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Friday, 12 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hawfinches x 3 at Lynford Aboretum.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Twite x 7, Water Pipits x 2, Whimbrel at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Black Brant at Blakeney Harbour.
Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Burgh Castle.
Siberian Chiffchaff yesterday, east of Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich.
Bittern on Great Broad at Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on north end of lake at Holkham Park.Common Cranes x 2, Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton.
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Glaucous Gull juv. over seafront pier in town and at Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Cattle Egret just north of River Waveney in cattle field by track, south of Eastend Farm, 1 mile south of Burgh St Peter.
Caspian Gulls x 5, Yellow-legged Gulls x 2 at Aldeby Landfill, south of  Burgh St Peter.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Iceland Gulls x 2, Caspian Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 4, south of A47 + north of riding school, between East Winch and Middleton.
Snow Buntings x 3, Pomarine Skua near Happisburgh Lighthouse.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Snettisham RSPB.
Caspian Gull at Cromer.
Hen Harriers x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 5pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Snow Buntings x 22, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, east of north end of East Bank at Cley NWT.
Siberian Chiffchaff at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
BLACK KITE possible, unconfirmed report at 3.15pm, flew west over Little Walsingham.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still at Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion at Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Einstein's Gravitational Waves 'seen' From Black Holes!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35524440

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
LESSER YELLOWLEGS still at west end on saltings opposite Burgh Castle, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water.
Bewick's Swans x 70 flew east over Riverside, Norwich.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Jack Snipes x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh, Whimbrel flew over Blakeney.
Snow Buntings x 40 at North Beach, Winterton.
Water Pipits x 3 from Babcock Hide, Cley NWT.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 still on north end of lake, RAVENS x 2 over entrance gates at Holkham Park.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 between Docking and Brancaster.
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 4.36pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Cattle Egret 1 mile south of Burgh St Peter.
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gulls x 3 in field near Aldeby Landfill.
Lapland Buntings x 3, Hen Harrier, Velvet Scoters x 10 at Holme.
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum.
Water Pipits x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Long-tailed Duck at Titchwell RSPB.
Great White Egret at Pentney Gravel Pits.
Hen Harrier at Morston.
Siberian Chiffchaff, Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Lapland Buntings x 2 in ridge stubble fields, along minor road east of Ringstead.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still at Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion at Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

NORFOLK WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION!

http://www.norfolkbirdfair.com/home/photography-competition/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Great White Egret, Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 105 at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Red-crested Pochard on west side of lake at Holkham Park.
Bewick's Swans x 9 flew over Winterton.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Lapland Buntings x 2, Twite x 8, Whimbrel at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Common Cranes x 2 at Acle.
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Welney WWT.
Black Guillemot flew east at 8.49am, Great Skua at Sheringham.
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 110 at Berney Marshes RSPB.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harriers x 4, late afternoon at Roydon Common NNR.
Short-eared Owl at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT.
Common Cranes x 2 at Somerton Holmes.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Happy Birthday To Lucy!

I spent the evening with Lucy and we had a picnic in her room! Cream cakes, cheese scones, pringles etc! Lucy loved it – a lovely sister evening! Besides her presents I bought her a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately she has had toothache all day from a tooth extraction she had a few days ago, so not one of her best birthdays.

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

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2016-06.aspx?s_id=341892752

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hen Harrier, Bewick's Swans x 12 at Horsey Corner.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Jack Snipe at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 still midway along lake at Holkham Park.
Great White Egret, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 65 at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Lapland Buntings x 3, Twite x 7, Hen Harriers x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
SPERM WHALE late morning at Mundesley.
Snow Buntings x 30 on shingle east of north end of the East Bank at Cley NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Water Pipits x 2, Velvet Scoters x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 4.10-5pm, Hen Harriers x 5, Roydon Common NNR.
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens.
Bewick's Swans x 65, Whooper Swans x 45 at Ludham Airfield.
Snow Buntings x 15 at North Beach, Winterton.
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Weybourne Camp.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Mother's Birthday!

Big thanks to my work colleagues for pointing out it was Pancake day – I had no idea! I don't bother making pancakes normally, but being as it was Mother's birthday I decided to make some. I couldn't remember the last time I had made any and had to search for a recipe. Found this one in "The Classic 1000 Vegetarian Recipes" by Carolyn Humphries. I doubled the recipe and this made four big pancakes!

Basic Pancake Mix
100g flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 pint of milk
1 egg, beaten
15ml butter, melted
Oil, for shallow-frying

Whisk the flour, salt, milk and egg to a smooth batter. Whisk in the melted butter. Heat a little oil in frying pan. Pour in just enough mixture to cover the bottom of the pan and cook until just brown underneath. Toss or turn over and cook the other side. Sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar.

I picked up Lucy after work and we spent the evening with our parents to celebrate Mother's birthday. I had bought a birthday card for Father to sign and I was shocked that he could still sign his name and he even managed to add to some kisses – how lovely!

After Mother had opened her presents, I made the pancakes. I was so pleased I made the effort and the pancakes turned out fantastic. They were scrumptious, even though I say so myself! Mother and Lucy loved them and even Father had a few mouthfuls!

The evening went unusually smoothly in the Clarke household..... until...... I could hear this loud scratching sound of what was obviously a rat in the cavity wall – Mother went beserk and commenced her ritual of spraying Impulse Musk scent at the bottom of the skirting board. 'They hate it' she said. They can't hate it that much, as they keep coming back! The large pond opposite Mother's house, combined with her daily feeding of birds doesn't help the rat situation at all.

I helped Father get ready for bed and gave him a shave. He said he was aching all over and it was job to get him to stand on the sturn, but we got there in the end. Lucy and I left about 9.30pm. Lucy's birthday tomorrow!

Prevent The Training of Eagles To Catch Drones!

I can't believe I am even reading this!!! Please sign this petition, thank you.

https://www.change.org/p/metropolitan-police-bernard-hogan-howe-prevent-the-training-of-eagles-to-catch-drones?recruiter=32876088&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

I am dead against these drones. What a waste of money and so dangerous in so many ways – what if one defaults and comes crashing down for a start. Before we know it,  terrorists will be attaching bombs to them – can you imagine the carnage!!! This world is out of control!!!

RIVER OF BIRDS IN THE SKY for Champions of the Flyway

Monday, 8 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Lapland Buntings x 3, Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 still on north end of lake at Holkham Park.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 140 at Holkham.
Shag at Wells Quay.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Rough-legged Buzzard south of Choseley Drying Barns.
Snow Buntings x 20 at North Beach, Winterton.
Shorelarks x 3 at Thornham Point.
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 4.17pm, Hen Harriers x 5, Roydon Common NNR.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pallid Harrier at Roydon Common NWT!

Spent far too much of my weekend finding and buying presents for my Mother and Lucy, who's birthdays are next week. I treated the car to a valet and had it checked over at the Skoda garage on Saturday – saw my old car for sale on the forecourt! I spent a long time in the mobility shop in King's Lynn, deciding which reclining chair would be the best one for father – staff will bring two or three chairs out this month to trial which one is best. Father's current chair is rubbish and is affecting a pressure sore he has on his hip.

Several Turnstones, 1 Redshank, Mallards, Herring and Black-headed Gulls at the Docks in King's Lynn, but no sign of the Iceland Gull or Peregrines today.

I was really surprised at how many birders were at Roydon Common this afternoon. I bumped into Eddie M. and Simon a bit later on who had counted 75 people!!! Good, but distant views of the Pallid Harrier along with two Hen Harriers. I also had two Woodcocks fly over my head, as I walked back to the car. Very, very cold and windy.

Visted my parents for the rest of the evening. Father looked fatigued and very fed-up. I helped him with his tea – one of Vivien's cheese scones, along with a banana and a cup of coffee. Mother looked worn out.

Very strong winds as I drove home, I could feel the car being pushed sideways a couple of times!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Shorelarks x 3, Snow Buntings x 21, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 south of Choseley Drying Barns.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 still on north end of lake at Holkham Park.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marshes.
Lapland Buntings x 3, Twite x 6 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Great Northern Diver at Blakeney Harbour.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 4.09pm, Hen Harriers x 4, Roydon Common NNR.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Great White Egret, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 113 at Holkham.
Hen Harrier at Lynn Point.
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey.
Snow Bunting on beach at Winterton.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion at Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 south of Choseley Drying Barns.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 still on north end of lake at Holkham Park.
Great White Egret at Holkham.
Glaucous Gull north of Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Scaup fem at Barton Broad.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Barton Broad.
Hen Harrier at Waxham.
Iceland Gull juv on mud at docks, King's Lynn.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. 3.45pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Ongar Hill on saltmarsh near Admiralty Point.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier at Waveney Forest.
Caspian Gull at Overstrand.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance , between Marazion and Perranuthnoe at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Friday, 5 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Water Pipit, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB.
Bewick's Swans x 4 in fields near Horsey Corner.
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Horsey.
Bewick's Swans x 58 flew east over North Dunes, Winterton.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on lake at Holkham Park.
Firecrest in gardens on Mill Road, Dilham.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Lapland Bunting, Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harriers x 4, 4.15pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Great White Egret, Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkham.
Hen Harrier at Waveney Forest.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Bewick's Swans x 100, Whooper Swans x 20 at Ludham Airfield.
Great Northern Diver at Barton Broad.
Common Cranes x 2 flew east over Norwich.
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour.
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Blackborough End Tip.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance , just SE of Perranuthnoe at Perran Sands, Cornwall.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Update On The Destruction Of My 'Patch'!

http://pennyshotbirdingandlife.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/standing-up-for-nature.html

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 at north of lake at Holkham Park.
SPERM WHALE stranded and then died on beach at Old Hunstanton.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham.
Shorelarks x 3, Snow Buntings x 25 on beach at Gun Hill, Slavonian Grebe in channel at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Shag at Wells Quay.
Great White Egret at Holkham.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Glaucous Gull at Beaconsfield Recreational Ground, Great Yarmouth.
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Hawfinches x 3 at Lynford Aboretum.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harriers x 5 at 4.08pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Caspian Gull at Blackborough End Tip.
Spoonbill, Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere Pier, County Cork, Ireland.
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance at west end at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Another Sperm Whale Dies at Hunstanton!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/sperm_whale_stranded_at_old_hunstanton_dies_1_4404989

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sunset, River Great Ouse, South Quay, King's Lynn!

