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Sunday, 22 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Caspian Tern again, Garganey, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 6 at Hickling Broad NWT
Golden Orioles x 2 flew over village at West Runton
Golden Orioles x 3 flew over Incleborough Hill, West Runton
Quail singing at Muckleborough Hill
Great Reed Warblers x 2 , Caspian Tern flew south, Turtle Doves x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbill, Little Gull at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Dove, Common Cranes x 4 at Winterton
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Golden Oriole flew west over Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzel, Spoonbill flew past at Weybourne
Puffin flew past Sheringham
Garganey x 3, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Golden Oriole flew past Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Little Gulls x 4, Spoonbills x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Hockwold Washes
Golden Oriole at Wells Woods
Quail NW of Sedgeford

MEGA NEWS
EGYPTIAN VULTURE 
ESE of Devoran, Cornwall
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO 
In garden at St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Saturday, 21 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Golden Orioles x 2, Turtle Doves x 5, Garganey, Spoonbill at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Great Reed Warbler, Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gull at Snettisham Coastal Park
Golden Oriole at North Dunes, Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at Winterton
Golden Oriole flew past Incleborough Hill, West Runton
Little Gulls x 5, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzel at Bure Park, Great Yarmouth
Glossy Ibis x 3, Garganey x 3 at Welney WWT
Golden Orioles x 5 at Muckleburgh Hill
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbill at Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Garganey x 5 at Hockwold Washes
Garganey, Temminck's Stints x 4, Spoonbill, Little Gull at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Walsey Hills NOA
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Quail flew over near Attleborough
Common Crane x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Star-Studded Line-Up Announced for Free Norfolk Festival!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/things-to-do/days-out/line-up-announced-festival-too-2022-kings-lynn-8978096

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 20th MAY
Golden Orioles x 3 flew over Muckleburgh Hill
Great Reed Warbler Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 3 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Golden Orioles x 5 flew over West Runton
Golden Oriole flew over Walsey Hills NOA
Golden Oriole singing, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew over Holt
Spoonbills x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 4 at Horsey
Spoonbills x 3 at Winterton
Garganey at Welney WWT
Purple Heron, Spoonbills x 5, Russian White-fronted Goose, Garganey, Little Gull at Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey x 3 at Hockwold Washes
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Garganey at Cley NWT
Spoonbill flew past Weybourne Camp
Quail, Spoonbill at Blakeney Point

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 
Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Ireland
COLLARED FLYCATCHER 
Fair Isle, Shetland

Thursday, 19 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Golden Oriole singing, early morning only at golf course, West Runton
Grey-headed Wagtails x 6 in paddocks at West Runton
Golden Orioles x 2 flew west over Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Great Reed Warblers x 2 , Turtle Doves x 5, Spoonbills x 4, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 6, Ring Ouzel, Little Stints x 2, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Caspian Tern, Black-winged Stilts x 2, Temminck's Stint, Black Tern, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 6, Little Gull at Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Tern also at Breydon Water & Martham Broad
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 3, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Little Gull, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Redstart at Caister-on-Sea
Ring Ouzel (found by C.B) NE of Weybourne
Little Gull flew past Weybourne Camp
Glossy Ibis at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes
Spoonbill at Holme NOA
Garganey x 3, Common Cranes x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Stevenson Skip Hire & Another Mishap!

A few days ago I booked a skip with Stevenson Skip Hire, which I believe are based in Littleport, but cover the King's Lynn area. The skip was arriving this Saturday, ready for my two week holiday, so I can start clearing a load of unwanted/crap out of my two sheds. But annoyingly I had to cancel the skip today, due to injuring myself. On Tuesday afternoon, I spent a good while prising off ivy tendrils and roots from my side passage door, which I had to remove, as I couldn't open the door – its been like this for several years! This door leads to my sheds, so it had to be done, in preparation of the skip arriving.

