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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Briarfields Birthday Lunch at Titchwell!

Lucy and I had had very little sleep last night because of a big incident that occurred and in normal circumstances, I think we both would have cancelled our lunch meet up, but we decided to carry on with our day! My original plan, was to go birding at Titchwell RSPB and then meet Lucy and Vivien at "Briarfields" in Titchwell, but after only having just under four hours sleep, I only just made lunch!

I wanted to go somewhere different for my birthday (tomorrow, but Vivien is working), as we always seem to end up at Castle Rising Tea Rooms. I searched on line for the place with the most interesting food and the yummiest dessert choice. As soon as I read that Briarfields did Sticky Gingerbread Pudding (poached pear & stem ginger compote, crème anglais) I was sold and booked a table!

Our last visit to Briarfields was almost four years ago with our dear mother, for Lucy's 50th birthday lunch – the chef had made a gloriously designed music themed cake in white icing, adorned with music notes and featured an exquisitely made violin and the food was divine.

We met up later than planned at 12.30pm and sat in the bar area at one of the four seater tables with high sofa seats, which are incredibly comfortable. The food was top class and the young waitress servicing us was so polite and well just perfect – a 10 out of 10 from "Pen" all round! Lucy and Vivien had the "IPA Battered Haddock" (with hand cut chips, minted mushy peas, tartare sauce & lemon) and I had the "Harissa marinated Halloumi" (Turkish baked tomato & aubergine, bulgur pilaf, cacik, spiced tomato relish) with hand-cut chips. We had coffees and cold drinks and Lucy and I both had dessert. Lucy had a very fancy looking Chocolate Mousse and I had the utterly scrumptious Sticky Gingerbread Pudding!

The food, service and timing was perfect and its rare I say that! Not cheap, but I don't mind paying that bit extra for perfection! Highly recommended. My only tiny complaint was that whilst we were having our dessert, a group of people arrived with two very loud barking dogs – they sat directly behind us and every time the dogs barked (every time someone came to serve their table), it seriously made me jump.

It was frustrating knowing that there was a White-tailed Eagle flying over here just before we arrived, but hey ho, I've seen a few now, so hopefully I will get to see this in the next few days. Lucy said she was freezing and absolutely refused to walk anywhere, but I did manage to persuade her to go for a short walk (in one of her favourite places), along the cliff top gardens in Hunstanton. We parked up by the bowling green and walked as far as the fish pond, but Lucy wouldn't even walk that far because it was "freezing" and she turned around to walk back, so we all returned to our cars. It was lovely to see the cliffs and the Fulmars gliding around in the lovely sunshine, even though it was the shortest walk ever! To be fair to Lucy, it was pretty cold, but refreshing!

We went back to my house for tea and cakes etc. Last night I had a baking session and made a "Brilliant Banana Loaf", "Berry Baked Oats with Coconut" and some "Short-bread Fingers", much to the delight of both my sisters. I packed up some of my bakes for them both to take home and some for Ray. Lucy and Vivien kindly gave me a birthday card each, an expensive joint present – my favourite perfume "Chanel N°5 Eau De Parfum Spray" and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Just need the diamond ring now, I will await for that delivery tomorrow?! 🤣🤣🤣 I took Lucy home and Vivien drove back to Ely. Tomorrow, I'm spending my birthday birding.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Glaucous Gull flew past, Short-eared Owls x 2, Purple Sandpiper at North Dunes, Russian White-fronted Goose at Winterton
Black Redstart at Snettisham
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Great Northern Diver north of harbour at Wells
Snow Buntings x 80, Red-necked Grebe at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 18 at Holkham Freshmarsh
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE 2w. male, Scaup fem. at Holkham Park
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE juv. on beach at Thornham, then at Titchwell RSPB, Brancaster, Holkham Park, Burnham Norton
Lapland Bunting in garden at Congham near Grimston
Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Iceland Gull, Common Cranes x 10 at Waxham
Hawfinches x 8 at Lynford Aboretum
Cattle Egrets x 4, Tundra Bean Geese x 9 at Welney WWT
Bewick's Swans x 38, Short-eared Owl at Ludham
Hen Harrier male at Haddiscoe Island
Common Cranes x 26 at Clippesby
Bewick's Swans x 45 between Sea Palling & Ingham
Cattle Egrets x 6 on east side of Great Ryburgh
 
MEGA NEWS 
None

Early Morning Update!

In case anyone is wondering why I'm posting the bird news after 4am in the morning – no I haven't lost the plot, quite yet. I was assisting my sister Lucy with an emergency situation last night/this morning, which I can't go into, but because of that, I ended up having to then type up and email a report to the appropriate person and this has resulted in an extremely late night!!! Lucy is absolutely fine by the way.

