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Thursday, 18 January 2018

BAN DRIVEN GROUSE SHOOTING!

If you haven't done so already, please sign this, thank you very much. It only takes seconds to complete – every vote counts!

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/201443

Storm Damage!

I hardly slept last night, not because of the gale, I just couldn't sleep. When I got up for work (my first day back after being unwell) I discovered a tree had been tossed into my back garden and another tree had fallen into my neighbour's garden too. Luckily my fence still looks intact, but I need to investigate this properly at the weekend. My neighbour's fence however, was completely demolished. After work and the supermarket run this evening, I popped round to the neighbour's house whose trees had fallen into our gardens to discuss this. The damage was far worse than I thought! The reason these two trees had fallen is because a humongous section of a massive willow tree (from a different neighbour), had come crashing down and flattened a huge shed and caught the two trees that had crashed into mine and another neighbour's garden! The couple I went to see showed me by torchlight the state of their shed!!! It was like a war zone! This willow tree is the biggest I have ever seen anywhere in my life and although it is a magnificent tree, its far too dangerous in a built up area – if the main central trunk was to fall it could crash through the middle of my house or two others, thank god that didn't go! Its going to be a big insurance job I was told, so the tree in my garden is hardly worth mentioning compared to the damage in the other neighbour's garden!

The willow tree belongs to the same neighbour that has a massive row of huge leyandi's, one of which crashed through my garden and greenhouse a few years back. I think he should have kept his trees trimmed to a safe height in the first place! Its such a pity these two trees have fallen, as they were full of birds in Spring and now I have nothing but a view of houses and for the first time I can see a busy road with cars going past. Another notch in the post, to make me sell up and move this year. I can't decided where to move to and what to buy – its very scary selling a house. This house is the only house I have bought and even though I have made a lot of dosh since purchasing this property, its still not enough to buy even a flat anywhere nice in Norfolk, due to the insane house prices/second home owner market. Norfolk is now the new London, that's how it feels to me at times.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Pink-footed Geese in field ENE of Sedgeford
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 14 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Black Guillemot, Great Northern Diver, Iceland Gull at Mundesley
Long-tailed Ducks x 15, Velvet Scoter, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwings x 3 still at Tescos, Black Redstart near RNLI car park at Sheringham
Russian White-fronted Geese x 61 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common
Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owls x 4 at Chedgrave Island
Waxwing still at Holme NOA
Iceland Gull on golf course at Cromer

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Waxwing still, Long-tailed Ducks x 3 on sea at Holme NOA
Waxwings x 3 at Tescos, Black Redstart on seafront, Iceland Gull near golf course at Sheringham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 13 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 70 at Gramborough Hill, Great White Egret near end of Iron Road, Salthouse
Caspian Gull in field west of Courtyard Farm, Ringstead
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 800 in field ENE of Sedgeford
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Morston
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-03.aspx?s_id=922495764

Hellesdon High School Pupil Nicknamed ‘trash girl’ By Bullies Refuses To Stop Collecting Litter

Good for you Nadia!
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/hellesdon-high-school-trash-girl-environment-1-5358295

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwings x 3 at Tescos, Black Redstart on seafront, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 8, Little Gulls x 15, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 11 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Waxwing still at Holme NOA
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2 south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Hen Harriers x 2, Common Cranes x 23 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Hen Harriers x 3 at Roydon Common
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens

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Monday, 15 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 16 at Thornham Harbour
Red-necked Grebes x 2, Water Pipits x 2 at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Divers x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing at Drove Orchards Farm Shop, Thornham
Waxwings x 3 at Tescos, Sheringham
Waxwings x 3 at Upper Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 9 at Winterton

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Good Health to You All, But Not To Me!!!

To add to my excellent health right now (note sarcasm), I now have a very sore throat, earache, ulcers, temperature and feel like **** !!! I'm loving this year so far!!! Good night!

