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Friday, 26 May 2017

HOT Friday Night!

HOT, HOT, HOT!
My house feels like the central heating is on max, even with all the windows open!

Busy bee last night – cut all my front hedges with shears, which took over two hours, did the supermarket run etc. I have had to give up my Couch To 5k running temporarily, as my left ankle is very painful, feels like I have pulled ligaments and have been sitting with a pack of peas on it this evening and now bandaged up for support.

Overall it has not been the Spring that we hoped for so far. Not one single rare bird has turned up to get the heart racing and the wheels spinning! Hoping that will change when the storm arrives on Monday! There just seems to be a general lack of birds all round. I have heard a few dawn chorus's and it was so sad to hear – a very quiet chorus compared to when I was a youngster, when it used to be almost deafening!

Hope you all have a good weekend, don't forget the suncream, or stay in the shade. Saturday will be boiling, a little cooler on Sunday and storms hit on Monday! Winds remain south east on Saturday, changing to south west at 4pm – Sunday remains south west and then changes to west north west at around 4pm – Monday starts off with east winds, veers south east at 1pm, then south and south westerly.

I have another mini break and don't go back to work until next Thursday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Common Cranes x 12 yesterday at Horsey Mere
Glaucous Gull juv. on beach at Gorleston-on-Sea
Turtle Dove at Holme
Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
*Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 2 on main double pool at Winterton
*Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbill at Warham Greens
Black-winged Stilt at Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Little Stint, Spoonbill on Simmonds' Scrape, Cley NWT
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE just west of Ridlington

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
 

Flew east past Orcombe Point, Devon

Norfolk Set for Boiling Bank Holiday Weekend with Highs of 29C – Hotter than Ibiza, Tenerife and Morocco!

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/norfolk-set-for-boiling-bank-holiday-weekend-with-highs-of-29c-hotter-than-ibiza-tenerife-and-morocco-1-5031332

I don't do hot weather! The best place to be when the temperature rises is my mother's house, the coolest place in the hottest weather! Looks like I will be at Holme at the weekend!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing a Cockley Cley
Golden Orioles x 2 (both 1s male/female) flew west, Spoonbills x 4 flew west at Overstrand
Turtle Dove reported yesterday, briefly at Winterton
Ring Ouzel yesterday at Lopham Fen
Little Gull 1s at Salthouse
Little Gull 1s at Snettisham Coastal Park
Black-winged Stilt at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Purple Heron, Turtle Dove at Holme
Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Welney WWT

MEGA NEWS
CRAG MARTIN

Lake Lake Vyrnwy RSPB, Wales

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Garganey, Spoonbills x 15, Common Cranes x 7 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 3 at Breydon Water
Red-footed Falcon at Cut-off Channel, Stoke Ferry
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
LESSER KESTREL Fem.

On 1st May [identified from photograph]
Isle of Noss, Shetland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 17th to 23rd May!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-21.aspx?s_id=677623993

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Long-tailed Duck, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler by Weavers' Way, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey, Spoonbills x 6 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Glossy Ibis at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 2, Little Gull 1s, Long-tailed Duck on pool east of East Bank at Cley NWT
Red-footed Falcon reported yesterday at Hickling Broad NWT
Great White Egrets x 3, Garganey, Whooper Swans x 2, Wood Sandpiper at Upton Fen NWT
Short-eared Owl at Wiggenhall St Germans

MEGA NEWS
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Manchester Attack

Terrorists are not part of the human race, they are programmed and brainwashed to become the lowest form of life – they have no soul or religion. To the Manchester suicide bomber: you have given your life and killed innocent people for what? Nothing, nothing at all – so sad, so evil. My heart goes out to all those families and children who lost their lives – RIP and to those that have been injured – stay strong #manchesterattack

Dipz Dangal, who is a friend of mine on Facebook wrote the following this evening. I felt his words covered everything that any normal human being is thinking and feeling today. He kindly gave me permission to post this:


You’re NOT a monster; you’re NOT larger than life.

You’re NOT supernaturally evil; you’re NOT a political warrior NOR religious revolutionary.

You’re NOT going to be remembered.

Your name will NOT go down in history with any reverence, among ACTUAL human beings.

You’re cause will NOT be heeded to.

You have NO religion.

You have NO argument.

You ARE, on the other hand, deplorable.

You ARE small minded.

You ARE a criminal against humanity.

You ARE morally bankrupt.

You ARE a mentally disturbed, emotionally unstable, weak, waste of oxygen and space; as is anyone that even slightly shares these nonsensical ideologies with you.

No one actually cares that you are dead.

No one appreciates your ‘sacrifice’.

Your suicide only exemplifies your cowardice.

You wasted your time, your life and selfishly you took real human beings down with you.

You ARE pathetic.

Monday, 22 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Quail singing on Saturday and Great White Egrets x 3 flew west at Sheringham
Osprey flew south over North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Red-footed Falcons (both males) x 2 flew east, Red-throated Pipit flew over, Bluethroat male at The Hood, Spoonbill flew east at Blakeney Point
Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner at Hickling Broad NWT
Purple Heron flew in off sea at Cley
Black Kites x 2 flew over Cranwich Camp, Mundford
Turtle Dove in trees at Horstead

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Early Bird, Family Day & Titchwell RSPB!

A Cuckoo was calling continuously at 2.15am!!!! I listened in disbelief! Stuck my head out of the window and yes, there was a Cuckoo calling – I wasn't dreaming! Never heard one at this time of night! Odd!!!

Did a Couch To 5K run this morning and saw a Barn Owl carrying prey (looked like a rat), a Cuckoo calling and a few Whitethroats, not bad for 'Urban Birding'!!!

