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Friday, 30 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard at Potter Heigham
Honey Buzzards x 2 flew over Kelling Heath
Little Gulls x 3 at Salthouse
Hooded Crow or hybrid at Hickling Broad NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 10 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull, Spoonbills x 4 at Breydon Water

MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 29 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Great White Egret, Little Gull, Spoonbill, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 5 (male, fem., 3+ young), Spoonbills x 8 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull at Breydon Water
Little Gull at Weybourne
Little Gulls x 5 at Salthouse
Spoonbills x 5 at Holme
Turtle Dove at Seething

MEGA NEWS
BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER 
possible, reported on Tuesday at The Belfry, Yarcombe, Devon
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS
Flew north past Whitburn Coastal Park, County Durham – Farne Islands, Northumberland – Eyemouth, Scottish Borders – Dunbar, then Seacliff, Lothian

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Extreme Weather!

Last week I was filling up hot water bottles with cold water and freezing them to get some mild relief from the heat wave! Last night and tonight I'm filling hot water bottles with boiling water and considering putting the heating back on again! On second thoughts, its late June, I refuse to put the heating on! My mother has caved in though, I don't blame her, its freezing compared to a week ago, I'm not complaining though, I would rather be chilly then too hot! Its being lashing down with rain all day here in Norfolk and the roads were flooded on my journeys out to see community patients. The weather doesn't look much better over the next couple of days either! Improvements on Saturday with some sunshine in the afternoon, according to the BBC weather forecast.

7 Bee-eaters at Quarry in Nottinghamshire!

http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/biodiversity/archive/2017/06/26/how-to-see-bee-eaters-in-nottinghamshire.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40428787

https://nottstv.com/incredibly-rare-group-birds-spotted-nottinghamshire-first-time-40-years/

http://markavery.info/2017/06/27/beeeaters/

http://www.nottsbirders.net/latest_sightings.html

Hen Harrier Plunges Towards Extinction in England!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40422732

Read Mark Avery's post here!
http://markavery.info/2017/06/28/uk-hen-harrier-survey-results-3/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Little Gulls x 5, Spoonbills x 6, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 3 in North Field at Holme

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS

Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 21st to 27th June!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-26.aspx?s_id=428320210

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Birding in the rain at Titchwell RSPB!

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

Considering the heavy rain, I had a good selection of birds this evening! A Turtle Dove was 'purring' in the car park. The East Trail produced a Barn Owl, Marsh Harriers x 2, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe, Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins. There were hundreds of tiny baby toads all along the paths around the East Trail – they were so small I could only just see them – I had to step very carefully!

Along the Fen Trail a Cuckoo and Cetti's Warbler were calling, a bedraggled Sedge Warbler posed briefly and a Wren posed briefly by the Fen Hide.
Phone-scoped Video with Swarovski ATS 65mm HD Telescope with 25-50x w eye-piece &
Apple iphone 6 with Kowa TSN-IP6 Photo Adapter.


On the Freshmarsh from Island Hide I had several 'two's'! Curlews x 2, Turnstones x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Reed Warblers x 2, Pied Wagtails x 2, a Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, Lapwings, Avocets and juv., Black-tailed Godwits, Shelducks, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Heron, Bearded Tits pinging, Reed Bunting, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Blackbird, Coots, Moorhens, Redshanks. I could not see any Garganey. As I left Island Hide at about 8pm, I disturbed a huge Starling flock in the willows. A very wet walk back to my car. A squirrel knocked a nest box down in the picnic area as I walked past – on investigation it was luckily empty! Visited mother for a short while, before heading home to sort all my wet gear out!

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

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egrets x 4, Turtle Doves x 3, Garganey, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 4, Spoonbills x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 2 on south side of Broadwater at Holme
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Montagu's Harrier adult male, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 9, Little Gulls x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 11, Spotted Redshank yesterday at Cley NWT
Marsh Warbler singing at Upton Broad
Turtle Dove at Seething

MEGA NEWS
None

Monday, 26 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-backed Shrike, Little Gull at Breydon Water
Hawfinch yesterday at Lynford Aboretum
Turtle Doves x 3 (1 juv.), Garganey, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Spoonbills x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Lucy's Last Concert of the Season!


So proud of my sister Lucy, who plays 2nd Violin in the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. She attended all of her rehearsals throughout our father being poorly, his death, funeral and still carried on. She is stronger mentally than the rest of us put together. This was the last concert of the season, which I took my mother to watch as well. Vivien couldn't go as she was working.
After the concert at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn, we went to Prezzo in the market place to celebrate and Vivien came to join us after she finished work.