I had presumably aggravated the same right hip and right lower back, that resulted in me going to hospital a few months ago, as yesterday morning I got out of bed in severe pain. Took some pain relief at work, but it didn't touch the pain at all. Went home after work and laid on the floor with pack of frozen peas on hip for well over half an hour. Did the exercises given to me a while back. Went to bed with stronger pain relief,  Co-codamol (prescribed to me before), Ibuprofen and a very expensive Voltarol patch. Slept well, but was in total agony when I tried to get up this morning. Having a shower was torture. Managed to get to work, difficult to get out of the car and my walk to the hospital entrance, was the slowest I have ever walked in my life (I'm normally a fast speed walker at work). Arriving in my office, I literally broke down (almost in tears). I should have stayed at home, but there we go. Carried out lightish duties and continued with strong pain relief.

This morning, I realised there was no way I was going to be capable of doing a very manual job (by myself) of carting loads of stuff from sheds to fill a skip, so I had no choice but to cancel the skip. The main reason I am writing this post, is to thank the staff at Stevenson Skip Hire, who's professionalism has been second to none. From the time I made the first telephone call and spoke to Jack, when I booked with Grace and had to cancel with Peri, all of them were first class in how they spoke with me and that is rare nowadays I find! I should have been charged to cancel, but after hearing what I had done, they wavered the charge, so the least I can do is give them a shout out on my blog! A good business and service deserves to be mentioned. Thank you all very much and I will be booking with you again, as soon as I have recovered! Hopefully this may get you a few extra customers!

https://www.stevensonskiphire.co.uk/skip-hire/kings-lynn/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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WEDNESDAY 18th MAY
Great Reed Warbler, Turtle Doves x 4, Spoonbill at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Cattle Egrets x 2 flew over West Runton
Cattle Egrets x 2 flew past Sheringham
Golden Oriole singing (5.10am) west of Holme Church
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Kelling Water Meadows
Temminck's Stint, Garganey, Spoonbill, Caspian Gull, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Garganey at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Cattle Egret at Burnham Overy Staithe
Rosefinch fem/1s.male at Waxham
Osprey flew over Beeston Common
Black-winged Stilts x 4, Temminck's Stints x 2, Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Thornham Harbour
Temminck's Stint at Boughton Fen
Spoonbills x 6 at Breydon Water
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Redstart at Brancaster Staithe
White Stork at Hockwold Washes
 
Masked Wagtail (form personata) 2nd for Britain, south of Easington, Yorkshire

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Weekend Update!

No birding from me this weekend, none at all. Its been a totally crazy and extremely busy weekend, but can't go into it all now. I have been meaning to order a skip for years, to get rid of tons of crap out of my two sheds and finally today I ordered one and its arriving on Saturday. I have holiday booked for the next two weeks, which was for birding, but plans have changed now, sometimes birds have to wait. I hope to get out some days though. I would have loved to have seen the Great Reed Warbler at Snettisham, but I have sadly not been able to go – I have seen one in Norfolk before though.

Lucy played another concert with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. Her phone has died, so Vivien and I can't ring her and vice versa. Someone is going to help her buy a new one this Thursday – she had a cheap basic phone, so no big loss!

This morning I discovered a bird box full of Tree Bees, which I didn't know were there – they seem to be unusually aggressive and are far too close to my house – they won't even allow me to water my plants, I really don't know what I'm going to do! I got stung twice today! Someone suggested to cover the hole to the bird box at night when the bees are much calmer and move them further from my house, but there are still bees around the hole at 23.30!!!

Update: Tree Bees relocated, which resulted in two more stings, but they seemed very happy, when I checked them the following day, so all good.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great Reed Warbler, Turtle Doves x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Roseate Tern at Snettisham RSPB
Short-toed Lark flew over coast path at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey, Spoonbills x 2, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 4, Temminck's Stint, Hooded Crow, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Blue-headed Wagtail at West Runton
Glossy Ibis, Osprey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Grey-headed Wagtail at Happisburgh
Cattle Egret, Ring Ouzel at Martham

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 10th to 16th May!

