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Friday, 15 December 2017

STROKE WARD CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!

What a FABULOUS NIGHT!!! Just home! WOW!!! Massive thanks to Sarah Barber, Cara Holt and all those that helped to get the hall ready this evening. I really don't know how they achieved this after a busy day at work! So kind of Scott Ablett to present Sarah and Cara with flowers, how lovely! So fabulous to let our hair down and dance and drink the night away with all our lovely colleagues and so nice to see so many who are on maternity leave too! Emily Mathers and Kim Moyes xx. Cracking DJ and fab food, what more could you ask for to celebrate the end of the year!! WE KNOW HOW TO PARTY!!! I have had far too much brandy and babycham!!!

Since I have arrived home, I feel more tidly than I did at the party!!!! I have been drinking water in a vain attempt to dilute the alchohol, but it doesn't seem to be working!!! HELP!!!!

PICTURES AND VIDEOS TO FOLLOW.......

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Bewick's Swans x 49 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Common Cranes x 2 at Horsey
Great Northern Diver at Holme
Black Brant, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Snow Buntings x 18 at North Dunes, Great Yarmouth

MEGA NEWS 
None

Thursday, 14 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Snow Buntings x 8 at South Dunes, Great Yarmouth
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Black Brant on Holkham Freshmarsh
Bewick's Swans x 29, Whooper Swans x 3 at St Benet's Abbey, Ludham
Black Guillemot at Thornham Point
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 5 at Holme
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour

MEGA NEWS 
None

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Guillemot, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 22 at Thornham Harbour
Russian White-fronted Geese x 21 at Heigham Holmes
Taiga Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Geese x 8 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 1,200, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver at Holme

MEGA NEWS 
None

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

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-50.aspx?s_id=98069113

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 22 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Spotted Redshank, Water Pipit, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Black Brant, Snow Buntings x 16 at Salthouse
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Great Northern Diver flew past beach car park at Cley
Shorelark flew over Blakeney Harbour
Hen Harrier near Binham
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT

MEGA NEWS 
None

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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MONDAY 11th DECEMBER
Great Northern Diver flew past Weybourne Camp
Little Auk, Snow Buntings x 25, Glaucous Gull flew past beach car park at Cley
Black Brant at Cley NWT
Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
None

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Recovery, Rest & My Gold Partridges!

This was a dusting of snow when I looked out of the window this morning, but the rest of the day has been rain and dull skies. No further snow here at all. My sister Vivien has had a fair bit of snow in Ely. I wish I had been well enough to go and see the fabulous Parrot Crossbills at Santon Downham – some of the pictures I've seen of them drinking from puddles have been incredible.

I have not left the house in three days until late this afternoon, when I visited Dobbies Garden Centre in King's Lynn to choose a Christmas tree for my mother. Lily at work told me that a Nordmann Fir is the best one for not dropping needles and they had plenty of cut Nordmann Firs in stock. However, I thought it might be nice to get one rooted in a pot, but the only ones left were rubbish shapes. I phoned mother to see what she wanted to do and she insisted she wanted to see what she was buying. I pointed out that I wasn't doing four trips to Holme so she could see one!!! So I will now take her to the Thornham Farm shop next Saturday if they have any left by then!

There were tons of Christmas decorations in Dobbies and a beautiful gold partridge caught my eye, it really was very eye catching, much better than it looks in the picture (click on link) – made by Gisella Graham in London and made from resin (very heavy) and measures 16 x 10cm. I succumbed and purchased two (+ 20% off) – they look very nice indeed on my dining room table. There is a better picture of them here. Send me a comment on this post if you end up buying them too! I spent the rest of the evening curled up on the sofa cat napping! Back to work in the morning, although I still don't feel fully recovered.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 200 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Shorelarks x 7, Snow Bunting at Holkham Bay

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN ROBIN
Probable, reported at Great Haywood, Staffordshire

Saturday, 9 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Little Auk on sea at Hunstanton
Twite x 22 at Thornham Harbour
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 22 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Taiga Bean Geese x 17 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Glaucous Gull at Walcott
Waxwing still in garden at Ashill
Water Pipits x 2 at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Snow Buntings x 80, Water Pipit at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS 
None

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday Night Update!