Spent the rest of the day with my mother and sisters at Holme. Did some clearing in the garden with my shears for mother – her garden is like a jungle! Then spent the evening at Titchwell RSPB. Heard the Turtle Dove in the car park. Saw and heard two Cetti's Warblers, Sedge Warblers singing, Blackcap, Blackbirds collecting food, Marsh Harrier, Robins, Herons, a Chinese Water Deer, a Muntjac and the highlight was a Bittern booming!

Back to work tomorrow.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Iberian Chiffchaff still, singing at Walsey Hills NOA
Golden Oriole flew towards Incleborough Hill, Honey Buzzard circling over village at West Runton
Little Gull 1s, Little Stint, Velvet Scoters x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
*Otters x 3 in main drain, viewed from East Bank at Cley NWT
White-tailed Eagle, Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner, Common Cranes x 5, Spoonbill on Rush Hill Scrape at Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 8 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Cranes x 2 flew north over Sparham Pols, Lyng
Spoonbills x 2, Garganey x 2, Short-eared Owl at Berney Marshes RSPB
*Dotterel x 3 at Choseley Drying Barns
*Please keep to footpaths and do not trespass into the field!
Common Cranes x 2 flew west over Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Common Cranes x 2 flew west, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens
Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Blue-headed Wagtail (hybrid) x Yellow Wagtail male briefly at Sheringham
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy

MEGA NEWS
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Thinking About You......

My dearest father – Peter Clarke
02-11-1926 – 23-02-2017

Still can't believe you've gone. ๐Ÿ˜ขI think about you every day. Got myself into a real bad state the last couple of days, need to dig myself out and carry on with life I suppose. People around me think I'm a strong person – I so wish I was. People sum you up into a little box and think they know you, but they only see the surface. So much heartache in my life that few people know of and yes of course there are people far worse off, but each and every one of us has to cope with sadness, pain and struggles – all part of the roller coaster of life!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner at Hickling Broad NWT
Golden Oriole on golf course then flew east over Incleborough Hill, West Runton
Turtle Dove, Velvet Scoters x 3, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Tern, Spoonbills x 7, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egrets x 2 flew west, Little Gull 1s at Cley NWT
*Dotterel x 3 at Choseley Drying Barns
*Please keep to footpaths and do not trespass into the field! 
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Iberian Chiffchaff still, singing at Walsey Hills NOA
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park
Hobby at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Temminck's Stints x 2 on Simmonds' Scrape at Cley NWT
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Honey Buzzard at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 2 flew west over Weybourne Camp

MEGA NEWS
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Rufous Treepie OR Just An Odd Magpie In Norfolk Garden?!

FRIDAY EVENING
A lady called Sue has posted a very interesting picture of a bird on her bird table on the public group "NORFOLK COUNTRYSIDE PHOTOS" on Facebook and this has certainly created a lot of discussion amongst the birding fraternity! When you first look, you think Rose-coloured Starling, but this is far too big and the tail is far too long. Sue describes the bird as having a white beak and belly and breast is pink, when I asked her. Sue also described it as 'bigger than a Magpie'. Sue also said "Not a magpie, bigger dark head like a jackdaw, but also has colours of a Jay – been visiting last 3 days!!"

Presumably this is an escape from someones aviary, but is it?

I emailed some of the birding elite and received prompt replies, thank you all. Suggestions of "Rufous Treepie", "an aberrant Blue Magpie of some sort" are thoughts so far. I also started an ID thread on Birdforum and you will see the replies and discussion here:

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3568648#post3568648

It has also been suggested that it is a Eurasian Magpie that has been kept in captivity and been fed food to make the white feathers turn pink? Or the white feathers either dyed or discoloured? But, this still doesn't explain the white beak! Another suggestion was that this is a Eurasian Magpie with heavy feather loss, but again doesn't explain the white beak, unless of course it is also an albino.

I had spent quite a bit of time trying to help Sue ID this bird and was most annoyed when the 'Admin Team' on this Facebook group deleted my post below. I was really confused, as wanted to add something else and could not understand what had happened. It was deleted very quickly I found out!!! When I asked why it was removed, I was told that 'we do not allow links' and asked me to 'PM them in future'! I replied with "Oh.... I was merely have a conversation with Sue W. about her photo and by showing my blog, letting her know that I was someone genuine, not to 'sell' my blog as I don't need to with 4,000 views daily!" I received no reply to this and I then added "There are links on this post to Birdguides and Wikipedia, so presume they need to be deleted too?". I did not receive a reply to this either and now the Admin lady has disabled any further comments!!!!! Funny that, rules for some, not for others. So some people are allowed to post links and others are not! Anyway, I thought I had lost this post, but found it in another tab on my browser๐Ÿ˜€ later on, so took a screenshot – here it is Sue if you are reading this:

I posted the 'link' to Birdforum for Sue and her other commenters to see, as Birdforum is a huge worldwide website and knew I would get a good response for them all to see – not now its deleted they won't! Luckily Sue must have seen my post before it got deleted, as she replied that her husband has a Nikon and a Lumix camera and they would try and get a better photo tomorrow if it showed up. Good luck Sue – hope you get another picture!

Several others posters on Sue's ID post were really interested in this fascinating bird and its a pity that no more comments can be made. Maybe it will be opened again tomorrow? If it isn't and you would like more assistance Sue, then please do not hesitate to email me any new pictures you may be lucky enough to obtain to: pennyclarke@dsl.pipex.com OR/AND alternatively to the Birdforum link above if you would like any more help to ID your bird. If it was something rare/wild (which I doubt to be honest, more likely to be an odd Magpie or escapee), you can make alot of money out of us birders! There is usually a bucket for birders to put money into when going to see a rarity and this is then usually given to either the reserve where the bird is or to a chosen charity. Also there are many people who simply do not want loads of people on their property, which is totally understandable!

