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Monday, 31 May 2021

Red-backed Shrike at Cley NWT!


Spent some time looking for my own birds this afternoon and failed. Nothing along Garden Drove at Warham, apart from a Chiffchaff, Great Tit and tons of Wood Pigeons feeding on the pig fields. No Red-backed Shrike at The House on The Hill at Blakeney (where I found one a few years ago) and no Bee-eaters sitting on any telegraph wires on route!

Fabulous views of the very smart male Red-backed Shrike in an elder bush opposite the Visitor Centre at Cley NWT. Spoonbill flew over east too. Also lovely to bump into several birders and photographers this evening: David Tipling with his Olympus kit (I need this!), Dick Filby RBA, Suzanne from CleySpy and Richard 'The Hat'. I wasn't able to stand in the exact spot I wanted to be, to phone-scope this cracking bird and the reeds were wavering around in front of it, but hey ho, you can't have everything!

David Tipling, Dick Filby, Suzanne and Richard

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Quail at Waxham
Red-backed Shrike fem. at North Dunes, Winterton
Osprey flew over, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Osprey, Spoonbill flew over Morston
Red-backed Shrike male south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park & Horsey Gap
Garganey x 3 at Brendan's Marsh, Turtle Dove at Hickling Broad NWT
Red-backed Shrike male opposite visitor centre, Osprey flew over at Cley NWT
Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly at Sheringham NT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham RSPB
Marsh Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes
Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes
Purple Heron at Filby Broad
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes
Blyth's Reed Warbler at Blakeney Point
Corncrake singing by A149 at Heacham

MEGA NEWS 
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland

Sunday, 30 May 2021

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Turtle Doves x 7, Little Gull at Snettisham Coastal Park
Garganey at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham
Golden Oriole at Felbrigg Hall NT
Short-eared Owl at Cley NWT
Swift sp with white rump (aberrant) at Walsey Hills NOA
Common Crane, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Little Gulls x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Common Cranes x 8 NE of Foulden Common
Common Cranes x 3 near Aldeby
Garganey, Common Cranes x 6 at Welney WWT
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes
Turtle Dove at Happisburgh
Common Crane at Wymondham
Purple Heron at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS 
LITTLE CRAKE
Wicken Fen NT heard only on Saturday & Sunday evening, Cambridgeshire
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland 

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Holme Dunes NWT & Holme Bird Observatory NOA!

Considering my late night, I did well to arrive at Holme by 8.30am this morning. A beautiful sunny day, which brought out the day trippers with children, dogs, buckets and spades, beach gear etc when the gate opened at 10am.

I walked across to the beach – the tide was very high and almost up to the dunes again. Walked along the path through the pines and to the observatory, where I sat and chatted with Sophie and Cat and also met some lovely people who read my blog. The large tamarisk is in full bloom and is a stunning spectacle of pink flowers. Waited for a Bee-eater to fly over – I was disappointed! Not many birds seen really, but Marsh Harrier, Cuckoos, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Partridges x 2, Swallows, Goldfinches, Linnets and a Lesser Whitethroat briefly. Headed back towards the car parks.

I stood next to the large sycamore in the NWT car park (the only mature sycamore between all reserves left now) and was trying to magic something up between the sunlit leaves, when a car that pulled up made so much noise! Everyone piled out of the big car, shouting, talking, someone on the phone arranging lunch, car doors banging and so on. Each car that turned up made similar levels of noise. So much for it being a nature reserve! Why don't people be more considerate on a reserve? Its not Hunstanton or Great Yarmouth for goodness sake! Ok, so they may well not be the slightest bit interested in birds or nature, but surely they should respect the place where they are?! Saw a male Blackcap and mummy Chaffinch feeding baby, before they all disappeared from view after the noisy cars turned up. Returned to my car on the NOA car park. Walked to the far NWT wader pool hide, but didn't really see anything of note. Red Admiral seen on the way back and dragonflies that didn't settle once for me to identify.