I have at long last started clearing some stuff out of my house and that is what I have been doing over the last few days. On Monday I had to stay in anyway, as had to wait for British Gas to come and do my annual boiler service. Today, we are all meeting for up for an early birthday lunch. My birthday is tomorrow, but Vivien is working, so we are doing our get together today. Lucy and I are both going to be totally exhausted after our lack of sleep!

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TUESDAY 25th JANUARY
 
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 40 at Snettisham
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 172 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 80, Velvet Scoters x 6, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Gap
Scaup fem. at Holkham Park
Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Iceland Gull flew past Coastguards at Cley
Russian White-fronted Goose at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard (possible) NE of Dilham
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Hen Harrier at Burnham Overy Dunes
Glaucous Gull in field at Waxham
Snow Buntings x 51 at Brancaster
Cattle Egret at Bawsey
Hen Harrier male at Roydon Common NNR
Great Northern Diver at West Runton
Cattle Egrets x 3, Water Pipit at Welney WWT
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Happisburgh
Common Cranes x 24 at Repps
Bewick's Swans x 36 between Sea Palling & Ingham
Short-eared Owls x 3 at North Dunes, Winterton
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 18th to 24th January!

By Jon Dunn

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MONDAY 24th JANUARY
 
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Iceland Gull at Holme
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 40 at Snettisham
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 160 at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 50, Great Northern Diver, Iceland Gull flew past Holkham Gap
Siberian Chiffchaff, Iceland Gull, Hen Harrier, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over West Newton
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 50 at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 12 at Lynford Aboretum
Cattle Egrets x 4, Tundra Bean Geese x 9 at Welney WWT
Black Redstart, Short-eared Owls x 4 at North Dunes, Winterton
Great Northern Diver at Thornham Harbour
Cattle Egrets x 6 at Great Ryburgh
Russian White-fronted Geese x 200 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Snow Buntings x 9 east of Gramborough Hill
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Sunday, 23 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Holkham Park
Shorelarks x 5, Snow Buntings x 71, Lapland Buntings x 7, Velvet Scoter at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 23 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Little Stint, Black Brant at Snettisham RSPB
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 50 at Snettisham
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 3, Russian White-fronted Goose at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egrets x 2, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owls x 4 at North Dunes, Winterton
Bewick's Swans x 13 at Ludham
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Iceland Gull flew past Weybourne
Water Pipit, Turnstone at Cantley Beet Factory
Common Cranes x 28 NW of Clippesby
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT
Lough Gill, County Kerry, Ireland
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crookhaven, County Cork, Ireland
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 22 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great Northern Diver in Thornham Channel
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 54 at Snettisham
Little Stint, Scaup at Snettisham RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Thornham Harbour
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Holme
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum
Iceland Gull, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 4, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Burnham Overy Staithe
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Brancaster
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Burnham Deepdale
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Scaup at Holkham Park
Snow Buntings x 93 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 70 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Brancaster
Cattle Egrets x 2 north of Martham
Water Pipits x 2, Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Siberian Chiffchaff at Holt
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egrets x 5, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 5 at Welney WWT
Hen Harriers x 2 (1 male), Water Pipit at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Short-eared Owls x 2, Hen Harrier at North Dunes, Winterton
Great Northern Diver, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelark, Great Northern Diver at Happisburgh
Spotted Redshank on salthmarsh at Stiffkey
Great Northern Diver at Blakeney Harbour
Russian White-fronted Geese x 100, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Water Pipits x 2 at Cantley Beet Factory
Water Pipit at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS 
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Kerry, Ireland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Aughinish, County Clare, Ireland

Friday, 21 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Heacham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Snow Buntings x 20, Black Brant at Snettisham RSPB
Black Redstart at Snettisham
Siberian Chiffchaffs x 2, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egrets x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 2 at Salthouse
Lesser Whitethroat, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Winterton
Snow Buntings x 71 at Holkham Gap
Scaup fem. on lake at Holkham Park
Glossy Ibis flew over Kelling Heath
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 4, Long-tailed Duck at Burnham Overy Dunes
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common NNR
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Caspian Gulls x 2 at East Wretham Heath
Cattle Egrets x 6 at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Brancaster Harbour
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN COOT
Lough Gill, County Kerry, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Kerry, Ireland
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crookhaven, County Cork, Ireland

Thursday, 20 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Scaup fem. on lake at Holkham Park
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 30 at Holkham Gap
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Cattle Egrets x 4, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Tundra Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Siberian Chiffchaff, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 2 at Holme
Eagle Owl at Ormesby St Margaret
Snow Buntings x 30 at Snettisham Coastal Park
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crookhaven, County Cork, Ireland
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glossy Ibis, Iceland Gull, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Goose, Snow Buntings x 5 at Cley NWT
Smew redhead at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 24 at Clippesby
Iceland Gull flew past, Snow Buntings x 20 at Winterton
Black Redstart north of sailing club at Snettisham
Cattle Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Welney WWT
Great Northern Diver at Holme
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Taiga Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier male, Common Cranes x 25 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Snow Buntings x 83, Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 102 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Common Cranes x 4, Bewick's Swans x 23 at Ludham
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crookhaven, County Cork, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 11th to 17th January

By Jon Dunn

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

New Year Update and Titchwell RSPB!