By Jon Dunn

Monday, 16 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Ring Ouzel, Cattle Egrets x 6 flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Grey-headed Wagtails x 3, Blue-headed Wagtail at West Runton
Common Crane, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 2, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Citrine Wagtail fem. flew west over Thornham Point
Turtle Dove, Temminck's Stint at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 4, Temminck's Stints x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 5, Spotted Redshank at Hickling Broad NWT
Red-rumped Swallow, Grey-headed Wagtails x 2 at Happisburgh
Quails x 2 at Field Dalling/Saxlingham
Corncrake, Garganey, Arctic Tern at Welney WWT
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Upton Fen NWT
Black Redstart at Anglia Square, Norwich
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Red-rumped Swallow flew over Halfway House, Black Redstart at Blakeney Point
Wood Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Turtle Dove at Salthouse Heath
Pied Flycatcher fem. at South Dunes, Spoonbills x 2 at Winterton
American Wigeon at Potter Heigham Marshes
Arctic Terns x 15 flew past Weybourne Camp
Common Crane at Brancaster
Black Redstarts x 2 at Sheringham
Garganey at Stiffkey Fen
Garganey x 4 at Hockwold Washes
Turtle Doves x 3, Spoonbill at Holme Dunes
Great Reed Warbler, Turtle Dove, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Osprey flew over Burnham Norton
Turtle Dove in garden at Foulsham
Short-eared Owl at Gramborough Hill
Glossy Ibis at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SUNDAY 15th MAY
Temminck's Stints x 2 at Cley NWT
Grey-headed Wagtails x 2 at West Runton
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 3, Temminck's Stints x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Black Redstart at Anglia Square, Norwich
Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Corncrake, Cattle Egret, Spoonbill, Garganey x 2 at Welney WWT
Quail at Field Dalling/Saxlingham
Turtle Doves x 2 at Ken Hill Marshes, Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 6, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Glossy Ibis at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Hockwold Washes
Turtle Dove at Whispering Oaks Common, Wymondham
Black Redstart at Blakeney Point
Icterine Warbler (probable) singing this morning at Thornham Point

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Saturday, 14 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Wood Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbill at Wells
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Temminck's Stints x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Spoonbills x 7 Spotted Redshanks x 2, Ring Ouzel at Hickling Broad NWT
Grey-headed Wagtail still at West Runton
Garganey at Hockwold cum Wilton
White Stork, Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes
Corncrake, Common Cranes x 4, Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Welney WWT
Temminck's Stints x 2, Little Stint, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Kite (unconfirmed report) flew over Cley & Blakeney
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Cattle Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove, Little Gull, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart at Anglia Square, Norwich
Glossy Ibis (possible) flew over Norwich
Turtle Doves x 6, Spoonbills x 2 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at New Buckenham Common
Spoonbills x 3 at Brancaster Staithe
Russian White-fronted Goose between Horsey Mill & West Somerton
Common Cranes x 2, Honey Buzzard at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Garganey at Cantley Beet Factory
Dusky Warbler still at Stiffkey Fen
Turtle Dove in garden at Foulsham
Spoonbill flew over Holme Dunes

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Friday, 13 May 2022

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Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Black-winged Stilts x 3, Temminck's Stints x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Spoonbill, Ring Ouzel at Hickling Broad NWT
Golden Oriole flew over Weybourne Camp
Honey Buzzard over Weybourne
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells 
Black Kite reported at Felbrigg Hall NT
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Dunes
Honey Buzzard flew over West Runton, Sheringham, Kelling, Walsey Hills NOA, Cley, Langham, Stiffkey
Ring Ouzel at Snettisham RSPB
Turtle Dove at Ken Hill Marshes, Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 3 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Corncrakes x 3, Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Hawfinch at Grime's Graves
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes
Spoonbill at Sheringham
Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 3 at Hopton-on-Sea
Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Glossy Ibis at Holkham
Spoonbill at Burgh Castle
 
MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

Thursday, 12 May 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Osprey at Ormesby Little Broad
Wood Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Red-rumped Swallow flew over Weybourne
Red-rumped Swallow flew over, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Black Redstart at South Beach, Heacham
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Glossy Ibis at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 4 at Burnham Overy Staithe
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Garganey at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Black-winged Stilts x 4, Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpipers x 6, Osprey, Ring Ouzel at Hickling Broad NWT
Montagu's Harrier fem., Little Gull, Spoonbills x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Corncrake, Gargeney, Cattle Egret, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Turtle Doves x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Spoonbill at Ken Hill Marshes, Snettisham Coastal Park
Honey Buzzard flew between Loddon & Eccles
Black-winged Stilts x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Crane flew over Claxton
Common Cranes x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS
BLUE ROCK THRUSH, Male 
The Naze, Essex
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire