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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Family Update!

Things have been extremely difficult since mother left hospital and that's putting it mildly. Vivien and I don't have a clue what we are doing or supposed to be doing and it feels like everything is spiralling out of control. Our mother is getting weaker daily and hardly eating at all and is asleep more than she is awake – her pain is increasing and we have to administer Oramorph to relieve her symptoms on top of her 'pain patch'. It is tearing me apart to see her like this, as she has always been such a tough cookie. We have have had an OT out to support us and other health professionals. I have been caring for her since she came out of hospital on Friday until Sunday – this period included phoning 111 and doctor visits and my complete breakdown in the early hours of Sunday morning. Vivien joined me on Sunday and we have both been with mother since then.

It has been extremely time consuming, attempting to update my blog with the RBA bird news via my iphone, which just has enough signal upstairs in my mother's house to get the internet. Many of you may think this is completely unimportant right now, but my blog is important to me and this helps me to have a tiny bit of normality in my life – not giving up the blog after eight years hard work! I have changed my mother's BT package to a Broadband package (which works out cheaper than her current package anyway) and from Wednesday we will have the internet in the family home, which will be useful for obvious reasons, including doing the on-line food shop!

I have not been in my house much, but returned today after an appointment with a health professional at 3pm to discuss the current situation and then arrived back home at 5.30pm. My baby Blackbirds are now teenagers and were being fed by parents on the top of my fence, which was sweet to watch and the garden is now a jungle! I managed to change the bird ponds and top up the bird table for the Blackbirds, which they seemed very pleased about and after that fell asleep on the sofa. I have no food in the fridge aside from margerine and a few eggs, so all I had when I woke up was jam on toast, before doing the on-line food shop for mother and Vivien. Good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Temminck's Stint, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Black Redstart in Norwich
Spoonbills x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe
Garganey x 3, Little Stint, Common Crane at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 4 at Holkham
Garganey x 4 at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
BEE-EATER flew west past Trimingham
Turtle Dove flew past Horsey
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Little Gulls x 4 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Monday, 21 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 5, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper, Knot at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Terns x 9 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egrets x 2, Grey Plover at Hickling Broad NWT
Red-backed Shrike Male at South Dunes, Winterton
Black Redstart in Norwich
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 4 at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Black Tern at Rockland Broad
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 2 at Holme
Savi’s Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 20 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Little Stint, Sanderling at Potter Heigham Marshes
Red-backed Shrike Male at South Dunes, Winterton
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 7 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove near golf course at Holme
Black-necked Grebe on pit near Wissington Beet Factory
Grey-headed Wagtail, Temminck’s Stints x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 4 at Breydon Water
Glaucous Gull flew past Kelling Quags
Osprey at Acle
Great Whit Egret on flood east of Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Life After Hospital!

Mother returned home from her operation on Friday afternoon after one night’s stay. She was understandably exhausted and in my opinion should have stayed in hospital longer. We had a rough night between us for various reasons and today only got worse.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Temminck’s Stints x 2, Spoonbill, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Short-eared Owl at Thornham Marsh
Little Gulls x 8 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart in Norwich
Common Cranes x 7 at St Olaves
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin,County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 18 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart in Norwich
Savi's Warbler singing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Temminck’s Stints x 2 at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Holme

MEGA NEWS
SONG SPARROW
Fair Isle, Shetland

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Operation Today & Crisis Point!

With a 'Major Incident' going on of 'no beds' in the QEH (I was told yesterday) I needed to pray all night, that my mother's potentially life saving operation did not get cancelled this morning. She is so weak, so ill and has waited far too long for this 'urgent' op requested two weeks ago. She had a pre-assessment yesterday, which resulted in her requiring a blood transfusion today.

I took my mother to the QEH this morning at 7.30am for a blood transfusion and then potentially life saving operation, which she had at 2.20pm and returned to the ward at 4.20pm – Vivien and I have been there all day between us until 8.30pm. She is in a lot of pain, even with maximum pain relief and is staying in overnight. I hated leaving her this evening, just wanted to stay holding her hand all night. Vivien is on cat/house sitting duties at Holme!

A very difficult, sad, exhausting and stressful time for my sisters and I – the Clarke family are having a utterly crap time over the last couple of years. Vivien and I need to have a 'crisis' meeting this weekend, as our Mother can not be left at all now. We are struggling ourselves, trying to come to terms with her failing illness and rapid deterioration.