Five Penguins Set Up Home On Felixstowe Beach!!!

http://www.suffolkgazette.com/news/penguins-in-felixstowe/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 36 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Red-necked Grebe at Hunstanton
Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Velvet Scoter, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-BILLED DIVER (possible) on sea then flew east, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 4, Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe at Thornham Point
Waxwing at Drove Orchards Farm Shop, Thornham
Twite x 31 at Thornham Harbour
Russian White-fronted Geese x 7, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Shorelarks x 9, Slavonian Grebe at Holkham Bay
Bittern & Great White Egret from Washington Hide, Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 90 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Black Redstart on seafront, Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham
Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl at Berney Marshes RSPB
Lapland Bunting flew over Choseley Barns
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Mealy Redpolls x 2, Twite x 2 in Meadow Lane, Kelling
Snow Buntings x 8, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Winterton
Waxwing, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Waxwing north of Market Road/Mill Road junction at Burgh Castle
Red-necked Grebe, Scaup, Great Northern Diver at Blakeney Harbour
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Hen Harrier at Morston
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1+, Mealy Redpolls x 2 south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Black-necked Grebe at Hickling Broad NWT
Water Pipit at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Russian White-fronted Geese x 10 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Water Pipits x 3 at Cley NWT

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwings x 2 at Drove Orchards Farm Shop, Thornham 
Caspian Gulls x 2 in fields, ENE of Docking
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 28 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Purple Sandpiper at Sea Palling
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 79 at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Red-necked Grebe, Scaup viewed from Stiffkey boat store, outer harbour, Blakeney
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Mealy Redpolls x 4 on garden feeders at Wiveton
Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Black Brant, Lapland Bunting, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Snow Bunting at Happisburgh
Black Brant at Cley
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 2 south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Common Cranes x 2 at Winterton
Black Redstart on seafront at Sheringham
Waxwings x 2 flew over Norwich
Waxwing at Holme NOA
Short-eared Owl flew from forestry at Holme Dunes NWT
Hawfinches x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Common Cranes x 2 south of Horsey Mill
Great White Egret at Welney WWT

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Friday, 12 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh 
Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 8 at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 7 at Happisburgh
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Pink-footed Goose x 1360, Barnacle Goose + Barnacle Geese x 67 (flew over) along Fring Road, WSW of Docking
Waxwing in garden at Sheringham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Waxwing flew over How Hill Staithe
Twite x 23 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwings x 3 then one taken by Sparrowhawk at Drove Orchards Farm Shop, Thornham
Black-throated Diver at Cley
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Waxwings x 2 at Holme NOA
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
Iceland Gull at Overstrand
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at South Beach, Hunstanton
Hawfinches x 15 at Lynford Aboretum

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Spaced Out!

I slept last night for the first time since all my pain started. The pain patch I was given had kicked in, but the downside is that I could have slept all day and feel totally spaced out! To be honest I have been asleep most of the day. Throughout all of this going on, I have managed to stick to my Carol Vorderman diet!

My mother very bravely went to Eileen Buxton's funeral today. Eileen and her husband Geoff (who passed away a good few years ago) were NOA members from the 'good old days'. A few of you may remember Eileen – she worked extremely hard, making lots of craft type gifts and donated them to the NOA for my father to sell at Holme Bird Observatory. I can remember her clearly, she had a lovely smile and was always laughing. I know its sounds selfish, but I simply couldn't have gone – its far too soon to go to the Mintlyn Crematorium where my father was cremated, I'd have been a mess. My mother is tougher than me! Sophie Barker very kindly took her to the funeral. Rest in peace dear Eileen x

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
Iceland Gull at Cromer
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Iceland Gull, Caspian Gulls x 4 (on Tuesday) by Ringstead Road, NW of Docking
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Red-necked Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Waxwing flew over Holkham Pines
Smew x 3 (all redheads) at Tottenhill Gravel Pits
Shorelarks x 9, Snow Buntings x 14 at Happisburgh
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Jack Snipe x 2 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 19 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Great White Egret west of Holkham Village
Bewick's Swans x 2, Whooper Swans x 11 near Cold Harbour Farm, Ludham
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwings x 2 at Drove Orchards Farm Shop, Thornham
Hawfinches x 11 at Lynford Aboretum
Water Pipits x 4 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT

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Not a good start to the year!

I'm at home this week and not very well at all. Severe pain struck me on Saturday and even more frustrating is that this pain is at its worst throughout the night. For some weird reason 'it' (what ever it is) doesn't like me lying down – how cruel. This has resulted in me having no proper sleep since the weekend. I don't really want to go into too much detail, but I have been to the doctors twice and spoken to them on the phone, had a blood test etc and am now waiting for an 'urgent' scan. Today I was given a 7 day pain 'patch' to take along with Voltarol and Paracetamol. I'm putting off going to bed, as I know from my current pain (none of the tablets are working) that I'm not going to be able to sleep again. I might take myself to A&E this morning!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinches x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Iceland Gull on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at Cromer
Twite x 17 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 11 at Happisburgh
Hawfinches x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hen Harrier at North Dunes, Winterton
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Common Cranes x 6 at Waxham
Water Pipit on Thornham Marsh from Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Snow Buntings x 60 at Gramborough Hill
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, south of Letheringsett near ford, west of Holt
Bewick's Swans x 40, Whooper Swans x 3 near Cold Harbour Farm, Ludham
Waxwings x 5 reported in garden at Sprowston

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RBA Weekly Round-Up 3rd to 9th January!