Sunset across River Great Ouse, South Quay, King's Lynn


Sunset after work this evening. Standing on South Quay, looking across to West Lynn and Palm Paper. Big flocks of Lapwings and Gulls flying across to roosting sites and a Grey Heron flew over. I could hear a Blackbird singing from the other side of the river! Spring is on the way!

Standing Up For Nature!

The view from our office window is beautiful – a mature woodland including corsican pines, birch, oak, holly, bracken, rhododendron, broom, bramble etc. There is a deep and healthy dyke running along the length of it at the far side and open fields are beyond the wood. The wood is not owned by the hospital – I don't know who it belongs to, but the hospital does own approximately a couple of yards into this wood, next to our road that runs around the hospital – this includes the most mature pine trees on the outer edge.

There has always been a good selection of birds here. Resident/regular birds include: treecreepers, nuthatch, siskins, great spotted and green woodpeckers, robins, redpolls, jays, goldcrests, long-tailed tits, coal, great, blue, and even rarer marsh tits, blackbirds, song thrushes, mistle thrushes - the list goes on. Spring migration brings Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Goldcrests and Cuckoos etc. Also tawny owl and protected species: Adders and Grass Snakes hibernate and breed in here. Birds nest in here too, including a Great Spotted Woodpecker in a large dead tree. I watch all of this most days from my car, as do other members of staff in our busy car parking areas.

A short while ago (maybe a couple of weeks) I was very alarmed to see tractors and machinery chopping down trees in the middle and clearing vegetation. Over the next few days they continued to clear more. I had to do something, before the whole lot went! I know the land is privately owned and I'm sure the owner can do exactly as he/she likes and I'm sure there is nothing anyone can do about it, but I wasn't sure of the law, so decided to seek advice to find out what was going on.

I rang the East of England Forestry Commission for advice and I was told that the owner is:
"opening up a glade within the wood, which will be put down to grass, but the rest of the wood will just be thinned. The wood is covered by a Woodland Tree Preservation Order which is put in place by the Planning Dept generally when they think that a wood is of high amenity value, it is basically the best protection that can be afforded to a woodland as any felling work has to be okayed by the local council......"

I emailed back to point out all the wildlife etc that has been lost in this wood etc and that goodness knows how many snakes, hedgehogs etc were killed off as the machines were taking all the tree roots etc out! I listed all the species I have seen in the wood and highlighted the grass snakes and adders which are a protected species. The woodpecker tree had been felled – very sad. The 'glade' is a massive area that they have felled. The wood is not huge - the area felled is probably more than half of the size of the entire wood! It's much more than a 'glade'! Its completely heartbreaking. When the Forestry Commission gentleman I was speaking to told me that the cleared area was going to be grassed, I was completely mystified! Why go to all this bother of stripping out all of this wonderful wood to replace it with green turf? I couldn't see the point? It must have cost a lot of money to get those contractors in and they are still there today – clearing and flattening this massive area of ground.

The Forestry Commission gentleman told me that the Tree Officer at the council was also involved, so I phoned him also and found out more! Apparently there is going to be sheep grazing on the grassed area. This is even more strange. Why would someone clear a wood, to lay grass, to graze sheep yards from the hospital grounds and extremely close to the very fast A149? All sounds rather strange to me! Also, locals walk their dogs through here (most off leads), so I am guessing there is a public right of way through here? If there is, then I don't think sheep and dogs are going to mix do you?!!! It doesn't add up at all.

Yesterday, I sat having my lunch in the car and for the first time in many many years I didn't see a single bird. I always see a minimum of Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Blackbird in here every day in my lunch time. All the cover for the birds has gone, bare, stripped and all for some bloody grass, makes me so angry. My 'patch' has been destroyed!

When I finished work last night I took some pictures and this video (below) of the wood. The video is 8.5 minutes long and its a bit shakey as I walk through – the light was also fading fast. There was far more cleared than I had thought – it saddened me immensely. I will be keeping a close eye over the coming days and weeks! Maybe I have got it all wrong – maybe a wonderful pond will be dug out and improved planting with bird hides, feeders and a nature trail....... dream on Penelope! I will keep you all posted.
The Wood next to the QEH Hospital – 2nd February


UPDATE
I have been given some very very useful information and advice from a very kind blog reader. This information was sent via my blog. When someone comments on my blog, I can choose whether to publish the comment or delete it – I don't have that persons email, so can only continue conversation with them publicly via my blog. I don't want to divulge that persons name, so could not publish it, but I have copied the comment, minus the person's name and also a few words which might give away my blog readers ID:

"...........I bet that what is happening is something like this. Landowner wants to develop the land, possibly in collaboration with the hospital (NHS managers are notoriously ruthless I'm afraid when it comes to converting environmental assetts into healthcare cash) but the TPOs are blocking this. So they concoct a scheme to "improve" the woodland typically through "thinning". The forestry commission and local council will love this as they hate scruffy " wasteland", verges, hedgerows etc and if the plan involves some vague reference to improved amenity value and biodiversity (that'll be the sheep) this will go through the necessary approvals like a shot. They then "improve" ie decimate the wood and in only a few years will be able to quite accurately claim that it has diminished in environmental value to the point where the TPO can be revoked and is of unusable as amenity land because the dogs are terrorising the sheep. QED. The only real hope you have of stopping this (assuming my jaundiced assessment is correct) is local concerted community action, publicity and councillor logging - they do not like being bearded in their own dens or the papers but social media may well be your best bet. Find out who the landowner is and check the planning history to see if this has been submitted for development before and then you have your smoking gun. I hope I'm wrong but frankly the odds are with me.........."