I was parked in my favourite peaceful spot, in the far right hand corner of the car park. Got my new picnic table and chair out, had lunch and very lazily sat there for several hours! No point in rushing round the coast, burning petrol and joining the bank holiday traffic, as disappointingly, the RBA pager had hardly gone off! So unless birds were being suppressed, there didn't seem to be anything of huge excitement to go and see or any indication that I needed to go and search for something myself. As David Lindo says "look up" and I did...... lots, in hope of seeing a Bee-eater gracing the bright blue skies. It was a long wait with no results! Eventually I decided that I needed to have a good long walk and try and find something. Walked to the NWT Forestry and found nothing at all. Continued along the coastal boardwalk footpath and passed the singer David Gray with his little dog. I didn't say anything to him as he has no idea who I am and I didn't want to appear intrusive. I realised I hadn't seen him here for several years.

Anyway, continued on past the bungalows and the paddocks and found my first Painted Lady of the Spring and then a second one and also saw a Wall butterfly. Continued to the village car park and sat on a picnic bench for a while. Then walked along Beach Road, passing several House Sparrows dust bathing and also saw a Greenfinch. Followed the narrow footpath east at the River Hun bridge and ended up at Redwell Marsh Hide for the first time in over a year. Sedge Warblers and a Cetti's Warbler singing on route. Not much seen from the hide, but several Black-headed Gulls and a pair of Shelducks seen. Continued east along the path and pondered on a seat just past the 'standing caravan' area. Walked back along the Firs Road to my car and then returned to King's Lynn.

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

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Spoonbill near Horsey Corner
Common Crane at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Salthouse
Bee-eater heard only over The Plantation, Blakeney Point
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 4 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Bee-eater flew over Newton Flotman 
Turtle Dove at Redwell Marsh NOA
Turtle Doves x 2 at Holme Dunes
Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbill at South Beach, Black Redstart, Short-eared Owl at Heacham
Garganey at Welney WWT
Purple Heron, Garganey, Spoonbills x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 3 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey x 2 at Hockwold Washes

MEGA NEWS 
CALANDRA LARK
Fair Isle, Shetland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland 

Friday Update!

I feel like I have worked a full week, not a mere three days! Very busy at work and the early bank holiday traffic today was totally insane, both going to the coast and in the opposite direction! This made myself and several of my colleagues late back at various times throughout the day! I was queueing between two motorhomes at one point this morning on my community visits – not seen traffic like this and that early in the day for a very long time! Goodness knows what it will be like over the next few days in the forecast hot weather! I don't do queues through choice, so unless I go out extremely early in the mornings, I won't be going anywhere!

When I finished work, I drove straight to Necton to pick up Lucy’s repaired violin and bow, then dropped them off to Lucy, which she was very pleased about. I got my deckchair out of my car and sat it 2 metres from me, so Lucy and I could sit and chat for a while, which was nice. The rain was torrential, mid evening! Then did a supermarket shop, got home at 8.45pm, unpacked shopping and collapsed on the sofa. No time for a meal.
 
Surely with SE winds and the rain this evening and overnight, there has to be at least one or two good birds tomorrow?! Wondering where to start in the morning! Where will the first mega be found?! East or west? My prediction is at HBO in Sophie’s hand! Fingers crossed!

Friday, 28 May 2021

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Golden Oriole flew west over West Runton
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Golden Oriole singing at Elmham
Bee-eater flew over West Runton 9am, Weybourne 9.22am, Weybourne Camp 9.30am, Salthouse 9.34am, Cley 9.38am, Gun Hill at Burnham Overy Dunes 10.34am & west over Scolt Head Island NNR 10.40am
Common Crane, Spoonbills x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Little Gull on pool at Burnham Overy Dunes
Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Turtle Doves x 4 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Turtle Dove flew over Sidestrand
Purple Heron at Hickling Broad NWT
Turtle Dove at Kelling Heath
Mealy Redpoll at Campsite Wood, Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS 
None

