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Friday, 30 July 2021

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Savi's Warbler singing on 20th July (for 5th day, but no sign since) at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Garganey x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB 
White Stork west of Gayton at Ashwicken
WESTERN SANDPIPER, Roseate Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stints x 3, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Long-billed Dowitcher on Swimcoots, Hickling Broad NWT
Glossy Ibis x 6, Spoonbill, Common Cranes x 8, Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Wood Sandpiper at Bucknham Marshes RSPB
White Stork in tree at Tilney St Lawrence
Wood Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull on beach at Cromer
 
MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
ELEGANT TERN
Cemlyn Bay NWWT, Anglesey
LEAST TERN
North of Portrane, County Dublin, Ireland

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THURSDAY 29th JULY
White Stork west of Gayton at Ashwicken
Caspian Gull at Hockwold Washes
WESTERN SANDPIPER, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Spoonbills x 4 at Snettisham RSPB
Common Crane flew over Salthouse
Long-billed Dowitcher on Swimcoots, Spoonbills x 5 at Brendan's Marsh, Hickling Broad NWT
Osprey flew over Denver
Turtle Dove, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Spoonbills x 2, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
Caspian Gull flew past Sidestrand
Caspian Gull on beach at Cromer
Little Gulls x 2, Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Night Heron, Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
ELEGANT TERN
Cemlyn Bay NWWT, Anglesey
LEAST TERN
North of Portrane, County Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

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WESTERN SANDPIPER, Roseate Tern, Turtle Doves x 4, Little Stints x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 3 at Snettisham RSPB
Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills x 6 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snetttisham Coastal Park
White Stork west of Gayton at Ashwicken
Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Great White Egrets x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Cley NWT
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk
ELEGANT TERN
Cemlyn Bay NWWT, Anglesey
LEAST TERN
North of Portrane, County Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

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WESTERN SANDPIPER, White-rumped Sandpiper, Roseate Tern, Turtle Doves x 4 , Little Stint, Spotted Redshanks x 8, Spoonbills x 5, Garganey x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 4, Spoonbills x 9 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Pacific Golden Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank at Burnham Norton
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Cromer
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Wood Sandpiper at Welney WWT
Citrine Wagtail flew west (at 9.14am) over Weybourne Camp
Wood Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 4 at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
ELEGANT TERN
Cemlyn Bay NWWT, Anglesey
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
Ring Estuary, County Cork, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 20th to 26th July!

By Jon Dunn

Monday, 26 July 2021

Western Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB & Pacific Golden Plover at Burnham Norton!

WESTERN SANDPIPER
2nd for Norfolk at Snettisham RSPB
Dunlin in background
 
 
Better late than never! Sunday I was working and Saturday..... anyway, I arrived at Snettisham RSPB just before high tide, well only just before! There were far more birders here than I expected for a Monday. Stood with others trying to locate the Western Sandpiper amongst Dunlin relaxing behind a shingle ridge – so only some were on view. Heard two Turtle Doves purring, both seen in flight and saw a Little Egret perched in a tree. A birder pointed out a juv. Med. Gull sitting close in on the sea, which was cool to see. We waited and waited. The tide turned and the Dunlin flock still didn't move much. A bit later, suddenly, some of the Dunlin broke away and a few scurried east towards us and then, the Western Sandpiper came into view! It was more or less directly in front of us and had fabulous scope views! It was a bit too far away for my 300mm lens though, but managed to get a few shots. Smaller than the Dunlin – a very smart bird with its arrowhead markings on upper flanks and moved very quickly to feed – a fascinating bird!

I saw the first Western Sandpiper for Norfolk on Saturday 2nd December 2011, which Mark Golley found at Cley NWT – also see initial finding/ID here on 28th November 2011.
 
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB

 
The Western Sandpiper then flew with the Dunlin flock further north across the mudflats and was still on view, but distant now. Thousands of waders on the mudflats and lots of Sandwich and Common Terns, but no Roseate Terns whilst I was here. Nice to chat with Ray O'Reilly about Shetland! Also bumped into local birders Mark and Tracy B., Les B. and others. The walk back to the car park was unexpectedly hot and muggy and this was not what was forecast for today!
 

Holme NOA & Holme Dunes NWT Reserves
 
Headed to Holme to collect NOA's new publication: "The Birds of Holme Bird Observatory 1962-2020", which has kindly been dedicated to my parents. There are a few pictures I submitted and also several of my father's photographs taken from NOA Bird Reports etc. Stupendous drawings from Dave Nurney supplement the systematic list. I will enjoy reading this when I have some time over the next few weeks. If you would like to order a copy, here is the link on the NOA WEBSITE.

Chatted with Sophie for a short while in the baking heat – my father would have loved it! Me? Hate the heat! Lots of beautiful flowers in abundance, also Painted Lady and a Small Copper, but too hot to appreciate everything. Made my way back to the NOA car park. Photographed a Red Admiral on the Buddleia outside the Firs House – there was a Comma too, but it flitted off before I had a chance to photograph it. Chatted with Gary H. and Theo C. and then returned to my car. Both car parks were jam-packed full of holidaymakers. Grasshopper Warbler reeling and seen just behind the NOA car park, thanks to a couple of birders close by. The Firs Road is atrocious, even in first gear, particularly at the start of the road by the horse paddocks!
 
Red Admiral at Holme Dunes NWT
 
 
Burnham Norton
 
Headed east to Burnham Norton. Parked up in the car park and walked in sticky heat, to try and find the Pacific Golden Plover. Walked along the western (lower) path and then climbed up on to the sea wall and headed south – about half way along (ish) were a small group of birders, who had been here for over two hours and had only just seen the Pacific Golden Plover fly in, where it was feeding at the back of a pool, very, very distantly! I felt very lucky it was on show straight away for me! The distant photo below is also massively cropped!
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER
Burnham Norton


I continued to walk along the sea wall and returned to my car. The sea lavender looked so beautiful, mixed in with reeds below the path. Saw a Little Egret, a Reed Warbler and Goldfinches, but not much else. Back at my car I felt exhausted. A couple who had just arrived (after seeing my tweet that the PGP was showing), informed me that they had seen the White Stork at Ashwicken this morning, so this is where I decided to end my day. No news of the White Stork on the pager today. Several Swifts in the village as I left Burnham Norton.


Ashwicken
 
Parked up in a small rough parking area, by the horse fields just off the B1145 opposite the road "Brow of The Hill" between Bawsey and Ashwicken. I regretted this big time and I would not advise doing what I did at all! It was seriously dangerous to pull out from, to get back onto the B1145 – I had to wind both windows down and listen for traffic very carefully, as I couldn't see left or right of me without pulling out a little way onto the road. I won't be parking there again! Plus there was no sign of the White Stork at all, several Jackdaws, Rooks, Egyptian Geese and a Jay amongst the 70 plus horses in the fields. Returned home. Still no thunderstorms here to break these humid conditions.

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WESTERN SANDPIPER, Roseate Tern, Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gull, Curlew Sandpiper at Snettisham RSPB
Glossy Ibis at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Long-billed Dowitcher, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper at Dickleburgh Moor NR
Pacific Golden Plover (for 4th day) at Burnham Norton
Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Breydon Water
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Welney WWT
Common Crane flew over Cley
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at North Point Pools, Wells
 
MEGA NEWS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire
ELEGANT TERN
Cemlyn Bay NWWT, Anglesey
LEAST TERN
North of Portrane, County Louth, Ireland
SHORT-TOED EAGLE
At undisclosed site (on 20th June for 1.5 hours only), Highlands, Scotland
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
Unconfirmed report on Wednesday at Chartham, Kent