Dentist for me tomorrow morning – great! Then back to the hospital to see if my mother is being discharged home or not and how we are going to cope over the next few days.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Temminck's Stint, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 2 at Weeting Heath NWT
Black-winged Stilt, Short-eared Owl at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black Redstart in Norwich
Little Gull at Holme
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Rosefinch on garden feeder at Beeston Regis, Sheringham
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
SONG SPARROW
Fair Isle, Shetland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 9th to 15th May!

By Andy Stoddart
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-20a.aspx?s_id=497040249

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Black Redstart in Norwich
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Little Gull, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Common Crane at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
SONG SPARROW
Fair Isle, Shetland
CRAG MARTIN
Fair Isle, Shetland
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 5, Spoonbills x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Black Redstart in Norwich
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Turtle Dove at Seething
Red-breasted Flycatcher fem. at Blakeney Point
Turtle Dove at East Ruston
Curlew Sandpipers x 6, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
SONG SPARROW
Fair Isle, Shetland
CRAG MARTIN
Fair Isle, Shetland
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Norfolk Salt Marshes Could Be Declared Off-Limits

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/proposals-could-see-public-banned-from-north-norfolk-salt-marshes-1-5515677

Monday, 14 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Garganey flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Garganey at Cley NWT
Curlew Sandpipers x 6, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 2, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Black Redstart in Norwich
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Turtle Dove at New Buckenham Common
Spoonbill, Little Gulls x 4 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
MARMORA'S WARBLER, possibly BALEARIC WARBLER
Baliasta, Unst, Shetland
BLACK-FACED BUNTING 
Valyie, Unst, Shetland
CRAG MARTIN
Fair Isle, Shetland
BAIKAL TEAL
possible, flew past Flamborough Head, Yorkshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
NORTHERN HARRIER
St Martin's, Isles of Scilly

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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SUNDAY 13th MAY
Spoonbill, Little Stint at Breydon Water
Arctic Tern at Whitlingham Country Park
Black Redstart at Norwich
Little Gulls x 3, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilt, Garganey x 7, Spotted Redshank, Arctic Tern, Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Great White Egrets x 2 flew over Ken Hill Marshes Snettisham
Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 3, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Temminck's Stint, Spoonbill, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Tern at Colney Gravel Pits
Great White Egrets x 3 flew over Wells
Great White Egrets x 3, Spoonbills x 4 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Spoonbill at Burnham Norton
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN HARRIER
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Sunday, 13 May 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

White Wagtail at Cley NWT – 24th April 2018


HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
JOHN FURSE!

Hope you find some 'waggies'

Have a lovely birthday

Best Wishes
Penny x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove flew over, Curlew Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey x 2 at east end of Holkham Pines
Nightjars x 2 flew over Beach Road, Temminck's Stint, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 3, Nightingales x 2 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black-winged Stilt at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Brancaster
Osprey, Spoonbill at Sheringham
Black-headed Wagtail near Church Farm at Happisburgh
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
NORTHERN HARRIER
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Friday, 11 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Redstart in Norwich
Garganey x 2 at Kelling Water Meadows
Honey Buzzard at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey x 3, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Temminck's Stint, Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Garaganey x 2 at Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Turtle Dove at Stiffkey Fen
Great White Egret near Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill, Little Gull at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AZURE TITS x 2
Escaped, Gibraltar Point NNR,
Lincolnshire 

FORSTER'S TERN
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

Thursday, 10 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 4, Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Breydon Water
Montagu's Harrier flew east, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Black Redstart near Parmenter Gate Court Flats, Norwich
Wryneck at Beeston Bump, Sheringham
Great White Egret at Filby Broad
Ring Ouzel at Waxham
Arctic Terns x 8 at Ormesby Broad
Great White Egret by River Thurne, Martham
Temminck's Stint, Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Burnham Norton
Great White Egret at Hickling Broad NWT
Turtle Dove in garden at Langham

SNOWY OWL 1w female at Freiston Shore RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hospital Update!

Its been an horrendous night to say the least. Found my mother on the bedroom floor and unable to get up and with her painful right hip, I couldn't get her to turn to get up either. She didn't really know how she fell, but thought she had slipped on the floor. She was extremely distressed and it was a very stressful situation. The Careline Team had called an ambulance, but had warned me that they were extremely busy and that they could be two or three hours! I went downstairs and phoned Careline to ask them to send out Swift Response – whilst in the middle of this phone call the ambulance crew of three turned up, far earlier than I had expected.