I can't remember the last time I was ill with a virus or come to that any kind of illness. Obviously I have had time for bereavement this year, but it must be at least a couple of years since I was off work 'sick'. There is a virus going around at work and yesterday I started to feel ill. Last night I went to bed with paracetamol to try and kill it off, but felt really rough this morning, so was not able go to work. The best way to describe how I feel, is like having a giant standing on your eyelids!!! I stayed in bed all day and got up at 6.30pm! Good Night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Waxwing in garden at Ashill
Glaucous Gull at Trimingham
Snow Buntings x 3 at Weybourne
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 20 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Taiga Bean Geese x 18 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black-throated Diver, Snow Buntings x l2 at Hemsby
Black-throated Diver at Holme
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS 
FORSTER'S TERN
possible, in creeks towards Tollesbury Wick, West Mersey, Essex

Thursday, 7 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iceland Gull at Overstrand
Glaucous Gulls x 2 at Trimingham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 42 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 50 at Cley NWT
Taiga Bean Geese x 8 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens
Snow Buntings x 25 at Weybourne
Slavonian or Black-necked Grebe at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS 
AMERICAN ROBIN
Reported yesterday in garden at Baldoyle, County Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 11, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Snow Buntings x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 7, Common Crane at Hedgehog Walk/Cross Lane near beach, Snow Buntings x 60 at Eccles-on-Sea
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 31 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
Glaucous Gull at Felbrigg Park
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holme
Firecrests x 2, Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Common Cranes x 2 at Billockby
Snow Buntings x 85 at Weybourne Camp
Taiga Bean Geese x 12 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Common Cranes x 4 at Lakenheath Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 28th November to 5th December!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-49.aspx?s_id=1006912263

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Discharged From Hospital!

Unexpectedly, my friend was discharged home today with further procedures and follow up as an outpatient. I would have rather they stayed in a bit longer for observation, but not my decision! Luckily they will have the support of others who live much closer than me, which makes me worry a bit less thank goodness.

Had my 'Christmas' hair cut tonight after work – three hours in the hairdressers! Work Christmas Party next week, which I'm really looking forward to. As many of you know, I don't drink alcohol generally, but I always have a little tipple at the Christmas Party – after the year I've had, I might be having a bit more than a tipple next week!!! It doesn't seem long since the last Christmas party – where did that year go?!!!

I notice that its going to be seriously cold towards the end of the week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2652856 "very cold Friday and Saturday with raw winds, and isolated snow showers" Great!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull, Slavonian Grebe at Kelling
Glaucous Gull flew over Salhouse
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 40 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull on beach at Mundesley
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Hedgehog Walk/Cross Lane near beach, Shorelarks x 3, Snow Buntings x 60 at Eccles-on-Sea
Taiga Bean Geese x 13, Water Pipit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 18, Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Iceland Gull at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 40 at Cley NWT
Common Cranes x 9 at Lakenheath Fen RSPB 

MEGA NEWS 
None

Monday, 4 December 2017

Another Day in Hospital

Today I took emergency annual leave to support my friend in hospital. On my way home last night I went to their house to pick up clothes and things for them and delivered them today – more scans and tests and these are ongoing.

I thought the car parks at the QEH were bad. I could not believe the chaos at the N&N Hospital today – once you've taken your ticket and the barrier goes up, there is no way back, so you just have to drive around the car park along with lots of other visitors until a space becomes available – it took me approximately 30 minutes to get lucky with a space! Back to work tomorrow. Good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull at Trimingham
DESERT WHEATEAR Male, Shorelarks x 3, 1 mile SE  of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field, Snow Buntings x 70 on beach at Eccles-on-Sea
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL & Mealy Redpoll at Hedgehog Walk/Cross Lane near beach at Eccles-on-Sea
Grey Phalarope, Black Brant, Water Pipit, Snow Buntings x 48 at Cley NWT
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 30, Hawfinches x 2 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Twite x 28 at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Firecrest in garden at Kelling
Taiga Bean Geese x 17 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Snow Buntings x 6, Water Pipit at Holme
Lapland Bunting at Thornham
Black Redstart at South Beach, Heacham
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hen Harriers x 2 at Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS 
None

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Can This Year Get Any Worse?!!!