I remember some of my posts being deleted on the Norfolk thread on Birdforum and this was the very reason I started this blog in 2010, so that I could write freely about "Hot Birding and life"!!! So to those complainers at the time, thank you so much!

Looking forward to seeing more of Sue's pictures – also have you heard the bird singing at all Sue?

Friday, 19 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Sooty Shearwater flew past Sheringham
Iberian Chiffchaff still, singing at Walsey Hills NOA
*Dotterel x 7 at Choseley Drying Barns
*Please keep to footpaths and do not trespass into the field!
Caspian Tern, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Knot x 2, Spoonbills x 4, Bufflehead fem. esc. at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner at Hickling Broad NWT
Temminck's Stints x 2 on Simmonds' Scrape at Cley NWT
Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Titchwell RSPB
Ring Ouzel, Short-eared Owl at North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Black Tern, Arctic Terns x 2 flew north past Hemsby
Spoonbills x 8, Short-eared Owl at Berney Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Kelling Water Meadows, Cley & 'The Hills!'

Black-winged Stilt – Pat's Pool, Cley NWT
Phone-scoped from Bishop's Hide on Pat's Pool this evening at 7.15pm. Fabulous wing stretch at end of video, just before take-off! After around 5 minutes, it decided to fly east and was re-located at 7.57pm on Swan Lake off the Iron Road at Salthouse, Norfolk.


Kelling Water Meadows
I had no intention of visiting Cley again today, but a Black-winged Stilt tempted me east! It was a beautiful day and very warm indeed – a complete contrast from yesterday. I arrived at Kelling Water Meadows in time to see this majestic bird, before it flew back west to Cley later on. Nice to bump into James H. and also Chris M. whilst here. There was a Little Egret here too, along with a Coot, Moorhen, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwing and several hirundines skimming over the pool – a wonderful scene in beautiful light. I regretted not bringing my scope, as I could have done a phone-scoped video – it was too far away for my 300mm lens, although I did get a few record shots. Blackcap, Chiffchaff and a couple of Goldfinches were seen along the track. The last time I saw a Black-winged Stilt in Norfolk was almost a year ago – from Daukes' Hide at Cley NWT on 8th May 2016.
Black-winged Stilt at Kelling Water Meadows

Muckleburgh Hill
Back at my car, I decided to go and look for my own birds and walked all around Muckleburgh Hill. It looked so exciting and all the trees looked so fresh and green. Bluebells adorned the slopes and I saw my first Painted Lady of the year, along with Red Admirals and Tortoiseshells. It really was beautiful here and I didn't see a single soul! I climbed to the very top of the hill and sat here for a good while, soaking up the stupendous views and waited for a couple of Bee-eaters to burble overhead, a soaring Black Stork, a Golden Oriole to bound over the tree tops and a Black-browed Albatross to cruise along the sea...... but, in reality I only saw Jackdaws, Crows, a Magpie and heard a Chiffchaff and Blackcap, all exciting stuff! I returned to my car to have a sandwich and cup of coffee.
Muckleburgh Hill

Kelling Tea Rooms
Nipped into the tea rooms at Kelling to use the 'ladies' and was tempted by their scrumptious ginger cake and yes I did succumb! It's first class ginger cake and cheaper than other places around here at £1.70 a slice. The pager bleeped up with news that the Black-winged Stilt was now on Pat's Pool at Cley NWT! Now was my chance to get some phone-scoped video.

Cley NWT
I parked up at the bottom of Old Woman's Lane and knocked my tripod over after getting it out of the boot – it all seemed ok and I made my way to Dauke's Hide. The Black-winged Stilt was very distant indeed and was far closer to Bishop's Hide than here. The heat haze made the video utterly rubbish. Lovely views of two Temminck's Stints on Simmonds' Scrape. I discovered the head of my tripod was loose and was not right at all. I needed to go and see Phil at CleySpy, before they closed!

CleySpy
Phil saved the day at CleySpy and mended my tripod in under 2 minutes! Thanks! He also re-lined my Kowa phone adapter, which has not been fitting very well – excellent service! Left here and headed back to Cley.

Walsey Hills NOA
Arrived at Walsey Hills NOA and bumped into Jake G. and Jonny R. – I let them know that the Black-winged Stilt was sitting on Pat's Pool and off they went to see it. I didn't see or hear the Iberian Chiffchaff and gave up after a short while. I did see a female Bullfinch and Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warblers were singing.

Gramborough Hill
Parked up at Beach Road, Salthouse and walked to Gramborough Hill. The weather had changed very quickly and was now dull and cold with looming black clouds. I found a family of five Stonechats, a Whitethroat and 2 Meadow Pipits. A Little Egret flew across the marsh and that was about it. The rain started as soon as I returned to my car.
Stonechats at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse

Gramborough Hill

Cley NWT
With no further news on the pager about the Black-winged Stilt, I presumed that it must still be on the NWT pools, so I headed back to Cley and parked up at the visitor centre. Had a 10 minute power nap and then headed off to Bishop's Hide. I was surprised to find no one else in here. I set up my scope and got settled, before opening the hide flap and then lifted it very carefully. Wow! There was the Black-winged Stilt! Still too far away for my 300mm lens, but perfect distant and light for phone-scoping! I attached the phone to scope and fiddled about to get the stilt exactly where I wanted it and started to roll the video. It looked brilliant – no heat haze this time! It was about 7.15pm when I started the video. The stilt stood there, looking pretty chilled. A couple of noisy Greylags flew over which ruffled it a little – moments later, it opened its beak, had a quick preen, did a magnificent wing stretch, then immediately flew off east at 7.20pm!!! Phew! I had been very lucky indeed! 5 minutes later and I would have seen nothing! Walked back in the rain to my car.

East Bank
Parked up at the East Bank car park and walked a short distance along the East Bank to see if the Black-winted Stilt had landed on the marshes here, but no sign of it. I could see a couple of Common Sandpipers on The Serpentine, which was an added bonus.