They did loads of checks, including an ECG and found something not quite right with this, but I can't remember what and also my mother's temperature was raised and she was very hot. They thought she may have an infection and combined with her main diagnosis (illness) they decided she needed to go to hospital. After doing a blood test as well, I think the ambulance left around 4am. I stayed behind to sort the house out, pack a hospital bag for mother, feed the cat etc etc and then headed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It was nice hearing the dawn chorus as I made my way to King's Lynn!

Mother was on a trolley in a cubicle in A&E ALL day, as there were no beds! She was given Oramorph to reduce her painful hip. It was both mentally and physically exhausting – having to explain the entire history of the last few weeks and then both falls yesterday and this morning, to various members of staff as each one carried out their assessments. Mother was sent for an X-Ray, but nothing was broken or fractured, which was not what we expected.

We drifted in and out of sleep throughout the day – both of us felt so desperately tired. Vivien arrived in the afternoon and sat with us for the rest of the day. After another ECG, more blood tests, a stair assessment and mobility assessment, it was decided that mother could go home if someone was staying with her. She was also issued a commode and requested to sleep downstairs. We eventually left at 6.10pm – well, mother and I left and Vivien stayed to wait for the medication and followed us home to Holme later. On the way out we bumped into a lady who also lives in Holme who we know really well – she had also fallen over last night!

Mother was so tired, she couldn't get out of the car, so I left her there whilst I got the commode out and in place in the house and the hospital bag etc. She was still in the same nightdress she had fallen in and looked very bedraggled as did I! Got mother into the house and she immediately fell asleep on the sofa – the cat jumped up and also went to sleep on her lap. Vivien arrived with the medication, but they didn't give her a discharge letter!

Vivien and I worked hard to sort everything out. Mother would now be sleeping in what was father's bed in the living room, but we needed to rig up a light, so she could get out safely and use the commode in the night – this took longer than expected to do. After all the chores, we managed to get mother into bed. I left and returned to King's Lynn and Vivien stayed the night to keep an eye on mother. I don't know how I managed to drive home, but I got there safely.

Vivien had a very difficult night with mother and didn't sleep a wink – very difficult times for us all.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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American Wigeon, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Breydon Water
Black Redstart in Norwich
Iberian Chiffchaff reported was an atypical Chiffchaff at Ringstead Downs NWT
Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Montagu's Harrier near Foulsham
Wood Sandpiper at Salthouse
Honey Buzzard flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Red-footed Falcon flew over North Dunes, Winterton
White Stork, Osprey flew near Sparham
Wood Sandpiper at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Wryneck at Beeston Bump, Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Spiralling Out of Control!

TUESDAY 8th MAY
Mother fell outside yesterday afternoon on concrete in the garden and lay there for approximately two hours calling out (she didn't have her Careline pendant on!) and couldn't get up, until very luckily a BOOTS prescription delivery man and two very kind neighbours came to her rescue and lifted her up. She called me at 4pm to tell me this. She wasn't hurt that much, but her opposite hip is so painful with her 'illness' that I had to call an emergency doctor out to her this evening. He recommended to double her pain patch that she has normally, but couldn't issue her anything else because of her illness.

Massive thanks to the neighbours and the BOOTS delivery man who assisted my mother – I don't know who they were, but thank you so much.

Mother couldn't wash herself and could hardly walk because of the pain, so I got her into bed before I left. I have just got home at 12.40pm - just had a call from Careline at 1.11am to say that she has fallen out of bed. Back I go to Holme and the ambulance has been called. Its going to be a long night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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TUESDAY 8th MAY
Great White Egrets x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Thornham
Ring Ouzel, Whinchats x 2, Nightingales x 2, Harrier sp flew east at Burnham Overy Dunes
Iberian Chiffchaff at Ringstead Downs NWT
Great White Egret flew over Muckleburgh Hill
Spoonbills x 6 at Holkham
Great White Egrets x 3 flew over Overstrand
Dotterel x 2 at Docking
Golden Oriole singing at 6am at Titchwell RSPB
Arctic Terns x 2 at Beetley
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Osprey flew over King's Lynn
Turtle Doves x 2 at New Buckenham Common
Great White Egrets x 3, Ring Ouzel flew over Weybourne
Garganey, Short-eared Owl at Horsey
Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Garganey x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

