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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Penny’s Hot Birding Quiz!

Sarah and I were asked to do the Christmas Quiz at work this year and naturally I had to include some birdy questions for the team – well they didn't get much choice really!

I'm sure you all know the answers, but it was very amusing testing my colleagues out, they didn't do too badly though, considering none of them are birders. Only one person knew the emblem of the RSPB and it took alot of guessing to get No. 11 question right. The only person to get No. 5 correct was Anne-Marie who is Scottish, so expected her to know this! I did 15 nursing questions aswell, but havn't bothered to add them here.

Sarah and I dished chocolates out for the winners of the three teams, chocolates for the runners-up and I threw in a couple of bonus questions to win my two RSPB complimentary reserve tickets – which Andrea and Sara won. You never know, it might encourage some of them to take up birding!

  1. What bird is the emblem of the RSPB?
  2. In the Christmas song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ what bird sat in a pear tree?
  3. Where is the famous British Birdwatching Fair held?
  4. Which county is the furthest that Penny has twitched a rare bird?
  5. What is the largest UK bird?
  6. What is this bird (picture A)?
  7. What is the smallest UK bird?
  8. Who is the nation’s best known birding celebrity?
  9. What is Britain’s national bird?
  10. What is this bird (picture B)?
  11. What is the most common bird in the UK?
  12. Which county is renowned as probably the best all round county for birding in the UK?
  13. Norfolk’s oldest nature reserve, Cley Marshes NWT (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) was established in which year?
  14. What bird is traditionally eaten in the 12 month of the year?
  15. Where is the best place to find out all the Norfolk bird news on a daily basis along with mega bird news for the UK?
Picture A

Picture B

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
SNOW GOOSE (possible) at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Welney WWT.
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Freshes.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2 at Admiralty Point.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Water Pipit, Jack Snipe at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.
MEGA! BRUNNICH'S GUILLEMOT at Loch Maddy, North Uist, Western Isles.

Albatross Lays an Egg - at Age 63!

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/wisdom-laysan-albatross-lays-egg-age-63-n270341

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Velvet Scoter at Holme Dunes NWT.
Snow Buntings x 45 at Gore Point, Holme.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Tundra Bean Geese x 7 at Holkham.
SNOW GOOSE at Welney WWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Ten Mile Bank.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 30 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB.
Twite x 65 at Thornham Harbour.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

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

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2014-50.aspx?s_id=173968995

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Taiga Bean Geese x 30 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Whooper Swan, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Salthouse.
Barnacle Goose x 3 at Heigham Holmes.
Barnacle Goose at Repps.
Velvet Scoters x 4, Long-tailed Duck at Holkham.
Hen Harriers x 4, Whooper Swan at Warham Greens.
Black-necked Grebe at Snettisham RSPB.
Hen Harriers x 2, Snow Buntings x 6, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Snow Buntings x 15 at Holme NOA.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl at Burnham Overy Staithe.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.


I notice there is an Ivory Gull on the Western Isles – it's about time I saw my second one in Norfolk!!!
My first and the only sighting in Norfolk was 5th to 9th January, 1978. We are way overdue for another! This would get the youngsters running!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Blakeney Point Seals to Star in BBC Winterwatch!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-30310463

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Tundra Bean Goose x 3 at Weybourne.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Taiga Bean Geese x 30, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 25 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harrier at Breydon Water.
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum.
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Holkham.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Thornham.
Water Pipit, Twite x 4, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB.
Taiga Bean Geese x 29, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Common Cranes x 2 at Horsey.
Common Cranes x 5 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Bewick's Swans x 12, Whooper Swans x 17 at Sea Palling.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN still County Galway, Ireland.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Cley NWT!

Being a party animal at my age is exhausting to say the least. I just couldn't get up at a decent time this morning either. I did manage to get out considerably earlier than yesterday though, which was something I suppose.

My mother asked me if I could get her a real, small Christmas tree – so I phoned round a few places and was horrified by the extortionate prices..... £21.00 for a 4ft tree in one place, £29 in another – she agreed that it was ridiculous and there was no way she was paying all that. It's cheaper to get a artificial one! Even cheaper if I spot some nice overhanging larch branches somewhere!!!

Spent the afternoon at Cley. Sat and had a cup of tea and a scone in the visitor centre. The wind was really cold today. Took a leisurely stroll along the East Bank. On the new pools west of the bank, there were Black-tailed Godwits, Wigeon, Teal and a Grey Heron flew over west. Further along by the sluice there were huge numbers of Wigeon on the Serpentine. 2 Marsh Harriers glided over the reedbeds and a Little Egret was feeding at the far end of East Bank. Good numbers of gulls on Arnold's Marsh. Walked across the shingle and took arty farty pictures of the beach. I spent a while here, simply listening to the awesome sound of the breakers crashing on the shingle, contemplating life and all that jazz.