A big thank you to the person who sent the above comment. Now – after reading above, let me surmise........ the hospital is VERY short of car parking spaces and this has been an ongoing problem. I wonder if the land owner will be renting/selling the land to the hospital for car parking further down the line?!!!!! Like I said earlier, sheep and skipping lambs grazing on grass doesn't wash with me – no pennies to be made from that is there?!!!

I have contacted a very important person this evening, who will hopefully be able to help me further – can't say any more than that yet. Will update you when I am able to over the next few days.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Common Cranes x 6 flew over Honingham.
Rough-legged Buzzard at East Somerton.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 2 at north of lake at Holkham Park.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Slavonian Grebe in channel between Gun Hill and Scolt Head Island.
Glaucous Gull just east of Wellesley Road at the football ground, Great Yarmouth.
Lapland Bunting, Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach near Gun Hill, Snow Buntings x 20, Red-necked Grebe in channel near harbour, Bittern flew over reedbed east of footpath at Burnham Overy
Snow Buntings x 10 at main beach entrance at Holkham.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER possible, in Eye Field early afternoon at Cley NWT.
Red-necked Grebe still in main channel at Brancaster Staithe.
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour.
Shag at Wells Quay.
Hen Harrier at Morston Quay.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., 2.50pm at Flitcham Abbey Farm.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harriers x 4 at 5pm at Roydon Common NNR.
Snow Buntings x 30, Short-eared Owl at North Beach, Winterton.
Firecrest at Whitlingham Country Park.
Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 2,500 at Stiffkey Fen.
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 27th January to 2nd February!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-05.aspx?s_id=132808593

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 3 at north of lake at Holkham Park.
Glaucous Gull, Great Skua, Snow Buntings x 50 at North Beach, Winterton.
Great Northern Diver at Trimingham.
Shag at Wells Quay.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marshes.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 3.25pm & on a post at 4.35pm, Roydon Common NNR.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
Iceland Gull at Welney WWT.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE HIGHLIGHTS
AMERICAN HERRING GULL Juv.  2 miles WNW of Whittlesey at King's Dyke on skip at McCain Factory.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN east of Newtownlynch Quay at Goat Island, County Galway, Ireland.

Monday, 1 February 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
Great Northern Divers x 2 Blakeney Harbour off Far Point, viewed from Stiffkey Fen.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Scaup x 3 on lake at Holkham Park.
Great White Egret at Holkham.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Great White Egret at Nar Valley Fisheries.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Snow Buntings x 20 on beach east of Arnold's Marsh at Cley NWT.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
PALLID HARRIER Juv., Hen Harriers x 5 at 4pm, Roydon Common NNR.
Snow Buntings x 40. Great Skua at North Beach, Winterton.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lucy's Concert!

 Norfolk Symphony Orchestra
 Corn Exchange, King's Lynn


I have a wasted alot of time this weekend and haven't really achieved anything much. Family issues on Saturday and Father now refusing to take any more of his tablets, so the clock will be ticking now.

The best thing that happened this weekend was watching Lucy in concert – playing 2nd violin with The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn. Vivien and I were both there to support her and obviously to enjoy the concert. It was so lovely to watch Lucy play her violin – the love of her life.

You are not supposed to take any pictures in the theatre, but I was a rebel and took a couple of pictures at the end – I wouldn't have done this during the concert as this would have been inappropriate and rude. I was thinking about taking a third picture when a lady usher on our far right hand side looked at me with a very disapproving glare – she started to walk towards us and then stopped when I didn't take the third picture! I whispered to Vivien that we needed to exit to our left!

Lucy looked so happy when she joined us in the foyer at the end of the performance and said she enjoyed it more than the last concert in November. I think she has settled into it now – her nerves were awful at the last concert, as it was the first time she had played in public for over ten years! I'm so pleased for her and overjoyed she has joined the NSO again. I take her to rehearsals every week – however I have forewarned her that when the evenings get lighter and a rare bird turns up she will have to get a taxi! Looking forward to the next concert!
Orchestra and Actors take a bow at the end of their performance
Lucy is shorter than me! There is a lady violinist to the left of and behind the conductor
– you can just see Lucy's head to the left of that violinist!

Lucy and I just after her concert!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Firecrest 1/2 mile east of Lady Ann's Drive at Holkham.
Hawfinches x 2 in trees by River Tiffey Bridge at Carleton Forehoe.
Twite x 3 with Linnets x 400+ in field by road to Choseley, south of Thornham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Hen Harrier east of Choseley Drying Barns.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Lapland Buntings x 10, Twite x 6 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Siberian Chiffchaff, Water Pipit at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Shorelarks x 3, Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.
Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster Staithe.
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. at 4pm, Hen Harriers x 4 at Roydon Common NNR.
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
Snow Buntings x 40 at North Beach, Winterton.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Common Cranes x 6 by Weaver's Way, Billockby.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere Pier, County Cork, Ireland.
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance at Perran Sands at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Such Sad News!