BANK HOLIDAY NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MONDAY 6th MAY
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Dotterel x 2 west of Choseley Farm, north of Docking
Purple Heron viewed from West Bank, Great White Egret, Black Terns x 2, Little Gull at Cley NWT
Wood Warbler at Mousehold Heath, Norwich
Short-toed Lark at Great Sandy Low at Blakeney Point
Great White Egret east of Acle
Garganey x 3, Little Gulls x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove at Seeting
Great White Egret, Hooded Crow at North Dunes, Winterton
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Thorpe St Andrew & Cringleford
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Beacon Hill, Burnham Market
Wrynecks x 3 reported at Dersingham Bog
Firecrest at Gramborough Hill
Honey Buzzard (possible) flew over Salthouse Heath
Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Holme
Wood Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Iberian Chiffchaff at Ringstead Downs NWT
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp
Red-throated Pipit flew over Sheringham

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Monday, 7 May 2018

A Very Hot Day At Holme!

SUNDAY 6th May
I spent the entire day with my mother, Lucy, Vivien and Ray in the garden at Holme. It was far too hot to be doing anything much, but I managed to do a few jobs around the house, like giving the bathroom a Spring clean etc and sorting out some clothing items that need to go to charity shops. I love our family garden so much – it is the most beautiful and peaceful place to sit and relax – we sat chilling in deckchairs on the lawn watching butterflies and bees dancing around mother's wildflower patch in the glorious sunshine. Blackcaps and Cuckoos were singing from across the meadow and the cat took a fancy to one of my new deckchairs!

Vivien's partner Ray has a just purchased a Ukulele and Vivien was trying to strum some tunes, which Lucy and I were very impressed with – looks like we have a second musician in the making. Lucy should have brought her violin over today too! Mother didn't really spend any time outside and preferred to sit indoors – she looks so fragile and her skin is very pale. It was rather an odd lunch gathering, with two of us having fish 'n' chips from Eric's at Thornham and three of us having dressed crab, shrimps, granary bread and salad – not me I hasten to add! The cat didn't know which way to sniff first! Victoria Sandwich (extremely yummy from the Farm Shop at Thornham) and other delights were enjoyed later for tea.

Vivien and Ray went off for a walk and returned later to casually mention they had watched a Great White Egret on their travels. I lept off my deckchair and went to see for myself and there was indeed, a magnificent Great White Egret fishing in the evening sunshine – made my day! Returning to Holme, Vivien and Ray had left to return to Ely and me being clever (I was so not) decided to leave just after 9pm to avoid all the going home from the beach traffic. Lucy and I drove through Ringstead to avoid Hunstanton and came out near the Heacham Lavender field junction to a gridlock of cars – I was shocked to see this at this time. It took forever to get back to King's Lynn! I knew it wasn't going to be good when Lucy and I travelled along the clifftop road in Hunstanton at 9.05am this morning to see the entire clifftop road, almost full with cars, which I have never seen at this time of the morning. Can you imagine what Bank Holiday Monday is going to be like?!!!

Back in my house, I fell asleep on the sofa which is why the bird news and this post ended up on Monday's date!!! Good night, or should I say good morning!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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SUNDAY 6th MAY
Purple Heron viewed from West Bank, Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Dotterel x 3 west of Choseley Farm, Docking
Short-toed Lark at Great Sandy Low, Harrier sp. ringtail at Blakeney Point
Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret on flood east of Stiffkey
Garganey x 5, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler, Sandwich Terns x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Garganey on flood east of Wells
Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey, Bar-tailed Godwits x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret at Rollesby Broad
Wood Warbler at Mousehold Heath, Norwich
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy Staithe
Great White Egret at Filby Broad
Turtle Doves x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne Camp
Ring Ouzel at Holme

SNOWY OWL 1w female reported in area with no general access at Freiston Shore RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Saturday, 5 May 2018

A Beautiful Spring Day!

I didn't sleep a wink on Thursday evening, so made up for it Friday night and felt good when I woke up this morning at 7.45am – I didn't hear the alarm go off at 4.45am at all!!! A beautiful sunny day, which resulted in lots of traffic on the roads, which seems to increase each summer here in Norfolk.

I spent the majority of the day with my mother doing lots of jobs for her. Went to Holme Bird Observatory mid morning, to discuss the final details of the plaque with Sophie, which I will be ordering next week. The plaque will be fixed to the observatory wall and is in memory of my father. I won't give away the wording on the plaque, all will be revealed over the next few weeks. It was nice to have a catch up with Sophie as I have not seen her for ages. It was also nice to meet some of my blog readers too! There was a Firecrest around the back of the pines Sophie told me, but I didn't see or hear it, when I walked that way back to my car. It was wonderful walking along the path through the pines next to the beach, with the blue sea and skies, it lifted my spirits momentarily.

I have never really had good views of a Purple Heron and have certainly never got a decent shot of one – the 'normal' me would have been at Cley this morning to see it, but the love for my mother is far greater than any bird or anything else and right now she is very poorly and is not going to get any better, in fact things are only going to deteriorate further. Each day since Thursday I have felt physically sick – how can this happen and so soon after my father's death – so cruel, so sad and so difficult to even think about, never mind come to terms with. To see someone that is so tough, so strong, so independent – both mentally and physically start to fade a little more as each days passes, tears you apart and makes you feel like you too are fading in unison.

I have worked very hard all day. I took two car loads of rubbish (which mother requested) to the local tip at Heacham, which included things like old deckchairs, old plant troughs etc etc. But, I got a bit of a shock on the second load! Norfolk County Council are now not accepting wood at their recycling centres unless you pay for it! They charge £3 per small plastic bin (which they put your wood in to measure it by) This commenced on the 1st April apparently! At a guess I probably had about £40's worth of wood! Not a happy bunny, it was heavy for me to put in the car and I had to take it back to Holme and put it all back in the shed again! I washed and scrubbed the garden furniture. Swept up loads of mud and leaves from all the paths, got the washing in and put away and generally looked after mother with lunch, tea and drinks. Phew! Back again tomorrow with Lucy, Vivien and Ray. Good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Purple Heron, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbill, Common Cranes x 4 flew over Cley NWT
Turtle Dove, Black Redstart at South Beach, Hunstanton
Short-eared Owl, Whimbrel x 5 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret on flood east of Stiffkey
Dotterel x 4 at Choseley Farm Road, Docking
Savi's Warbler at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Turtle Doves x 2 at New Buckenham Common
Black-winged Stilts (males) x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Northrepps
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Cromer
Coues's Arctic Redpoll (probable) with Lesser Redpolls x 6 then flew off, Ring Ouzel at Kelling Heath
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Wells
Common Cranes x 4 flew over Burnham Overy Staithe
Garganey x 5, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Common Cranes x 4 flew over, Spoonbills x 3 at Burnham Norton
Ring Ouzel at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey x 3, Spoonbill, Little Gulls x 2, Short-eared Owl at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzel near harbour at Blakeney

SNOWY OWL 1w female still at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Friday, 4 May 2018

May Bank Holiday Weekend!

https://magicseaweed.com/North-Atlantic-Surf-Chart/2/?type=pressure

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2652856

Easterly winds all weekend!!! Every birder's dream!!! Looks like there will be too much sun and not enough cloud/rain though – we'll see!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Short-eared Owl, Little Gull, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Purple Heron, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Glossy Ibis at Burgh Castle
Garganey x 5, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Arctic Terns x 2 at Colney Gravel Pits
Osprey flew over Blakeney Point
Garganey x 2 at Lakeneheath Fen RSPB
Jack Snipe at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl at Waxham
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Hunstanton
Garganey x 3 at Welney WWT

SNOWY OWL 1w female still at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland
ORANGE-BILLED TERN Sp
Mousehole, Cornwall

In Memory Of My Dear Father

A year ago today, we buried our father's ashes. It was exceptionally cold that day I recall, with biting northerly winds. Much warmer south westerly winds on this day 4th May.

Thinking of you always, in our hearts and thoughts daily

Thursday, 3 May 2018

A Shocking and Sad Day!

My mother had some very bad news at her hospital results appointment today – we knew it wasn't going to be good, but it was worse than we thought. I'm so glad Vivien was with me. There is no God! Vivien took her to the appointment and I took her home. I didn't want to leave her on her own. It was very difficult to leave and drive home. Nothing more to say, I feel hollow and desperately sad.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Whinchat at Kelling Water Meadows
Hooded Crow, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 7 at Horsey
Short-eared Owl, Whimbrel at Thornham Marsh
Wryneck, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at Holme Dunes NWT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Wryneck, Whinchat, Black Redstarts x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Arctic Terns x 23 at Ormesby Broad
Pied Flycatcher, Spoonbill x 2, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard (probable) flew over Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Black-winged Stilt, Common Cranes x 2, Little Gull, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Pied Flycatchers x 5 at Earlham Cemetery, west of Norwich
Common Cranes x 2 at Welney WWT
Ring Ouzel at Sidestrand
Little Gull, Arctic Tern at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Brancaster

