, with news of what seemed like the biggest number of Golden Orioles seen in Norfolk ever today and yesterday and also news of Grey-headed Wagtails at Cley NWT! I left and headed east along the coast road. Half way along the Firs Road, I bumped into Robin Joliffe and Gary H. who had found a lovely Spotted Flycatcher opposite the 'standing caravan' as its known, but is no more! Managed to get some record shots and then left.

Tried to find some migrants at The Greenway, Thornham, but failed. This area can be a good area for Spotted Flycatchers, but no luck today. 2 Marsh Harriers seen, a Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were singing. Spent a short while at Titchwell RSPB to try and see or hear the recently arrived Turtle Doves, but failed miserably. More rain, so had my lunch in the car.

The time seemed to be whizzing by and I couldn't stop anywhere else, as had to get to CleySpy before they closed at 4pm. I made it just in time at 3.42pm! Andrew very kindly fixed up my replaced Swarovski Phone scoping kit, bought a sack of bird seed and left.

Next stop, Gramborough Hill at Salthouse. Walked to GH and bumped into John F. (surprise, surprise)! Apart from a nano second viewing of a Cuckoo and some Linnets, there was nothing else in the scrub. There were a few Wheatears on the marsh, Meadow Pipits and skylarks. Walked back to my car.

Stopped at Walsey Hills NOA car park to find Eddie's car there and then joined him at the southern end of the bottom path to see my first Garden Warbler this Spring! Also a couple of male Blackcaps seen. From the carpark there was a few Barnacle Geese on Arnold's Marsh, a Yellow Wagtail and a Spoonbill.

I then went to the sewage works in Cley and saw a lovely Grey Wagtail, Great Tit and a Chaffinch. Drove along the road to Glandford Ford and spent a while here, trying to find something exciting like a Golden Oriole or another Spotted Flycatcher, nothing of note. Returned home. Early start in the morning.

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Golden Oriole flew west over at 8.38am, West Runton
Golden Oriole fem/1s. male flew west over at 9.23am, West Runton
Grey-headed Wagtail in cattle field by beach car park, West Runton
Golden Oriole male flew west at 11.20am, West Runton
Golden Orioles x 2 (1 male singing) in orchard then flew west at 9.30am, Happisburgh
Grey-headed Wagtail on clifftop at Happisburgh
Wood Sandpipers x 3, Jack Snipes x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Red-footed Falcon flew south over North Dunes, Winterton
Short-eared Owl, Iceland Gull, Black Redstart at Salthouse
Grey-headed Wagtails x 2, Blue-headed Wagtail from East Bank at Cley NWT
Golden Oriole flew west at 11.30am over North Foreland Wood, Cley
Golden Oriole male singing at 11.01am briefly, then flew west at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Golden Oriole male flew west at 11.30am, Beeston Common, Sheringham
Golden Oriole flew west late morning at Muckleburgh Hill
Iceland Gull at Kelling Quags
Spoonbill at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Dove at Waxham
Ring Ouzel at Buxton Heath
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Dove at Titchwell RSPB
Common Crane, Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Montagu's Harrier male flew east of Holme Dunes NWT
Purple Heron flew over, Spotted Redshank, Garganey x 2, Spoonbill at Brendan's Marsh, Hickling Broad NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland

Sunday, 9 May 2021

MEGA EXCITING NEWS! SHETLAND BOOKED FOR THREE WEEKS, AUTUMN 2021!

My cottage at Levenwick for three weeks in October!

View from the cottage!
Yes, I know it won't look like that when its torrential rain for days on end!
 
 
Excited is an understatement! I have spent a lot of hours researching, reading reviews and trying to find a cheaper way of going to Shetland this Autumn. After lots of hard work I have finally got somewhere incredible booked.

I knew that the awesome place I stayed at in 2019 with Niki and Piet at Quinni Geo Apartment, Voortrekker in Levenwick, was totally booked up, so no hope there. I managed to find out the name of the rental cottage, where the Western Subalpine Warbler was at Hillwell, but that was all booked up too. Several other cottages and hotels that look fab were also booked up. I got very excited when an awesome cottage at Hoswick was possibly available, but the owner had to clarify if someone was staying on dates that would have been my first week. Sadly they were, so I would only have been able to stay there two weeks. I photographed this house on my Oriole Birding trip in 2017 and watched birds in this fabulous garden! Anyway, so that plan was squashed. Then I thought about the Sumburgh House Hotel and made enquiries and although they gave me a very good deal for three weeks, the room looked very small and I could see the room was either over the bar or close to it and would be at risk of noise at night. Nice views of the lighthouse and sea though. The minus to this would be hauling birding gear up and down the stairs each morning and evening.

I decided to contact Niki at Voortrekker, just in case someone had cancelled or if she knew anyone else with accommodation. It just so happened Niki did know someone and a lady who had a cottage only a couple of minutes from her!!! Niki contacted her friend and we emailed and today I have conformation of the booking! It is a gorgeous traditionally built stone cottage, one bedroom, living room/dining room, kitchen, bathroom and a fabulous lawned front garden surrounded by a stone wall and with the same magnificent sea and cliff views I had from Voortrekker! In fact you can see Voortrekker from this cottage. I decided that when it pours with rain (and it will) I'm more likely to be able to see some birds feeding on the lawn from the living room than I would have any chance of seeing birds at close range from the second floor of the Sumburgh House Hotel. Also this cottage will be far quieter. Parking is literally next to the wall/gate of the cottage! The only downside is that I will have to cater for myself! Can't have everything!

Last night I booked Northlink Ferry and this time I'm taking my car! I'm going to drive half way, stay in a B&B, drive the second part of the journey the next day, catch the ferry on the Saturday night and arrive on the Sunday. Three week stay and then depart on the Sunday, drive back Monday/Tuesday. This will also enable me to twitch any rare birds on route south home! Return to work on Wednesday. Also I managed to persuade my boss to switch my days around just before I start the holiday! Roll on October!

Fantastic Birding at Holme Reserves!

I know I should have been out early this morning with the first southerly winds to hit Norfolk this Spring, but I really had to set Lucy's phone up for her, write down stuff for her and then printed off a 42 page pdf of instructions! Packed up the car and then went to Lucy's – I timed this completely wrong, as she was having her Sunday roast! So I had to wait outside for 20 minutes, whilst the RBA pager was continually bleeping! Handed phone and over and escaped to the coast!

Even though I was late to the party by several hours, I still had an incredible afternoon at Holme! It was obvious there was a huge arrival of birds. Showed my NOA membership card at the payhut and drove to the NOA car park. Note: you now have to book to go to the reserves before 3pm the previous day, as an NWT member or if visiting the beach, but NOA members can still visit dawn until dusk – see info here.

I walked back a short way along the Firs Road, to the where the ponies were grazing and other birders were standing and I watched a stunning Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, at least 8 Wheatears and lots of hirundines hurtling through over the marshes. All these birds were distant though, so no stunning pictures from me! On the opposite side of the road were 2 Ring Ouzels by a hawthorn in the paddock! Whilst here, I was told about an elderly gentleman called Cyril (from East Dene, Sussex) who reads my blog every day – hello Cyril!

Bumped into several birders I know which was lovely, including Cat, Steve W, Jim L. and others, plus some new blog followers. Steve and Sue G. were here and they told me about a Spotted Flycatcher round the back of the Firs House in the dead pines. Meandered round to the pines and with Ian, Cat and others, I watched a wonderful Spotted Flycatcher at the back of the dead pines. Walked to Holme Bird Observatory and sat and had a catch up with Warden, Sophie who had a Convolvulus hawk-moth on show, which she had reared from a larva! Took a picture of this with my iPhone. Fabulous to see, as not seen one for a long time – father had several over the years in his moth traps in the garden at Holme. Sophie also had some Emperor Moths on show too. Left here and returned to my car. Sat in my deckchair and had some late lunch. Grasshopper reeling. It was now about 4.15pm.

Quick march to the NWT Forestry before the official 5pm closing time! I was hoping to get a bit closer to the Ring Ouzels for some photos, but didn't even see them. A Cuckoo was seen in the Forestry, Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat singing, but little else. Hirundines were still flying through continuously. Crossed over onto the Firs Road to where the start of the paddocks are with the cattle and had a lovely walk back to the NOA car park. Several Swifts flew over and there were at least 6 Wheatears in the cattle field and 2 if not 3 Whinchats in the reeds across the other side of the paddock. The skies look ominous and it looked like it was going to pour with rain, but never did in the end. The sun continued to shine. Natterjacks were calling all afternoon, which was magical to hear. 3 Sandwich Terns flew over and I could hear Med Gulls calling. The Blue-headed Wagtail had not been seen for a while and I didn't see it again either. Still lots of Wheatears on the marsh – I estimate probably 16+ in the paddocks at least. Had a coffee by my car.

Crossed over the dunes and walked along the beach a little way. It was a very high tide, so beautiful to be there, with almost no one else on the beach either! Walked back along the pines and there were now 2 Spotted Flycatchers in the dead pines, distant though and no good for mint photos. Walked back round to the observatory and sat for a while in remembrance of my parents. Lots of Tufted Duck on the Broadwater, Pochard and a Wigeon I noted. Returned to my car and headed back along the Firs Road to the village car park. There was a Whimbrel feeding at the back of the grassy area! Plus a Herring Gull, 2 Mallards and some Wood Pigeons. I don't know where the reported Turtle Doves were, but it was too late in the day anyway. Early morning is generally best for purring Turtle Doves! It was gone 8pm when I left.

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Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove flew over Sidestrand
Black Tern at Rush Hill Scrape, Osprey flew over, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Garganey x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Hooded Crow, Iceland Gull at Hunstanton
Golden Oriole flew over, Turtle Doves x 4 at West Runton
Grey-headed Wagtail, Blue-headed Wagtail in cattle field by beach car park, West Runton
Golden Oriole flew over Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Red-footed Falcon flew west over Dead Man's Wood, Sheringham
Iceland Gull at Gramborough Hill, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Salthouse
Red-rumped Swallow, Woodlark at Burnham Overy Dunes
Wood Sandpipers x 4, Jack Snipe, Spoonbill, Ring Ouzel at North Point Pools, Wells
Osprey flew over Dersingham Bog
Grey-headed Wagtail, Blue-headed Wagtail, Turtle Doves x 2, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Spoonbill at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Common Crane at Holkham Freshmarsh
Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill at Burnham Norton
Little Gull at Denver Sluice
Montagu's Harrier male south, Dotterel x 3 east of Choseley Drying Barns
Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier male at Glandford
Caspian Gull at Kelling Water Meadows
Ring Ouzel at Blakeney Point
Hawfinches x 2 at Cockley Cley Wood
Ring Ouzel at Winterton Dunes
 
MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
In garden at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland

Yesterday.......

Saturday

Lucy and I walked to the Vodafone shop in pouring rain, to sort out her new phone (again) at 9.40am. New rules again, where Lucy lives – she is now not allowed to go in any shops!!! Lucy and I queued outside the shop and very long and tedious story short....... after speaking to the manager 'Adam', Lucy can have a 'Talkmobile' (Vodafone) as this contract does not look at credit history! Why didn't they tell us this the other week?!!! Basically Lucy has no credit history. After signing the contract outside the shop, Lucy walked back to where she lives.

I then went in the shop to sort it all out. So now Lucy will have a Nokia 130 phone on a contract for only £5.00 a month for unlimited texts and calls, which will save her loads, as she spent a bomb on her pay as you go phone. I also capped the phone at £10.00 a month. This phone has a camera but it is absolutely rubbish! Lucy insisted she only wanted another Nokia phone, so that is what she has got! I don't quite now how they do this, but Lucy's old phone will stop working at midday on Tuesday and then the new phone will kick into action.

Whilst in the shop, the manager very cleverly persuaded me to change my internet provider! I'm currently with TalkTalk and pay a lot of money for landline (don't use this) and internet and a separate fee for my mobile to Vodafone. My new deal changes over on the 24th May and I will be saving myself £20 a month, so its worth doing. Plus the manager assured me I will have a much better internet service (faster etc). But, I absolutely hate having a new router and having to put new passwords into phones and iMacs and laptops, as it very rarely goes smoothly! It better do, otherwise the manager will regret persuading me to change!!!

I left the shop at 11.45am!!! I then took the new phone back to my house, to set it all up for Lucy, but I fell asleep in the afternoon, after a highly stressful day at work on Friday!

I spent the rest of the evening trying to make a decision about visiting Shetland this Autumn, where, how long for etc etc. See post to follow this evening!