I have not been very well over the last weeks, which is why there has been a huge lack of personal updates and birding news from me. Apart from being at work, I've hardly left the house, which is unusual for me. I did go to see the Waxwing at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve around a week ago, can't remember exact date, although I think it was the 11th January – I arrived late afternoon and as soon as I pulled up in the car park, the Waxwing was showing, perched in a bush next to the reception centre, I ambled across the car park to take a picture, but a lady got out of her car and the Waxwing duly flew off and landed in a hawthorn on the other side of the road. The light was dire, so didn't get any pictures – I didn't think it was worth posting about, being as it was the only bird I saw!

Today, well this afternoon, I finally got out for a short birding trip to Titchwell RSPB. Considering my short time there, I did quite well really. Along the Fen trail, a birder said he thought he had seen the Siberian Chiffchaff in amongst the Long-tailed Tit flock – after a short while of scanning through the tit flock I saw a Chiffchaff, but couldn't be 100% it was the Siberian Chiffchaff, as the light was rubbish and I only saw it high up in the willows against white/grey sky, plus it was moving around like lightening and I didn't hear it call at all. Also saw a Goldcrest and a Robin here.

On Patsy's Pool, there were a pair of Mute Swans, Pintails x 2, several Wigeon and Teal, Greylag Geese, Cormorants and 2 Marsh Harriers. In the newly cleared dyke opposite the weather station I accidentally flushed a Water Rail whilst watching a Hedge Sparrow. Made my way to the main path out to the beach. Found a Stonechat perched on a reed stem just west of the main path and a bit further along 2 Little Egrets were on the marsh. The sunset was absolutely stunning and it felt so good to be out again.

The freshmarsh was packed full of roosting birds! On the new islands it was fabulous to see so many Golden Plover close up. Also loads of Lapwings, Avocets x 11, a Heron, Black-headed Gulls, Shovelers, more Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shelducks, Oystercatchers, Greylag Geese and Starlings. Further along on the Volunteer Marsh, there were a good number of Dunlin feeding, along with more Teal and Wigeon. A Hen Harrier (ringtail) flew low over the path in front of me and headed out to Thornham Point, which was a nice surprise.

The highlight of the afternoon was a huge orange moon over the sea, whilst watching birds feeding along the shore line, including Oystercatchers and gulls. It was almost dark – the sunset was at its best now, red streaks through dark and light skies filled the horizon. I could just about see to walk back along the bank! The orange moon silhouetted over the islands and water – I attempted to photograph this, but couldn't replicate what I saw with a naked eye. Two Robins were feeding along the path on the way back, even though it was almost dark! It was 5.25pm when I returned to the car park. The evenings are getting a lighter, thank goodness.

I have next week off, as have to use holiday up before the end of March – if you don't take it before the 31st, you lose it. I decided my birthday week was as good as any to have off! Plus it means there will be less chance of me catching Covid (again)!

Now, the big question is, do I book Shetland again in the Autumn, do I go somewhere else for a change, do I stay in Norfolk and maybe save my pennies and move north?! Decisions, decisions!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Iceland Gull, Black Brant at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier male at Ludham
Black Redstart at Snettisham Coastal Park
Water Pipits x 2 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Cattle Egrets x 2 south, Common Cranes x 4 WNW of Thurne
Bewick's Swans x 2 at Hempstead Marshes
Shorelarks x 3, Snow Buntings x 30, Long-tailed Ducks 2, Velvet Scoter at Holkham Bay
Hen Harriers x 2 (1 male) at Roydon Common NNR
Water Pipit, Cattle Egret, Short-eared Owl, Tundra Bean Geese x 8 at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier male at Stiffkey
Snow Bunting at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Thornham Point
Hen Harrier male at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Siberian Chiffchaff at Beeston Common
Short-eared Owls x 3 at North Dunes, Winterton
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland

Monday, 17 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Common Cranes x 43 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Hawfinches x 12 at Lynford Aboretum
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Bewick's Swans x 17 at Ludham Airfield
Common Cranes x 4, Hen Harrier at Ludham
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Cattle Egrets x 3, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Welney WWT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 100, Velvet Scoter at Holkham Gap
Wigeon x 38,800, Russian White-fronted Geese x 59 at Breydon Water
Common Cranes x 18 between Thurne & Clippesby
Common Cranes x 3 flew over Reedham Marshes
Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Lapland Bunting at Burnham Overy Staithe
Hen Harrier male at Haddiscoe Island
Common Cranes x 3 at Repps
Bewick's Swans x 2 between Sea Palling & Ingham
Hen Harriers x 2 (1 male) at Roydon Common NNR
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Winterton
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Snow Buntings x 50 at Snettisham RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

Sunday, 16 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Siberian Chiffchaff, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 12 at Lynford Aboretum
Bewick's Swans x 62 at Ludham Airfield
Hen Harrier between Ludham Bridge & How Hill
Short-eared Owls x 2 at St Benets Abbey, Ludham
Common Cranes x 19 at Clippesby
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Scaup fem. on lake at Holkham Park
Snow Buntings x 70, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 35 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Glossy Ibises x 3, Cattle Egrets x 3, Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Welney WWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Cattle Egrets x 6 at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Todd's Canada Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, NNE of Stanhoe
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Fleggburgh Marshes, Billockby
Hen Harrier male just north of Acle
Hen Harrier male at Stiffkey
Hen Harrier male between Blakeney & Morston
Spoonbill, Russian White-fronted Goose, Spotted Redshank, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Hen Harrier male, Common Cranes x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Hen Harrier male at Roydon Common NNR
Red-necked Grebe flew past Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
 
MEGA NEWS
 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 
Fisherrow, Lothian, Scotland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 15 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Siberian Chiffchaff, Red-necked Grebe, Purple Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 85, Velvet Scoters x 5 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Tundra Bean Goose at Holkham Freshmarsh
Scaup fem. on lake at Holkham Park
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 6, Water Pipits x 3, Russian White-fronted Goose at Cley NWT
Cattle Egrets x 6 at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Common Cranes x 19 east of Thurne
Bewick's Swans x 10 at Ludham Airfield
Bewick's Swans x 19 at Cold Harbour Road, Ludham
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Ludham Bridge
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 12 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Water Pipit, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT
Scaup fem. at Blakeney Harbour
Hawfinches x 14 at Lynford Aboretum
Short-toed Lark in flight with Skylarks over West Runton
Caspian Gull at Heigham Waterworks Reservoir, Norwich
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham
Bittern at Bale
Hen Harriers x 3 (2 males) at Roydon Common NNR
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 124 on beach at Hunstanton
Bewick's Swans x 3 between Sea Palling & Ingham
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN COOT
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 14 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Bewick's Swans x 3 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iceland Gull, Lapland Bunting flew over Weybourne Camp
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Black Redstart near visitor centre, Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 11, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Cattle Egret, Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Short-eared Owl, Water Pipit at Welney WWT
Siberian Chiffchaff, Hen Harriers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 11 east of Thurne
Shorelarks x 5, Snow Buntings x 107, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Gap
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad
Todd's Canada Goose, Tundra Bean Goose NNE of Stanhoe
Snow Buntings x 4- at Gorleston-on-Sea
Short-eared Owl south of Horsey Mill
Hen Harrier male, Great Northern Diver along estuary at Blakeney
Water Pipits x 2 at Holme
Snow Buntings x 8 at Scolt Head Island Nature Reserve
 
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Thursday, 13 January 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier flew over Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn
Black Redstart near Wigginhall St Germans, SW of King's Lynn
Russian White-fronted Geese x 24 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Scaup fem. on lake at Holkham Park
Taiga Bean Geese x 5, Russian White-fronted Geese x 101, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Black Redstart at Anterton Hill, Cley
Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 7 at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 19 east of Thurne
Black Redstart near sailing club at Snettisham
Snow Buntings x 45 at Snettisham RSPB
Red-necked Grebe at Ormesby Little Broad
Common Cranes x 6 at Hickling Broad NWT
Shag at Whitlingham Country Park
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Snow Buntings x 23 at Holme
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham
Shag in outer harbour at Wells
Short-eared Owls x 3 at North Dunes, Common Cranes x 5 at Winterton
Black-throated Diver at Bacton
Hen Harriers x 2 (1 male) at Roydon Common NNR
Hen Harrier at Horsey
Glossy Ibises x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Hawfinches x 8 at Lynford Aboretum
Caspian Gull at Pentney Gravel Pits
Siberian Chiffchaff, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 flew over at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull at Nar Valley Fisheries
 
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