SNOWY OWL 1w female again at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Whinchats x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Sheringham
Firecrest at Holme NOA
Black Redstart at South Beach, Hunstanton
Pied Flycatcher at Horsey Gap
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Weybourne
Black-winged Stilt, Garganey, Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret on flood east of Stiffkey
Pied Flycatcher at Wells Woods
Arctic Terns x 6 at Whitlingham Country Park
Osprey flew over Old Costessey
Pied Flycatcher at cemetery, Wymondham

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Singing at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk

RBA Weekly Round-Up 25th April to 1st May!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2018-18.aspx?s_id=240288008

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Pied Flycatcher, Ring Ouzel at Muckleburgh Hill
Whinchat x 3, Pied Flycatcher, Ring Ouzel at Horsey
Black Redstarts x 2+ in gardens at South Beach, Hunstanton
Wryneck, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzels x 5, Spoonbills x 6 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Ring Ouzel at East Somerton
Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher in clifftop wood, Trimingham
Wryneck, Ring Ouzels x 2, Redstart, Spoonbill (on Broadwater) at Holme Dunes NWT
Pied Flycatcher at Wells Woods
Garganey at Upton Marshes
Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, Redstart at Snettisham Coastal Park
Pied Flycatcher at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Black-winged Stilt, Wood Sandpiper, Garageny x 2, Little Gull at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Redstart at Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Spoonbills x 2 at Warham Greens
Great White Egrets x 2 on floods south of Stiffkey
Pied Flycatcher east of Campsite Wood, Stiffkey
Pied Flycatchers x 6, Ring Ouzels x 7 at Hemsby
Black Tern, Little Tern, Garganey, Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at South Dunes, Winterton
Pied Flycatcher near Bittering
Great White Egret at Cley NWT

The 1w female Snowy Owl first seen at Heacham, then Burnham Deepdale, Titchwell RSPB and Snettisham RSPB has obviously been cruising around The Wash or elsewhere since 12th March – unbelievable that no one else has seen it since then!!!

SNOWY OWL 1w female late morning until dusk + Black-winged Stilt at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland
AMERICAN BITTERN 
Still at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
possible, flew towards Hook Head, Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Ireland

Monday, 30 April 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Arctic Terns x 25 at Rollesby Broad & Ormesby Great Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Pied Flycatcher between Holkham Meals & Wells Woods
Wryneck, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Arctic Tern at Hardley Flood
Little Gull on pool at Salthouse
Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT
Garganey x 2, Common Cranes x 3 at Welney WWT
Great White Egret flew over Holkham Freshmarsh

MEGA NEWS 
GREEN HERON
Llan-mill ESE of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Musselburgh Lagoons, Lothian, Scotland

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday Therapy!

Weather dire all weekend and back to winter temperatures! Spent yesterday with my mother. Huge thanks to my neighbour Richard and his father for replacing my broken fence panel this afternoon, which was very kind of them indeed and much appreciated.

I didn't feel like driving far, so went to Ken Hill Wood at Snettisham. I have never walked around here before, which is awful really being as its only just down the road. It was a beautiful, but very muddy walk with lots of very mature trees and it rained throughout my walk. Lovely views across to The Wash and Snettisham Coastal Park from the edge of the wood. It looked potentially brilliant for birds, but, I was very disappointed – I only saw two birds, well one actually, a Jay and heard a Chiffchaff!

Spent the rest of the afternoon at Holme after seeing bird news on RBA at 4.17pm of a nice little selection of birds including 2 Pied Flycatchers in the pines that were seen in the 'afternoon' (don't know if this was early pm or later), but after much searching with local birder Phil, we found nothing of note at all! However there were a couple of smart Wheatears on the paddocks on the way back along the Firs Road, which was nice. Strange that there were only 2 Pied Flycatchers in the entire county today – there must have been more!

I stopped near the lighthouse at Hunstanton and from my car watched 2 Robins, 2 Blackbirds and a Wheatear feeding on the muddy area, which has been created for wild flowers (I presume) in the midst of the wide grass verge, by the end of the fenceline just before the 'Sign Post' garden and the lighthouse. Headed home in rain and looming black clouds – sums up my mind right now!