After taking everyone home, I spent the rest of the evening watching Ed Sheeran headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury – awesome!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Turtle Dove, Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 25 at Stiffkey Fen
Little Gulls x 6, Spoonbill, Bittern at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 20, Bittern at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 14, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 6 on Hun Pool, Holme
Red-backed Shrike at Breydon Water

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 24 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret flew over, Spoonbills x 2 at Burnham Norton
Little Gulls x 13, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 14, Common Crane, Wood Sandpipers x 4, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Cranes x 2 flew over Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 2 flew over Holme

MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 23 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull at Breydon Water
Black-winged Stilts x 5 (male, fem., 3+ young), Spoonbills x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull flew past Weybourne Camp
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 6, Little Gulls x 4 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
None

Dizzee Rascal Ticket Booked & Playing Glastonbury in 7 Minutes!

Booked my ticket today – nobody else wanted to go with me "BONKERS"!!!! SO excited!!! AND Dizzee is on Glastonbury live at 10.30pm on BBC4 (Channel 9) in 7 minutes time!!! Wahoooo!!!!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bonkers-dizzee-rascal-to-perform-in-norwich-1-5065010

Thursday, 22 June 2017

North Ronaldsay Hot Property!

This amazing property would cost three times that and more in Norfolk! I could sell my property and move there easily for that price, but not many job prospects! Nice to dream though!

http://www.lowsorkney.co.uk/p/24208

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Turtle Doves x 3 (adults x 2, 1 juv.), Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 20 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 2 flew past Weybourne Camp

MEGA NEWS 
WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL
Castlebay, Barra, Western Isles
ELEGANT TERN
Brownsea Island, Dorset

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Doses of Neighborhood Nature: The Benefits for Mental Health of Living with Nature

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/67/2/147/2900179/Doses-of-Neighborhood-Nature-The-Benefits-for

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Little Gulls x 4, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 14 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Black Tern, Little Gulls x 8 on Arnold's Marsh, Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Brownsea Island Dorset

RBA Weekly Round-Up 14th to 20th June!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-25.aspx?s_id=263430779

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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TUESDAY 20th June
Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Little Gull at Breydon Water
Turtle Doves x 2 along Firs Road, Holme
Turtle Doves x 2 at Seething
Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Monday, 19 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Spoonbill, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank, Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, probable on East Trail, Red-veined Darter Dragonfly at Titchwell RSPB
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Spoonbills x 12 at Stiffkey
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Beetley Common
Turtle Dove at Seething
Marsh Warbler singing at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Garganey at Buckenham Marshes RSPB

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Hot Weather Tip!

Take covers off hot water bottles and fill with cold tap water! Then put in freezer for approximately 20 minutes. Currently have my feet on one and hugging the second! Fab u lous!!!!😀

33° (92 F) in King's Lynn today – the temperature on the wards must have been far higher!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Hottest Day of the Year!

Even Hotter tomorrow!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/hottest-day-of-year-so-far-recorded-for-east-anglia-but-forecasters-warn-temperatures-will-continue-to-rise-1-5066924

Father's Day

Thinking of you today and every day, love you and miss you so much xxx

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 9, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 (males x 2, fem., 4 young), Garganey x 3, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly on Selbrigg Pond, High Kelling
Little Gull at Salthouse
Black Tern at Breydon Water
Savi's Warbler singing at Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT

MEGA NEWS
MYRTLE WARBLER 
Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire
ELEGANT TERN
Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Saturday, 17 June 2017

'Chilled' Day at Holme!

Chilled as in it was far too hot to do much at all! The heat has been intense today – extremely muggy and humid and the pollen levels are very high. I used to suffer with hayfever badly in my teens, but it seems to have improved a lot since I have got older. However, the last few days have been dreadful, the worst hayfever I have had for many years. Even after taking hayfever tablets, I have still been sneezing uncontrollably and feel exhausted with it and the usual itchy eyes have been driving me insane.

The best place to be when it is this hot, is my mother's house. Picked Lucy up and off we went to Holme, but stopped on route in King's Lynn to buy mother a nice new recliner deckchair with padded seat to sit in and garden table from 'B&Q' and 'The Range'. It was so hot that I didn't even feel that cool in my mother's house! We had lunch together and just sat and chilled in the house. I had to shut all the curtains to cope with the hayfever symptoms. Mother has had a family of bullfinches in her garden recently, but they were not on show today.