Thursday, 27 May 2021

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White-spotted Bluethroat male again (distant and elusive) at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Garganey, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Common Crane, Spoonbills x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Gargeney x 3, Common Scoters x 16 at Hockwold Washes
Little Gull at Blakeney Harbour
Spoonbills x 2 between Blakeney & Morston
Turtle Doves x 4, Spoonbill at Snettisham Coastal Park
Bee-eaters x 2 seen at Overstrand 2pm, then Salthouse at 2.33pm, Cley NWT at 2.35pm, Stiffkey at 3.02pm & Titchwell RSPB at 3.50pm
Honey Buzzard flew over, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Salthouse
Turtle Dove at Wreningham
Turtle Doves x 2 at Alderford Common
Long-tailed Duck, Arctic Terns x 9 at Hopton-on-Sea
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes

MEGA NEWS 
None

SHOCKING FOOTAGE ON SPRINGWATCH THIS EVENING!

Shocking and disturbing footage of an out of control dog (no owner with) running havoc through the breeding waders at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham AND eating/destroying an Avocet egg!!! The owner would not even know what their dog had done! Footage taken last night on a nest cam by the Springwatch team and shown on tonight's episode. Watch now on iplayer from 10 minutes 30 seconds in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000wgtd/springwatch-2021-episode-3

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

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Golden Oriole male singing, then flew east at Melton Constable
Temminck's Stint at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Spoonbill flew over Cley NWT
Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves x 4 at South Beach, Heacham
Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 2 flew over Holme NOA
Spoonbill flew over Holkham Pines
White-spotted Bluethroat male for 4th day (distant and elusive) at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Spoonbills x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Puffins x 4 flew past Sheringham
 
MEGA NEWS 
None

Heartbreaking Footage Of Reckless Quad Bike Drivers At RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve!

https://twitter.com/RSPBTitchwell/status/1397476296645652480

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/quad-bikes-destroy-birds-nests-on-snettisham-beach-8004474

Call To Let Norfolk's Roadside Verges Grow

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/stop-norfolk-roadside-verge-cutting-wildlife-protection-report-8007340

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Birding at Holme & Snettisham!

High tide at Holme Beach

 

This afternoon I took Lucy's second violin and her favourite bow to a violin restorer in Necton, to have some repairs carried out. From Necton, I just about managed to get to my favourite bird seed shop to stock up before they closed!

It was freezing cold and windy, but had a lovely time at Holme this evening. The tide was really high, almost up to the dunes and there wasn't another soul on the beach, wow! Took lots of pictures. Walked along the back of the pines to the observatory and took some more pictures. The wonderful pink tamarisk has just come out in flower – love this! Paid my respects to where my parent's ashes are laid to rest. Ambled around and reminisced of bygone days.

Holme Beach

 

Very few birds of note, but did see a Cuckoo flying across the Firs Road on the way down to the reserves. A few Linnets were near the Broadwater and a Marsh Harrier was over the marshes. The Firs Road seems to be getting worse and worse, even in first gear, the car rocks in all directions! The best bird I saw was just as I was leaving, a Lesser Whitethroat flew from the scrub next to the NOA carpark to the large area of sea buckthorn – it took me a while to pin it down, but I did eventually.




Snettisham Beach

I then decided to stop at Snettisham Coastal park to take some sunset pictures from the beach, which I then tweeted out to Springwatch – maybe, just maybe they would show them on the show, yeah right! I managed to get a picture with an Oystercatcher flying past against the setting sun, which I was quite pleased with, considering it was taken with my iphone. Back to work tomorrow.

MORE PICTURES TO BE ADDED

Springwatch! Broadcast Live From Wild Ken Hill Estate, Snettisham, Norfolk This Evening!

The first episode of 12 over the next 3 weeks!
 
If you missed the first episode this evening, here it is:
 
 
 
 
 
Live wildlife cameras are available to watch from 10am to 10pm:

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Temminck's Stint. Swift (aberrant with white rump), Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Common Crane, Spoonbills x 9 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Turtle Doves x 5, Spoonbills x 7 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Short-eared Owls x 3 at Salthouse
Short-eared Owls x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes
Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland

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

By Chris Batty

Monday, 24 May 2021

Sunday Birding

I did go birding yesterday, but not much to write about really. Quick summary – was going to Holme but changed my mind at the last second and ended up at Cley. Tons of Swifts over the East Bank, but no white rumps.