Somebody up there, is pushing me to way beyond my limits mentally. After all, we can only cope with so much in one hit, can't we! Its been an utterly shit year with my dear father dying, my mother has been seriously ill for a while now, but I can't go into any more detail on a public blog.

To top it all, a very close and dear friend is very unwell I found out last night. I spent the entire day from dawn until almost midnight, taking control of a poorly managed situation that has occurred. We have been in Norfolk & Norwich Hospital A&E all day for various tests and scans – lets just say that life is an absolute bitch! I am close to breaking down completely this evening. How are you supposed to cope with every day life, when so many atrocious things are going on around you to those that are so dear?! I will have to dig deep, to stay level headed this week.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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DESERT WHEATEAR Male, Shorelarks x 3, 1 mile SE  of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field, Snow Buntings x 70 on beach at Eccles-on-Sea
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL & Mealy Redpolls x 2 (for 2nd day) at Hedgehog Walk/Cross Lane near beach at Eccles-on-Sea
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 22 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 40, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 7 at Lynford Aboretum
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite The Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Yellow-browed Warbler in Shangri-la garden at Waxham
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck at Thornham Point
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes
Snow Buntings x 10 at Holme
Scaup at Hopton-on-Sea
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
FORSTER'S TERN
Mutton Island, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Weekend Update!

Work and life has been incredibly busy and I've hardly had the energy to do anything else. This has resulted in being behind with lots of important jobs. I was really looking forward to an entire free and happy weekend, but so far its been horrific. Last night I had to endure an awful experience, which hopefully will never happen again – can't really say much more than that at the moment. But this incident has kicked me into action, with what I need to do next, again can't say what yet. Because of last night, I felt so traumatised and low, I didn't even want to get out of bed, but I had to do an important errand for my mother. Spent the evening with mother, the cat and Tiramisu! Then, this evening I heard that a very close friend is very unwell, whom I need to see tomorrow now. Vivien's partner also had a minor accident this evening. Life certainly pushes your mental state to the limit! I'll be glad when this year is over!

I note that a Desert Wheatear has been around for the last three days! The majority of us thought the Autumn migration in Norfolk was non-existent..... maybe that wasn't the case, maybe there were loads of suppressed rares and megas, that we didn't know about!!!?

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull, Russian White-fronted Goose, Snow Buntings x 25, Black Brant at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Firecrest, Caspian Gull, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Taiga Bean Geese x 18 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
DESERT WHEATEAR Male, 1 mile SE  of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field (for 3rd day) at Eccles-on-Sea
Snow Buntings x 30, Black Redstart at Happisburgh
Hen Harrier at Clippesby
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Shorelarks x 6 at Happisburgh
Snow Buntings x 4 flew past Weybourne Camp
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Holme
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Lapland Bunting flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Caspian Gull at Walcott

MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-CROWNED BLACK WHEATEAR
Is an escapee, still present in garden, than later caught and returned to its aviary at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
FORSTER'S TERN
Nimmo's Pier, County Galway, Ireland

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gulls x 2, Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 3, Snow Buntings x 47 at Cley NWT
Glaucous Gull at Trimingham
Swallow, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Little Gull, Snow Buntings x 3 at Holme
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Little Auk flew past Mundesley
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 22 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl at Weybourne
Snow Bunting at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Purple Sandpiper at sluice east of Wells
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Salthouse
Taiga Bean Geese x 10 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Sheringham
Rose-coloured Starling juv., Hen Harrier at Morston Quay
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Hen Harriers x 4 at Stiffkey Fen
Hawfinch at Felbrigg Hall NT
Hooded Crow reported at Hickling Broad

MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-CROWNED BLACK WHEATEAR
In garden at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

Thursday, 30 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 30 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull & Little Auk flew past Holme Dunes
Hawfinches x 2 at Holkham Park
Little Auk, Black-throated Divers x 2, Long-tailed Duck at Cley
Snow Bunting at Snettisham Coastal Park
Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Long-tailed Duck flew past Weybourne Camp
Snow Buntings x 14 at Winterton
Little Auk, Short-eared Owl at Sheringham
Glaucous Gull at Sidestrand

MEGA NEWS 
None

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RBA Weekly Round-Up 22nd to 28th November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-48.aspx?s_id=842030886

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Brendan Joyce Receives OBE

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norfolk-chief-executive-receives-obe-for-services-to-nature-conservation-1-5290341

Snow On The Way!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/it-s-official-snow-is-on-its-way-to-norfolk-1-5299325

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 40 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Glaucous Gull, Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 100, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Grey Phalaropes x 2, Little Auk, Little Gulls x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-throated Diver at Winterton
Swallow still at Beach Cafe, Wells
Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 30 at Weybourne
Taiga Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 65 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Shorelark near Sailing Club at Snettisham
Blue Fulmar, Shag, Goosanders x 3, Great Skuas x 19 at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS 
None

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 42 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Caspian Gull, Great Skuas x 5, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Water Pipits x 2 yesterday at Rockland Broad
Shorelark, Snow Bunting, Twite, Slavonian Grebes x 2 at Holme
Black Brant at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 (unconfirmed report), Water Pipit at Berney Marshes RSPB
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Snow Buntings x 15, Little Gulls x 47 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS 
None

Monday, 27 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black Brant, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
White Stork flew over North Walsham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 32 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Bittern at Welney WWT
Hawfinches x 16, Scaup at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey Fen
Lapland Buntings x 4 at Weybourne
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens
Swallow still over beach cafe, Snow Buntings x 4 at Wells
Common Cranes x 34 near Horsey Mere

MEGA NEWS 
None

Sunday, 26 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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PARROT CROSSBILLS x 28 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Hawfinches x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Swallow still over beach cafe, Wells
Snow Buntings x 60, Black Brant, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 4 at Holme
Snow Buntings x 9, Lapland Buntings x 2 at Weybourne
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Snow Buntings x 30 at Eccles-on-Sea
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of Stiffkey
Hawfinches x 8 at Lynford Aboretum
Snow Buntings x 2 at Salthouse 

MEGA NEWS 
None

Saturday, 25 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Auk, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 8, Snow Buntings x 2, Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Shorelark, Snow Buntings x 3 at Holme
Hawfinches x 2 at Holkham Park
Black-necked Grebe, Snow Buntings x 30, Short-eared Owl at Winterton
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 16 at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Swallow at beach cafe, Wells
Great White Egret at Snettisham RSPB
Black Brant at Cley NWT
Hawfinch at Thorpe St Andrew
Hen Harrier at Morston
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Great White Egrets x 3, Water Pipit, Hen Harrier at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath
Great White Egret at Lynford Aboretum
Lapland Bunting flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

MEGA NEWS 
None

Friday, 24 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Snow Buntings x 50 on beach at Cley
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Lapland Buntings x 2, Snow Buntings x 2 at Weybourne
Taiga Bean Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 10,000 at Great Bircham
Hawfinch in garden at Norwich
House Martins x 2, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Snow Buntings x 13 at North Beach, Great Yarmouth
Little Auk, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Shorelark, Lapland Bunting at Holme
Purple Sandpiper at North Beach, Heacham
Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Common Cranes x 8 at Upton Marshes
Hen Harrier at Hickling Broad NWT
Cackling Geese x 2 reported at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS 
None

Thursday, 23 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinches x 3 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinches x 2 at Holkham Park
Shorelark east of Lady Ann's Drive + Hen Harrier at Holkham
Hawfinches x 2 flew over Norwich
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
House Martin over Wells
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 6 possible, at Santon Warren, NE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 3 at North Beach, Heacham
HUMPBACK WHALE north past Hemsby
Greenland White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Geese x 12,000 at Bircham Newton
Caspian Gull at Sheringham

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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Lapland Buntings x 5 at Weybourne
Long-tailed Ducks x 6, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Grey-bellied Brant (possible), Pink-footed Geese x 12,000, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Barnacle Geese x 4, Tundra Bean Goose, Greenland White-fronted Goose at Bircham Newton
Black Brant, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Spotted Redshank at Kelling Water Meadows
Snow Buntings x 4 at Sheringham

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FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 15th to 21st November!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-47.aspx?s_id=677135806

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Glaucous Gull, Velvet Scoter, Snow Buntings x 50 at Beach Road Car Park, Cley
Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 2 flew over Thorpe Marriott
Grey Phalarope (probable) flew over Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Water Pipit at Potter Heigham Marshes

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Course in Derby!

Left the Premier Inn early morning – no ice to scrape off the car this morning! I arrived at the London Road Community Hospital in Derby at just after 8am. Started my day with a fabulous NHS breakfast for £2.99 and a nice cup of tea in a very relaxed canteen. My course started at 9am – "Posture and Balance in Relation to the Lower Limbs for Assistants".

More on that tomorrow........

Left Derby at 4.50pm this evening. It was quite daunting driving through the city and beyond in the evening traffic – grid locked is an understatement! I consider myself a good driver and have only ever had silly car park accidents in first gear, but my journey home was not my best at all. I had two near incidents, the first one was not understanding the sat nav information and realising that I should have been in the far left hand lane to get into a slip road and nearly ended up on the M1 – not where I wanted to be heading! As I got into the slip road at the last second, a massive lorry who had been driving up my backside anyway, nearly went into the back of me. Later in the journey I was on a dual carriage way and the sat nav instructed me to get into the right hand lane to turn right on the next roundabout, but the right hand lane was heavily congested and no one would let me in! So I had no choice but to stay in the left hand lane (arrowed for first exit only) and go round the roundabout – as I passed the first exit a 'white man van' nearly went into the back of me, as they presumably thought I was turning off on the first exit. Thinking about this, I didn't do anything majorly wrong – both the lorry driver and the van driver were both too close to me in the first place!!! My worst driving trip to date though!

Arrived back in King's Lynn at 7.50pm in one piece thank goodness. The journey to work in the morning will seem so simple! Absolutely exhausted, good night!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Iceland Gull, Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Gees x 250 at Cley NWT
Hawfinch, Firecrest at Lynford Aboretum
Twite x 14 at Thornham Harbour
Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Lapland Bunting at Weybourne
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Snow Buntings x 4 at North Beach, Winterton

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dippers in Derbyshire!

After having an excellent night's sleep and an invigorating shower, I was out of the house by 7.30am. It was freezing outside and it took a long time to defrost the car. It was a beautiful morning and the sun shone all day – lucky me! Last night I planned today with visits to Dovedale, Monsal Dale, Lathkill Dale at Over Haddon, Cromford Mills and Carsington Water and if I had time Snake Pass in the northern Peak District for Red Grouse (as recommended by Andy W.). However, I only managed to visit three of these places!

Dovedale & The Stepping Stones
I arrived at the Dovedale car park to find that it didn't open until 9am! Luckily the ticket man turned up just after 8.30am and let me in. £3.00 to park and the public toilets cost 20p (turnstile). I specifically wanted to visit here, as it was recommended to me for Dippers and I also wanted to see the 'Stepping Stones'. I was so glad I was the first person here, as it was chaos later with loads of people and out of control dogs. I saw so many birds here! As soon as I started the walk, I had masses of Redwings in the trees along with good numbers of Blackbirds, two Great-spotted Woodpeckers were in a tree close by, also two Green Woodpeckers, Robins, a Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard was calling overhead. The walk along the river to the stepping stones was beautiful, but I didn't seen any Dippers. The stepping stones were magical and quite easy to walk across – a very scenic spot. You then continue on through a 'squeeze' stile – any fatter and I wouldn't have got through! The river was now on my left – saw a Heron on route. I climbed up some stone steps, known as 'Lovers Leap' and then at a viewing point, had brilliant views of a Nuthatch, Treecreeper and a Goldcrest all at the same time! I didn't continue the walk, as I had a more reliable Dipper site to go to and I knew the day wouldn't last long. I re-traced my steps to the car park and was passed by loads of people and dogs. By the bridge just before the car park I had at least 100+ Siskins feeding in the Alder trees! Also had a Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren and Robins here.