Walsey Hills NOA
I really don't know why I went back into Walsey Hills, but I did. No sight or sound from the Iberian Chiffchaff. Back at my car, I photographed the tamest Magpie I have ever seen! It sat on the public foopath signpost and wasn't bothered by my presence at all! A Tufted Duck, Pochard, Little Grebe and Mallard were on Snipe's Marsh. Had a coffee and headed home.
Magpie on the Public Footpath sign at Walsey Hills NOA

The winds were forecast to be SE tomorrow, but I noticed the forecast has changed again to NW and rain ALL day! Not good at all for migration.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iberian Chiffchaff trapped and ringed at Walsey Hills NOA
Temminck's Stints x 2 on Simmonds' Scrape at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilt on Simmonds' Scrape & Pat's Pool, Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilt (same bird) at Kelling Water Meadows & at Iron Road, Salthouse
Caspian Tern, Little Stints x 2, Spoonbills x 6 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Caspian Tern at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Golden Oriole west of Sea Palling Road, Hickling
Spoonbill, Turnstones x 3 at Welney WWT
Garganey, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper at Breydon Water
Osprey flew south over Holme
Osprey flew east over Ringstead
Osprey flew east over Norwich
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
White Stork flew west over Antingham
Common Crane flew west over Horstead

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS

1/2 mile NW of Visitor Centre at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Hawk and Owl Trust bids to raise £1.7m to quadruple the size of Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve near Fakenham

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/hawk-and-owl-trust-bids-to-raise-1-7m-to-quadruple-the-size-of-sculthorpe-moor-community-nature-reserve-near-fakenham-1-5020905?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

Running in the Rain!

I felt exhausted this morning and didn't get out of bed until after lunch, shameful! But I obviously needed the sleep – body preparing itself for hardcore birding at latter end of week! As forecast, its been raining ALL day.

I had to do my 2nd run of my fourth week for Couch to 5k and didn't feel like doing it, but didn't want to give up my training schedule – so, forced myself out of the door and ran in the pouring rain. New hair style now transformed into drown rat look. It was pretty stupid timing, as all the children were walking home from school and I could see their amused faces at seeing this 'old person' running – wait 'til they get to my age!

Typed up blog early and still feel sleepy. I'm now going to cook a proper meal – something I never have time to do when I'm birding. The weather looks far nicer tomorrow, but still not the right conditions for serious rares to drop in. Let's hope I'm wrong!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Dotterel x 8 west of Choseley Drying Barns
Great White Egret at Hemsby
Temminck's Stint, Caspian Gull 1s on Simmonds' Scrape, Crake sp. flushed in front of Bishop's Hide at Cley NWT
Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at Walsey Hills NOA
Caspian Tern at Rush Hill Scrape, Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner, Common Cranes x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Short-eared Owl, Spoonbills x 9, Little Stint, Bufflehead fem. esc. at Potter Heigham Marshes
Glossy Ibis at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath RSPB
Turtle Dove, Little Gull, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Titchwell RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

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

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-20.aspx
Thanks to the RBA Team for including my Iberian Chiffchaff and Dotterel in their round-up!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Birding at Cley!

IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF
Bedraggled in the rain at Walsey Hills NOA

After spending four hours in the hairdressers, I eventually got on the road to see the Iberian Chiffchaff. It was a very warm, humid day. I spent a long time at Walsey Hills NOA trying to see and hear the Iberian Chiffchaff. I heard one brief call along with a handful of people and that was it.

There were at least 10+ Yellow Wagtails with the cattle in the Eye Field at Beach Road, Cley – but no sign of the Grey-headed Wagtail that was seen this morning. A Wheatear landed on a post and a couple of Meadow Pipits were also feeding in the field.

I returned to Walsey Hills later on and stood with Marcus Nash, but there was no sight or sound from the Iberian Chiffchaff. Not long after Marcus left, I heard and saw the Iberian Chiffchaff singing in a willow tree. The light was dire and it started to rain quite heavily. I had to return to my car to get my waterproof bag, before the camera got completely trashed in the rain. Three other birders turned up and saw and photographed the chiffchaff and very kindly put the news out to RBA, being as I had no phone signal in here with Vodafone. Then local Kelling birder Ian arrived – we watched the Iberian Chiffchaff in several different places, including the large hawthorn at the end of the path. It was incredibly difficult to photograph in this poor light and spent most of its time behind branches!
Iberian Chiffchaff at Walsey Hills NOA

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Iberian Chiffchaff at Walsey Hills NOA
Turtle Dove on entrance track to reserves at Holme
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 2, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Dotterel x 8 west of Choseley Drying Barns
Blue-headed Wagtail briefly at Kelling Quags
Savi's Warbler singing at Heigham Corner, Common Cranes x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Garganey, Spoonbills x 7, Bufflehead fem. esc. at Potter Heigham Marshes
Grey-headed Wagtail in Eye Field, Temminck's Stint on Simmonds' Scrape, Cley NWT
White Stork yesterday at Harleston
Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Great White Egret at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath RSPB
Spoonbill at Burnham Norton
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove at Thursford Green
White Stork esc. flew over Upton Marshes
White Stork esc. at Alburgh, NE of Harleston
Turtle Doves x 4 at Pentney Gravel Pits
Garganey at Cantley
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Turtle Doves x 3 at Seething
Honey Buzzard (probable) flew distantly past Weybourne

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
 
Flew north west past Bemptom Cliffs RSPB

New Hair Style!


By Beth at 'The Studio'
King's Lynn

Four hours later, new bob!
Growing my fringe out is going to take a while!

Shorter style – less washing time, quicker to get out birding!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Titchwell RSPB, Gypsy Lane, Choseley & Holme!