Saturday, 8 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Stint at Salthouse
Wood Sandpipers x 2, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Brendan's Marsh, Hickling Broad NWT
Grey-headed Wagtail, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbill flew over Wells
Common Crane at Holkham Freshmarsh
Garganey x 3 at Hockwold Washes
Dotterel x 3 NNW of Hockwold cum Wilton
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Dunes
Spoonbill at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Little Stint at Cley NWT
Golden Oriole singing in gardens at Wiveton
Ring Ouzel in West Runton
Ring Ouzel, Arctic Tern at Holme
Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 3 at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Bluethroat in garden at Gorleston-on-Sea
Whimbrels x 16 at Hardley Staithe, Loddon
Ring Ouzel, Short-eared Owl at Sheringham
 
MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
In garden at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland

Friday, 7 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzel, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2, Scaup x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Common Cranes x 6 flew high over Horsey
Ring Ouzels x 3, Woodlark, Spoonbills x 2 flew over South Dunes, Winterton
Hen Harrier between Horsey & Winterton
Iceland Gull at Kelling Hard
Dotterel, Ring Ouzels x 2, ESE of Choseley Drying Barns
Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpiper at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Blakeney Freshmarsh, Cley NWT & Wiveton
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. south of West Newton
Wood Sandpipers x 4 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 on saltmarsh at Wells
Wood Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Staithe
Little Stint, Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Night Heron, White Stork, Osprey at Filby Broad
Ring Ouzels x 4 at Holme Dunes
Wood Sandpiper at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Ring Ouzels x 2, Spoonbill at Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Osprey flew over, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Garganey at Hockwold Washes
Turtle Doves x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier male at Clippesby
Osprey flew over St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Hen Harrier flew over Barrow Common, Brancaster Staithe
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
In garden at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

Thursday, 6 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull flew past Kelling Quags
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Blue-headed Wagtail, Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshank, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzel near Culpits Farm, Hindolveston
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Holme Dunes NWT
Dotterel ENE of Choseley Drying Barns
Ring Ouzel in dunes at Horsey
Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Cattle Egret, Common Crane at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Ring Ouzel at Ringstead Downs
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Arctic Tern at Whitlingham Country Park
 
MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
In garden (present for several days) at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

Heartbreak As Netting Traps And Entangles Endangered Bird Species!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/netting-traps-and-entangles-kittiwakes-in-lowestoft-7948612

Mid Week Update!

So, first of all, weight loss update! In total I have now lost 1 stone and 2lbs so far! 🤩

I have spent tons of time on Monday and Tuesday, researching and attempting to book three weeks for Autumn migration on Shetland – still working on this! Should be sorted one way or the other by the end of the week, fingers crossed!

The new Government rules for 'care homes' has become stricter this week. Vivien and I STILL can't take Lucy out in our cars with masks on and windows open! Very, very frustrating indeed! Plus the latest new rules are that Lucy is not allowed to go any buildings whatsoever and that includes her daily trips to the supermarket to buy her snacks (chocolate) – she is not a happy bunny at all and that's putting it mildly! I had to make an emergency delivery of chocolate supplies to her this evening!

Yes, I'm very behind with adding pictures to the blog and this will be rectified over the next few days!

Swarovski have thankfully replaced my broken universal adapter for phone-scoping, so will be collecting that from CleySpy soon.

Counting down the days to my hair appointment on the 18th May, it can't come soon enough!

I have another three days booked off work in the middle of May, so that actually means 11 days off work, commencing Saturday 15th May!

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzels x 2 at Burnham Norton
Ring Ouzels x 3, Whinchat at Beeston Reegis, Sheringham
Purple Sandpipers x 4 at Waxham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Osprey at Titchwell RSPB
Whinchat at West Runton
Harrier sp. ringtail flew over, Ring Ouzels x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Osprey flew over Holme Dunes
Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Iceland Gull, Ring Ouzel at South Beach, Winterton
Wood Sandpiper at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Whinchat at Breydon Water
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Setchley, West Winch
Iceland Gull, Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Setchey
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Salthouse
Turtle Dove at South Beach, Heacham
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Dotterel, Shorelark SE of Choseley Drying Barns
Wood Sandpipers x 2, Garganey x 2, Spoonbill at Brendan's Marsh, Hickling Broad NWT
Curlew Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB
Iceland Gull at Weybourne Camp
Jack Snipe at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 3 at Wells Harbour
Osprey flew over lake at Holkham Park
Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill at Holme
Grey-headed Wagtail male, Spoonbill off East Bank at Cley NWT
Osprey flew over Earlham Marsh, Norwich
Ring Ouzels x 3 north of Pigneys Wood, NE of Walsham
Black Kite reported at Bawsey Country Park
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Iceland Gull at Kelling Water Meadows
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
 
MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-up 27th April to 3rd May!