Monsal Dale and Viaduct
I lost at least a valuable hour of light or possibly more, trying to find the Lees Bottom Car park (SK17 9UH) with my Sat nav, which basically doesn't exist, its actually called "White Lodge Car Park" which is just off the A6. I was very pleased to find that the parking machine (would have cost me £3.50) had been vandalised! From here you cross the road, go through a 'squeeze' stile and descend some tiny stone steps, follow the path down and climb over another stile and walk through the woodland with a cascading river on your right. Where the path splits, I kept to the right path which follows the River Wye. The path goes through Monsal Dale. I was so excited when I found my first Dipper of the day – bobbing up and down on a bright green covered stone amongst the cascades of rippling water! In all I found EIGHT Dippers!!! I was so pleased! They are so exciting to watch! As you can imagine, I took alot of photographs! I also had wonderful views of several pairs of Goosanders on the river and there were also Mallard, Teal and Little Grebes. I arrived at Monsal Dale Weir – a spectacular place! A dramatic triple cascade, tumbles down to the river below – I spent a good while here, taking pictures and videos. Eventually I reached a flat area of grassland with cows grazing and the backdrop is the Monsal Head Viaduct. I could have easily carried on, but the clock was ticking and I wanted to visit Lathkill Dale. I re-traced my steps. On route, some youngsters were being very silly and two of them had removed their shoes and socks and had walked across the top of the weir to be photographed! It looked so dangerous, one slip and they would have fallen over the edge and crashed at the bottom. I saw more Dippers on the way back – a beautiful walk. One thing that disappointed me today, was seeing little black dog poo bags strung up in bushes and trees – I thought that only happened in Norfolk!

Lathkill Dale, Over Haddon
Back at the White Lodge Car Park, it was now 3.15pm. My Sat nav informed me that it was way too late to go to Snake Pass, which is in the north Peak District and is a good place to see Red Grouse. It was too late in the day to go anywhere really, but still went to Lathkill Dale at Over Haddon. Because of the time and failing light, I didn't park in the designated car park, but headed down the steep single track tarmac road and got as close to the river as I could. I walked down to the river, which looked beautiful, but the light was awful now – it would have looked considerably better in the morning sunshine. Bumped into a local man, who advised me that I wouldn't see much now at this time of the day. I returned to my car and put the Premier Inn postcode into the Sat nav. I stopped on route to take a picture of the sunset with dry stone walls and sheep in the foreground. I arrived back at about 5.30pm.

I went to the Mundy Arms for my evening meal and was again extremely disappointed. I had a 'Gourmet Veggie Burger', served with 'skin on fries' (chips) and coleslaw and a garlic and cheddar ciabatta. When the meal was brought out, the coleslaw was minuscule and looked a very odd colour – when I tasted it, I was shocked to find it was warm, if not almost hot! The burger seemed to be the same as the 'nut roast' last night!!! Dry and not very nice chips and ditto with the ciabatta. Sent the meal back and the warm coleslaw was replaced with some cold coleslaw, but it tasted off to me, so I left it. In fact I left half my meal, which is rare for me. I decided not to bother with dessert, it wasn't worth the risk. When I went to the bar to pay, a very nice lady let me off my bill as an apology for both last night and tonight and admitted they had staffing problems. It was nice of her to do that, but they really need to get the food sorted out! Its a huge shame, as the pub is really pretty and well laid out, staff are nice, but the food is crap! It won't help returning customers to the Premier Inn (the two are linked).