Dotterel at Choseley Barns, Titchwell
Phone-scoped with Swarovski ATS 65mm HD Telescope + 25-50x w eye-piece,
Apple iphone 6 & Kowa TSN-IP6 Photo Adapter.


I felt exhausted from working yesterday, so had a pretty lazy day's birding – I didn't get the feeling that something big was going to turn up in a very blustery south west wind anyway, unless of course you live in County Donegal!

I went to Moulam & Horn in Heacham to buy mother's sack of bird seed, which she normally has delivered but forgot to order it. I have not been to this shop before and was very impressed with the selection of wild bird food on offer. I was told that they can get any seed in for you, such as Red Millet seed, which Turtle Doves particularly love. I came away with mother's usual order and a sack of finch seed (cheaper) too.

I delivered the bird seed, along with a loaf of bread to mother. We sat chatting for a while and I attempted to persuade her to come birding with me, but she didn't sleep very well last night and didn't feel up to it, so I left her to rest.

Titchwell RSPB
I ambled around the Fen and Meadow Trail to search for something exciting. The best birds I found were a male Bullfinch behind some bushes near the Fen Hide and two Spotted Flycatchers in the alders (where they were on Saturday) by the Dragonfly Pond. I met and chatted to a lovely couple who, when talking about Holme said how much they missed seeing birds on the telegraph wires along the Firs Road – 'don't even get me started on that' I replied! Seeing Kestrels, Swallows, Martins, Cuckoos and many other birds perching on the wires, including a Bee-eater once, were all part of the scene at Holme – if I had my way, the telegraph poles and wires would be still be there! A Cetti's Warbler was bombing about from the willow tree to the reeds in the pond and A Little Grebe was also here. Sedge Warblers were singing everywhere and a Cuckoo was heard.

Other birds seen: Long-tailed Tits, Robins, Great Tits, Blackbirds, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Marsh Harriers. At the small pool east of Patsy's Pool, there were a huge number of hirundines skimming over the water – the most I've seen in one area this year so far. It was spitting with rain the entire time I was at Titchwell – a gloomy day with strong south west winds. Had lunch in the cafe and met a couple of blog readers, nice to meet you both.

Gypsy Lane
It was a nice walk along this hedge lined track, but very few birds seen. Saw another Bullfinch, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Blue Tits and three Muntjac deer in the copse on the west side of the path.

Choseley Drying Barns
I checked the fields out along Chalkpit Lane for Dotterel, but didn't find any. Parked up in the usual spot at Choseley Drying Barns and with scope (always needed for Dotterel!) headed west along the hedge lined public footpath to view the Dotterel. I met a birder on route, who kindly gave me a rough idea where to look. The good thing about week days is that there are less crowds – there was no one else here! I found the Dotterel far quicker than I expected too and had wonderful views of them through my scope. They were much too far away for SLR photography unless, like Steve G. you have a wacking great lens! I set up the phone scope kit and managed to get a few videos (only one I really liked when I went through them all this evening) and a few pictures – none were sharp, but with very windy conditions, distance and phone-scoping, you are never going to obtain a mint picture! The Dotterel disappeared over a ridge, so it was a good time to depart. Saw a Yellowhammer in the field and there were lots of Swallows skimming overhead and Whitethroats singing in the hedges.
 
Dotterels x 8 at Choseley Barns, Titchwell
A very windy phone-scoped video!

Phone-scoped with Swarovski ATS 65mm HD Telescope + 25-50x w eye-piece,
Apple iphone 6 & Kowa TSN-IP6 Photo Adapter.


I bumped into Phil from Holme, who was on his way out to see the Dotterel. A little further along the path, not too far from my car I could see a man by the parking area who started shouting at me 'is that your car?' he bellowed. Not knowing which car he was referring to, I shouted back 'mine is the green one'. As I neared my car, the man got into a tractor that was pulling a massive trailer. From the cab of the tractor he shouted 'this is not a car park you know'. I was not parked in front of any field entrance, so I couldn't really see what the problem was. I was parked centrally in front of the entrance to the public footpath. He carried on ranting and raving, but because of the wind I couldn't hear what he was saying. No doubt he will block this last remaining area (see yesterday's post), so that no birders can park anywhere at all. This farmer really doesn't like us birding folk! He should be pleased that people are here to look at birds – we are not nasty people, quite the opposite. After all, he could have vandals up here, fly tippers, raves going on, dodgy people and all kinds!

Holme Marsh Reserve NWT
Spent a while here, in hope that there might be some wagtails amongst the cattle from the third hide, but none were seen. Not many birds seen here really: a Heron, Marsh Harrier, Robins, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Mallards, Lapwings and that was about it.
Taken on the panoramic setting – Apple iphone 6

Spent the rest of the evening with mother before returning home. I see the winds are turning SE on Thursday and Friday, so we might all be in luck with a good bird or too!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Dotterel x 8 west of Choseley Drying Barns
Honey Buzzard flew south over Walsey Hills NOA
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Spoonbill on Thornham Marsh, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Welney WWT
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey x 2 at Kelling Water Meadows
Turtle Dove at Beetley

MEGA NEWS
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
 

On feeder in garden for 2nd day on Tori Island, County Donegal, Ireland

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday Working, Running, Chilling & Holiday!

After a longer than normal day at work, I ran the first of my 4th week of Couch to 5k early this evening. Just about killed me (such a drama queen), but I did it! I was supposed to do this run tomorrow, but did it a day early, so I can get out birding early in the morning.