I was so shocked when I woke up to the news that Sir Terry Wogan had died! I had no idea he was ill, which is why it was such a shock – such sad news. A national treasure, someone that most of us have spent our lives with in a funny kind of way. His wit and sense of humour was brilliant and this along with his kindness and earthiness, was the reason the nation adored him. I loved listening to him on "Wake up to Wogan" on BBC Radio 2 – as many have said today, you felt like he was connecting with you alone, as you stirred from your sleep. He connected with everyone – a rare and unique man.
             Rest in Peace Sir Terry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35453541

Saturday, 30 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harriers x 2 at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. between 4pm-4.45pm, Hen Harriers x 5 at Roydon Common NNR.
Shorelarks x 3, Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour.
Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Spotted Redshank at Burgh Castle.
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island.
RAVEN flew west over Ashwicken.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.
Glaucous Gull at Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Snow Buntings x 45 at North Beach, Winterton.
Scaup x 2 at Lake, Holkham Park.
Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water.
Lapland Buntings x 5 on Freshmarsh, Yellow-legged Gull in harbour at Blakeney.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Hen Harriers x 6 at Warham Greens.
Water Pipit at Cantley Beet Factory.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.

Cambridge Highlights
FRANKLIN'S GULL Ad. at Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere Pier, County Cork, Ireland.

MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance at Perran Sands at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Friday, 29 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Velvet Scoter, Water Pipt at Titchwell RSPB.
Green-winged Teal, Teal x 1000 at Ranworth Broad.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier at Choseley Drying Barns.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marshes.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Sandwich Tern flew west past at 9.20am, Overstrand.
Glaucous Gull at Beaconsfield Recreational Park and Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Common Cranes x 5 flew over Stubb Mill at Hickling Broad NWT.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Snow Buntings x 25 at east end of north end of East Bank at Cley NWT.
Snow Buntings x 45, Short-eared Owl, Great Skuas x 2 at North Beach, Winterton.
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Sandringham.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere Harbour, County Cork, Ireland.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Firecrest near Salts Hole Pool, Barnacle Geese x 3 from Washington Hide, Snow Buntings x 23 at the Gap, Scaup drake and fem (possible) at The Lake – Holkham.
Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Snow Buntings x 20 on beach north of car park at Winterton.
Black Redstart at The Esplanade, Sheringham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Red-necked Grebe, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB.
Lesser-spotted Woodpecker at west end of Sandringham Park.
Shorelarks x 3, 500 yards east of Visitor Centre at Holme Dunes.
Long-tailed Ducks x 6 offshore at Holme NOA.
Glaucous Gull on roof at Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Common Cranes x 5 at Horsey Mill.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB.
Serin again, on rough ground between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Bittern on wader scrape at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
Short-eared Owl at Waveney Forest.
Whooper Swans x 2 on lake at Wolterton.
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water.
Spoonbill at Burgh Castle Marina.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still at Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion at Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Caspian Gulls x 4, Yellow-legged Gulls x 3 south of A47, north of riding school, between East Winch & Middleton.
Sandwich Tern flew east  at 9.05am and on beach at 1.30pm at Overstrand.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marshes.
Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 2, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, RAVEN mid afternoon, Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour.
Hen Harrier at Choseley Drying Barns.
RAVEN flew south over Dersingham at 11am towards Anmer.
Water Pipits x 2 at Cley NWT.
Hen Harriers x 5, Spoonbills x 2 at Warham Greens.
Common Cranes x 14, Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost at Hickling Broad NWT.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! SNOWY OWL yesterday SSE of Galway between Kinvara and Ballinderreen in County Galway, Ireland.
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance just west of Perran Sands at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

RBA Weekly Round-Up 20th to 26th January!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2016-04.aspx?s_id=137430046

It's My Birthday!

Another year has gone by and here I'm aged 21 again! Now, I should be excited, but I'm not at an age to get excited about birthdays, plus I'm at work all day. I normally book the day off and go birding, but couldn't be bothered this year – but now I wish I had, oh well I'll have a birthday birding session at the weekend instead, maybe with a Cley VC cheese scone thrown in and a piece of ginger & pear cake from the Cley Deli! If any knights in shining armour would care to wine and dine me this evening, please let me know or Plan B will be fish 'n' chips at home alone..... more likely to be Plan B I think!
Flowers from my sister Lucy

Evening Update
Well – there was no knight in shining armour this evening and I didn't bother with fish 'n' chips either! I was so tired when I finished work and promptly fell asleep on the sofa when I got home. I had a really unhealthy tea of Waitrose miniature chocolate cup cakes, which Vivien bought me!!! I had some very kind presents from my family and an unexpected one from a very good friend and some lovely cards. Also received some amusing verse from J.F!

Thank you so much to everyone for so many lovely birthday wishes from friends and celebrities both on Facebook (81 messages so far!), email and via my blog – lucky me!!! Much appreciated. Sorry I can't reply to you all individually. I was at work, but had a lovely day with all my colleagues – birthday birding at the weekend! The evenings are slowly starting to get lighter, which can only mean one thing...... birding after work!!!

