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Thursday, 21 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hen Harrier at Itteringham.
Spoonbills x 18, Spotted Redshanks x 10 at Titchwell RSPB.
Whinchat at North Dunes, Winterton.
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
Spoonbills x 13, Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Stiffkey Fen.
EASTERN COMMON TERN possible at Arnold's Marsh at 11.59am then flew out to sea at 12.30pm, Cley.
Caspian Gull at Aylsham.
Spoonbills x 8 at Burnham Overy Staithe.

Suffolk, Cambs, South Lincs Main News & More!
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk.
Great White Egret at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
FEA'S PETREL, possible flew north past Spurn, Yorkshire.

GYR White Morph, presumed esc. Bardsey Island, Gwynedd.

New Scrape, East Bank, Cley NWT!

Picture on Steve Gantlet's website and he writes: "The first new pool on the reserve for many years quickly taking shape".

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
TURTLE DOVE, Spoonbills x 18 at Titchwell RSPB.
Caspian Gull at Salthouse.
Spoonbills x 10, Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Stiffkey Fen.
Arctic Skuas x 2 off Beach Carpark at Cley.
Spoonbills x 5, Caspian Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 5 at Cley NWT.
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2, Common Cranes x 6, Curlew Sandpiper at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Red-backed Shrike at North Dunes, Winterton.
Bittern at Cantley Beet Factory.

Suffolk, Cambs, South Lincs Main News & More!
Glossy Ibis, Pectoral Sandpiper at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILT esc. at Ouse Fen, Cambridgeshire.
LESSER SCAUP at Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
BAROLO SHEARWATER probable, flew north past Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.

GYR White Morph, presumed esc. Bardsey Island, Gwynedd.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 13th to 19th August!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2014-33.aspx?s_id=589485488
Thanks to RBA team for using my video of the Franklin's Gull.

Also thanks to Birdguides for using my photo of the Franklin's Gull in their weekly review.

Steve Gantlet has by far the best shots of the Franklin's Gull, used for the RBA review this week and also can be seen on his website HERE.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28836134
Also see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28850993

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Black Tern, Great Skua at Hemsby.
Black Tern, Spoonbills x 13, Spotted Redshanks x 6 at Titchwell RSPB.
Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water.

Suffolk, Cambs, South Lincs Main News & More!
Glossy Ibis, Pectoral Sandpiper at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
Glossy Ibis at Stretham, Cambridgeshire.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults + 5 juvs, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Simon King at The Rutland Bird Fair!

Kindly sent to me by RSPB Titchwell Volunteer Tony Gray.
Tony writes: "This photo might help the fact you have not seen
Simon King this year – he was 'showing well' this year at the Bird Fair!
"

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TONY!

SIMON KING
Rutland Bird Fair – August 2014
Photo by Tony Gray
 
Lovely picture, but one of my favourite photos of Simon is THIS!

22,000 Flock to The Rutland Birdfair!

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/17/birdfair-rutland-water-22000-birdwatching?CMP=twt_gu

Monday, 18 August 2014

No oil and gas drilling in the UK's national parks!

http://action.sumofus.org/a/national-parks-fracking/?sub=fb

VOTE FOR BRITAIN'S NATIONAL BIRD!

This is quick to do, please do vote!!!

I voted Robin, why should it change?

It's the 'ROBIN' OK!!!
 http://www.votenationalbird.com/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Black Tern, Spoonbills x 12, Velvet Scoter, TURTLE DOVE at Titchwell RSPB.
GREAT SHEARWATER at 3.04pm (seen by R.M.), CORY'S SHEARWATER, at 9.55am, Sooty Shearwater at 12.10pm, all west past coastguards, Arctic Skuas x 39 at Cley NWT.
GREAT SHEARWATER at 3.15pm west past 'The Hood', Blakeney Point.
Great Skuas x 5, Arctic Skuas x 7, Manx Shearwaters x 72 flew past at Holme Dunes.
Great White Egret at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Common Cranes x 31, Yellow-legged Gull at Horsey.
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.

Suffolk, Cambs, South Lincs Main News & More!
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
Manx Shearwaters x 168, Sooty Shearwater, Whinchat at Gibraltar Point NNR.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults + 3 juvs, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
FEAS'S PETREL, from Scilly Pelagic this evening.
GYR presumed escape (bearing jesses) Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Glossy Ibis Pair Makes First UK Nesting Attempt at Lincolnshire Nature Reserve!

"This summer, a pair of rare Glossy Ibises were spotted building a nest at RSPB Frampton Marsh. This is believed to be the first recorded nesting attempt by this species in the UK."

RBA have used my picture to illustrate their arcticle – thanks!

http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/Articles.asp

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Update!

Worked today and now completely shattered. No sign of the Franklin's Gull this evening at Cley NWT I see – mind you with its previous appearances, it could turn up again any time!

I feel quite sad now, that I didn't go to the Rutland Bird Fair... oh well. Missed seeing alot of people that I only see once a year – roll on August 2015! Actually I don't want next year to 'roll on' as I will be celebrating a horrible birthday in January...... no, re-word that, I won't be celebrating at all, I will probably hide away in a corner and hope the day passes very quickly and after that I have live with a new decade – a decade where I suppose I had better start growing up, act my age, drive more sensibly, eat more sensibly, slow down – hell no, I refuse to give in to old age!!!

Prediction text from a friend 'odds on Fea's Petrel by 9am tomorrow'. I hadn't even had a chance to look at the forecast for tomorrow, but looked after reading above. Ok, so North West winds at 22mph with showers!!! Get out sea-watching if you can! I'll look at the pager in my lunch break! http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2652856

Interesting article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/twitch-and-shout-birdwatchers-raving-over-rare-birds-in-uk-9674652.html

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Firecrests x 2 at Lynford Aboretum.
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB.
BALTIC GULL 2s (unringed) for second day, Caspian Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 5, Med Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 20, Purple Sandpiper at Cley NWT.
Shag at West Runton.
Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
Spoonbill at Kelling Quags.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 3, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
FEAS'S PETREL, County Mayo, Ireland

Hello from Bird Fair!!!

From Carl Browne on the Guyana stand today – picture by Rare Bird Alert, thanks!

https://twitter.com/RareBirdAlertUK/status/500944917049245697/photo/1

Saturday, 16 August 2014

BLAKENEY POINT & The Franklin's Gull Again!

 FRANKLIN'S GULL
Pat's Pool, from Teal Hide, Cley NWT
Taken with iphone 5s, Kowa TSN-IP5 Photo Adapter and Nikon ED50 Scope with 13-40 Zoom.

It won't take me long to write today's birding account up at all really! Got up very late and had an urge (crazy) to find some early migrants at Blakeney Point!

I didn't even start walking until 2.45pm! It was a west wind and not as cold as yesterday. I saw very little indeed – only managed to see a handful of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings. Sat down at The Plantation and had a coffee and a sandwich. There wasn't a single bird in that plantation – most disappointing. Walked round, pished, squeaked, waited..... nothing, not a movement or sound. I really regretted this walk, as I was now in excruciating agony with Plantar fasciitis in my left ankle and I had to sit with my boots off for a while.

Taken with iphone 5s on Slow Video Mode.

Just as I was leaving a small bird appeared in the small white popular branches – it was facing me and well..... I couldn't quite work out what is was. Chiffchaff came to my mind first, but I couldn't see any kind of supercilium and then for a moment it looked like a Spotted Flycatcher – yes I know the two are entirely different, but just voicing my thoughts at the time. Very dark eye, very pale breast. It slipped away between leaves and I didn't see it side on at all. I spent the next HOUR looking for it – round and round the plantation. It had to be a Chiffchaff, I suppose, but I was really frustrated that I couldn't find it for a proper look. I left the plantation to head back and as I walked up to the big tamarisk shrub, next to the hut, I saw a fleeting glimpse of what I presume was the same bird, flick between branches in the bush! Again, I walked round and round, peeped in the bush, pished, squeaked, waited..... nothing, not a movement or sound!!! Gone, vanished. I gave up! How frustrating!
Walking back from Blakeney Point – a beautiful evening as always here.


Walked back along the beach, watching a steady flow of Sandwich Terns and Common Terns heading west and also a few Gannets distantly. I listened to music on my iphone after a while to stop me going insane. The walk back is a killer, even more so when your ankle is so painful. The moment I got back to my car at Coastguards, the pager went off to say the Franklin's Gull was on Pat's Pool at 7.39pm. No rest for the wicked! No time to waste either, if I wanted a parking space. Drove straight to Old Woman's Lane and had to park on top of the grassy verge – only place left!
FRANKLIN'S GULL
Pat's Pool, from Teal Hide, Cley NWT

The hides were packed out. A local birder very kindly let me creep in front of him to sit on the seat. Before I got there, the sun was shining I was told – there must be some cracking photos of the gull this evening from the longer lens's, especially as it came in much earlier than previous nights! Took another video and also got some pictures on the Canon 7D, but not particularly good.

Walked back to my car, had a coffee and cruised home.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Garganey flew past Sea Palling.
Spoonbills x 28, Little Stint at Cley NWT.
Spoonbills x 24 at Stiffkey Fen.
Whinchat at North Dunes, Winterton.
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Spoonbills x 17 at Titchwell RSPB.
Spoonbills x 12 at Salthouse.
Whinchats x 3, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water.
FRANKLIN'S GULL again at 7.39pm until dark from Teal Hide on Pat's Pool, Cley NWT.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BEE-EATERS x 1+!!!, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
FEAS'S PETREL, County Clare, Ireland

BEE-EATERS have fledged!!!

WOW!!! This is just wonderful and look at these stunning pictures from John D'Arcy
http://www.birdguides.com/picture?f=441591
http://www.birdguides.com/picture?f=441609

Another here from Andy Butler on the NT Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/IsleofWightNT/photos/a.181287141923660.60297.179935275392180/792231477495887/?type=1&theater

Friday, 15 August 2014

MEGA DAY! SABINE'S GULL, FRANKLIN'S GULL and More!!!

FRANKLIN'S GULL
Pat's Pool, from Teal Hide, Cley NWT
Taken with iphone 5s, Kowa TSN-IP5 Photo Adapter and Nikon ED50 Scope with 13-40 Zoom.


What an AWESOME Day! Enormous thanks to Mark Golley and James McCallum!!!

I was shattered this morning to say the least, even before the day began! After sitting in Teal Hide at Cley NWT last night until 9pm and not getting home until after 10pm, blogging etc I ended up with a very late night. With North West Winds and showers, there was a good possibility of a spot of sea-watching this morning, so for me, it was either Cley or Sheringham.

Cley Coastguards
I forced myself to get up at 6.30am and had left by 7.30am arriving at Coastguards, Cley by 8.30am. Kieran Nixon, Richard M., James McCallum, Trevor Davis and a few others were already sea-watching, as I pulled up next to the shelter. I hadn't missed anything major thank goodness – a few Arctic Skuas, Fulmars, and a Bonxie were the main highlights that had flown through before I arrived. Set up my scope and started scanning. It was really cold with the NW wind. The clouds rolled over and there was a brief shower, but this soon passed. I had forgot to bring my sea-watching step, so had to stand on the right hand side of the others, in order to be able to see and this was the coldest, most exposed spot! I had to put gloves on in the end! A Grey Seal appeared just below the shingle and started posing – a serious poser he was too, waving his flippers at the holidaymakers, who had gathered into a mini crowd and oooohed and ahhhhed and took lots of pictures – this did not help us birders trying to scan the sea at all!!! A lady approached us all and I heard her say to her young son 'don't walk in front of the photographers, they are trying to photograph the seal'........ no... that's NOT what we were all doing!!! Anyway, back to birds. Mark G. then turns up and its not long before he finds a 1s SABINE'S GULL at 1' o clock, heading east at 9.45am!!! Wow, ok it was three quarters distance, but it was clear to see in the now brilliant sunshine – bird of the day, had to be surely, I was so pleased!!! It was great to be here – I have a rubbish scope for sea-watching, but I suppose its better than no scope at all. If Swarovski would like to me to review one of their lastest and most expensive scopes on my blog, I would be more than happy to oblige, obviously I would need to keep the scope to make sure it was still working ok!!! There was a steady flow of birds including: good numbers of Gannets, Fulmars, Common Scoters, at least 9 Arctic Skuas, 3 Manx Shearwaters (1 west and 2 east.), several flocks of Oystercatchers, a single Curlew west, 25+ Cormorants, 12 Teal west, 2 Sanderling and a cracking juv. Med Gull flying west at 11am, close over the shingle (ran to get my camera for this, but wasn't quick enough). At 11.07am James picked up on a Yellow Wagtail calling, which we then watched bounding over the Eye field west across Beach road towards Blakeney Point. The sea-watching tailed off and everyone left at around 12pm and I stayed until 12.30pm.

Sat on the shingle having my lunch and then had a wonderful snooze in my car for much longer than I had intended! It was now really hot, but still a bit chilly by the sea. I re-located to the Cley NWT Visitor Centre and wrote sightings in the book etc and then relocated to Walsey Hills NOA.
Dragonfly at Walsey Hills NOA.

Walsey Hills NOA
Several Speckled Woods here, a Red Admiral and a Peacock. No sign of any Lizards and certainly no Adders – can't remember the last time I saw one here, which is very sad – they used to bask on the steps! There were a few birds of note, a female Blackcap, a couple of Chiffchaffs and a family of Blue Tits on the feeders.
Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.

Migrant Hawker (female) at Gramborough Hill.


Whinchat at Gramborough Hill.

Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Lots of cars parked along Beach Road, but managed to get in a space. It was a beautiful walk up to Gramborough Hill. A Black-headed Gull was bathing in the pool next to the shingle ridge and a Little Egret flew over. Suddenly I spotted a bird on the fence wire and was very pleased to find a female Whinchat at 4.55pm! It was not a poser though (unlike the seal earlier) and I only managed to get record shots. Photographed a beautiful female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly which had settled on one of the bushes next to the buddhelia. No other birds seen here, apart from Sand Martins by the sandy cliff edge. The sea looked fabulous from the hill – several Sandwich Terns flying west.

My youngest sister Vivien with her new car.


The Leas, Sheringham
Met up with little sister Vivien at Sheringham, who is staying in East Norfolk for a few days holiday. Admired her shiny new KIA car, but the boot was miniature and only holds about three bags of shopping, no good for birders/photographers! We walked to the newly refurbished Tidal Wave Cafe, which is just west of the concrete sea-watching shelter. This cafe and a large part of the promonade in front of the shelter was destroyed in the December storm surge – see picture here (you can see the cafe in far right of picture). The cafe does a fantastic selection of good basic food: full breakfast, burgers (and veggi), egg, sausage, chips, jacket potoatoes etc etc. We sat outside and had a coffee – it was really nice spending some time with Vivien – we rarely get together nowadays. Sat in the sea-watching shelter for a short while with Ian Prentice who reported that he had seen a few Arctic Skuas, Fulmars, but nothing spectacular. 3 Fulmars flew east as we sat here. Vivien went back to her B&B and I headed for Cley.

 FRANKLIN'S GULL
The above pictures were taken as screen shots from the main video (at top of this post) and then cropped in photoshop.

Franklin's Gull – in the left hand third of the shot.
Taken with Canon 7D and 300f4mm lens, which proves this set up is a waste of time at that distance and time! Phone-scoping is the way forward in these conditions!

Teal Hide, Cley NWT
On route I stopped at the fish 'n' chip van at Salthouse for a bag of chips. Parked the car on the triangle at the bottom of Old Woman's Lane and enjoyed my chips! I felt really tired and nearly went home, but knew that could be a big mistake, so at about 7.45pm I made my way to the NWT hides.

Eddie and a couple of others were in Dauke's Hide, but most of the gulls were visible on Pat's Pool from Teal hide. Richard M. and James McCallum were in Teal Hide. I sat next to James. The light was pretty poor now. There were loads of gulls on the pool, more than last night and more continually dropping in to roost. James said 'we had a good chance and the gulls were coming in early....' I didn't think for one minute we would see this Franklin's Gull. Suddenly James said clearly, but calmly 'Franklin's Gull flying in.... landed in front of the spit in front of Bishop's Hide!!! This was at 8.23pm. I could hardly believe the words!!! I got onto this stunning little gull in seconds, it was really easy to pick out amongst the Black-headed Gulls – slightly smaller, very dark mantle, my god, I couldn't believe it. I then told James that I loved him (he laughed). I quickly went into action a few seconds later – phoned RBA, then Eddie next door in Dauke's, then Pete S., who I discovered was already in Dauke's! and then Andy W. who had just left work in Holt and promptly left! I then set up my phone-scoping kit and started videoing at 8.31pm. Andy turned up puffing and panting in his suit and tie and looked in my scope to view the bird and was very happy indeed! Mike Sidwell also turned up in time and a few other birders luckily. I put the other two messages out to RBA and this mega gull was watched up until 8.58pm, just! Darkness fell and we all wandered back to our cars. I was very pleased with my video, considering time, light, distance etc.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
TURTLE DOVES x 5, Little Stint at Snettisham RSPB.
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 13, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB.
Arctic Skuas x 3 at Horsey
SABINE'S GULL 1s (M.A.G.) east at Coastguards, Cley.
Arctic Skuas x 15, Bonxie at Coastguards, Cley.
STORM PETREL, Arctic Skuas x 12 at Happisburgh.
Whinchat (P.A.C.) at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skuas x 2 at Winterton.
FRANKLIN'S GULL (J.Mc. again!) at 8.23pm until dark from Teal Hide on Pat's Pool, Cley NWT.

Other News
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults & 3 juvs!!!, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint. SEE PICTURE OF JUV BEE-EATER HERE!

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Collins Bird Guide App for iPhone & iPad Available on Itunes Now!

Available yesterday, 14th August.

Review of the App here:
http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=4537

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Search for the Franklin's Gull at Cley NWT!

Cruised to Cley after work, in hope of seeing the Franklin's Gull! I left King's Lynn in sunshine, but the weather changed drastically to torrential rain and flash flooding!!! At Thursford along the A148 there was a flood across the road, which was at least 10" deep – the traffic had slowed to under 20mph.

I eventually got to Cley and got the last space at the bottom of Old Woman's Lane and walked to the hides. There was no point in walking into 'Dauke's Hide', it was packed full of birders, so I joined Eddie M. and Andy J. in 'Teal Hide', where a few others joined us later on. I arrived just before 7pm and stayed until dark at 9pm.  Loads of Black-headed Gulls on Pat's Pool, 4 Spoonbills, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Med. Gull, several Dunlin, Ruff etc. Andy J. saw a Hobby flash through quickly. A plane going back and forth, repeatedly flushed the gulls between Simmond's Scrape, Pat's Pool and North Scrape. There were birders by the new screen at North Scrape too, so all areas were covered with several well known birders. No sign of the Franklin's Gull! Oh well! Left at 9pm. Back at the carpark I caught up with Andy W., Justin L, Dave H., Mark B. and others.

Birding tomorrow!!! North West winds all day!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Common Cranes x 22 at Horsey.
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbills x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
SPOTTED CRAKE, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
Spoonbills x 16 at Stiffkey Fen.
Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes.
No sign of Franklin's Gull by 9pm, Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT.

Other News
Glossy Ibis, TURTLE DOVES x 5 at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
Wood Warbler at Falkenham, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

THE RUTLAND BIRD FAIR!

Unfortunately I won't be going to the Rutland Bird Fair this year, which I'm sure will shock a few of you! Yes, I know that means not seeing Simon King for two years... that will be difficult, but I'm sure he won't miss me, with his entourage of women!!! So, if you are reading this Simon and to Debbie (his sister), enjoy Bird Fair and I'll hopefully see you in August 2015. Also a special hello to Carl Browne on the Guyana stand and also to the lovely lady (can't remember her name) on the 'Women for Conservation' stand, David Lindo, Tim and Irene on the Fair Isle stand, Bo Boelens, Tim Appleton, Bill Oddie, Steve K & Andy B and everyone else!!! Sorry to hear that Derek Moore will not be attending this year. Hope you all have a fabulous time and see you at the next bird fair! I love photographing all the people and TV personalities and the vibrant exhibitor stands and I will miss this, but there's always next year. So, sorry there won't be any report and pictures for the three day event from me this time! I will miss going, but I have to seriously cut down on my spending this year! I had booked this Friday off to go, but will spend it birding instead.

For any of you that have never been to the Bird Fair and are thinking of going, then go! Its an amazing event for all ages and covers every aspect of birding. I hope you all have a fabulous time at Bird Fair 2014 and see you all the following year.

http://www.birdfair.org.uk/

For those of you that have recently started reading my blog, here are links to my accounts for Bird Fair last year to tempt you to go if you've never been!

FRANKLIN'S GULL returns to Cley NWT!

I received a phonecall from Eddie this evening to say the FRANKLIN'S GULL had been found in the roost again again at 8.19pm on Simmond's Scrape, Cley NWT by Gary Wright and watched with Mark G, Andy J. and Eddie M. Pleased for Mark who was 'out of town' when it appeared on the evening of the 6th August, being as its his patch! Not pleased for me though, who even with my driving reputation could have got there before dark!!! After the pager news went out, a few others manage to get there in time including: Trevor Davis, Andy Stoddart, Ron and Sue Johns, Steve and Sue G., James McCallum (second viewing, having found it on the 6th), Steve Beal and a few others.

Maybe I'll be lucky over the next few days!

RBA Weekly Round-Up 6th to 12th August!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2014-32btemp.aspx

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 18, Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB.
Tree Pipit, Little Stint, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Snettisham RSPB.
FRANKLIN'S GULL again at 8.19pm & until 9.05pm on Simmond's Scrape, Cley NWT.
Caspian Gull, Spoonbill, Arctic Skuas x 3, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT.
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 4 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Spoonbills x 24 at Stiffkey Fen.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
TEREK SANDPIPER yesterday at Far Ings Nature Reserve.
BEE-EATERS x 2+ Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
FEA'S PETREL, County Mayo, Ireland
MEGA! GREATER SAND PLOVER possible, County Meath, Ireland

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 5, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.

Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 5 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Common Cranes x 2 at Cantley.

Other News 

Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILTS x 5 at Cavenham, Suffolk.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
WOOD WARBLER at Languard Nature Reserve, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 1+ Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.


MEGA NEWS!
None.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Holme Village Hall – 100 Year Celebration!

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/local/latest-local-news/hall-a-home-from-holme-1-6214191

In the picture I can see: Jackie Arnold on front left – I went to Holme CP Primary school with her two children Miranda and Timothy. Pauline and Cliffard Rumbalow on the right, who's son Paul I also went to school with. My mother did see this event advertised in the local 'Link' village newsletter/mag, but then forgot which is quite sad, but she said that she wouldn't have dared to leave father that long in the house. I don't recognise anyone else on the picture – most of the original people (when I was a 'gal') have very sadly passed away or moved on. I have very fond memories of Jackie and my mother battling it out to win the 'Mother's Race' on school sports day, held on Whitehall Farm field at Holme! The village 'institute' as it was known then, was used by the school for indoor sports such as gymnastics and country dancing – I remember it well! I also recall the Silver Jubilee Celebrations being held here and all the children being given a commemorative silver boxed coin (still have that somewhere) and a fancydress was also held, which my sisters and I won a prize for as Queen and page boys!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 16, Spotted Redshanks x 12, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
Little Gull at Cantley.

OSPREY at North Elmham.
Spoonbills x 13, Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT.

Other News
Red-necked Phalarope, Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BEE-EATERS x 1+ Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! SYKES'S WARBLER, still, Isle of Whalsay at Symbister in garden, Shetland.

Victory for Beach Footpath at Snettisham!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/victory_for_villagers_in_snettisham_beach_access_row_1_3701822

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Storm Bertha, 1000 Terns & the Supermoon at Titchwell RSPB!!!

Storm 'Bertha' looms over Choseley!

Worked this morning – a very hard shift, finished at 1pm. Sun shining when I left work. Got home and packed car up with birding gear whilst the weather was dry, cooked dinner, shower, made sandwich for later. Dark skies, rain fell, wind speed gathering – snoozed until 5pm! Got a text from my sister Vivien to announce the arrival of storm 'Bertha' in Ely – she was in a supermarket carpark and couldn't leave the car – thunder, lightening, hailstones – '15 minutes of madness' was how she described it. I could have carried on snoozing to be honest, but was determined to get out birding, even in a storm!

Went to Titchwell RSPB, via Choseley and stopped to look in the flower crop for any butterflies. It was bright sunshine with very moody skies! Found a Red Admiral and one of the 'Wave' moths, but nothing else and certainly no sign of any Clouded Yellow Butterflies. The dark rolling clouds loomed other head. 6pm when I arrived at Titchwell.

Phone-scoped Video with iphone 5s & Nikon ED50 & 13-40 Zoom.
Massive count of 1000+ Common Terns and Sandwich Terns.
Black-headed Gulls, 7 Spoonbills, Black-tailed Godwits,
Avocets, Shelducks and Dunlin
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Titchwell RSPB
I got as far as Island Hide when I paused for a moment. I was going to head straight for the sea and then return to scan all the gulls etc, but the clouds from the west looked well dodgy, so I decided to play safe. I didn't fancy getting drenched, so dived into Island Hide. A Stoat ran along the path. There was a couple in the hide and they left a few moments later – I had the hide all to myself!

This evening was probably my best ever at Titchwell for sheer volume of birds – there must have been thousands of birds in brilliant sunshine and dramatic clouds. By the naked eye, I thought I was looking at hundreds of gulls, but when I got my scope on them, they were in fact Common and Sandwich Terns!!!! There must have been 1000+ at least!!! There were more terns than gulls!!! It was a fantastic sight indeed! No sign of the Spotted Crake the entire time I was there though. Got some cracking pictures of Black-tailed Godwits and other waders whilst there. Took some phonescoping video of some of the Common Terns, Sandwich Terns and Spoonbills (see video). Three very noisy foreign lads carrying beer cans walked along the main path heading for the beach – they were so loud that lots of birds flushed from near the path. On their return, they were not carrying empty beer cans!!! Very unusual to see this sort of behaviour here and unusual late evening, made me feel a bit uncomfortable with no one else around, but I was then pleased to see Mark B. arrive and sit on the wooden seat on the bank to scan the gulls.
S U P E R M O O N

Packed up my gear and went to join Mark on the main path – he said he was hoping for the Franklin's Gull to drop in – you and me both! Mark also noted the three lads and said he had also felt a bit uncomfortable, as he said, with all the expensive gear us birders carry round, it does sometimes make you feel vulnerable. The scene before us was amazing, thousands of birds, with gulls dropping into roost, right up until 8.30pm. The orange  Supermoon  looked equally amazing! With my coat and winter boots on, I was still chilly! Mark found 4 Med. Gulls in the roost. Neither of us had seen any Curlew Sandpipers or Spotted Redshanks, but everything else was there: Spoonbills x 7 (Mark had seen 11 earlier), tons of Avocets, Common and Sandwich Terns, Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Dunlins, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrels flew west, Little Egrets, Marsh Harriers, Cormorants, Pied Wagtails, Shelducks. A massive Starling flock in different plumages having a wash 'n' brush up in the pools – I love watching Starlings, they are just fascinating to watch! Also loads of Swifts flew over, around 20+, heading south.

Left at about 8.45pm and drove home via Ringstead – no owls on route home.

PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Garganey x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Spoonbills x 7, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
Black Tern, Arctic Skua at Hemsby.
Little Gull at Gorleston.
Black Terns x 5, Little Gull at Horsey.
Black Tern at Winterton.
Garganey x 3 at  Cley NWT.
Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Little Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.

Other News

Red-necked Phalarope, Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! SYKES'S WARBLER, Isle of Whalsay trapped and ringed at Symbister, Shetland.

FEA'S PETREL, County Mayo, Ireland.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Exciting Day, Not!

Today didn't go to plan at all. It was so boring, it's hardly worth posting. Got up fairly early, did pile of ironing, felt wrecked with tiredness still and went back to bed – got up at 11am! Shower, washed hair, had lunch. Had to go into town to finalise and close my Barclays account after being with them for 33 years. I'm now a Nationwide Customer with no OD fees! Did the supermarket run. More jobs at home and then spent the evening weeding the front garden! Can't believe I didn't get out in the sunshine when its going to team down with rain and high winds tomorrow, oh well at least I got loads of essential stuff done.

Finish at 1pm tomorrow. Even if its raining, I'm going out birding. Hopefully I'll be watching amazing birds dropping out of the skies on SE winds and rain!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 3 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 14, Curlew Sandpiper x 6, Spotted Redshanks x 9, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
Spoonbills x 17 at Stiffkey Fen.
GYR White Morph 10.50am flew west along cliff at Sidestrand.
HONEY BUZZARD at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.
Black Terns x 2 flew south past Gorleston.
Arctic Skuas x 8 at Winterton
Arctic Terns x 3, Arctic Skuas x 2, Bonxie at Horsey.
Caspian Gulls x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 7 at Cley NWT.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILTS x 5 at Cavenham, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
SHORT-TOED EAGLE – unconfirmed report at Ashdown Forest, Sussex.
SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER – possible, yesterday from Pelagic in evening, Isles of Scilly.

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Weekend!

Will Tropical Storm 'Bertha' produce any exciting birds for us over the next few days? Who knows, exciting times! Discussion here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=288372&page=2

Its been pouring with rain on/off for the most of the day and still raining now. Tomorrow looks like a fine and sunny day in Norfolk, before the storm hits on Sunday. I'm only working a morning shift on Sunday, had enough of working double shifts, getting too old for all that! So at least I will be able to escape in the afternoon if needed, for rares!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2646403

High Tides at Lynn Docks
Saturday – 5.43am and 18.19. Sunday – 6.34am and 19.11
http://www.portauthoritykingslynn.fsnet.co.uk/page4.html
Some very high tides coming up, the highest being 8.5 metres this coming Wednesday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Wood Sandpipers x 3, Common Cranes x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Great White Egret at Snettisham RSPB.
SPOTTED CRAKE at Titchwell RSPB.
Whimbrels x 41 at Caister-on-Sea.
Wood Sandpiper at Holme NWT.
Spoonbills x 4 at Thornham.
Spoonbills x 12, Caspian Gulls x 2, Little Gull at Cley NWT.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Gibraltar Point NNR.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILTS x 3 at Cavenham, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Gramborough Hill!

Sunrise at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse this morning.

At 5.30am, 2 Linnets, a female Blackcap and a Whitethroat in the bushes at Gramborough Hill and Sand Martins on the cliff. Grey Heron, Curlew, 3 Shelducks, Black-headed Gull and 2 Redshanks in the pools just before the hill. Gull roost at Little Eye, but no sign of the Franklin's Gull! Several Pied Wagtails flitting about in Beach Road.
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I am sure some of you have been wondering, what the hell I was doing there at that time?!! Well after a rubbish day at work yesterday and leaving late, I eventually got to Cley late evening in hope of jamming in on the Franklin's Gull that James M. found the night before. There were several people in Dauke's Hide and others at North Scrape (screen/was hide) waiting for the said gull to drop in. I was shattered before I started my drive to Cley and I felt beyond exhaustion when I got there – completely wasted my time and diesel – no sign of the gull. Don't ask why I made that utterly, crazy decision. I felt dangerously tired, so a very good friend, very kindly let me 'doss' on their sofa overnight. I got up as quietly as I could in the morning, locked the door and put the key through letterbox.

So, I had just over an hour to go birding before having to drive back home to King's Lynn!!! Wouldn't it be great I thought, to find an amazing bird in the bushes at Gramborough Hill, whilst the 'square' snoozed away. Imagine seeing this bird, photographing it, texting to RBA, driving to work and then the world awakening to a mega bird – wake up Penny! Ok, so I didn't find a mega, but the light was so beautiful at 5.30am and it was a joy to be out at that time, it really was.
 Sunrise at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse this morning.


At work I had a day from hell and that's a massive understatement. Zonked out completely when I got home. Need to go to the supermarket desperately, but no energy left, not an ounce.

To add to my crappy day, next door's dog has been left alone and is howling like a pack of wolves, no sleep for me, great! Anyone know a rich man with a house on the coast with maybe a swimming pool, rolling gardens and land etc etc away from this mayhem let me know please!!!!! Hmmmm let me think....Johnny Depp doesn't live too far away at Burnham Thorpe!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Pied Flycatchers x 2, TURTLE DOVES x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
Spoonbills x 24, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Caspian Gulls x 2, Little Gull at Cley NWT.
Spoonbills x 3 at Stiffkey Fen.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Little Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
BLACK-WINGED STILTS x 5 at Cavenham, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO, probable at Cowes, Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Bogus or Genuine?

Yesterday my mother asked for my advice about something medical as she insanely stubborn about going to GP, she simply won't go - drives me mad! So I said I was going to ring for District Nurse to come out tomorrow. She responded to this as she usual does with lots of anger and that she didn't want me to and that she would make sure she was out etc, usual conversation we have!

I didn't ring her GP this morning for a number of reasons, but anyway, this evening my mother rings me at 6.35pm to say that two female nurses turned up at her house today to check her blood pressure. She didn't call them to come out and neither had I! She wasn't suspicious at all as she presumed that it was me that had rung them, which I can understand after our conversation last night! I was horrified that these might be bogus nurses. Lots of details didn't add up. Frustratingly my mother told me this, minutes after her surgery had closed this evening, so can't ring them until tomorrow morning to find out if they were genuine or not! They took her BP and didn't tell her what it was, she asked them as they were walking out of the door. They said they may have to come back, but they didn't say why or when. Even if they were genuine, the surgery are going to receive a strong phone call from me in the morning – turning up unannounced, not showing ID, not bothering to tell her what her BP was and her having to ask as they walked out of the door and not explaining why they may need to come back. My mother's BP was high, so you would have thought they would chatted about this to her and discussed possible tablets etc, but they said nothing apart from 'they may have to come back'.

I wrote some of the above on facebook, knowing that several old school friends and parents live in the same village, just in case the same thing had happened to anyone else today. It hadn't, but everyone agreed it didn't sound right to just turn up unannounced etc. I decided to ring the police on 101 just to see if they had any calls from anyone else today – I spoke to a very nice policeman who also agreed it didn't sound right and to ring back straight away tomorrow if I found out from the surgery that two of their nurses did not visit my mother today!

So with a long phone call to my sister Vivien about this and then news of a Franklin's Gull turning up at Cley this evening, all the important things I was supposed to be doing this evening didn't get done!

THURSDAY UPDATE!
So, I phone my mother's surgery this morning before I go to work. They had no call logged and no member of their staff came out to see my mother yesterday! But the surgery said to ring another number where the district nurses were based (won't go into loads of details for confidentiality reasons).  The surgery normally phone this 'other' team to request a district nurse to go out if required, but they did not do this. I then phoned the 'other' team who also knew nothing about any visits to my mother. At this point I am seriously worried and the different people I spoke to on both teams agree its sounds very odd and suspicious and so I immediately phone mother to tell her to stay in house, lock door and wait for police to contact her. I then phoned the police to log the incident officially. The police then ring my mother to speak to her and take descriptions of the nurses etc information etc and gave her general advice and security information. I got to work an HOUR late which really stressed me out and obviously affects my job. Various people higher up the rankings rang me in the morning trying to assist with the situation. It wasn't until 1pm that someone (high up) rang me with a huge apology. Two Health Care Assistants HAD been to visit my mother and thought that my mother was someone else!!! That's why there was nothing logged for my mother in her name!!! Unbelievable!!! So they came to treat Mrs F. and thought my mother was Mrs F!!!! That's what I was told anyway...... mother insists that they said 'Mrs Clarke' when they came to the door, but according to the person that rang me the two HCA's said 'Mrs F....'. I KNOW my mother heard correctly, she was insistent about that. Ok, so the good news is they WERE health care professionals, BUT I am fuming to say the least, that they came out to treat my mother as someone else. What if for example, my mother was someone who had dementia and they came to issue medicine of some kind or an injection....... Scary! They reported the incident officially and I WILL be writing a formal complaint. I have had some very apologetic and 'nice' phonecalls. Obviously they were hoping I wasn't going to complain, but I most certainly am. This has caused my family tons of unnecessary stress. My mother and I are mirror image in some ways, but my mother is far too nice in these situations and said 'oh we don't want to get anyone in trouble.....' Well, I'm sorry, this is where we differ hugely. Heads need to roll!!!

FRANKLIN'S GULL New Bird For The 'Cley Square'!!!

Found by James McCallum on North Scrape,  Cley NWT late this evening!!!

Eddie M., Andy J. and Dave H. were sitting in Dauke's Hide at Cley when they got the call. Eddie said he ran down the boardwalk to his car and got to North Scrape just in time to watch the Franklin's Gull for about 15 minutes before the light faded. Apparently it flew towards Blakeney Harbour, but Eddie didn't see it fly off, as he had already left.

Chatting to Eddie this evening, if its gone to Blakeney Harbour, my chances of seeing that before having to leave to go to work in the morning, will be very slim. So I will more than probably go after work tomorrow instead and hope it returns to Cley NWT!

Good luck to anyone going tomorrow.

Eddie has a picture here:
https://twitter.com/TheredMyers/status/497115665808257024


Marcus Nash, who was sitting next to James has a picture here:
https://twitter.com/norfolkbirdtour/status/497129370570752000/photo/1

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbill x 17, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Wood Sandpipers x 7, Knot, Garganey x 2 at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
FRANKLIN'S GULL found at 8.52pm, then flew off at dusk towards Blakeney Harbour – found by James McCallum!
Brent Goose flew in off sea at Thornham
Wood Sandpiper at Broadwater, Holme NOA

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Gibraltar Point NNR.
BLACK-WINGED STILTS x 6 at Cavenham, Suffolk.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BEE-EATERS x 4 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

RBA Weekly Round Up 30th July to 5th August!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2014-31.aspx?s_id=350510394

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpipers x 12, Yellow-legged Gull at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Hen Harrier at Belton.
Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water.
Spoonbills x 8 at Stiffkey Fen.
Spoonbills x 24, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT.
PURPLE HERON at Rockland Broad.

Other News
Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire.

BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILT esc at Berry Fen, Cambridgeshire.
BEE-EATERS x 2 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

• Very unusual to hear nothing from Titchwell RSPB today! I suppose the Spotted Crake could still be there?

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Monday, 4 August 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 17, Spotted Redshanks x 5, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Spoonbill at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Temminck's Stint, Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpiper, Caspian Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 3, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT.
Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 7 at Breydon Water.
Spoonbills x 24 at Stiffkey Fen.
Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Snettisham RSPB.
TURTLE DOVES x 3 at Kelling Heath.
TURTLE DOVE, Firs Road, Holme.

Other News
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Glossy Ibis at Frampton Marsh RSPB.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BUFFLEHEAD esc. at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 3 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Top Twenty!

Number 20 in the Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites today, thanks everyone!

Apologies for late update of yesterday's post and lack of pictures lately. I was too exhausted to write last night and with a double shift at work today, all I could do was collapse and chill when I got home this evening. Kylie rocked the stage this evening at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games (see post below) – she just doesn't see to age! The weather was beautiful day, when I was working – typical! I will add some pictures to posts this week – honest!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SPOTTED CRAKE, Spoonbills x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 5, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB.
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpipers x 6, Curlew Sandpiper, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT.
BEE-EATER flew over Sea Palling.
Glossy Ibis at Welney WWT.
Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 6 at Breydon Water.
Spoonbills x 15 at Stiffkey Fen.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper on Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT.
Quail at Choseley, Titchwell.

Other News
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Frampton Marsh RSPB.
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE again at Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire.
BLACK-WINGED STILT at Great Livermere Lake, Suffolk.
BEE-EATERS x 3 Adults, Wydcombe Estate Nature Reserve, Niton, Isle of Wight. Adults have been present since 8th June. Use RSPB/NT carpark + viewpoint.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Kylie Rocking Glasgow Tonight!

KYLIE MINOGUE
Performs at the closing ceremony at the Commonwealth Games
GLASGOW

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Titchwell RSPB and A Surprise At Choseley!

 SPOTTED CRAKE
Island Hide, Titchwell RSPB

Drove to Titchwell via Choseley – saw a dark 4x4 Range Rover, but not the same one as the other day! I managed to get a space in the first section of the carpark at Titchwell RSPB, which surprised me. There seems to be a significant increase in holidaymakers (non-birders) with dogs walking along the path at Titchwell, who seem to stare at 'us' like we are aliens. We birders are 'normal' – it's people who don't go birding that are not normal!!! Only joking, well....... Anyway, bumped into Eddie who was drinking coffee and tucking into cake by the cafe. By the cafe a Poplar Hawk Moth was resting on the wall by the door and also a Red Underwing Moth was on the wall near the door of the shop! Good start to the day!
Red Underwing Moth.

Walked along the main path and up to the beach with Eddie. Bumped into Steve W. and friend and some new blog followers (nice to meet you). 9 Little Egrets together on the pool west of the main path. A Cetti's Warbler burst into song. I didn't have to wait 2.5 hours to see the Spotted Crake today – it appeared within a couple of minutes of me waiting by Island Hide! Fabulous views through the scope, but it didn't come as close as when I last saw it – too many people, too much noise. There was a Water Rail as well. Eddie spotted 2 Arctic Skuas by the derelict building at Thornham Point. Tons of birds on the pools including Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, several Ruff, tons of Avocets, 12 Spoonbills, Water Rail, Juv. Little Ringed Plover, Gulls Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Teal, Shoveler. Dark clouds were looming and you could see it was going to rain at some point.
SPOTTED CRAKE
Island Hide, Titchwell RSPB

At the beach we counted 16 Eiders on the sea, a couple of Cormorants flew west and that was about it really. I was just thinking about walking to Thornham Point for Dune Tiger Beetles when it started to spit with rain – I had only moments to put my camera gear away, before it fell down heavily. Tried to hurry to Parrinder Hide for shelter, but by the time we got there, we were dripping wet, hair was dripping, clothes dripping, shoes and socks dripping and trousers dripping! I didn't think the rain could get any heavier, but as we stood in the hide with people who looked lovely and dry, the rain became torrential and the birds looked really battered out there! Eddie found a Med. Gull. There were also Pied Wagtails, 1 Snipe, Lapwings, Shelducks and loads of Gulls, Greylag Geese, Meadow Pipits and one Yellow Wagtail.
Eiders at Titchwell RSPB.

Over an hour later, the rain ceased and the sun shone. Got out of the hide quickly to dry out! Several tiny baby toads were crossing the path. Back by Island Hide we bumped into more familiar faces: John F., Mark G. (with exciting tales from Brazil about Rihanna and PelĂ©) and Steve B. – it was good to catch up with everyone. Mark had found a Clouded Yellow Butterfly at Choseley! Eddie and John went to the cafe and I went to eat my diet lunch (boring) in my car. Eddie and John went off up to Choseley in search of butterflies. I bumped into a lovely lady who kindly told me the exact location for 3 Clouded Yellow Butterflies she had seen today. Off I went, letting Eddie and John know too.
Choseley, Titchwell.

 CLOUDED YELLOW BUTTERFLY

At Choseley in the midst of a large area of camomile and ox-eye daisies we counted 7+ Clouded Yellow Butterflies – they were so beautiful, the highlight of my day. Mark and Steve joined us later too. I spent ages photographing these and attempted to do a proper job with Macro lens, tripod and cable release etc. We had to bolt for the cars when the rain came down heavily again. The others decided it had set in for the day and all left. I remained in my car drinking tea and waited for it to clear – which it did and the same came blazing out again! I continued to photograph these beautiful butterflies for another hour. I found an unusual cricket, Common Blues and a few Small Magpie Moths.

I returned to Titchwell RSPB for the evening light to photograph the Spotted Crake again. It was more obliging than earlier and there were far less people here, but it still didn't come as close as I saw it on Tuesday night. It's toughened up since its arrival and I was surprised to watch it attempt to have a go at a Black-headed Gull who had ventured into its personal space! Also chased a Water Rail through the reeds and turned a blind eye to some of the  bullying antics of the resident Moorhens!

The Poplar Hawkmoth was still on the wall by the cafe door as I left. Visited my parents for a short while before returning home.

MORE PICTURES TO BE ADDED THIS WEEK!