By John Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-02.aspx?s_id=757618852

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Iceland Gull at Sidestrand
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Purple Sandpiper at Overstrand
Waxwing in garden at New Costessey
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 46 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Waxwing flew over UEA, Norwich
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Snow Buntings x 88 at Gramborough Hill
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Shorelarks x 11, Lapland Buntings x 2, Snow Buntings x 31 at Happisburgh
Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Welney WWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpoll, Iceland Gull on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at Cromer
Long-tailed Ducks x 16, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 2 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Twite x 30 at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier at Holme

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Monday, 8 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Glaucous Gull at Earlham Marsh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 2, Iceland Gull, Little Gull on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course at Cromer
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2, in area with no general access at Bodham
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Waxwing flew over, Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Holkham Freshmarsh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still, in area with no general access near Holt
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 3 near River Glaven, south of Letheringsett
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Waxwing flew over North Creake
Long-tailed Ducks x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 3 at Thornham Harbour
Caspian Gulls x 3 at Burrell Way, Thetford
Caspian Gull at The Nunnery, Thetford
Waxwings x 2 in garden at Langham
Shorelark at Snettisham RSPB
Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank at Stiffkey
Glaucous Gull juv. flew over Norwich
Hen Harrier flew over marsh at Thurne
Common Cranes x 11, Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
PARROT CROSSBILL at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Waxwings x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Choseley and Titchwell RSPB!

I had an entire night of no sleep, due to pain (long story), so didn't get out very early, which I was really sad about as it was a beautiful day for birding and photography. Waxham and Cromer are not round the corner from me, but that is where I was heading today. There are some nice pictures of the Hume's Warbler at Waxham here, here and here.

Took some of my homemade lentil and vegetable soup to my mother for her lunch. Dug in the Christmas tree in the garden as a perch for birds (until it dies) – a Blackbird and Robin dived in to feast on disturbed worms, within seconds of me going into the house.

Big flock of Goldfinches at Choseley Barns this afternoon, but no luck with any Redpolls – a Kestrel was perched on telegraph wires as I left.

I had a massive count of 26 Marsh Harriers in the roost this evening at Titchwell RSPB, which I was very pleased with. However, I see that another birder counted 42 this evening! Also had close views of 2 Barn Owls and a Cetti's Warbler was singing by Patsy's Pool. It was extremely cold as I returned to my car.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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HUME'S WARBLER still, in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 14 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 2, Iceland Gull on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course, Waxwing on wires south of Cromer
Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Snow Buntings x 2 at Cley NWT
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpolls x 5 north of Choseley Drying Barns
Waxwing flew over Ranworth
Smew redhead at Tottenhill Gravel Pits
Little Auk (unconfirmed sighting) flew over, Snow Buntings x 9 at Breydon Water
Waxwing flew over Sheringham
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Titchwell RSPB 
Hen Harrier at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Bittern near Natural Surroundings at Glandford
Twite x 18 at Thornham Harbour
Twite x 15 at Lynn Point, King's Lynn
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries
Jack Snipe north of East Winch
Caspian Gull at The Nunnery, Thetford
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL in area with no general access near Holt
Common Cranes x 8, Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL possible, (yesterday) in set-aside north of Choseley Barns
Waxwing flew over, Long-tailed Ducks x 3 at Holme

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Carol Vorderman's Detox for Life: The 28 Day Detox Diet and Beyond!

So the new year is here and I need to take control of my body and mind! Yesterday I decided to start the Carol Vorderman's Detox for Life diet, which I have done a few times before over the years. I have the original book, published in 2001 and followed the 'Detox' with excellent results all round. As a vegetarian, its not that difficult to follow really, but if you eat meat, fish and drink alcohol its going to be difficult to maintain! No processed foods are allowed, no animal or by products, no cheese, milk, eggs, wheat products, alcohol, sugar, chocolate etc! Basically, it teaches you that you can survive without any of the naughty foods that most of us crave!