By Jon Dunn

Monday, 3 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Blue-headed Wagtail, Short-eared Owl with cattle, Ring Ouzel, Woodlark at West Runton
Wood Sandpiper on freshmarsh at Brancaster
Ring Ouzels x 2 flew over Brancaster Staithe
Red-throated Pipit flew NW, Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill at Sidestrand
Ring Ouzel flew over golf course at Holme
Ring Ouzel west of Earlham Marsh, Norwich
Ring Ouzels x 2 on River Great Ouse bank at Downham Market
Grey-headed Wagtail, Blue-headed Wagtail fem. at Kelling Water Meadows
Russian White-fronted Goose north of Somerton Holmes
Temminck's Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Marshes RSPB
PALLID HARRIER flew south, Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey x 5, Curlew Sandpiper at Hockwold Washes
Dotterel, Shorelark SE of Choseley Drying Barns
Ring Ouzels x 3 north of Pigneys Wood, NE of Walsham
PALLID HARRIER flew south, Turtle Dove, Short-eared Owl at Waxham
Hen Harrier, Ring Ouzels x 3 between Waxham & Horsey
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Horsey Dunes
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Osprey flew over Cley
Common Cranes x 3 at Gresham
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
PALLID HARRIER between Scratby & Caister
Spoonbill at Warham Greens
Ring Ouzels x 11 flew over Muckleburgh Hill
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Jack Snipe at North Point Pools, Wells
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Titchwell RSPB, Choseley & Hunstanton!

This morning I met up with my work colleague and friend Hilary in the car park at Titchwell RSPB. Hilary doesn't seem to go out in the countryside that much, so I suggested she joined me for a guided bird tour! Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day. I lent Hilary my spare binoculars and off we went. On reaching the RSPB reception hut, I had to be checked in, as I seem to have lost my membership card – I have emailed the head office for a replacement.

By the picnic tables, we saw a Song Thrush, a Robin and a Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing. There wasn't a huge amount to see to be honest, the highlight being 2 Common Terns sitting on the freshmarsh, along with Black-headed Gulls, Teal, Mallard, Redshanks, Med Gulls, Shelducks, Avocets, Brent Geese and Greylags with goslings. A Cetti's Warbler burst into song and several Swallows were skimming over the reed beds as we walked out to the beach. 2 Little Egrets were on the west side of the path. We had timed our walk for high tide at 10.50am – Hilary loved the beach (probably more than the birds!) and we sat and chatted for a while, whilst watching the waves. Some Oystercatchers flew past, but nothing else seen, apart from too many people with dogs, which was to be expected on a bank holiday weekend.

We ambled back, heard a Sedge Warbler singing, more Swallows and then sat in the picnic area and had a hot cheese and onion pasty and a cup of tea, which Hilary insisted on paying for – thank you! We saw 2 male and a female Blackcap in the trees close by, a Robin, Blackbird and a Chiffchaff. A Sparrowhawk was high above us in the sky. Returned to the car park and Hilary then drove home. Hilary really enjoyed her morning out, but I don't think she will take birding up seriously – well, you never know! I then fell asleep in the car for far longer than I had expected! Saw an Orange Tip butterfly.

Walked around the Fen Trail and to Patsy's Pool. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs singing. Saw a Red Kite, Common Buzzard and Marsh Harriers over the reedbeds. Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks, Mallards and Greylag Geese were on the pool. I wonder if we will see the Turtle Doves here this year, I hope so! Wandered along the path to the far end towards the East Trail – saw a Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Coots and more Swallows and then returned to my car.

The weather detoriated and it felt colder now. I decided to spend the rest of the day looking for Dotterel at Choseley Barns and Chalk Pit Lane. I sat in my car watching the concrete area by the farm buildings, hoping for a Turtle Dove, but only saw Red-legged Partridges, 2 Stock Doves and Wood Pigeons. Left here and headed south along the road. Found a single Wheatear and a Skylark sitting in the fields not far away. Headed to Chalk Pit Lane and took some scenic pictures of the rape fields. I searched every field carefully, no Dotterel anywhere that I could find. Hares, Red-legged Partridges, Grey Partridges, Magpies, Jackdaws and a Marsh Harrier were seen.