Had some amusing banter at Walsey Hills with Emma, Callum, John F. and Ian. BBC Radio Norfolk were about to arrive for their second clue of Treasure Quest (click on the 4th picture to see birders at Walsey Hills!) – I left before they arrived and walked along the East Bank and back, nothing of particular note seen.

Walked along the Iron Road and found a Common Sandpiper in the furthest pool on the west side. Headed to Kelling Water Meadows. Parked up, had lunch and then changed my mind about walking to the water meadows after seeing far too many dogs being walked down there!

Spent a long time at Gramborough Hill and saw 2 Turnstones, a Ringed Plover, Wheatear and a Redshank in the pool just west of the hill. After patiently sitting by the scrub on the hill, only a Blackbird and 2 Linnets revealed themselves. Left the area and headed west along the coast road.

Wherever I stopped to go birding on route, there seemed to be too many people. Last stop was the coach turning area at Titchwell RSPB where I threw down some bird seed and my now old, but still edible home made Christmas fruit cake, which delighted several Blackbirds! Blackcap, Robin and Hedge Sparrow seen here. Drove home via Ringstead.

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Golden Oriole singing at Felbrigg Hall NT
Golden Oriole flew west over Beeston Regis
Osprey flew over Stiffkey Fen
Honey Buzzard flew over Stalham
Little Gull at Thornham Harbour
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Burnham Overy Dunes
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Brancaster Harbour
Common Cranes x 3 flew over, Spoonbill at Holme
Turtle Dove, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Little Gulls x 4 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Cattle Egret, Common Crane, Spoonbills x 6 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Temminck's Stint at North Point Pools, Wells
Temminck's Stint at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland

Sunday, 23 May 2021

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Golden Orioles x 2 flew west over Beeston Regis
Golden Oriole flew west over Muckleburgh Hill
Swift sp. with white rump flew past Weybourne Camp & then Walsey Hills NOA
Temminck's Stint at Bank Farm, Salters Lode
Turtle Doves x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Spoonbills x 4 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Cattle Egret, Common Crane, Spoonbills x 6 at Holkham Freshmarsh
WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT (probable) at Holme Dunes NWT
Turtle Doves x 2 in garden at Holme
Iceland Gull, Purple Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at North Point Pools, Wells
Hen Harrier male at Langham
Spoonbill at Waxham
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Dove at Kelling Heath
Short-eared Owl, Spoonbill at Horsey
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT
Probable, Holmes Dunes NWT, Norfolk
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Friday & Saturday Update!

This won't take long! Friday had to be the worst day's weather in May on record! Gales and rain all day and all night! On the other hand, we certainly need the rain! I've only seen a handful of birds outside my garden. The star today was a magical Turtle Dove purring away and seen in the village car park at Holme this evening! A few Blackbirds, 2 Mistle Thrushes, a Whitethroat and a Blackcap were also seen in the car park area.

Whilst photographing the Turtle Dove, My Sandisk card said the card was full and wouldn't take any more pictures! It wasn't full, it was empty apart from the few pictures I had taken of the Turtle Dove. Swapped it over to another card when I returned to my car. Tomorrow looks a better day!

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Rose-coloured Starling in garden at Blofield Heath
Pomarine Skua pale morph flew past Coastguards, Cley
Harrier sp. flew over Hardingham
Sanderlings x 6 flew through Hockwold Washes
COLLARED PRATINCOLE flew north from Holkham Park
Common Crane, Spoonbills x 4, Great White Egrets x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Salthouse
Wryneck (unconfirmed report) near Chapel Bridge, Wymondham
Curlew Sandpiper at North Point Pools, Wells
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Wells
Siberian Chiffchaff at East Hills, Wells
Turtle Dove in village car park, Short-eared Owl over grazing marsh at Holme
Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Garganey, Spoonbills x 5 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Doves x 5 at South Beach, Heacham
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
 
MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
Skaw, Unst, Shetland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland

Friday, 21 May 2021

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Osprey flew over Trimingham
Osprey flew over Weybourne Camp
Osprey flew over Kelling
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Short-eared Owls x 2, Little Stint at Salthouse
Rose-coloured Starling reported at Blofield

MEGA NEWS 
FORSTER'S TERN
Inishroo, west of Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
NNW of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland

Birding in the Rain at Wells and Holme!