The downside to this diet is that you spend a fortune on buying all the basic ingredients you need. The one item I could not find in King's Lynn was Buckwheat (even Holland and Barrett didn't have this). I have made some really fabulous things today, including vegetable and lentil soup, houmous, a rice dish,  baked banana with maple syrup, mixed spice and lemon. I don't really like Rye bread that much, but toasted with cashew nut butter its very nice indeed! It shocks you into realising how utterly crap all the processed foods are, that so many of us consume.

Why are all the good birds, so far east?! I better go and find some at this end of the coast tomorrow. I was too exhausted from work and other jobs last night, to leave my house today. There is a really good selection of birds on offer in Norfolk right now, hopefully there will be more to come – a Snowy Owl would be good please!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Caspian Gulls x 3 at Burrell Way, Thetford
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 9, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinches x 3 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w 1+, Iceland Gull on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course, Cromer
Hen Harrier, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Mealy Redpolls x 5 north of Choseley Drying Barns
Bewick's Swans x 27 at Wissington Beet Factory SE of Downham Market
Mealy Redpolls x 2, Lesser Redpolls x 30 in area with no general access at Bodham
Twite x 17 at Thornham Harbour
HUME'S WARBLER (not Yellow-browed Warbler) in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Great Northern Diver, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB 
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 9 at South Denes, Great Yarmouth
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Common Cranes x 3, Bewick's Swans x 2 west of Billockby, NE of Acle
Shorelark near beach huts at Wells
Hen Harrier, Common Cranes x 14 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Snow Buntings x 80 at Gramborough Hill
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Greenland White-fronted Goose from East Bank, Short-eared Owls x 2, Little Gull at Snettisham
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens

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Friday, 5 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Red-crested Pochards x 4, Water Pipit, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Little Gulls x 4, Long-tailed Ducks x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Mealy Redpolls x 2 north of Choseley Drying Barns
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Yellow-browed Warbler in Shangri-la garden, Purple Sandpipers x 2 on rocks at Waxham
Snow Buntings x 70 at Gramborough Hill
Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2 at Ken Hill, Snettisham RSPB
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of, Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Bewick's Swans x 8 south of Ingham Road at Sea Palling
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL 1w 1+, on south side of Royal Cromer Golf Course, Cromer

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NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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THURSDAY 4th JANUARY
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Great White Egret at NNE of Wormegay
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Waxwing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Stiffkey Fen
Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 100 at Salthouse
Snow Buntings x 29, Hen Harrier at North Beach, Winterton
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Gap
Hen Harrier at Warham Pits
Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Little Gulls x 2, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford
Purple Sandpipers x 4 at Sheringham
Taiga Bean Goose at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Nar Flood Storage Reservoir, Blackborough End

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull at Cromer
Little Gulls x 55, Great Northern Divers x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Taiga Bean Geese x 15 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at NNE of Wormegay
Mealy Redpolls x 4 along Weavers' Way at Hickling Broad NWT

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RBA Weekly Round-Up, "Bumper Edition" 20th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-01.aspx?s_id=592731442

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Iceland Gull at Cromer
Mealy Redpolls x 2 on clifftop at Cromer
Bewick's Swans x 4, Whooper Swans x 7 at Catfield
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at NNE of Wormegay
Water Pipit, Jack Snipe at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Brancaster Staithe
Shorelarks x 10 at Happisburgh
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 120 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Jack Snipe at Thorpe Marshes NWT, Norwich
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Burrell Way, Thetford

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Monday, 1 January 2018

NEW YEAR'S DAY!

Titchwell RSPB
It's been a long time since I have not been out early on new year's day – I had a terrible night's sleep and so the first day of the new year was not very eventful at all. I eventually made it out before the day finished, well just about!

I counted 11 Marsh Harriers in the roost this evening! Huge flock of Golden Plovers, Lapwings, Shelducks, Teal, Wigeon, Redshanks, Little Grebes x 3 and a big number of Gulls were in the roost.

It was an extremely high tide this evening and tons of Oystercatchers were all along the shoreline. There were lots of gulls on the sea, but I couldn't identify any Long-tailed Ducks in the dusk! The full moon was silhouetted over the freshmarsh as I walked back in darkness. Surprisingly there was another birder also out here at this time and three youngsters were walking out to the beach, as I headed back to the car park.