I then thought about cutting the hedge, but opted out and fell asleep on the sofa! Now on holiday. New hair cut and Hot Birding here we go!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hen Harrier at Stockton
Dotterel x 8 west of Choseley Drying Barns
Glossy Ibis, Curlew Sandpiper at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Osprey, Turtle Dove, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Temminck's Stint at Stiffkey Fen
Spoonbill at Stiffkey
Savi's Warbler at Heigham Corner, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 6 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Temminck's Stint at Cley NWT
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE juv. flew east over Bintree Mill, then seen over Foulsham
Turtle Dove at North Gap, Eccles-on-Sea
Whinchat at Beeston Regis
Osprey at Colney Gravel Pits
Osprey SW of West Earlham Marshes
Spoonbill at Holkham Freshmarsh
BEE-EATERS x 2 over cricket pitch at Winterton

MEGA NEWS 
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female
North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Saturday, 13 May 2017

South Winds Bring Migrants!

WOOD WARBLER
Titchwell RSPB


A rather frustrating day, but all ended well at the finish! Started off in Hunstanton to pick up some of mother's usual selection of bird seed, from a shop opposite the library – a notice on the door read "Closed until 27th May".

Arrived at Holme to find that Vivien had unexpectedly arrived to visit mother. All three of us (after much persuasion) went birding at Titchwell RSPB. I dipped on the Wood Warbler several times – not a happy bunny at all and got rather bored of people telling me it was 'showing well' and was 'flycatching' and more later on of it was 'showing for a good while' and 'it was showing well 5 minutes ago' – you get the picture!๐Ÿ˜ž I particularly love Wood Warblers and don't like dipping them!

We ambled around the Meadow Trail, where we bumped into warden Paul Eele and also young birders Jake and Drew! We had lovely views of a Spotted Flycatcher in the Alders (a favourite spot) by the pond – there were two, but we only saw one whilst here. It felt like Spring had properly arrived, there seemed to be a real buzz in the air of birds arriving. Cuckoo's were calling, Cetti's Warblers, Sedge Warblers singing and also heard a Turtle Dove purring. Hirundines were gracing the skies in the lovely warm weather – what a change from the bitter north winds we have had! Peacock and Red Admirals were also seen. Lovely views of cute juv. Long-tailed Tits with parents, just before the Fen Hide.

Walked to Patsy's Pool, which my mother enjoyed last time we came here and sat on the seat enjoying the views. Mother declared that if she had sandwiches and a flask, she could sit there all day – it was so nice to hear her enjoying herself. There were a good number of Gadwall here, along with Little Grebes, Pochard etc and a Marsh Harrier flew over the reedbeds. Cuckoos calling again and Swallows were skimming over the pool. It felt like summer, it was almost too hot!

Mother purchased a selection of bird seed from the shop and then we returned to the car park to look for the Wood Warbler again – it seemed that everyone had seen it but me! No sign or sound from the lemon yellow delight. News of a Grey-headed Wagtail at Holme Marsh Reserve NWT had me scurrying away. Vivien took mother home and I headed off to see the wagtail.
Blue-headed Wagtail at Holme Marsh NWT


Parked the car up on the road in the Holme village and walked to the reserve. Bumped into Geoff and Pat, who have seen the Grey-headed Wagtail '5 minutes ago', but distantly amongst the cows. I arrive at the third hide to find no one else in there, which was a surprise! I scan the marsh and cows and see absolutely nothing, not a wagtail of any description! I scanned back and forth in disbelief that not a single wagtail was showing. I walked back to the second hide to see if any are on the muddy edges, but nothing at all. Two birders from a group join me and then we all return to the last hide, which is now full to the max of birders. We spend ages looking and after a couple of very brief moments, we eventually get a glimpse of the Grey-headed Wagtail, but not long enough to get a photo and in any case it was far too distant for my lens. The bird then heads towards the second hide, which I return to and have brief views again, but it heads back to the third hide! I return again to the third and last hide where everyone has departed. The cows make their way towards me and then walk over to the right hand side. I feel excited about seeing this wagtail much closer, but I didn't see it at all. But, I did have good views of a single Blue-headed Wagtail, which I got several pictures of – none are sharp, as still too distant. Any offers to buy me a bigger lens, will be very much appreciated!๐Ÿ˜‰ Bumped into Mark Bradbury and then Eddie M. as I walked back along the path (they saw the Grey-headed Wagtail briefly too, Eddie told me later in the evening).

I returned to Titchwell RSPB, to have a final search for the Wood Warbler. The light on the large sycamore tree in the car park has disappeared and my hopes of seeing this bird are fading fast. Suddenly at just after 8pm I hear a wonderful little trill – a moment later another trill and there it is!!! At last! High up in the sycamore flitting around the lime green leaves, is the stunning Wood Warbler – I smile and sigh with relief! Managed to get a few shots, but nothing spectacular. A male Blackcap appears in a hawthorn bush and a Turtle Dove starts purring close by – magic!

Inspired by seeing the Wood Warbler, I walk around the Meadow Trail, but don't see anything else of note. The Spotted Flycatchers had retired for the night and the air was getting chilly. I walked along the main path for a short while, watching lots of hirundines skimming overhead. A beautiful sunset ends the day.
Sunset at Titchwell RSPB

I head up to Choseley Barns to look for Dotterel, but found nothing but lots of hares. I see the local farmer has cordoned off the pull in area at the bottom of the hill, where people have always parked to view the Dotterel! The same farmer (presumably) who ripped out the lovely hedge, that the Corn Buntings used to perch in by the concrete pad – as many birders were, I was shocked to see this hedge ripped out at the time. Why would he dislike birders that much, I really don't understand it at all. It was now 9.15pm, time to go home!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Glossy Ibis, Osprey at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Wood Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Turtle Doves x 3, Little Stint, Common Crane flew in off sea, Spoonbill, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard flew west over Briarfields, Titchwell
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Honey Buzzard, Caspian Gull, Short-eared Owls x 2 at West Runton
Turtle Dove at Sidestrand
Temminck's Stints x 2 at Stiffkey Fen (ETM)
Common Cranes x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Dotterel x 7 west of Choseley Drying Barns
Red-footed Falcton fem., Short-eared Owls x 4 at North Dunes, Winterton
Garganey, Turtle Doves x 2 at Holme Dunes NWT
Pied Flycatcher in car park at Holme
Grey-headed Wagtail at Holme Marsh Reserve NWT
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Dunes
Honey Buzzard dark morph at Blakeney
Arctic Terns x 2 at Ormesby Broad
Savi's Warbler, Hen Harrier at Heigham Corner, Little Stint, Garganey x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 4 at Hickling Broad NWT
Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Osprey at East Hills, Wells
Wood Sandpiper at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS

Flew SE past (2.25pm) Bempton Cliffs RSPB
Flew SE past (2.49pm) Thornwick Bay
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female 
North Ronaldsay, Orkney

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
JOHN FURSE!!!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Eight Days Holiday!

Hoping for some good birds this week – fingers crossed!

Weather for Norfolk this weekend:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2646403

HIGH TIDES
King's Lynn Docks
Saturday 8.42am – Sunday 9.12am
Wells Bar
Saturday 8.58am – Sunday 9.28am

Completed my third week of Couch To 5K! Its getting more difficult each week, but managing to get through each session. Started a weigh in club at work on Wednesday – Kelly is our S.T. Weigh-in Leader!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Honey Buzzard ad. pale morph, Blue-headed Wagtail, Spoonbills x 2, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Cley NWT
Savi's Warbler at Heigham Corner, Spoonbills x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 4, Arctic Terns x 12 at Breydon Water
Glossy Ibis at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Garganey x 3, Bar-tailed Godwit at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Ring Ouzels x 2, Hen Harrier at Horsey
White Storks x 2 at Acle
Saker in field, then flew SW, Turtle Dove at Eccles-on-Sea
Red-crested Pochard at Welney WWT
Red-footed Falcon, Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 10, Blue-headed Wagtail, Yellow Wagtails x 20 at Holkham
Hen Harrier at Waxham
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Weybourne Camp
Blue-headed Wagtail at Titchwell RSPB
Blue-headed Wagtail at Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mother, Father & The Cat!

I've been a very busy bee this evening. Picked my mother up from her hospital appointment after I finished work. Went to Hunstanton to buy one portion of fish 'n' chips for us to share, which we ate back at Holme. Half an hour later I took mother to have her hair cut at an lovely hairdressers in Old Hunstanton at 6.30pm, then dropped mother back at home.

I then spent some time sitting, thinking, pondering and talking to my father at his final resting place. My eyes filled with tears and I got myself into a real state – I felt so sad. Death is so final – nothing is left apart from memories. Memories that you desperately try and bring to life, but they are never close enough – only a vision that is out of reach. It was a beautiful evening as the sun set – I composed myself and returned to spend the rest of the evening with mother.

So, it was time for me to administer Frontline Flea Treatment to the cat! Those last four weeks disappeared quickly – got the dose ready, found the cat upstairs, who saw me coming and shot under the spare bed like grease lightening. I crouched down to look under the bed and found a smug looking cat – moments later the cat was most annoyed to find a walking stick coming under the bed to force her out!!! Cat flies into the bathroom – I shut the door and administer treatment to a very mobile p*ssed off cat, but I got the job done with no lacerations! The cat then bolts downstairs to sulk under a table.

Helped mother sort out some paperwork, got the washing in off the line, made coffee and sat down for a bit, then left to return to King's Lynn.

I'm on holiday again next week! But, I'm working this Sunday – no doubt that will be the only good day for birds! Hairdressers on Tuesday, garden to sort out, fence panel to get mended and rare birds to find!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 3, Spoonbills x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Arctic Terns x 19 at Ormesby Broad
Turtle Dove, Whinchat, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Glossy Ibis, Wood Sandpiper at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Yellow-browed Warbler, Turtle Dove at Eccles-on-Sea
Osprey flew over Snettisham RSPB
Osprey flew north over South Beach, Heacham
Garganey x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Grey Plover at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Whinchat, Ring Ouzel at Sea Palling
Shorelark, Ring Ouzel, Bittern at Burnham Overy Dunes
Black Redstart at North Dunes, Winterton
Turtle Dove at Holme Dunes NWT
White-tailed Eagle at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Sidestrand
Ring Ouzels x 4 at Weybourne Camp
Spoonbill at Stiffkey
Ring Ouzel at Waxham
Wood Sandpiper at Hardwick Flood Lagoon, King's Lynn

MEGA NEWS
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female
 

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 2, Bufflehead fem. esc., Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 3, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove singing near church at Beighton
Ring Ouzel near railway station at Buckenham
Garganey x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Jack Snipe at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Short-eared Owl at Kelling Water Meadow
Tawny Pipit, Ring Ouzels x 3 at east end of Weybourne Camp
Hen Harrier flew over Beach Road at Weybourne
Spoonbills x 3, Ring Ouzel at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove, Velvet Scoters x 6 at Titchwell RSPB
Great Reed Warbler singing at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford
Glossy Ibis yesterday at Welney WWT
Wood Sandpiper at Bintree Mill
Savi's Warbler at Heigham Corner, Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpipers x 3 at Cantley Marshes RSPB
White-tailed Eagle flew over, Red-footed Falcon fem. flew SE over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Turtle Doves x 4 at Seething
Raven flew west over Muckleburgh Hill
Ring Ouzels x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes
Osprey at Holkham
Waxwings x 2 on Beccles Road, Gorleston-on-Sea
Glossy Ibis at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Black Terns x 5 at Rockland Broad
Turtle Doves x 2 at Sidestrand