Walked back along the East bank and had a fabulous sighting of a Bittern flying west at 4.25pm over the path and dropped down into the reeds fairly close to Bishop's Hide.

At home I watched X Factor and although Ben is obviously a brilliant singer, it should have been Fleur East that won – she is exciting to watch and is an absolute Mega Star. I was quite shocked when Ben's name was called out as the winner.

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Bewick's Swans x 4, Whooper Swans x 13 at Sea Palling.
Black Brant, Snow Buntings x 50, Twite x 20 at Salthouse.
Tundra Bean Geese x 6 at Weybourne.
Common Cranes x 15, Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Barnacle Goose at Waxham.
Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 3, Bittern at Cley NWT.
Tundra Bean Geese x 5 at Repps.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey.
Lesser Snow Goose at Martham.
Richard's Pipit, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
Tundra Bean Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 12 at Hilgay.
Common Cranes x 3, Hen Harrier at Horsey.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common.
Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB.
Hen Harrier, Twite x 4 at Thornham Harbour.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Holme Reserves!

As I predicted yesterday, the day started in a chilled way, literally! Pity I got up so incredibly late as when I eventually crawled out from the under the duvet and peeped through the curtains, I was greeted with a sparkly white frost and blue skies – this was 12.45pm. Wicked to get up that late, but you can't burn the candle at both ends at my grand old age!

I had brunch around 2.30pm and could have easily dozed on the sofa, but forced myself out to get some air. Arrived at Holme at around 3.45pm – yep, I know it was late, but better late than never! Parked by the 5-bar gate along the Firs Road and set off on a long walk. A couple of Little Egrets were on the pools opposite the car park. I followed the boardwalk east, through the NWT Forestry and bumped into Robert who was with some other birders, waiting in hope of seeing a short-eared owl. I managed to see a Marsh Harrier and a Barn Owl over Holme Marsh. Walked all the way to Holme Bird Observatory, took some pictures of the broadwater with the red glow of the setting sun and walked back along the Firs Road. It was now completely dark and bitterly cold. Skeins of Pink-footed Geese filled the skies overhead and then plummeted down to settle on the marshes.

Went to buy some sacks of sticks from a local farm for my parent's fire and then spent a couple of hours chatting to them about last night's party, health issues and Christmas dinner!

Spent the rest of the evening watching X-Factor, thank goodness Fleur East got through – she has to win tomorrow, there is no doubt that she is a Super Star. I will try and get out earlier tomorrow!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Weybourne.
Pomarine Skua at Gorleston-on-Sea.
Snow Buntings x 20 at Salthouse.
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory.
Great Northern Diver, Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Water Pipits x 2, Snow Buntings x 7 at Cley NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey.
Black-necked Grebe at Snettisham RSPB.
Snow Goose, Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 5 at Sea Palling.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harriers x 3 at Roydon Common.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Clippesby.
Jack Snipe at Nunnery Lakes NNR, Thetford.
Twite x 14 at Breydon Water.
Firecrest at Holkham.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens.
Short-eared Owl at Horsey.
Common Cranes x 6, Bittern at Waxham.
Common Cranes x 5, Hen Harriers x 2, Marsh Harriers x 50 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Pomarine Skuas x 2, Caspian Gull at Titchwell RSPB.
Short-eared Owl at Holme Golf Course.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! FIRST FOR IRELAND!!! NAUMANN'S THRUSH at Ballyhooley, County Cork.
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Weekend!

Saturday will be chilled due to tonight!!!

Weather
Frosty, chilly and dry all weekend, but windier on Sunday!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2652856 

High Tides
  Saturday: 10.19    Sunday: 11.12

Christmas Party & The Shooting Star!!!

Our meal was at Rathskellers Wine Bar & Bistro in King's Lynn, which is situated on the quayside, very close to the Bank House Restaurant which is where we went last year for our party. I personally wanted to go to the Bank House again, but the general consensus was that people wanted to try somewhere new. Our table was booked for 8pm.

At 7.35pm I was almost ready, but still had nails to paint! So whilst painting a coat of red and then a second coat of sparkly red, I had a wonderful triple glass (or it might have even been a quadruple come to think it) of finest brandy topped up with Cranberry juice. The taxi pulled up outside my house at 7.45pm and I felt very much in the party spirit!!! I then had the usual scenario of trying to get into a car with nails that are not dry! Amy and Sarah were already in the taxi and we then picked up Ann-Marie on the way. All the girls looked stunning and sparkly – great seeing everyone out of their boring uniforms.

We arrived on time, and were led to our two tables – pity it wasn't one big table, but there we go. Very nice setting, quality christmas crackers, although I didn't have a hope in hell of reading any of the jokes, I could only just about see the tiny piece of white paper!!! Staff very nice and service was good. I decided that I should drink water, as the brandy had now completely taken over!