Visited my mother for a short time and had a cup of coffee with the banana cake I had made last night. Spent the rest of the evening watching the James Bond film "Spectre and then "Noah", the biblical epic starring Russell Crowe.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 29 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinch, Firecrest at Holkham
Waxwing at Shotesham
Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Little Gulls x 3, Great Northern Divers x 3, Shag, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipits x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Iceland Gull at Overstrand
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 40 at Little Eye, Salthouse
Black Brant at Salthouse
Great White Egrets x 3, Jack Snipe at Welney WWT
Water Pipits x 2 west of campsite at Wells
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 16 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham
Great White Egrets x 2 at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath
Waxwing in garden at Hunstanton
Slavonian Grebe, Little Gulls x 2 at Holme
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harriers x 2, Common Cranes x 16, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Short-eared Owl near Burnham Market
Glaucous Gull at Ringstead
Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Black Redstart in North Street car park at North Walsham

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

NEW YEAR'S EVE!

Yesterday was not a very good day for mother or I, both of us were in very low moods, a difficult time of year and I think of my dear father every single day. Last night I had the most horrific nightmare that I can't even tell you about!

I have been at work all day with some of my lovely colleagues Scott and Lily and the rest of the Stroke Team. Such a difficult time of year for families whose loved ones are unwell.

This evening I have simply been resting! Currently watching Nile Rodgers and re-living my youth! Oh, and I have just finished baking a Banana Cake!

Thank you all so much for your kind support in what has been the most difficult year of my life and for your continued support of my blog. Another year is upon us, lets hope its better for everyone!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret south of River Yare at Earlham Marsh
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwing flew over Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
PARROT CROSSBILL probable, Houghen Plantation NW of Horsford
Snow Buntings x 20 at Little Eye, Salthouse
Bewick's Swans x 2 on north side of Acle Straight
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Snow Buntings x 12 at north end of beach, Great Yarmouth
Common Cranes x 4 at Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Black-throated Diver at Holme
Snow Buntings x 22, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common
Snow Buntings x 7 at North Beach, Winterton
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory
Great White Egret, Little Stint, Bearded Tit at Welney WWT
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 2 at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret south of Blackborough End
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egrets x 2 north of sewage works at Wymondham
Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Twite x 19 at Thornham Harbour
Waxwing at Wells Woods
Pectoral Sandpiper reported, Ruff x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Little Gulls x 37 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret, Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common
Hen Harrier at Warham
Common Cranes x 5, Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost, Hicking Broad NWT
HOOPOE flew over River Waveney, south of Harleston

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Norfolk Identified As Priority Area In Fight Against Raptor Persecution

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-identified-as-priority-area-in-fight-against-raptor-persecution-1-5337984

Friday, 29 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Iceland Gull, probable east of river mouth at Gorleston-on-Sea
Great White Egret at Holkham Park Lake
Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Bawburgh
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Long-tailed Ducks x 16 at Titchwell RSPB

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St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Thursday, 28 December 2017

TV Mechanic? YES!!!

A small miracle has occurred this evening! Obviously my TV was in shock when it had three wires removed last night by an amateur mechanic and it obviously needed to take time to recover from its ordeal! I could not believe it..... when I switched on the TV this evening – its all working beautifully now!!! Picture, station changing, volume control – perfect!!! RESULT!!! I might start up a repair service!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS!

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Glaucous Gulls x 2 flew past Overstrand
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 30 at North Beach, Winterton
Snow Buntings x 6 on golf course at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 80 at North Gap, Eccles-on-Sea
Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 5, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Water Pipit at Thornham Harbour
Caspian Gull at Burrall Way, Thetford
Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Little Gull, Great Northern Diver at Holme
Snow Buntings x 3 on beach at Snettisham Coastal Park
Great Northern Diver flew past Weybourne Camp

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

TV Mechanic? Maybe NOT Penelope!!!

After my first day back at work, I settled down to watch the second part of 'Little Women' at 8pm. Within seconds of the programme commencing, the volume plummeted down to zero all by itself! Tried to operate the remote control and managed to get the volume up, but a gremlin decided to play around and the volume went up, down and then plummeted down to zero again without me even touching it! After changing the batteries in the remote control and lots more little tests I gave up for a moment. I don't like being beaten, so I then 'googled' the problem and discovered that several people had had the same issues with their Samsung TV's and one very clever person had seemingly solved the problem...... so I bravely followed their instructions: unscrewed the back of the TV and carefully removed the back (after a long search for the correct screwdrivers) – quite fascinating all the wires and boards behind the plastic cover! Removed the three little wires that connect from the motherboard to the side panel, which allows you to switch the TV on/off, change channels and volume control – this would then mean that you wouldn't be able to use the side panel anymore (I don't use it anyway and is no loss) and that the remote control would now work normally again and the volume control would be restored. After mislaying a couple of screws and eventually finding them, I managed to put the TV back together again, phew!