I left it until evening before I ventured out, thinking it would be cooler – it wasn't! I went to Holme Bird Observatory to sit and be with my father in spirit. The new windows and door are in place at the observatory! Looks like they have some new khaki coloured blinds up too. Thank you again to all who have donated! I sat on the raised veranda which was very slightly cooler and scanned the marshes for birds. A Common Buzzard was sitting on a post out on the marsh and at least 4 Common Buzzards were spiralling in the skies along with a Marsh Harrier. I could hear a Cuckoo calling and several Swallows were skimming past. It was a beautiful evening, even though it was boiling hot. A Viper's Bugloss plant had sprung up where father's ashes were, which was comforting. Father's Day tomorrow will feel very sad this year. No dragonflies in the pond or butterflies, which surprised me. But I did see a few Small Tortoiseshells along the Firs Road when I drove down though.

Went to Holme Marsh Reserve but after looking out of Hide one, I left more or less straight away as all the reeds have grown up and I could hardly see the water on the pool. Heard a Cetti's Warbler singing and that was about it.

Spent the rest of the evening back at mother's house. We had a lovely salad (that I made) and strawberries to follow. The best part of the day was when we sat in the garden at 9.30pm!

Tomorrow is going to be even hotter!!! I am at work all day – lovely!!!😧😩😎🌞

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Red-footed Falcon fem. yesterday briefly at Breydon Water
White-tailed Eagle north of Chedgrave
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Seething
Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Spoonbills x 2 at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Garganey x 3, Spoonbills x 20 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Albino Sparrow in Whissonsett!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/alby-the-albino-sparrow-causing-a-flap-in-whissonsett-1-5059719

Dizzee Rascal Performing In Norwich this October!!!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bonkers-dizzee-rascal-to-perform-in-norwich-1-5065010

Friday, 16 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Quail singing north of Saxlingham
Black Terns x 7, Spoonbill at Holme
Little Gull at Salthouse
Savi's Warbler singing at Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Cattle Egret, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 
Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex
SLATE-COLOURED JUNCO 
Briefly on Saturday at Stalham, Norfolk

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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THURSDAY 15TH JUNE
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB 
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 15, Garganey, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh
Spoonbill at Burnham Deepdale

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 16, Little Gull, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes 
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Doves singing at Seething
Little Gull on Watling Water at Cley NWT
Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 2 at Burnham Overy Dunes

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

RBA Weekly Round-Up 7th to 13th June!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-24.aspx?s_id=98543957

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Spoonbills x 3, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Roseate Tern on Arnold's Marsh, Garganey at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Taverham
Turtle Doves x 2 at Seething
Spoonbill at Breydon Water
Great White Egrets x 2, Spoonbills x 22 at Holkham

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Monday, 12 June 2017

Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/baby-bird-dinosaur-burmese-amber-fossil/

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing at Eccles-on-Sea
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron, Spoonbills x 13 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Salthouse
Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT

Black-winged Stilts x 4 – male, fem. & 2 young., Ouse Washes RSPB, Cambridgeshire

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Special Place – East Bank Cley NWT!

Sunset, end of the East Bank at Cley NWT


It hasn't been a 'normal' weekend at all – in fact it hasn't been a normal couple of weeks either. I can't recall the last time if ever, my family have been for a pub lunch together – it was so nice sitting by the River Wensum at Sculthorpe yesterday and spending quality time with my sisters and mother.

Today I had to sort some jobs out that were way overdue and then had to go on a long journey to deliver something. I then headed north to the coast and ended up at Cley! Parked in the East Bank car park and had the entire place to myself. I walked out to the beach and had wonderful views of birds on 'The Serpentine' and 'Arnold's Marsh', including a pair of Redshank with three fluffy young, Tufted Ducks, good numbers of Shelduck and Avocets, Pied Wagtails, Greylag Geese, Mallards, Little Egrets, Little Grebes, Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwits, Black-headed Gulls and Sandwich and Common Terns graced the skies. Swifts and Swallows skimmed over my head in the wind and flocks of Starlings headed west over the East Bank. One Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds and Sedge Warblers singing in the fading light. A pair of Mallards were supervising their young in the pool by the car park – these fluffy chicks were speeding around the pool catching flies and were very entertaining to watch!
It was chilly by the sea, but so beautiful as the sun was setting – I spent a while here sitting on the shingle, thinking and watching Little Terns and Sandwich Terns flying west over the breakers. My parents met on the East Bank, so this is a special place for me.