I had the "Fresh Fig, Walnut and Mardler Cheese Salad, Honey and Sesame Dressing" to start followed by a special order (I don't like mushrooms very much) of Nut Roast with Cranberry Sauce, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and Vegetables and for dessert I choose the "Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cointreau Sorbet, Almond Tuille". My starters was pretty boring and not one that I will remember in a few months time – I had a total of two walnuts and two pieces of cheese that were the same size as the walnuts along with a few small fancy lettuce leaves. My main course was faultless though apart from one thing – the waitress asked me 'do you eat beef gravy'? Ehhhh.... 'No' I replied..... and that was that, so I had no gravy at all, which obviously made the meal very dry! It doesn't take much to make vegetarian gravy does it! My dessert was the best dish and I gave it a 10/10 and would have happily have eaten several of these! As another colleague and I discussed, its the first Christmas meal that we had been too where there wasn't any coffee included in the menu or maybe mints, mincepies etc as is normal in most places. There was a band playing downstairs in the bar, but we left more or less straight away to go to "The Social" which is a cocktail bar and karaoke venue!

It was quite a walk from here, all along the quayside, through the town and it was freezing cold! At The Social, several people had a go at the karaoke and did really well, especially Caitlan who was really going for it! Scott and James did Tom Jones's 'Delilah' and there was lots of fun and laughter. Shared a cocktail jug of Archers, Vodka and Cranberry Juice with Sarah – very nice! A band then started playing who were good, but my not my cup of tea really. Some of our party then left to go home. The time just flew and it was 12.45pm before we got into Kudos which is a small club in town. Well I said 'club' there aren't any clubs as such in King's Lynn, its more like a pub with a couple of small dance areas! I usually enjoy being in here, but it wasn't up to much at all. The tunes had been set for the entire night and there was no DJ at all, so you couldn't request anything, which I was very disappointed by. There was no life in there at all really. Rachael Casey who was with us last year (now left and returned to Ireland), usually spices things up with her crazy antics, but with her not here and no DJ, it just wasn't the same. Everyone left by 1.30am, but I decided to stay and dance. There was still no DJ, but the music seemed to improve and I continued to fly round the floor! At 2.30am I had had enough and left.

It was frosty and chilly outside and for some crazy reason I decided to walk home. Attempted to cover my blond hair with my red pashmina and speed walked home – took my mobile phone and house key out of my bag and hid them on me, just in case I got mugged. Shouldn't have walked home really, but I did – it only took 28 minutes, not too bad for 2.5 miles! The skies were filled with sparkly stars and as I was looking up at them I witnessed a Shooting Star!!! It was 3am – I couldn't believe my luck – it was only yards from my house. This was without a doubt the highlight of the entire evening!!! See information here, about the Meteor Shower showing tonight and tomorrow.

As soon as I walked into my house, I played "Hideaway" by Kiesza and danced. Had a shower, tea, toast, watched a bit of TV and went to bed at 4.55am! Good Morning!

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Goose at Egmere.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Cromer.
Black Brant at Cley NWT.
Snow Buntings x 2 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth.
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Hawfinches x 7 at Lynford Aboretum.
Jack Snipe at Horsey.
Black-necked Grebe at Snettisham RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Snow Buntings x 20, Twite x 30 at Salthouse.
Short-eared Owls x 3, Hen Harrier at Admiralty Point.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at North Uist, Balranald RSPB.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Shetland Storm 10/12/2014

Back to Work!

Returned to work today, but still don't feel on top form. Had to go for a blood test today..... long story. I will hopefully now make the Christmas Party on Friday, but havn't made my mind up about dancing or drinking yet – will probably just go for the meal and go home, but I'm female so may well change my mind!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Breydon Water.
Bittern at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Geese 2,270, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Holkham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Water Pipit at Cley NWT.
Bewick's Swans x 4, Whooper Swans x 21 at Ingham.
Water Pipits x 2 at Cantley Beet Factory.
Tundra Bean Geese x 5, Pink-footed Geese x 1,400 at Egmere.
Tundra Bean Goose at Horsey.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Purple Sandpiper at Sea Palling.
Common Cranes x 2 at Waxham.
Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at Holkham.
Lapland Buntings x 3, Snow Buntings x 30, Twite x 20 at Salthouse.
Common Cranes x 2, Hen Harrier at Horsey.
Bewick's Swans x 4, Whooper Swans x 19 at Ingham.
Water Pipit, Scaup, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.
Shorelarks x 8 at near Yankee Ridge, Blakeney Point.
Caspian Gull at Aylsham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Black Brant at Binham.
Taiga Bean Geese x 30, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Twite x 55 at Thornham Harbour.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

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

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2014-49.aspx?s_id=1038554302

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Weather Bomb To Hit UK!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/30397614

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Taiga Bean Geese x 32 yesterday at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Snow Buntings x 30, Twite x 28, Black Brant at Salthouse.
Snow Buntings x 5 at North Beach, Winterton.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harriers x 10 at Roydon Common.
Lesser Snow Goose, Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Barnacle Geese x 10 at Holkham.
Twite x 50 at Thornham Harbour.
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 7, Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Weybourne.
Black-necked Grebe yesterday at Snettisham RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT still at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

At Home & Feeling Rubbish!

Yesterday I had to leave work as I felt really sick. My stomach has continued churning today with gripping pains. Awful metallic taste when I had a piece of dry toast last night – spoke to GP on phone today who said that is probably linked to my heartburn that I have been getting lately. I had delayed taking the tablets that were prescibed to me for this, but now started this evening as continued heart burn can lead to a stomach ulcer and worse. GP advised me to stick to soup, rice and plain foods. Had lentil soup and rice today. Now this evening I have developed a kidney infection, agonising! Feel really rough. Hopefully this will be it! Not looking good for work for the rest of the week, never mind the christmas party on Friday!

Monday, 8 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Tundra Bean Geese x 11 at Weybourne.
Lesser Snow Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 38 at Holkham.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Barnacle Geese x 10 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham.
Lapland Buntings x 11, Snow Buntings x 20, Twite x 10 at Salthouse.
Common Cranes x 3 at Lambrigg Mill, Hickling.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 4, Great Northern Diver at Cley NWT.
DESERT WHEATEAR Male 1.5 miles north of beach carpark at North Dunes, Winterton.
Common Cranes x 2 at Horsey.
Common Cranes x 7 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! BLYTH'S PIPIT at Pugney's Country Park, Yorkshire.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Cley NWT!

Woke up Saturday with sorethroat virus and felt rubbish, so no birding on Saturday. Felt the same this morning, but forced myself out of the house.

I didn't have the energy to drive 70 miles each way to Winterton, even though it would have been nice to see my third Desert Wheatear this year! This virus has made me feel sleepy all day and I regret driving anywhere to be honest.

Arrived at Cley Coastguards to a wonderful view of a double rainbow, sunshine and a downpour. I felt utterly shattered and curled up the car and dozed. No birds of note on the sea. Turnstone and Black-headed Gull on the beach. Brent Geese on the Eye Field. Walsey Hills NOA held only Great, Blue Tits and a Chaffinch, but I did see a Sparrowhawk over Arnold's Marsh. Walked along the East Bank and bumped into John F – bitterly cold late afternoon.

Dauke's Hide NWT – I was the only person here. Shelducks, Teal, Widgeon, Little Egrets, Mallards, Marsh Harrier and bird of the day was a Bittern flying over the reedbed!

I was going to drive to my parent's via coast road, but felt too tired to drive the extra miles, so went home. Felt so sleepy on the way back and had to keep stopping. Had a unexpected surprise visit from both my sister's, a few moments after arriving home. They both sampled my fruit cake (made on Friday) watched 'Strictly' with me and then departed. It was lovely to see them both even though I felt exhausted. Not one of my best weekends!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Lesser Snow Goose at Great Bircham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 11 at Weybourne.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Hen Harrier at Scolt Head Island NNR.
Bewick's Swans x 4 at Horsey.
Common Cranes x 15 at Billockby.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Gramborough, Salthouse.
Lapland Buntings x 7, Twite x 11 at Salthouse.
DESERT WHEATEAR Male on beach one mile north of beach carpark, Winterton.
Hen Harrier, Jack Snipe at North Dunes, Winterton.
Waxwings x 3 flew south over harbour, Twite x 65 at Thornham.
Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Snow Buntings x 17 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth.
Black-winged Stilt esc at Welney WWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Breydon Water.
Taiga Bean Geese x 32, Water Pipit, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 13,  Whooper Swans x 2 at Buckenham Marhes RSPB.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harrier at Roydon Common.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Common Cranes x 12 at Acle.
Hen Harriers x 3 at North Wootton.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Berney Marshes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at Balranald RSPB, Western Isles.

MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at Lough Gill, County Kerry, Ireland.

BTO Satellite tag shows Chris the Cuckoo has travelled 60,000 miles in four years!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/bto_satellite_tag_shows_chris_the_cuckoo_has_travelled_60_000_miles_in_four_years_1_3872328?usurv=skip

Saturday, 6 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Great White Egrets x 2, Whooper Swans x 23 at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Snow Buntings x 8, Black Brant at Salthouse.
Pomarine Skuas x 14, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harriers x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Twite x 55, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Scaup x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
DESERT WHEATEAR Male on beach one mile north of beach carpark, Winterton.
Short-eared Owl, Snow Bunting at North Beach, Winterton.
Common Cranes x 8 at Acle.
Pomarine Skuas x 7, Great Northern Diver, Shorelark x 3, Snow Buntings x 50 at Holme.
SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (probable) , Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham.
Snow Buntings x 3 at Horsey.
Water Pipit at Cley NWT.
Great White Egret (yesterday) at Attleborough.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton.
Tundra Bean Geese x 11 at Weybourne.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Goose at Great Bircham.
Great White Egret at Snettisham RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water.
Short-eared Owl at Claxton Marshes.
Little Auk at Waxham.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens.
Twite x 40 at Thornham Harbour.
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Storm Surge – One Year On!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/one_year_on_from_the_tidal_surge_hemsby_receives_good_news_in_battle_to_save_beach_1_3875025

 http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/remembering_the_night_the_worst_floods_in_60_years_swept_through_norfolk_and_suffolk_1_3875022

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/photo_gallery_tidal_surge_heroes_who_battled_to_save_lives_and_property_honoured_one_year_on_1_3876259

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/warrior_spirit_keeps_the_hemsby_community_fighting_after_last_year_s_tidal_surge_1_3875497

The Weekend!

A crazy week, with two leaving lunch parties for colleagues – very sad to see Louise and Caraline departed, but wish them both happiness in their new posts. My yearly Appraisal was today, glad that's over with. I saw a Stoat running along the grass verge opposite the ward I work on today – the first time I have seen a stoat in the hospital grounds! Took a big bouquet of flowers and card from the team round to a colleague's this evening who is in much need of support right now. Made my third cake this evening in the last two weeks! Tonight's effort was a fruit cake – doesn't look anywhere near as scrumptious as my Carrot Cake, but hopefully edible.

Hairdressers next week and the Team Christmas Party on Friday Night, which will involve drinking, dinner and dancing until the small hours! My once a year stint of consuming alcohol!

Can't believe the year has disappeared so quickly and that it was a year ago today, that the Storm Surge engulfed our coastline.

It looks like its going to be a sunny, frosty weekend – good for photo opportunities and hopefully the Desert Wheatear at Winterton!

Weather
Saturday: Westerly winds. Isolated showers possibly along the east coast will clear to leave dry and mostly sunny conditions, but chilly. Becoming a little cloudier towards the end of the day.

Sunday: Westerly winds. Wet and windy initially, clearing to colder, mostly dry and bright conditions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2652856 

DAWN: 7.12am  SUNRISE: 7.53am  SUNSET: 15.44 

Tides – Wells Bar
Saturday: 5.39am and 18.05    Sunday: 6.25am and 18.44

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Common Cranes x 5 at Acle.
Lesser Snow Goose, Tundra Bean Goose at Bircham Newton.
Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x 2, Purple Sandpiper at Cley NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Snow Buntings x 25 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Market.
RAVEN 1/2 mile NE of  North Creake.
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common.
Little Auk, Long-tailed Duck, Snow Buntings x 120 (all yesterday) at Holme Dunes NWT.
Hen Harrier Male at Holme NOA.
Twite x 45 at Thornham Harbour.
DESERT WHEATEAR Male on beach 1/2 mile north of beach carpark, Winterton.
Taiga Bean Geese x 32 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3, Hen Harrier, Caspian Gull at Breydon Water.
Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, vieweable from Waveney Forest.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Carrot Cake – My Best Cake EVER!

CARROT CAKE

I don't often bake cakes, as its far too dangerous. What I am trying to say is, that if I cooked cakes on a regular basis, I would end up weighing 50 stone!!! My very good friend and work colleague Caraline is leaving our team this week and we had a little party at lunchtime today. I made my first Carrot Cake last night and it turned out to be the best tasting cake I have ever made – even though I say so myself!!! It was consumed very quickly by the girls at work!

I adapted the recipe slightly and added vanilla essence and juice/zest of an orange to the topping ingredients and baking powder and cinnamon to the main cake mixture. Here is the recipe:

CAKE INGREDIENTS
  • 250ml Olive Oil
  • 250 Coarsely Grated Carrots
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 225g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 225g Allinson Wholemeal Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

TOPPING INGREDIENTS
  • 250g Mascarpone Cheese
  • 25g Billington's Unrefined Golden Icing Sugar (I couldn't find this, so just used normal bog standard icing sugar, but used around 100g!)
  • Zest of one orange and 5 teaspoons of orange juice
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped walnuts for decorating

METHOD
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Fan 160˚C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm (8") cake tin with grease proof paper.
  2. Whist the oil and sugar together, then whisk in the eggs one at a time
  3.  Gently fold in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, followed by the carrots. Mix gently until combined then turn into the prepared tin.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes (allow much longer than recipe states! Open oven at 60 mins and then check) until golden brown and skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Mix together the mascarpone cheese, icing sugar, orange zest, juice and vanilla essence. Split the cake in half and sandwich together with half of the mascarpone mixture and then spread the remainder on top (with palette knife). Finish with Walnuts (I also added Tesco's 'Gold Crisp Pearls' and 'Gold Glimmer Crunch' to the centre of the cake).
S C R U M P T I O U S ! ! !

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Waxwing at Wiveton.
Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Short-eared Owls x 7 at Snettisham RSPB.
Black Brant, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT.
Lesser Snow Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 2,000 in field west of Choseley Road, SW of Brancaster.
Black Redstart at Hunstanton.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Bewick's Swans x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Salthouse.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at North Uist, Balranald RSPB, Western Isles.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Pomarine Skua, Red-necked Grebe at Great Yarmouth.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Snow Buntings x 7 at Salthouse.
Black Brant, Great Northern Divers x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Eurasian White-fronted Goose, Bewick's Swans x 6 at Cley.
Lesser Snow Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 1,000, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 south of Choseley Drying Barns.
Pomarine Skuas x 2, Great Skuas x 2, Slavonian Grebe at Weybourne.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Slavonian Grebe at Holkham.
Little Auk at Caister-on-Sea.
Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Lapland Bunting, Twite x 14, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at North Uist, Balranald RSPB, Western Isles.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 26th November to 2nd December!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2014-48.aspx?s_id=961483540

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Lesser Snow Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 5,000 at Burnham Thorpe.
Barnacle Geese x 12, Pink-footed Geese x 6,000 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Pomarine Skuas x 12, Little Auks x 3, Great Skuas x 16, Sandwich Terns x 2, Little Gulls x 7, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver at Cley NWT.
Lapland Buntings x 7, Snow Buntings x 7 at Salthouse.
Pomarine Skuas x 5, Great Skua, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Breydon Water.
Pomarine Skuas x 2, Little Auk, Arctic Skua at Holme NOA.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harrier at Roydon Common.
Short-eared Owls x 8 at Berney Marshes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Monday, 1 December 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Whooper Swan flew over Nunnery Lakes NNR, Thetford.
Pomarine Skuas x 3, Snow Buntings x 12 at Cley NWT.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens.
Twite x 40, Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Welney WWT.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Salthouse.
Snow Buntings x 8 north of Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth.
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common.
Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 4, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Pink-footed Geese x 4,000 at Mundesley.
Snow Buntings x 42 at Holme Dunes NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Breydon Water.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN at Nimmo's Pier, County Galway, Ireland.

Life After Stroke at 34

An incredibly moving and well written story.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/22/it-felt-as-if-i-had-become-fear-itself-life-after-a-stroke-at-34

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Titchwell RSPB!

After doing some shopping for my parents I went to Titchwell RSPB. Found a Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and a Wren by The Fen Hide, but no sign of the recent Firecrest.

Loads of Golden Plover and Lapwings along with Teal, Shovelers, Shelducks, Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits, Little Egrets, Gulls etc. A nice count of 6 Little Grebes near the end of the main path with 1 Greenshank and a couple of Curlews.

On the sea, a Red-necked Grebe, 3 Guillemots east, 5 Common Scoters west – a Grey Plover on the beach, with Redshanks, Sanderlings, Turnstones. Loads of Oystercatchers and Gulls east, towards Brancaster.

A very tame Black-headed Gull sat begging for food on the beach next to me and a couple of other birders! Sadly I had no food to give though. I walked out to the sea and suddenly I noticed the same gull had followed me out there! There it was, only a yard away looking up at me with a sad and hopeful look in its eyes. I carried on sea-watching and every time I looked round, the gull looked up at me – took some pictures with the iphone! Raining and cold whilst I was birding.

Spent the evening with my parents and Vivien, discussing Christmas, big birthdays, jobs, life and all kinds of stuff! Mother is most intrigued by lots of Honey Bees that are around the roof of her house – she can't work out what they are feeding on and has never seen Honey Bees this late in the year before!

Chatted to Andy W. when I got home, who had returned from Holland with Justin and Chris L., having bagged African Desert Warbler for their netfugl lists! and also saw a White-crowned Black Wheatear and a Long-legged Buzzard! Slightly more interesting than my weekend!

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Pomarine Skuas x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Divers x 2, Twite x 20 at Cley NWT.
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common.
Velvet Scoters x 3, Snow Buntings x 6 at Caister-on-Sea.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Water Pipit, Velvet Scoters x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynfor Aboretum.
Black Redstart at Blakeney Point.
Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Burgh Castle.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island.
Scaup, Jack Snipe at Hopton-on-Sea.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Pomarine Skua at Cromer.
Snow Buntings x 8 at Horsey.
Ring Ouzel, Hen Harrier at Winterton.
Pomarine Skua, Little Gulls x 40, Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 2 at Holme NOA.
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 3 at Waveney Forest.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Hen Harrier at Halvergate Marshes.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT at Lough Gill, County Kerry, Ireland.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Little Auks x 2, Bewick's Swan, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Divers x 2, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier, Swallow, Firecrest, Snow Buntings x 5 at Titchwell RSPB.
Little Auks x 2, Slavonian Grebe, Puffin, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Cley NWT.
Black-throated Diver, Black Brant, Twite x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Great White Egret at Glandford.
Short-eared Owls x 8, Hen Harrier at Breydon Water.
Great Grey Shrike at Grimes Graves.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Docking.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 54 at Somerton Holmes.
Little Auk at Sheringham.
Smew at Filby Broad.
Bewick's Swans x 3 at Happisburgh.
Hen Harrier at Waveney Forest.
BLACK-WINGED STILT esc., FERRUGINOUS DUCK Probable at Welney WWT.
Snow Buntings x 12, Bittern, Hen Harrier, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Bewick's Swans x 12 at Ongar Hill.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Halvergate Marshes.
Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harriers x 4 at Roydon Common.
Lapland Bunting, Black Redstart at Hunstanton Cliffs.
Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 7 at Holkham.
Twite x 60 at Thornham.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Holme.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Brancaster Staithe.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Aviary or Mega?!!!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=751177008265475&set=gm.756793517735064&type=1&theater

Better photographs of this bird have now appeared and it seems to be a Leucistic House Sparrow – would be nice to see though!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Caraline's Leaving Bash & The Weekend!

Caraline's leaving party tonight, so out on the town! Caraline has been working in our team for eight years and is a very popular and lovely person – she is going to be greatly missed by all of us. Her last week at work next week.

We all had a really lovely evening at Pizza Express. I was really surprised by the quality of the food – Pizza Express has certainly improved massively since I last went there. I had 'Dough Balls Formaggi' (dough balls rolled and baked with Gran Moravia cheese, served with garlic butter) to start, 'Leggera Superfood Salad' (Baby spinach and seasonal mixed leaves, roasted butternut squash, beetroot, light baby mozzarella, avocado, pine kernels, cucumber, lentils and fresh basil finished with balsamic syrup) and for dessert, my favourite, 'Tiramisu'. The food was excellent, couldn't fault it at all. Lovely setting, good service, although a little slow. But a few problems when the bill arrived as some of us paid by card, some by cash, some had the meal deal and some didn't!!! The bill came to quite a bit more than we had added it up – don't know how, but it did.

We all then went to 'The Globe' which was full of people far younger than me and found a table to sit at towards the back of the pub. We stayed in here for about an hour and then had a little dance on the way out! Gave a few people lifts home (I wasn't drinking obviously).

However, I will be having a drink or too and dancing the night away at our forthcoming Christmas Party – can't wait!

Weather
Saturday: SE Winds all day. A cloudy or misty start, but dry and bright though the day, with some sunny spells, particularly in the south of the region. Light winds. Cool overnight, with fog forming.

Sunday: W, NW and then N all day. Cloudy but dry, with fog perhaps slow to clear in place.

High Tides – Wells Bar
Saturday: 11.14am.  Sunday: 12.35pm

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Common Cranes x 15 at Acle.
Hen Harrier (yesterday) at Haddiscoe.
Black-throated Divers x 2, Great Skuas x 3, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 50 at Horsey.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 5, Hen Harrier, Snow Buntings x 5 at Breydon Water.
Water Pipits x 3, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Velvet Scoters x 3, Snow Buntings x 20 at Titchwell RSPB.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, White-fronted Goose, Snow Bunting, Black Redstart at Cley NWT.
Great Grey Shrike at Roydon Common.
Yellow-legged Gull at Cromer.
Snow Buntings x 38 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth.
Lapland Buntings x 2, Snow Buntings x 4, Black-throated Diver, Great Skuas x 2 at Salthouse.
Black Redstart, Snow Buntings x 4 at Caister-on-Sea.
Great Grey Shrike at Grimes Graves.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Welney WWT.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN Nimmo's Pier, County Galway, Ireland.

Parrots Find Home in Venezuelan Capital

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30220699

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Colour-ringed Twite in the Pennines!

Jamie Dunning contacted me recently to ask for my help with the following:

"We study Twite on their breeding territory in the north west of England, and this summer we have colour ringed a good number of birds in order to track where they move to in winter. Previous studies have found most move to the east coast although the evidence is minimal.
 

We see that there have been some large flocks on the North Norfolk coast and we wondered wether you would help us out in the way of a kind of press release?
 