The highlight was a VERY strangely marked Roe Deer, that crossed the road in front of me and disappeared into a rape field along Chalk Pit Lane. It was very light and then had a very dark area, a kind of marbled effect – I have never seen anything like it before! I spent ages trying to refind it, to get a picture, but with no luck whatsoever! In the late evening sun a Hedge Sparrow sat perched on a rape field flower stem, which looked really odd, as I hadn't expected it – nature always surprises you!

I ended up in Hunstanton and drove along Lighthouse Road and noticed the fairground was lit up. I really don't know why I had the urge to photograph the fairground, but that's what I ended up doing and got some fabulous pictures of the helter skelter, big wheel and the merry-go-round! I was surprised at how many people were there at 8.30pm!

Pictures to be added

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Ring Ouzels x 4, Iceland Gull, Spoonbill at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor NR
Wood Sandpiper at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Blue-headed Wagtail male at Earlham Marsh, Norwich
Wryneck, Black Tern at Hickling Broad NWT
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Stanhoe, Blakeney Harbour, Cley NWT, Sheringham, Cromer, Weybourne, Blickling, Langham, West Runton, Wells
Black Redstart at quayside, Spoonbill flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Ring Ouzels x 4 at Cantley
Ring Ouzel at North Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzels x 8 between Horsey & Winterton
Ring Ouzel at Sedgeford
Garganey at Hockwold Washes
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Roydon Common NWT
Curlew Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB
Blue-headed Wagtail, Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Hunstanton
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Holme Dunes NWT
Common Cranes x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Blue-headed Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Turtle Dove at Waxham
Wood Sandpiper east of Stiffkey
Temminck's Stint at Stiffkey Fen
Cattle Egret, Little Gull at Denver Sluice
Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Holkham Pines
Ring Ouzel in garden at Northrepps
Black Kite reported over pits at Leziate
Iceland Gull at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Arctic Terns x 6 at Ormesby Broad
Ring Ouzel at Cantley
Velvet Scoters x 2 flew past at Cley
Iceland Gull, Ring Ouzel at Sheringham
 
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Ring Ouzels x 2 at Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at South Dunes, Winterton
Ring Ouzel at Sculthorpe Moor NR
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Pigneys Wood, North Walsham
Blue-headed Wagtail male at Earlham Marsh, Norwich
Common Cranes x 2 flew over North Creake
Wryneck at Hickling Broad NWT
Short-eared Owl at Caister-on-Sea
Ring Ouzel at Horsey Gap
Garganey x 2 at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Grey-headed Wagtail, Little Gull, Garganey x 2 at Denver Sluice
Ring Ouzel at Cantley
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 4 at Weybourne Camp
Spoonbill at Northrepps
White Stork flew over Marlingford Mill
Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Horsey
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Hockwold Washes
Short-eared Owl, Iceland Gull, Ring Ouzel at California
Ring Ouzel at Sedgeford
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Burnham Overy Dunes
 
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FRIDAY 30th APRIL
Velvet Scoters x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbill at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at South Beach, Hunstanton
Wryneck at Hickling Broad NWT
Purple Heron at Nar Valley Fisheries
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Sculthorpe Moor NR
Spoonbills x 3 at Thornham
Little Terns x 3 at Rockland Broad
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Winterton
Common Cranes x 3 seen at Beeston Regis (Sheringham), Cley NWT, Blakeney Freshmarsh, Warham Greens, Wells, Holkham, Burnham Norton, Brancaster Staithe, Brancaster, Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Caister-on-Sea
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Ring Ouzels x 3, Curlew Sandpiper at Weybourne Camp
Jack Snipe x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl at North Point Pools, Wells
Ring Ouzel east of Glovers Farm, Sedgeford
Little Gull at Whitlingham Country Park
Black Redstart at Bowthorpe Southern Park, Bowthorpe
Ring Ouzel at Setchey
Temminck's Stint at Stiffkey Fen
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill at Holme Dunes
Grey Phalarope at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Spoonbill at beach, Brancaster
Garganey x 2, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Common Cranes x 5 at Colney
Garganey x 2, Cattle Egret at Hockwold Washes
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Ring Ouzels x 6 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Common Crane at Holkham Freshmarsh
Ring Ouzels x 3 NE of North Walsham
 
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NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland