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Monday, 28 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-breasted Goose at Salthouse
Red-breasted Goose, Iceland Gull, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Siberian Chiffchaff at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 12 at Lynford Aboretum
Shorelarks x 4 at Holkham Bay
Tundra Bean Goose, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
 
MEGA NEWS
EGYPTIAN VULTURE
Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire

Sunday, 27 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinches x 54 at Lynford Aboretum
Short-eared Owl at Sculthorpe
Red-breasted Goose at Salthouse
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 3 at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 80, Spoonbills x 20 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbills x 3 at Burnham Norton
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 20 on beach at Snettisham
Short-eared Owl at Ludham
Common Crane at Welney WWT
Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Hen Harriers x 4 (2 males), Common Cranes x 16 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Snow Buntings x 5 at Holme Dunes NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
EGYPTIAN VULTURE
Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 26 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinches x 46 at Lynford Aboretum
Glossy Ibis at Wheatfen Broad, Surlingham
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 10 at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 30 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Common Cranes x 5 flew over Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Red-breasted Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Snow Buntings x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart, Short-eared Owl, Snow Buntings x 40 on beach at Snettisham
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Tundra Bean Goose flew over Horsey
Water Pipit, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Welney WWT
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Siberian Chiffchaff at Friary Hills NT, Blakeney
Hen Harrier male at Stiffkey
Spoonbills x 3 flew over Holme
Spoonbills x 3 flew over Hunstanton
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Short-eared Owl at Ludham
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
EGYPTIAN VULTURE
Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 25 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier male at Stiffkey
Caspian Gull, Spoonbill flew past Weybourne Camp
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 2, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 7 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Snettisham
Red-breasted Goose, Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 2, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 80, Spoonbills x 9 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham Bay
Hawfinches x 12 at Lynford Aboretum
Scaup at Ormesby Broad
Dotterel with Golden Plovers, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver, Snow Buntings x 30 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Short-eared Owls x 2 near Horsey Gap
Glossy Ibis at Wheatfen Broad, Surlingham
Water Pipits x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Russian White-fronted Geese x 200, Hen Harrier, Common Cranes x 5 at Heigham Holmes
Hen Harriers x 3 (2 males), Common Cranes x 25 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Caspian Gull at East Wretham Heath
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland

Thursday, 24 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-breasted Goose at Salthouse
Red-necked Grebe, Scaup at Rollesby Broad
Common Cranes x 2 at Clippesby
Red-breasted Goose, Glossy Ibis flew over, Iceland Gull, Spoonbills x 3, Snow Buntings x 8 at Cley NWT
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Smew redhead at Taverham Mill
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Welney WWT
Snow Buntings x 30 at Snettisham RSPB
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire

RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE!

I can't believe what is happening. Its unreal. Ukrainians must be terrified, along with many Russians. What is Putin thinking of – he has underestimated how the world would react and frighteningly he won't want to back down now! Who knows what will happen over the next few days. Someone needs to stop him NOW! 😢 😢 😢

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-60454795 

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/putin-orders-military-operations-ukraine-demands-kyiv-forces-surrender-2022-02-24/

https://news.sky.com/story/russia-ukraine-crisis-in-pictures-aftermath-of-explosions-and-tanks-on-the-streets-12550083

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/24/russia-invades-ukraine-declares-war-latest-news-live-updates-russian-invasion-vladimir-putin-explosions-bombing-kyiv-kharkiv

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-attack-a05e7c4563ac94b963134bba83187d46

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/24/world/russia-attacks-ukraine 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/24/russia-putin-shatters-peace-europe-ukraine-invasion 

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/24/europe/ukraine-russia-invasion-thursday-intl/index.html 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10545389/BREAKING-NEWS-Explosions-heard-Ukraine-port-city-Mariupol.html 

https://www.facebook.com/614442333/videos/519086162885598/

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Red-breasted Goose, Iceland Gull, Spoonbills x 2, Snow Buntings x 16 at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE imm. flew NW near Cockley Cley
Red-necked Grebe, Scaup at Rollesby Broad
Little Stint, Snow Buntings x 30 at Snettisham RSPB
Smew redhead at Taverham Mill
Scaup at Ormesby Broad
Common Cranes x 14, Cattle Egrets x 2, Water Pipits x 3, Tundra Bean Geese x 9 at Welney WWT
Spoonbill at Thornham Harbour
Siberian Chiffchaff, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill flew over Warham Greens
Water Pipits x 2, Spoonbill, Hen Harrier male at Potter Heigham Marshes
Red-breasted Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Shorelarks x 4 at Holkham Bay  
Snow Buntings x 40 at Burnham Overy Staithe
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crook Haven, County Cork, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

In Memory of My Dear Father

PETER CLARKE

26th July 2008
 Fond memories of our trip to Dersingham Bog to photograph Green Tiger Beetles
 
 
2nd November 1926 — 23rd February 2017

 
My dearest father – five years ago you departed from this world.
As each year passes, time makes no difference
I still miss you so much. 
You are in my thoughts daily
until we meet again
Forever in my heart
x x x
💔
 
The Lark Ascending
(Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
 
Played at my father's funeral – such beautiful music

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Dotterel in field west of Thornham Harbour
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Red-breasted Goose, Snow Buntings x 15 at Cley NWT
Red-breasted Goose at Salthouse
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Welney WWT
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Dotterel, Siberian Chiffchaff, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinches x 14 at Lynford Aboretum
Russian White-fronted Geese x 12 at Snettisham RSPB
Caspian Gull at Weybourne
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 50, Long-tailed Duck at Holkham Bay 
Russian White-fronted Geese x 160 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Hen Harriers x 3 (1 male), Common Cranes x 12 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crook Haven, County Cork, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT 
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
BELTED KINGFISHER
Possible, reported by non-birders at Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 15th to 21st February!

By Jon Dunn

Monday, 21 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 15 at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 120 at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Iceland Gull flew past Weybourne Camp
Red-breasted Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Red-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier male at Rollesby Broad
Hen Harrier male at Roydon Common NNR
Dotterel near Thornham Coal Barn
Great Northern Diver, Spoonbill flew over Holme Dunes NWT
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Russian White-fronted Geese x 230 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Water Pipits x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 4, Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
 
MEGA NEWS
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT 
Cromane, County Kerry, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland

Sunday, 20 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull flew past, Tundra Bean Goose, Great Northern Diver at Weybourne Camp
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Red-breasted Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 50, Great Northern Diver at Holkham Bay
Russian White-fronted Geese x 20, Bewick's Swan at Holkham Freshmarsh
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egret, Water Pipit at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier male at Haddiscoe Island
Hawfinches x 8 at Lynford Aboretum
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Hoe
Smew (both redheads) at Rollesby Broad
Siberian Chiffchaff at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Great Ryburgh
 
MEGA NEWS
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT 
Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford, Ireland

Weekend Update!

No storm damage at mine yesterday, apart from a couple of large plant pots being tossed over. Several neighbours had fences blown down though. 122mph gust was recorded on The Isle of Wight!

Lucy and others are in "lockdown" as several members of staff have had and still have Covid-19. Its far from over yet.

Hip update: on Thursday I phoned Occupational Heath at the QEH for advice – no joy there! Then I phoned MRI reception to try and find out how long the wait would be for my MRI scan and I was told by the receptionist, that an A&E consultant had cancelled my MRI and requested a pelvic x-ray instead!!! That was nice of them to inform me that.... not! So, then I phoned A&E reception to find out why the MRI had been cancelled, when the doctor I saw on Tuesday said that she would request an MRI Scan (see my post on Tuesday). A lady on the A&E reception told me something entirely different to the MRI reception..... she said that an MRI had not been requested at all and  "looking at the discharge letter/plan that would be sent to my GP, it asked for my GP to request an MRI scan"!!! No mention of a pelvic x-ray and that they suggested my GP refer me to The Pain Clinic at QEH!!! My immediate response was "why would I be referred to The Pain Clinic, when I don't have a diagnosis yet?!!! What a mix up!!! I was not a happy bunny to say the least and if I hadn't phoned up, I would have been waiting for a letter to arrive with a date for an MRI scan that wasn't going to happen! I explained that I need to have a diagnosis, so I know how to deal with this pain etc and get back to work. The very nice lady I was speaking to on A&E reception advised me to return to A&E and also the best time to arrive.

On Friday I arrived at A&E at just before 8am. Even though there were far less people in the waiting room than there were on Tuesday, it took far longer to be seen for some reason. I eventually got to see a different lady doctor who seemed surprised that I had not been given any kind of scan when I came in on Tuesday and when she could see now much pain I was in, she initially said "I think I will send you for an x-ray". My blood pressure was good and other tests fine. She assessed my spine and hip etc and then went off to see her senior to discuss my case – she returned to say that she believed it was musculoskeletal and I didn't need any x-rays or scans. She said the Oramorph I had been prescribed on Tuesday was not the best thing for my symptoms.......!!! She apologised for the previous doctor, who apparently should not have said to me that I would have an MRI scan. I was then prescribed Diazepam 2mg tablets x 3, one to be taken each day for three days and Co-codamol Tablets 30/500mg and told me to buy some Voltarol gel to administer to the painful area. I left at 11am.