I felt really chuffed and felt really clever that I had managed to do this!!! I felt a bit worried about switching it on again, in case it blew up, but excited at the same time! My excitement quickly crumpled to doom and gloom! Switched TV on, to find no volume at all and with the added addition of the TV flicking through the channels: Number 1 to 2, to 3 and so on all the way to one thousand and something and then back to 1, to 2 and so on forever!!! With no picture and no sound, I think I can safely conclude the TV has bloody well DIED!!!😡😩😭

New Year's Eve is going to be very quiet, just me and no TV, great!!! At least I'm working during the day! Oh well, it will give me a chance to catch up on lots of jobs.😒

DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Snow Bunting at Winterton
Blue Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, Purple Sandpipers x 2, Manx Shearwater at Sheringham

*An atrocious day of rain, sleet/snow and wind, hence lack of bird news!

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

BOXING DAY!

 Me at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse


I felt exhausted, so didn't get out as early as I would have liked, which was a shame as the sun was out and it was a lovely day. Drove to Cley Visitor Centre NWT to collect something that wasn't there, but had lunch and enjoyed the views over the marshes. It was nice to bump into Duncan and Peter here – the VC was very busy. Duncan pointed out a very nice book in the shop called 'Birds New to Science', which looked fabulous and the paper quality was mint – a bit too expensive for me to buy though at £45.00.

I was overjoyed to find that 4G has landed in Cley and I had a phone signal – my phone is normally completely dead here!!! Had a lovely walk to Gramborough Hill at Salthouse, but didn't even see a Stonechat. I felt so tired, I struggled to drive home and had to resort to keeping the window open – I should never have left my house today. Re-heated the remains of Christmas dinner in the evening and watched 'Little Women'. Back to work tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Great Northern Divers x 2, Snow Buntings x 40 at Halfway House, Blakeney Point
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Manx Shearwater, Glaucous Gull, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Black Brant, Glaucous Gull, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 10 at Santon Warren

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Monday, 25 December 2017

CHRISTMAS DAY!

Christmas Cake that I made for my mother


Loaded the car up with my Lentil Roast, Tiramisu, Christmas cake, flowers etc and then picked my sister Lucy up. We then headed to Sandringham to see how long the queue was to watch the Royal family going to church, but I was stopped by a very nice policeman who said that no traffic was now allowed through where I wanted to drive – he said we could walk from this point, but Lucy didn't fancy the walk. I wish I had queued up from early this morning and maybe I would have been the lucky one to get the best picture of the Royals – a local lady, Karen Murdoch (who works at the QEH) scooped the best picture with her mobile phone – she's made a mint!!!

We headed back to the main road and went to Hunstanton, where we saw tons of people on the seafront waiting for the Christmas Swim to start. There were several Turnstones feeding on the the green in front of the Golden Lion Hotel. We used to cycle up to the Christmas Swim when we were children, but the novelty has worn off now!

We spent a lovely day with mother and my Christmas dinner all went to plan – we sat down to eat at 2.30pm. We had Brie & Cranberry Filo Parcel, Lentil Vegetable Loaf with Yorkshire Pudding, Sprouts, Parsnips & Carrots with Maple and Orange Glaze, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roast Potatoes, Creamed Potatoes, with Vegetarian Gravy and Cranberry Sauce and Tiramisu later on in the afternoon. We also enjoyed a very nice Sainsbury's Alcohol Free Sparkling Wine with our meal and had a toast to father, which brought a tear to my eye. Vivien had spent the day with Ray and she was praising his cooking when we spoke to her on the phone.

I nearly always go for a walk on Christmas Day, but I didn't have time, too busy playing Chef! We were not doing presents this year, but at the last minute decided to get each other a little something, so we opened our presents late in the afternoon which was nice. The day seemed to disappear far too quickly. Lucy and I left at about 10.45pm – it was raining on the way home. It took me ages to unpack the car and put everything away– you know what its like!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 200, Snow Buntings x 50, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 8 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 30 at Salthouse
Great White Egret by River Tiffery, Kimberley
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinch at Stubb's Green, Shotesham

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