MEGA NEWS
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

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Thanks to the RBA team for including my Red-breasted Flycatcher in their Round-up!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Dotterel x 5 off Chalkpit Road at Choseley
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Bintree Mill
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Bufflehead fem. esc., White Stork esc., Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Spoonbills x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler at Heigham Corner, Hickling Broad NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 2, then flew east, Spoonbill at Burnham Norton Marshes
Waxwing on Beccles Road, Gorleston-on-Sea
Black Terns x 2 at Filby Broad
Osprey flew north over Swanton Morley Gravel Pits
Velvet Scoters x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Wryneck at Wiveton Hall
Ring Ouzel north of station at Buckenham
Ring Ouzels x 5 at Horsey
Spoonbill at Wells
Short-eared Owl at Cantley Marshes RSPB
Turtle Doves x 3, Ring Ouzels x 4, Whinchat at Snettisham Coastal Park
Ring Ouzel at Burnham Overy Dunes
Ring Ouzel at Holme NOA
Ring Ouzel at Gapton Marshes

MEGA NEWS
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female
 

North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Monday, 8 May 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Temminck's Stint in area of no general access at King's Lynn
Waxwing on Beccles Road, Gorleston-on-Sea
Black-winged Stilts x 2, Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Little Stint, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Spoonbills x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Dotterel x 4 off Chalkpit Road at Choseley
Wood Warbler still at Walsey Hills NOA
Shorelarks x 2 on beach at Holkham Gap
Hawfinches x 2 behind Washington Hide at Holkham
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Black Redstart Male at Hunstanton
Spoonbill flew over A47 at Great Yarmouth
Black Terns x 2 at Sparham Pools, Lyng
Wood Sandpiper at Bintree Mill

MEGA NEWS
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Female

North Ronaldsay, Orkney
SPECTACLED WARBLER
Isle of Portland, Dorset
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO
Skomer Island,Pembrokeshire 

Last Day of My Holiday!

I started the day with the completion of the end of week 2 of Couch To 5k. Saw a few birds on my running route this morning, including several Blackbirds in a field, a Willow Warbler, Blackcap and a LBJ!

I spent the rest of the day at Holme again and enjoyed more views of the Red-breasted Flycatcher – however, I didn't dedicate any serious time photographing this bird today. Had a jacket potato lunch, sitting outside the cafe at Holme NWT and went to say hello to Sophie at the observatory, but she wasn't there – had a brief chat with Steve Newman and then searched the pines by the beach, but didn't find anything of note.

Headed west to the Forestry to search for birds. I skulked around the entire area and found 1 male Stonechat, some Linnets, Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. A few Swifts were gracing the skies and a Marsh Harrier was over the marshes. I watched a lovely female Redstart, pointed out to me by Fiona (NWT staff), which was feeding in the long sandy gully, adjacent to the coastal footpath. Apparently there were two Redstarts by the paddock next to the path to the NWT hides this morning too. I walked back along the road and had brief views of a Lesser Whitethroat. A cracking Ruff was in the pools/marsh on the corner of the road. At the paddocks I saw at least 3 Wheatears and another Stonechat, but no sign of any Redstarts or Whinchat whilst there.

I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the Red-breasted Flycatcher, which had become more elusive and was missing for a good period of time. Lots of banter and laughter when Andy W. and Justin L arrived, along with Jack G. and Drew L. Everyone got to see the RBFly before they left. It was seriously chilly this evening – I was shivering it was that cold!

I left and went to the village car park to watch for any migrants in the scrub – a favourite little spot of mine and was horrified to discover a massive pile of dumped rubbish – consisting of garden rubbish, old bits of hardboard, chip board, material things etc – what a mess! It was pushed and shoved into the base of a large willow, which is a particularly good tree to watch birds in – couldn't see the tree any more! This part of the village has been ruined over the last year – with the cutting down of the huge willow on the edge of the road near the toilet block and the hacking of the huge hedge next to the car parking spaces, I really don't know what is going on!!! This hedge is now visually a line of dead sticks – they might as well have taken it out completely, it looks a very sad sight indeed. Also this very tall hedge (that was) provided alot of shade to cars parked here – they will be roasting hot now in the summer months.

I went to search for the Wryneck in Holme village and missed it by 10 minutes or so, when apparently it was seen in a gravel driveway next to the road!!! Spent a while looking for it, but failed miserably. I drove along Beach Road and backed my car into a pull-in next to a horse field to scan the field (another favoured spot of mine). As I got out of the car, I could see some cycles by the hedge – I was thinking that children had left them there and gone for a walk, but they had been dumped!!! Four cycles dumped by the hedge along with big canvas chair. What is going on in this village?!!!

I returned to the stubble field between Ringstead and Thornham, to find in better light, that it was actually an asparagus field! There was no sign of any Hoopoe, but there were a huge number of birds here! At least 50+ Pied Wagtails were feeding in the field, along with a surprise of three Wheatears, Goldfinches, Grey and Red-legged Partridges and a couple of Blackbirds! It was very interesting indeed, as the surrounding fields were devoid of birds.

Holme Village
Two things that have made me pretty angry – a wonderful hedge, which was at least 12 foot high, if not more and has been there for many many years (obviously good for birds) has been hacked to pieces and looks a complete mess – just past the toilet block and now there is a wonderful view (not) of the fence/barrier to the golf course.

I was also horrified to discover today, a mammoth pile of rubbish dumped into the willow scrub in the village car park – right where I normally sit in the car and watch birds feeding, such as whitethroats etc – who has dumped this? Who and when will it be removed? I hope very much its not going to remain there!

Andy Brown feels the same:
http://northwestnorfolknaturalists.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/holmes-latest-tourist-attraction-is.html

http://northwestnorfolknaturalists.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/holme-residents-celebrate-latest-work.html

Also see Andy's post re his sighting of a GREAT HORNED OWL on 27th April, presumably escaped, but was it?!!!:
http://northwestnorfolknaturalists.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/an-eagle-owl-in-hunstanton.html