Blustery day at North Point Pools, Wells!

 

THURSDAY 20th MAY

I spent many, many hours editing photos for blog posts yesterday (Wednesday) and this resulted in going to bed far too late last night/this morning! At least they are all now done and April and May is now up-to-date. This also resulted in me waking up to discover that the bird party was well and truly over! Not that I would have been lucky enough to jam in on an Alpine Swift or a Collared Pratincole, but the chances of seeing either from my slumber were unlikely!!!

Sunshine for a short period at North Point Pools, Wells
 

Plan B: Drove to North Point Pools at Wells in hope that the Collared Pratincole needed a little rest on route west? Maybe?! I seem to pick the most terrible weather to go birding in sometimes! Pouring with rain on and off all afternoon and evening. At North Point Pools, two other birders had had the same idea and were hoping for the Collared Pratincole to pass through too – they had just returned to their car, as the rain was now heavier. Determined, I walked down the track with scope and camera ready. Dismal weather was an understatement and I had not put enough layers on either. Bird of the afternoon was a lovely Yellow Wagtail seen feeding on the mud for a short while. Of note were lots of Avocets plus a few chicks, Lapwings and fluffy babies, Mallard and several Redshanks. Fed up with the rain, I returned to my car.

Cold and Raining at Garden Drove, Warham Greens

 

Walked along the Garden Drove track at Warham and apart from a Blackbird and a Chaffinch, nothing of note was seen. Lots of Wood Pigeons, Pheasants and Hares in the pig fields. Returned to North Point Pools and the weather improved for a short while with the sun coming out! Little Ringed Plover seen fairly close in addition to the birds I saw earlier. No other birders here at all and no Pratincole either! Lots of hirundines skimming over the pools: Swifts, Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins. News came through that Mark B. had found a Red-rumped Swallow at Titchwell RSPB, but it was only seen briefly and could not be relocated sadly.

Hide One at Holme Marsh Reserve NWT
 
View from Hide One at Holme Marsh Reserve NWT

Holme Marsh Reserve NWT
 

On hearing that my late mother's favourite birding spot was now open (from 17th May), I headed west to Holme Marsh Reserve NWT, to end my short birding trip. It felt quite weird being back here, as the reserve has been completely closed since March 2020. In an odd way, I felt like I was trespassing as I walked along the path to hide one! I fully expected my mother's cushions that she provided for the three hides to have been discarded because of the pandemic, but I was very surprised to find them still there, some in a dustbin bag with a dustpan and brush on top, some on the floor and some on the seats, along with lots of debris and bird poo on the floor of all three hides – I don't know what has been roosting in hide number three, but it must be something big! There is a bottle of sanitizer in each hide, but no notices about the rules, eg wearing a mask, how many people etc – maybe some laminate notices will be going up inside the hides this week, hopefully anyway. I didn't see very much, too late in the day and raining. Heard a Cuckoo and a Sedge Warbler. Saw a Coot, Mute Swan, lots of hirundines and that was about it, but lovely to be back here. Just got back to my car in time, before another downpour!

Thursday, 20 May 2021

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Golden Oriole flew over West Runton
Spoonbills x 3 at Breydon Water
Black Redstart on cliffs at Sidestrand
Red-rumped Swallow briefly at 6pm, Osprey, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
ALPINE SWIFT flew west over cliffs at West Runton, Kelling Water Meadows (10.24am), Cley NWT, Titchwell RSPB, Holme, Old Hunstanton & then flew south over the cliffs (11.52am) at Hunstanton
Swift sp. flew over (10.24am) East Bank, Cley NWT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham RSPB
Glossy Ibis x 4 flew over, Cattle Egret Welney WWT
COLLARED PRATINCOLE flew over Blakeney Point, Cley NWT & Salthouse, then flew west at 1pm over Cley NWT, then Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Serin flew over Holt
Turtle Doves x 2 at Alderford Common
Short-eared Owl at Salthouse
Spoonbill flew over Wells
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE reported south of Burnham Market
Spoonbills x 3 flew past Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Photo Updates, Weight Progress & New TalkTalk Router!

NEW PICTURES ADDED TO:

 
Weight Loss Update!
Last week I gained 1 lb, which is the only time I have not lost, but on this evening's weigh in for this week I lost 4lbs, so in total so far, I have lost 1 stone and 5 lbs! Very pleased with achieving this and feel loads better for it! Still a long way to go though! #willpower #staystrong #newme #donotgiveup #nostoppingmenow

TalkTalk Router
Yesterday I received my new TalkTalk Router, which is part of my new package, but I'm delaying installing it, as things like this very rarely go smoothly!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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CASPIAN TERN, Lesser White-fronted Goose esc., Spoonbills x 5 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove, Little Stint, Little Gull at Snettisham RSPB
GREAT REED WARBLER, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Temminck's Stint, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Common Crane at Holkham Freshmarsh
Blue-headed Wagtail at North Point Pools, Wells
Garganey, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Garganey at Ken Hill Marsh, Turtle Doves x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Dove at South Beach, Heacham
Wood Sandpiper, Common Cranes x 10 at Brendan's Marsh, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey flew past Weybourne Camp
Garganey x 5 at Hockwold Washes
Turtle Doves x 3 at Salthouse Heath
Golden Oriole over Brickley Wood at Ingoldisthorpe
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A Message to "Beth", New Hair & A Sunny Afternoon With My Sisters!!!

Tuesday 18th May
 
Its not appropriate to write publicly about why I booked with a different hairdresser a few weeks ago, but something absolutely awful happened to my normal hairdresser Beth and there was no way in a million years, that I was going to ring my hairdressers reception, about re-booking my appointment, when Beth was going through what must be the most difficult time ever in her life and this would also have affected the other staff hugely too. They all needed time and space. I then heard that Beth was returning to work far sooner than I thought she would or should come to that, but we all deal with things differently. If you are reading this Beth, my most sincere condolences to you. I send heartfelt love and hugs. There are no words really to say in these horrendous circumstances you find yourself in. I can only hope that you grow stronger again day by day, week by week and eventually start to come to terms with your tragic loss 💐 xxx.

 
So...... I had my hair done this morning at "King Street Hair Company" in King's Lynn with my old hairdresser Callie from so many years ago, I can't remember how long ago it actually was – I'm going back at least 10 years. Callie left where she used to work and moved abroad – she returned a few years ago. There are very few people I trust to do my hair and both Beth and Callie are the only ones I would see (through choice anyway). Callie did a fabulous job and after a record four hours and 10 minutes in the chair, I emerged a happy customer!

I then met up with Lucy and Vivien in the market place and after phoning where Lucy's lives to check it was ok....... it was, I was told – we sat at the tables outside Prezzos and had a coffee and something to eat. It was so lovely to sit with both of my sisters in the sunshine and I think it really cheered Lucy up, thank goodness. Then, the clouds appeared and it started to rain – we left and temporarily sheltered in the doorway of a large shop. I nipped into M&S for Lucy, to get her some food items (as she is not allowed to even enter a shop at the moment!) and then Vivien escorted Lucy back to where she lives and I returned to my car. Then I met up with Vivien for another chat in the car park where Lucy lives and we all returned home. No birding, but a happy day all round. Hopefully the rules will change soon, so that Vivien and I can take Lucy OUT of King's Lynn for a change of scene!!!
 
Cracking thunderstorm and torrential rain this evening! Juvenile Starlings are eating me out of house and home at the moment! Unfortunately the Starlings have taken a huge liking to the dried fruit, which I put out especially for my Blackbirds! Also saw a baby Robin in my garden yesterday – cute! Plus young Blackbirds! After seeing some more rats again a few days ago (totally exasperating), they now seem to have disappeared, long may this continue!