Sunset, end of the East Bank at Cley NWT

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Garganey, Spoonbill off East Bank at Cley NWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Quail flew from dunes at Waxham
Turtle Dove at Titchwell RSPB
Honey Buzzard between Holt and Edgefield

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sculthorpe Mill!

A lovely family day out with my mother and sisters to Sculthorpe Mill for lunch. Sat outside in the garden behind the pub and had a fabulous lunch and dessert. Lovely views of Banded Demoiselles fluttering along the stream. Unusually we didn't see any Grey Wagtails, but did see a Pied Wagtail and a Blackcap was singing – two Kestrels were hovering over the field next to the pub.

I tried to persuade everyone to go to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, but Mother was feeling tired. Drove back to Holme via Burnham Market and chilled in the shade! Saw a couple of Common Buzzards in the thermals on route back.

Lucy and I saw the Little Owl perched on the low fence at Knight's Hill roundabout at King's Lynn as we drove past at 9.50pm! The same bird (I presume) on the same fence post, as the one I saw recently!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s., Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey at Cley NWT
Honey Buzzard flew over Wighton
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
White-winged Black Tern at North Beach, Winterton
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly, Red-veined Darter Dragonflies x 5 at North Dunes, Winterton
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 2 flew past Holme NWT

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN
 

Pagham Harbour, Church Norton, Sussex

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

FRIDAY 9TH JUNE
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Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Red-necked Phalarope at Welney WWT
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s, Bufflehead fem. esc. at Potter Heigham Marshes
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Savi's Warbler, yesterday by Weavers' Way, Spoonbills x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Honey Buzzard NE of Kettlestone
Rose-coloured Starling reported on Sunday near Horning
Quail at Horsey

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN

Hayling Island, Hampshire

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
White-winged Black Tern at North Beach, Winterton
Red-necked Phalarope, Great White Egrets x 3 at Welney WWT
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 7 – male, 2 fems. & 4 young., Night Heron 1s, Cattle Egret, Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler, yesterday by Weavers' Way, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT
Quail singing at Horsey
Honey Buzzard flew over Felbrigg
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Osprey near Ludham at Howhill

MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Redshank flew past Hemsby
Spoonbill flew over grazing marsh, Holme
Red-necked Phalarope at Welney WWT
Osprey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
ELEGANT TERN Adult Male

(colour-ringed) Hayling Island, Hampshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 31st May to 6th June!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-23.aspx?s_id=1007393982

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Cattle Egret, possible flew south over Attleborough
Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Sooty Shearwater flew past Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
LITTLE SWIFT

possible, reported at west end of Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire

Monday, 5 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Seething
Honey Buzzard flew over Kelling
Turtle Dove at Weybourne Camp
White Stork just north of Potter Heigham

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 4 June 2017

MANCHESTER ONE LOVE CONCERT!

The Manchester One Love Concert was live on BBC1 this evening to benefit those affected by the Manchester bomb attack.

This has to be the most emotional and amazing concert I have ever watched. Now available to watch on iplayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08vb4dd/one-love-manchester

Among the performers were:
Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40153433

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Little Gulls x 3, Little Stint, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Black Kite, Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 8, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
• Lesser Emperor Dragonflies x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
Short-eared Owl at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 3 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Spoonbill, Garganey x 2, Little Gull 1s, Red-crested Pochards x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilt at Salthouse
Black-winged Stilt at Cley NWT
Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 12 at Potter Heigham
• Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret
Serin between Weybourne and Sheringham
Crossbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Black Redstart male at Gorleston-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
BOOTED EAGLE

Unconfirmed report, south over Hundred Acres, east of Wickham, Hampshire

Friday, 2 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull 1s at Breydon Water
Quail singing behind CleySpy at Glandford
Spoonbills x 8, Common Crane, Garganey, White Stork at Potter Heigham
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Little Gull 1s at Hickling Broad NWT
• Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Felbrigg Hall NT Lake
Glossy Ibis flew SE past Sheringham
Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT
Crossbills x 8 at Sidestrand
Turtle Dove at Snettisham Coastal Park

MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN

Flew past Uisaed Point, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
BAROLO SHEARWATER
South of Start Point, Devon

Thursday, 1 June 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Quail singing last night at Repps
Red-footed Falcon 1s male between Weybourne and Sheringham
Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 2 at Breydon Water
Savi's Warbler singing by Weavers' Way, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbill at Burnham Overy
Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Little Gull 1s at Titchwell RSPB
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Great Cressingham

MEGA NEWS
BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR

Reported yesterday, NNE of Silecroft, Cumbria