Went to the chemist and picked up my prescriptions. Spent £9.99 on a Voltarol 140 mg Medicated Plaster x 2 in a box and a tube of Volterol gel. Returned home. I have not and will not be taking the Diazepam tablets (nasty things) unless I absolutely have to and in any case, the doctor said these would help to relax my muscles, so will the Oramorph, so I would rather take that! I'm taking the Co-codamol tablets prescribed though (not with the Oramorph though!). I put on the Voltarol medicated plaster, which was absolutely brilliant – after about half an hour, the pain improved quite a bit – expensive though at £5 a plaster!!! Phoned work to update them on my situation. Went to be bed very early, which is unusual for me. Its a pity you can't get Voltarol on prescription, you used to be able to, but not any more.

Saturday – drove the car into town and purchased another box of Voltarol medicated plasters – 5 in a box for £19.99 and also a box of BOOTS own make Heat patches x 4 for £4.99. Did a food shop in Sainsbury's and returned home and my hip felt very painful again – it doesn't like getting in and out of a car, or driving or doing physical things yet I presume?! Goodnight!

Saturday, 19 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Snow Buntings x 52 at Snettisham
Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Common Cranes x 16 at Clippesby
Great Northern Diver at Blakeney Point
Red-breasted Goose, Great Northern Divers x 2, Snow Buntings x 4 at Cley NWT
Red-necked Grebe at Rollesby Broad
Little Gull at Sheringham
Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank at Warham Greens
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egret, Water Pipit at Welney WWT
Water Pipits x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Cattle Egrets x 5 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart, Snow Bunting at South Denes, Great Yarmouth
Water Pipit at Holme Dunes NWT
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 21, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Holkham Bay
Whooper Swans x 2 at Filby
Bewick's Swans x 2 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Great Northern Diver, Snow Buntings x 14 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Short-eared Owls x 2 at North Dunes, Winterton
 
MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Crookhaven, County Cork, Ireland
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN COOT 
Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 18 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great Northern Diver off cliffs at Hunstanton
Russian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Black-throated Diver at Cromer
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire

Thursday, 17 February 2022

STORM EUNICE!

"A rare red weather warning - the highest level - has been issued in parts of south-west England and south Wales and the Met Office has warned of gusts of up to 90mph."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60417263 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60422273

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/heavy-winds-storm-eunice-set-to-hit-norfolk-8696692

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/exact-time-storm-eunice-will-reach-norfolk-8698786

Many of the nature reserves in Norfolk are CLOSED tomorrow, so anyone thinking of birding in Norfolk, give it a miss and stay at home!

The following NWT reserves and centres will be closed tomorrow: https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/news-and-articles/news/all-news/2022-02-17-visitor-centre-and-reserve-tem

All NOA reserves will be closed tomorrow: https://holmebirdobs.blogspot.com/2022/02/closure-of-all-noa-reserves-friday-18th.html

Holkham is closed tomorrow, see top message on their website: https://www.holkham.co.uk/

Pensthorpe is also closed tomorrow.

Make a flask of hot water for your drinks, in case the electric goes off and maybe some hot water bottles too. Have a hot breakfast, it may be the only hot meal you get tomorrow!

 

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Bewick's Swans x 15 flew over Sprowston
Red-breasted Goose, Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 17 at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Holme Dunes
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 10 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 30 at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Red-breasted Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Cattle Egrets x 8, Tundra Bean Geese x 9 at Welney WWT
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Caspian Gull flew past Weybourne Camp
Water Pipit, Caspian Gull, Spotted Redshank, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 3 (1 male) at Stiffkey
Bitterns x 3 at Whitlingham Country Park
Russian White-fronted Geese x 362, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 10 at Clippesby
 
MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT
Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford, Ireland
NORTHERN HARRIER
Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Water Pipit, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Red-breasted Goose, Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 13 at Cley NWT
Red-breasted Goose at Salthouse
Cattle Egrets x 5 at Great Ryburgh
Shorelarks x 5, Snow Buntings x 5 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 165, Spoonbills x 5, Bittern at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Hen Harrier at Hickling Broad NWT
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Hawfinches x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harriers x 3 (2 males) at Roydon Common NNR
Glossy Ibis at Rockland Marshes, Rockland St Mary
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
 
MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO
In garden (28th Nov-1st Dec 2021, no sign since) at Cullomptom, Devon

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Trip to A&E!

Yesterday morning I woke up with pain in my right hip/pelvic area and to begin with, it wasn't too bad, so I carried on with my day as normal – this included an appointment in Audiology (another story!) at the QEH. As the day progressed, the pain became much worse. It became excruciating to walk up the stairs – I stubbornly didn't accept this was going on and left it until the end of the day, before I rang my medical practice. I was told by the receptionist, that because it was so late in the day, it was unlikely that a GP would call me back now until tomorrow and if the pain got any worse, to go to A&E.

Later on, the pain became so bad, that it was almost impossible to turn over in bed. I had taken paracetamol before I went to sleep and this had done nothing. I rummaged around in the cupboards to find stronger pain relief – took some Co-codamol tablets that had been prescribed to me a year ago and they also did nothing to take away the pain. After giving up and trying cold and hot compresses, I was desperate and very close to going to A&E, but I was so exhausted with the pain and lack of sleep, I didn't have the energy to get myself there and I wasn't going to ring an ambulance! It was around 5.30am at this point.

I must have had some sleep, as I was woken up by a GP calling me from my surgery. The GP requested I come in urgently to see him, which I did. Total agony to get in the car and painful to drive – should have got a taxi really. At the surgery, the GP could see how much pain I was in, when I could hardly get on/off the couch to be examined, it brought tears to my eyes literally. He wrote up a report and asked me to go to A&E for further investigation – he thought I may have a Femoral Hernia. Drove home and got an overnight bag ready just in case and then drove to A&E. Left the overnight bag in the car, as too heavy to carry any distance when I was in this much pain – if I did need it, I'm sure someone I know would have picked it up for me.

A&E was jam-packed and the new overhead live screen, stated that there were 66 patients in A&E, how many had been triaged and something else I can remember. It took one hour and 10 minutes to get triaged. Another half an hour to see a doctor. A cannula was put in me, bloods taken and general obs done etc. I had to return to the waiting room, as there wasn't even a cubicle spare for the doctor to examine me. The staff were all lovely, but it was obvious they were struggling with the numbers and dire situation they were in and more than probably the serious lack of beds available. After being examined and the lady doctor finding that I couldn't even do a straight leg raise more than an inch or flex my knee at all, because of the pain in my right hip, I was then asked to return to the waiting room again, whilst she discussed my case with a 'senior'. I never got to meet the 'senior' but I was called back in again, to say it might be musculoskeletal, nerve pain or lumbar and that I would be sent home with a prescription of Oramorph. The doctor said she would refer me 'urgently' for an MRI scan as an outpatient, to find out the exact cause of my pain. I wonder if 'urgently' means, days, weeks or months?! To be honest I was relieved I wasn't admitted, you rarely get any sleep in hospital.

I slowly made my way back to my car. I very luckily found a close by chemist that had my Oramorph prescription. Returned home and took my first dose of Oramorph, which surprisingly has only taken the edge off the severe pain! Maybe this will improve after a few doses. You can only take a 5ml spoonful every four hours (max four times a day). So I'm now going to take dose number two and float off to sleep hopefully – good night!

Update – Wednesday Evening 
The Oramorph still hasn't obliterated the pain, but on a positive note has certainly relaxed me, to the point of being asleep most of the day. Contacted my GP again this afternoon, who said that I could take something like paracetamol alongside the Oramorph, but said that it wouldn't make any difference whatsoever, as the Oramorph is far stronger. The only comfortable position is laying on my left side. My GP told me that in his experience, an "urgent MRI scan" generally means several weeks and my best bet was to return to A&E again in hope that they would do an MRI scan straight away......?! The doctor I spoke to, also looked up my previous admission to A&E for the same thing (from what I can remember) which he said was in November 2020 and they suspected kidney stones, but after a CT scan found nothing – this was the last time I was given Oramorph, to cope with the same severe pain. He said even though the CT scan showed nothing then, that it could possibly be kidney stones this time?

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT" 
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Common Cranes x 22 at Clippesby
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 70, Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holkham Gap
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbills x 2 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham Coastal Park
Red-breasted Goose at Cley NWT
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Harbour
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Short-eared Owl, Cattle Egret at Welney WWT
Glossy Ibis in field at Claxton
Snow Buntings x 20 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 4 on beach at Old Hunstanton
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Snow Buntings x 70 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
 
MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
AMERICAN COOT
Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford, Ireland
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire
BELTED KINGFISHER
SSE of Samlesbury, Lancashire & North Merseyside

RBA Weekly Round-Up 8th to 14th February!

By Jon Dunn

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MONDAY 14th FEBRUARY
 
Short-toed Lark at West Runton
Red-breasted Goose, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Bitterns x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Shorelarks x 4, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 30 on beach, Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Common Cranes x 26 at Clippesby
Tundra Bean Goose at Burnham Norton
Little Gull at Cromer
Russian White-fronted Geese x 165 at Haddiscoe Island
Hawfinches x 13 at Lynford Aboretum
 
MEGA NEWS 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 
Doon Lough, County Leitrim, Ireland
AMERICAN ROBIN
Eastbourne, Sussex
BELTED KINGFISHER
SSE of Samlesbury, Lancashire & North Merseyside
WHITE-TAILED LAPWING
East Halton Skitter, Lincolnshire