There will be no birthday picture from me – I've been at work all day and look my age today – obviously not 21!!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Golden Pheasant at Wolfterton.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, RAVENS x 2 flew east at 10.21am at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Rough-legged Buzzard east of Choseley Drying Barns.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS at NE end of Lumps & Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marshes.
Snow Buntings x 22 east of Holkham Gap.
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour.
Serin again, on rough ground between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Snow Buntings x 20 at beach car park at Winterton.
Snow Buntings x 30 yesterday on beach near to North Gap at Sea Palling.
Taiga Bean Goose (probable), Pink-footed Geese x 2,000, Tundra Bean Goose in field near Horsey Mill.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Walcott.
Black Redstart near Burlington Hotel, Sheringham.
Glaucous Gull juv. at Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Water Pipit, Red-crested Pochards x 12 at Titchwell RSPB.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance at Perran Sands at Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Fifth Sperm Whale Washes Up In Lincolnshire!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-35400884

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Serin reported mid-afternoon, yesterday again and this morning, on rough ground between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harriers x 2 at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Snow Buntings x 20 east of Holkham Gap.
Smew redhead on sea, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Water Pipits x 2, Twite at Titchwell RSPB.
Slavonian Grebe, Twite x 3 at Thornham Point.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS at NE end of west side of Lumps at Breydon Water.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Glaucous Gull juv. on roof opposite south end of Waterways at Great Yarmouth.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh.
Bewick's Swans x 130, Whooper Swans x 39 at Ludham Airfield.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Great Grey Shrike at Grime's Graves.
Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum.
Snow Buntings x 18, Short-eared Owl at North Beach, Winterton.
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion at Trenow Cove, Cornwall.
MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN east of Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland. 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Flitcham, Kelling, Sheringham, Weybourne, Salthouse & Holme!

I wasn't able to go birding on Saturday, which made if all the more frustrating today, when neither the Serin at Downham Market or the Grey Phalarope at Cley were showing! The weather was pretty dire today with light rain and dull skies, whereas yesterday had been a beautiful sunny day.

I headed east and stopped off to cruise around Flitcham for another look at the Pallid Harrier, but no joy there. However, I had lovely views of a big flock of finches, which included a good number of Bramblings. There were quite alot of people around, hoping for a glimpse of the harrier. The verges have become very churned up along the road towards the polytunnels and the road was extremely muddy. Please note that the track that runs up hill past the polytunnels (where I walked recently) is private – this was pointed out to me via a very nice email I had a few days ago, from the Manager of Abbey Farm.

Next stop was Kelling were I parked up to walk to the water meadows in search of the Grey Phalarope – I was hoping it may have relocated to the pool. As I got out of the car, John F. was driving past and then joined me to walk the water meadows. The track was the muddiest I have ever seen it and wasn't really suitable for walking boots – wellies would have been far more appropriate! An ivy clad tree had fallen across the track and another looked very precarious! Lots of Wigeon and Teal on the pool, a Shelduck, Egyptian Geese and a few Curlew were on the marsh. We walked as far as the second corner by the gate, when I spotted a diver on the flooded area west of the track – on closer inspection it turned out to be a Red-throated Diver! We managed to get some distant pictures – the chest of the bird was oiled, poor thing. It didn't stay very long and flew off west when a dog walker flushed it. Back at the car, John headed west and I went into the tea rooms at Kelling to buy a piece of coffee and walnut cake.

I headed east to Sheringham to look for the reported Black Redstart on the Esplanade. I walked towards the boating lake and spent ages trying to find this bird – found a Hedge Sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, House Sparrows and lots of Black-headed Gulls on the boating lake, but no sign of the Black Redstart. I walked behind the flats and around other roads peering into gardens and roofs, but found nothing. I gave up and headed east along the promenade to the 'Funky Mackerel Cafe' to look for Purple Sandpipers, but sadly there were far too many dogs, people, children etc – bounding and climbing over the rocks, so I only managed to see a few Turnstones and gulls.

On the way back, John kindly phoned me to say he was watching the Black Redstart! I speedily walked back and joined John by the Burlington Hotel, which is opposite the children's playground. The Black Redstart was high up on the roof! Cracking little bird, so pleased to have seen this. Only obtained rubbish photos though, as too far away and the light was poor. John left to go home. The Black Redstart spent most of its time on the roof of a house – a lady came out of the house and asked what I was watching – she was delighted to look through my binoculars for a closer look at the bird. I also had a lovely surprise, when a stunning Grey Wagtail landed on the tiled roof! A couple of birders who were just leaving Sheringham, joined me after seeing my pager message I had put out and were delighted at seeing both the Black Redstart and the Grey Wagtail! Just proves that putting out messages promptly, helps your fellow birders.

I stopped off at Weybourne and parked the car next to the waterworks in Beach Road and sat with the window open to watch the finches feeding by the gate. I only got to see a Blackbird and a couple of Chaffinches, when another car pulled up next to me and someone got out of the car, which flushed everything! I left and headed to Beach Road at Salthouse, where I sat and had a hot chocolate with my coffee & walnut cake, whilst watching the beautiful pink sunset. Pete S. phoned me to say he had seen a Hen Harrier west of Beach Road, Cley. A skein of Pink-footed Geese flew west overhead.

I cruised west and arrived at Holme early evening to join my parents, sister Vivien and her partner Ray. Vivien and Mother gave me birthday cards and presents for my birthday next week. Vivien has at last has got rid of her ancient, dodgy mobile phone and bought a new Samsung Galaxy phone, which means I can now text her pictures. I found this phone far more complex to use, compared with my iphone. Father was very quiet and looked sleepy. Vivien and I helped him to eat his tea. Before I headed home, I watched the last in the series of 'Walking the Himalayas' on Channel 4, which has been one of the most exciting documentaries I have watched for a long time.