After I left the pub, I popped into the Premier Inn reception to let them know about the awful food at the Mundy Arms and also to cancel my breakfast in the morning. I didn't want to have a rubbish breakfast too (I notice on Trip Advisor, that someone had a bad breakfast experience there a few days ago!). The receptionist very kindly gave me a small bottle of wine and a box of chocolates as an apology, which was very nice of her! Update: I noticed on Trip Advisor, that someone else has written a review for the same Saturday evening titled "Faulty Towers on a bad day".

I don't have time to go through any pictures as have to go to sleep now. Very early start in the morning. I leave here to attend a course in Derby and then drive home to King's Lynn at 4.30pm. HUGE thanks to all the wonderful Derbyshire birders (and from elsewhere), who have so kindly taken the time to email and advise me where to search for Dippers, much appreciated.

PICTURES AND VIDEOS TO BE ADDED THURSDAY EVENING

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Snow Buntings x 3, Lapland Bunting at Weybourne
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Long-tailed Duck at Burnham Deepdale
Hawfinches x 2, Snow Buntings (flew over) x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Snow Buntings x 60, Iceland Gulls x 2, Glaucous Gull, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Snow Buntings x 6 at Sheringham
Water Pipit at Berney Marshes RSPB
Pale-bellied Brent Geese x 2 at Burnham Norton
Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite the Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Mealy Redpolls x 3, Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinch flew over Norwich
Snow Buntings x 3 at North Beach, Winterton
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Water Pipit at Thornham Harbour

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Derbyshire Mini Break!

On Monday I'm booked on a day course in Derby (booked via work), so I decided to make a weekend of my visit and booked to stay Saturday and Sunday. I'm hoping to see some Dippers!

I arrived at my Premier Inn (Derby North West) in Derbyshire this afternoon and managed to see some sights before dusk, but no birds of note seen yet. I visited Ilam Park just before dusk – a very picturesque village, with stone bridge, cascading river, pretty houses, sheep and Ilam Hall. In the centre of the village is the Mary Watts-Russell Memorial Cross, built in 1840 in memory of Jesse Watts-Russell's wife.

"The picturesque village of Ilam (eye-lamb) nestles beside the River Manifold in the Staffordshire Peak District among limestone hills. It sits in the Peak District National Park on the Staffordshire border with Derbyshire, close to the famous Dovedale valley. It has Alpine style cottages, a church and river and is set against the backdrop of Bunster Hill, Thorpe Cloud and the steep and tumbling pastures. There is a youth hostel at Ilam Hall, set within Ilam Park, cared for by the National Trust."

On return to the Premier Inn, I went to the Mundy Arms (next to and part of the Premier Inn package) for my evening meal, which I had pre-booked for 7pm. I was very excited to see that they did a nut roast roast dinner and ginger cheesecake for dessert! I had a glass of Prosecco wine whilst I waited for my food. It was a massive disappointment – I can't remember the last time I had food this bad and I had to wait 75 minutes for the main course. The nut roast was a round flat type burger that tasted spicy. The vegetables were over done and the entire plate was mushed together and badly presented. I sent the plate back as there was no yorkshire pudding (as specified) and the sprouts were almost cold. The plate was taken away and re-served hot (obviously just stuck in the microwave) and the yorkshire pudding was like a big crisp – I couldn't cut it open, it was rock hard, so sent that back and got another one when I had finished my meal and that was also rock hard. I didn't think they could go wrong with the dessert, but they did – half the depth of the cheese cake was biscuit based and was so hard, I couldn't use the spoon and even prodding a fork in it was difficult! Gordon Ramsey would have had a field day! However the staff were all really nice, that was the only good thing.