We are worried that the flocks on twite on the North Norfolk coast are not being checked for rings and we get how difficult it can be. 

We would really appreciate the help from the south east to conserve the iconic bird life of the north west!
"

Jamie also highlights in a second email:

"It may interest you to know that one of the Colour ringed birds that has been reported 6 times independently from Thornham harbour has apparently became known to locals as Yorkie. He is a juvenile hatched this year on the Pennines around Rishworth and is fitted with a Yellow ring over the metal and then a Yellow and a White ring on the other leg. seems to be a good model for anyone wishing to photograph Twite if the photo’s I’m being sent are anything to go by."


Colour-ringed Twite in the Pennines!
In conjunction with the RSPB, from Autumn 2014, we have been colour-ringing Twite Linaria flavirostris in the Pennine region of West Yorks. This study has several aims: first, to investigate the changing wintering areas of birds which gather in the area in autumn; secondly to determine whether they remain to breed in the area in summer and thirdly as a means of studying feeding behaviour and range of nesting birds. We will also be assisting with productivity surveys of Twite breeding in the Pennines during the spring and summer to assess population trends over time.

All birds have been ringed with a metal BTO ring on the left leg with a single colour-ring above the metal ring and two colour rings on the right leg. The colours used have been: black (N), white (W), yellow (Y), orange (O), red (R), dark green (G), blue (B) and pale/pastel blue (P).

So far in 2014, c.150 birds have been individually colour-ringed of which 67% were juveniles (Nov, 2014), indicative of a successful breeding season. This included a bird ringed as a nestling in 2009 as part of a previous study, at 5 years 3 months it wasn’t far from beating the longevity record at that time although, it has since pushed to over 6 years! (T Mainwood). While some birds have been re-sighted at locations up to 15km away, one has already been reported from the Lincolnshire another in Flintshire, two in Norfolk and two more in Suffolk (the latter just a week after ringing). We have also noted, as those before us had also found that this population will rove widely for food, 2 birds caught early one morning were re-sighted near Huddersfield that afternoon.

We would be grateful to receive any sightings of these birds, either in the area of ringing or elsewhere. Sightings, including location, date, full colour-ring combinations, and numbers of birds in the flock, should be sent to Jamie Dunning at: jamiedunning8@gmail.com. All sightings will be acknowledged and the finder provided with the original ringing details.

Acknowledgements
Special thanks to those who have run similar projects before us, including David Sowter and Sean Gray and Linda Williams who were kind enough to offer information on previous Pennine Twite work; the Grampian RG for kindly lending us one of their whoosh nets; the people who have tirelessly baited feeding stations, especially Tim Walker and David Sill. Also to the ringers who have offered their time to lend a hand where was needed, Mick Pearson and Gillian Dinsmore; The RSPB Twite Recovery Project, Nick Wilkinson, who co-prepared the CR application, provided our first batch of rings and advised throughout, Tim Melling, Roy Taylor, Jenny Oldroyde, Dave O’Hara, Mike Denton, Kelvin Jones, Alan Draper and Henry McGhie for their useful comments. Then C Atkin, S Whayman, N Lound, A Brown, B Perkins, P Drewy, D Horsey, R S J Smith, S Blain and K Jones for reporting CR birds.  Additionally to the above, thanks to the Cley bird club, Lincs bird club, East lancs ornithological society, Calderdale bird club, Bird guides and The BTO for their help in promoting the project.

Jamie Dunning & Steve Christmas

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Black Redstart at The Firs, Holme NWT.
Lapland Bunting, Water Pipits x 4, Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Blakeney Freshes.
Common Cranes x 2 at Attleborough.
Great Grey Shrike at Grimes Graves.
Snow Buntings x 45 at Holkham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Snow Buntings x 4, Twite x 2 at Thornham Point.
Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebes x 4, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Pomarine Skuas x 5, Great Skua, Common Cranes x 2, White Stork (probable) at Horsey.
Black Brant, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Acle.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 at Breydon Water.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 3 at Haddiscoe Island, viewable from Waveney Forest.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! ISABELLINE WHEATEAR SE of Hartlepool near Seaton Carew, Cleveland.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Barnacle Geese x 2, Pink-footed Geese 2,850 at North Creake.
Waxwing at Stanhoe.
Twite x 40 at Thornham Harbour.
Snow Buntings x 27 at Thornham Point.
Snow Buntings x 24 at Holme.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Cley.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens.
Short-eared Owls x 5 at Breydon Water.
Water Pipit, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Hen Harrier, Firecrest, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Long-tailed Ducks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB.
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! ISABELLINE WHEATEAR SE of Hartlepool near Seaton Carew, Cleveland.

RBA Weekly Round-up 19th to 25th November!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2014-47.aspx?s_id=752347617