PHOTOS TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Rough-legged Buzzard SSE of Choseley Drying Barns.
Long-tailed Duck off Gore Point at Holme.
Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl from Babcock Hide at Cley NWT.
Velvet Scoters x 2, Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Glaucous Gull juv. on football pitch, Glaucous Gull opposite Furzdedown Hotel at Great Yarmouth.
Mealy Redpoll at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Weybourne.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Rough-legged Buzzard at Mill Road, Brancaster.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS off south wall car park, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water.
Black-necked Grebe again at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Black Redstart at Esplanade, Sheringham.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Twite x 22 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Tundra Bean Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Horsey.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Waveney Forest.
Scaup at Holkham Park Lake, Snow Buntings x 22 east of Holkham Gap.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Short-eared Owl, Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Welney WWT.
Short-eared Owl at Hardley Staithe, Loddon.
Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT.

Lincolnshire Highlights:
SPERM WHALES x 3 dead on beach at Skegness.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance, just west of Perran Sands between Perranuthnoe and Boat Cove, Cornwall.

MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL still at Castletownbere Harbour, County Cork, Ireland. 

Three Dead Sperm Whales At Skegness!

Believed to be from the same pod as the one that died at Hunstanton on Friday evening. Very sad indeed that these magnificant creatures lives have been cut short.     

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/12118569/Three-dead-sperm-whales-wash-up-near-Skegness.html

Saturday, 23 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Serin still, on rough ground between Fairfield Road & railway (am only) at Downham Market.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still, Hen Harrier at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 south of Choseley Drying Barns.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh, Norwich.
Black-necked Grebe again at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
SPERM WHALE dead, 400 yds north of Salad Bowl Cafe at Hunstanton.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Water Pipit, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS again at NE end Breydon Water.
Tundra Bean Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 2 at Horsey.
Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Snow Buntings x 20 at North Beach, Winterton.
Smew on pool briefly at Kelling Quags.
Smew redhead on Pat's Pool, Grey Phalarope, Water Pipits x 3 from Babcock Hide, Snow Buntings x 25 east of north end of East Bank at Cley NWT.
Mealy Redpoll at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane at Weybourne.
Great White Egret, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 113 on Freshmarsh, Snow Buntings x 22 on beach west of Gap, Sandwich Tern late pm at Holkham.
Shorelarks x 3, Twite x 30, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour.
Glaucous Gull at Beaconsfield Road, Great Yarmouth.
Red-necked Grebe on Snipe's Marsh at Walsey Hills NOA.
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum.
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Waveney Forest.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Twite x 7, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Roydon Common.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Common Cranes x 4, Short-eared Owl, Marsh Harriers x 50 at Stubb Mill, Hickling Broad NWT.
Great Grey Shrike by railway at Santon Warren.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 miles east of Penzance, just west of Perran Sands between
Perranuthnoe and Boat Cove, Cornwall.

Friday, 22 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh, Norwich.
Serin still, on rough ground between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Bittern on Great Broad, north of island at Whitlingham Country Park, SE of Norwich.
Snow Buntings x 9 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth.
Grey Phalarope, Water Pipits x 2 from Babcock Hide, Caspian Gull Ad. on Pat's Pool at Cley NWT.
Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB.
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Rough-legged Buzzard SE of Choseley Drying Barns.
Black-necked Grebe again at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Hen Harriers x 6 at Warham Greens.
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Blackborough End.
SPERM WHALES x 3 on beach at Hunstanton.
SPERM WHALE on rocks below Salad Bowl Cafe.
Great White Egret at Holkham.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Tundra Bean Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Horsey.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still at Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion east of Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

Sperm Whale Stranded at Hunstanton!

Four Sperm Whales seen at Hunstanton today – very sadly one is still stranded on rocks and therefore won't survive – nature is cruel.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/whale_stranded_at_hunstanton_beach_1_4390630

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Evening at Holme!

When I finished work, I popped into town to buy some things for Mother and then returned home, changed and whizzed over to Holme to surprise my parents. All was calm in the Clarke household on my arrival and father was quiet from having his sleeping tablet last night. The large rat in the loft was far from quiet!!! Well, I presume it was a big fat rat, it sounded like the size of dog to me, clomping around in hob nail boots above the bathroom ceiling! This was stressing Mother out to the max and she was banging the ceiling in the bathroom with a broom handle to frighten it off, which did make me smile – as if that would make the slightest bit of difference!

I trimmed and manicured Father's nails and chatted to him for a while – I think I confused him a little as I don't normally visit in the evenings on week days, but felt I needed to go over to support them after the other night's ordeal. I unpacked the new bed rail out of its box and assembled it and Mother and I tested it out on the bed – seems to work quite well. Delivered some food items in addition to today's on-line shop and also the EDP and The Times – isn't it ridiculous that you can't order newspapers on-line – well actually I lie, you can with Tescos, but not with Sainsbury's who Mother orders her shopping with. Mother loves to read the papers, but can only have them when I deliver them. Gone are the days of having three shops in the village and delivery vans. I can remember a fish van, bread van, butcher and newspapers being delivered in Holme – or you could walk to the shop to get a newspaper. Now, you have to drive to Old Hunstanton shop, or Thornham Deli to buy a newspaper which is no good if you are elderly with no car!