Very nice accommodation, but not as pristine as the newer Premier Inns – I found a few cobwebs and a heater didn't work (this was repaired later though). Wonderfully quiet here and no noise at all. My car is parked just outside my window! I cancelled my pre-booked breakfast in the morning, as they don't start until 8am and I want a full day out birding from dawn until dusk.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinches x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Iceland Gull at Kelling Water Meadows
Grey Phalarope, Black Brant, Bittern, Iceland Gull, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 500, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Black Redstart at boating pool, Snow Buntings x 4, Purple Sandpipers x 2 at Sheringham
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Goshawk flew over, Glaucous Gull flew past Trimingham
Cattle Egrets x 2 opposite Red Lion Pub at Stiffkey
Caspian Gull at Sidestrand
Lapland Bunting at Halvergate
Firecrest at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull at Weybourne
Twite x 20, Yellow-legged Gull at Thornham Harbour
Purple Sandpiper, Shag at Overstrand
Snow Buntings x 35 at Happisburgh
Water Pipits x 2 at Cantley Beet Factory
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh

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FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 17 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull at Sidestrand
Purple Sandpiper at Bacton
Twite x 20, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Shorelarks x 2, Snow Buntings x 26 at Happisburgh
Hawfinches x 7 at Felbrigg Hall
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Snow Buntings x 35 at Cley NWT
Richard's Pipit flew over, Lapland Buntings x 3 at Weybourne
Long-tailed Duck at Brancaster Staithe
Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of Stiffkey
Snow Buntings x 25 at South Beach, Winterton
Caspian Gull at Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzard at Flitcham

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

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Snow Buntings x 100 at Blakeney Point
Glaucous Gull at Bacton
Waxwing flew over Hunstanton
Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes
Snow Buntings x 20 flew over Cromer
Snow Buntings x 50, Black Brant at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 4 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Shorelark, Lapland Bunting, Snow Buntings x 45, Glaucous Gull at Happisburgh
Hawfinches x 4 at East Wretham Heath
Glaucous Gull at Walcott
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of Stiffkey
Waxwings x 2 flew over Muckleburgh Hill
Snow Buntings x 2, Lapland Bunting flew over at Weybourne Camp
Black Redstart at South Beach, Hunstanton
Hen Harrier at Thornham Marsh
Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB
Water Pipit at Potter Heigham Marshes

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Fascinating 1968 Film of the Railway Line from King's Lynn to Hunstanton!

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-future-uncertain-1968-online

"A whistle-stop venture from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton via rail, in the company of Chib Thorp, amateur filmmaker and rail enthusiast from Leigh-on-Sea."

"Edward Thorp, known as ‘Chib’, an undertaker from Leigh-on-Sea, spent his weekends throughout the year visiting the rural railway lines in East Anglia with wife Edna and their dog Micky. Chib always took along his 8mm camera, a good supply of Kodachrome film, and a tape recorder, to document their trips. Chib would edit the film himself at home, have a magnetic stripe added to the film, and on his Kodak projector, which had a recording facility, he would record a commentary.

The train journey starts outside King's Lynn station, passing through the first station North Wootton, then to the lovely Wolferton - the station that once served the Sandringham Estate, stopping at Dersingham then Snettisham Station and Heacham, before hitting Hunstanton, the end of the line. Presumably the film's title "Future Uncertain" refers to the spate of line and station closures and therefore withdrawal of passenger services by British Rail following the Beeching Report."

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath
Hawfinches x 2 flew over Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Iceland Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Hawfinches x 5 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Snow Buntings x 90, Hen Harrier at Blakeney Point
Yellow-browed Warbler ringed at Holme NOA
Iceland Gull flew past Kelling Hard
Iceland Gull flew past Weybourne
Shorelarks x 14, Snow Buntings x 40 at Happisburgh
Iceland Gull at Salthouse
Dartford Warbler at South Dunes, Snow Buntings x 19 at North Dunes, Winterton
Waxwings x 4 flew over Hunstanton Cliffs

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FORSTER'S TERN
Newtownlynch, County Galway, Ireland
MEDITERRANEAN FLYCATCHER
reported on 24th-28th October, was a Spotted Flycatcher [confirmed by DNA analysis] at Cloughton, Yorkshire