Father said the sweetest thing to me just as I was leaving. He said "have you got anyone to go home to?" "No", I replied.... "I havn't" "Will I do?" he said!!! "Ahhhhhh.... how sweet, if only I could, but my house is not safe for you to live in and I have to go to work" I replied. "That would be nice" he said in a sad voice! I could have cried when he said that – if only I was in a position to care for him myself full time, I would.

I drove home via Ringstead in hope of seeing owls on route, but all I saw were stars! I don't know where the week has disappeared to – its Friday again tomorrow! Anyone of a certain age will remember "Its Friday. It's Five O-Clock and it's CRACKERJACK!" Goodnight.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Grey Phalarope, Water Pipits x 2 from Babcock Hide, Red-necked Grebe on Pat's Pool, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT. Bittern flew west from allotments at Cley.
Serin still on rough ground, between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Black-necked Grebe again at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Great White Egret, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4, Shorelarks x 3, Snow Buntings x 24 at Holkham.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2, Hen Harrier SE of Choseley Drying Barns.
Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB.
Bitterns x 2 at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh, Norwich.
Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Snow Buntings x 50 at North Beach, Winterton.
Whimbrel, Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 800, Water Pipits x 3, Otter at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS again at West end of Burgh Castle.
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane at Weybourne.
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour.

MEGA NEWS!
None.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Girly Night Out & Trouble at Holme!

Last night I was very kindly invited for dinner by my work colleagues Sarah and Chloe. Sarah only lives about two minutes walk away from me. They cooked homemade vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and salad, with homemade cheesecake and chocolate/mocca cake to follow, all washed down with a nice glass of wine! It was a really lovely girly evening and the food was awesome. I also met Sarah's new puppy, which flew round the house like crazy, but was quite sweet as dogs go!

I returned home and was looking forward to a good night's sleep, but I was woken up at 12.45am by my Mother, who was very distraught, as Father had fallen out of bed and was laying on the cold floor. She had phoned Swift Response (run by social services and is a non-emergency 24 hour service who assist to get people off the floor) and was told they were too busy and had no one in the area and that she needed to call paramedics, which she then did. She rang me again at 2.30am as no one had turned up and she had no one else to turn to but me. There would have been no point in me going out, as I'm not able to get Father off the floor either, he's too heavy. Mother waited well over TWO hours for assistance. I totally understand that a fallen person in a home is last in line to be attended to, but surely there must be some kind of help out there for this situation!!! Well, actually there isn't I found out when I phoned both Swift Response and Social Services this evening. A lady at Swift Response said their service has become very 'popular' and they now don't have enough staff to cope with the whole county.

My Mother had only had two hours broken sleep, before Father was calling out again at 6am this morning and she unfortunately had to deal with another situation which I won't go in to. Tough times. This evening she fell asleep in the chair whilst writing the shopping list for me to order on line, but we got it done in the end.

The Himalayan Forest Thrush – A New Species of Bird Discovered!

New species of bird discovered in India and China by international team of scientists.

What a cracker – the size of beak and eye in relation to the body size is incredible!

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-species-bird-india-china-international.html

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Serin still on rough ground, between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Spoonbill at Thornham Harbour.
Grey Phalarope, Water Pipits x 2 from Babcock Hide at Cley NWT.
Lapland Buntings x 5, Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane at Weybourne.
Water Pipits x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Rough-legged Buzzard in tree in first field west of layby on B1153 at Brancaster.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh, Norwich.
Glaucous Gull juv. at Waterways, Great Yarmouth.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Little Auk on sea at Walcott.
Rough-legged Buzzards x 2 near Choseley Drying Barns.
Short-eared Owl at Ken Hill Marshes, Snettisham.
Black-necked Grebe again at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at west end of Burgh Castle, Breydon Water.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
Snow Buntings x 60 at North Beach, Winterton.
Caspian Gull at Wissington Beet Factory, SE of Downham Market.

MEGA NEWS! 
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL still at Mount's Bay, 3 miles east of Penzance at Marazion east of Trenow Cove, Cornwall.

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

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2016-03.aspx?s_id=1002053848

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh, Norwich.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Serin still on rough ground, between Fairfield Road & railway at Downham Market.
Grey Phalarope on pools and Snow Buntings x 25 east of East Bank, Red-necked Grebe on The Serpentine, Bittern at Cley NWT.
Rough-legged Buzzard 1/2 mile east of Choseley Drying Barns.
Lapland Buntings x 2, Twite x 7 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Slavonian Grebe at Blakeney Harbour.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 36 flew SW over Great Yarmouth.
Glaucous Gull juv. just north of Beaconsfield Recreational Park at Great Yarmouth.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham.
PALLID HARRIER Juv. still at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Horsey.
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane at Weybourne.
Bittern at Whitlingham Country Park
Great White Egret on pool in SW corner of marsh at Colney.
Shorelarks x 3 on beach, Spoonbill at Burnham Overy Dunes.
Snow Buntings x 45 at North Beach, Great Skua at Winterton.
Snow Buntings x 30, Purple Sandpiper at Sea Palling.
Black-necked Grebe at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Long-tailed Duck, Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at west end of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water.
Great Grey Shrike at Cockley Cley.
Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB.

MEGA NEWS!
MEGA! GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL Adult still at Castletownbere Harbour, County Cork, Ireland.
MEGA! HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL 4 mls east of Penzance, on beach at Perran Sands, Cornwall.