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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Overhead power lines to be removed in Cley to restore coastline’s natural beauty

This was done at Holme many years ago. This is dreadful news, no more wires for birds to perch on, no more Swallows, Martins, Starlings, Kestrels, Linnets, no potential Bee-eaters, no nothing. The disturbance to wildlife through digging up the land to put underground cables will be FAR WORSE! Very angry and sad to hear this. The wires along Beach Road are always exciting to watch for birds perched or landing, can't believe these will be gone!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/cley-overhead-lines-removal-1-5397217

A HUGE THANK YOU!

To all my very concerned friends and readers

I had so many emails re my post about buying a Motorhome to live in, that I still havn't got round to replying to everyone and for that I most sincerely apologise. Several people pointed out things to me that I had not even considered and I soon realised that it maybe not such a good idea afterall!!! So back to the drawing board!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ADVICE AND CONCERNS

Monday, 19 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 12, possible (yesterday) at St Faith's Common, NW of Horsford
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Iceland Gull at Buxton
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, probable Mealy Redpolls x 2, Snow Buntings x 20 east of crossroads at Kelling
Great White Egret west of bypass at Caister-on-Sea
Long-tailed Ducks x 10 at Titchwell RSPB
Lapland Buntings x 2 at Weybourne

MEGA NEWS 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

SAVE THE COASTHOPPER BUS SERVICE!

This essential bus service around the Norfolk coast NEEDS to be saved! Please sign, it only takes a few seconds, thank you. My mother uses this bus regularly – it is the only service to operate from Holme to Hunstanton, otherwise its a taxi which is incredibly expensive and very difficult to book.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-coasthopper-bus-service?bucket

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sorting Mother's Garden & Hot News!

Overslept after setting the alarm early, I obviously needed the extra hours! Spent the afternoon at Mother's house sorting out the garden with Vivien and Ray who had arrived in the morning and done tons already. Well, to be honest I didn't do that much – I pruned all the buddleias outside the front gate, balanced on a step ladder, so mother can see the pond and changed the water in the bird drinking baths. The pond area and willows is excellent for Spring migrants, but if the neighbour's get their way with their planning permission, this wonderful view could cease to exist. I do wish that people who move into little cottages and want to extend them to twice the size and ruin the history of 'my' village, would leave, go elsewhere and simply buy a bigger property! There will be serious issues if the cottage is extended with the 'new parking area' re-located to opposite where I currently park, as I have no intention of moving my car, so how will they get out/in of their drive?!!! Oh dear! I have a feeling my mother's immediate neighbour will do the same with her car – we are not happy at all and neither is anyone else in the road. Also, the road is not tarmacked and is privately owned amongst the residents and is a quagmire when there has been a heavy downpour – any increase in traffic will churn up the road even further.

Another neighbour who had complained about mother's owl box, will now be very happy to hear that the fallen box (in recent high winds) has now been removed expertly by Ray. It had fallen and was hanging, suspended by a thick rope around the tree and could have fallen at some point and the neighbour had complained that it might fall into his garden and hit him on the head! This would have been highly unlikely as the angle it was positioned, mean't that it was much more likely to land into mother's garden. Mother has been worrying about it constantly, so NOW it is her garden, which should keep the neighbour happy! Thanks to Ray and Vivien for sorting it – they both did loads of other work and are hoping to have a big bonfire in the next few weeks.

After having a hot drink, we all departed and headed home. I then picked Lucy up at around 6.20pm and took her back to my house so she could sit at my Apple iMac to mark down the 'bowings' for the next concert she is playing in. Cooked my tea whilst Lucy was doing this – she finished at 8pm and then sat with me to watch the 'Call The Midwife', but chatted all the way through, so I didn't really get to watch it all! Took her home at 9pm and then made a wonderful 'Beetroot Couscous with roast squash and feta' for work tomorrow. Busy weekend, but lots achieved!
I also joined 'Weight Watchers' last Wednesday and signed up and paid for the next four months! I have been comfort eating so much over the last couple of years and things have got out of hand. I have to take back control of my health before I end up on my own ward!!! I realised how much better this diet is than Slimming World, as with WW you simply have 23 'Smart Points' a day and 42 extra for the week – long story short, this way of dieting works much better for me – so, here we go!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Lapland Buntings x 5 at Weybourne
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 16, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers x 2 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 5, Mealy Redpolls x 7, Twite x 2 at Kelling
Snow Buntings x 80, Lapland Bunting at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Spotted Redshank x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Hooded Crow still east of Chalkpit Lane at Choseley
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Smew at Rollesby Broad
Bittern at Glandford
Great White Egret west of bypass at Caister-on-Sea
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 at Holme
Tundra Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Hen Harriers x 3 at Warham Greens
Water Pipit at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 5 at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS 
None

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Otter, Bittern, Sunshine & More!

Took Lucy out for the day to help her with some shopping and managed to have a cracking afternoon out in the field as well! The sun shone all day long and it really felt like a Spring day! On route, a car in front kicked up a stone which hit my windscreen – we couldn't see a chip, so presumed there wasn't one.

The choice of shoe shops in King's Lynn is diabolical, so took Lucy to Holt and went into 'Siddalls' and 'Bakers & Larners' to look for a new pair of concert shoes, which she did find, so mission accomplished!

Met up with Eddie and John F. at Natural Surroundings cafe in Glandford, where we had lunch to celebrate Eddie's birthday. The red pepper and sweet potato soup that Lucy and I had was absolutely delicious, followed by cake (that I didn't have) and washed down with 'pink lemonade'. John was in full swing with jokes from the second he arrived until we all parted later on! Lucy found him very amusing!

The afternoon produced some spectacular sightings indeed! We all walked along the path by the lake and had distant, but extremely lucky views of an Otter!!! Sadly, Lucy was not quick enough with my borrowed binoculars to see it. There was also several Little Grebes, a Shoveler, a Fieldfare (I didn't see) and a Great Crested Grebe. Lots of Snowdrops and also Aconites – all looking very Springlike! Later on we were treated to stupendous views of a Bittern in the afternoon sunshine!

Returned to the car park, where we gave Eddie a piece of Lucy's 50th birthday cake (its nearly finished!) and then listened to John's choral works (via CD in his car), which was on Radio 3 in October 2017. Lucy was very impressed and was talking about this for a good while after we left!

We left Glandford and headed to Cley to look at the sea before heading west. On route Lucy suddenly said 'Penny you have got a crack on your windscreen' – I stopped the car to find that the stone had chipped behind my NHS car parking permit and had decided to crack across the screen for approximately 10 inches!!! So, that will be a new windscreen and excess to pay! This is the second windscreen I will have had replaced for this car – they don't make things like they use to!

At Coastguards, the sea was like a millpond, which I hadn't expected at all! Several fishermen were along the shingle bank and the light was beautiful. Continued along the coast road to Holme to visit mother, picking up fish 'n' chips from Eric's at Thornham on route. Mother was exhausted, as she had not slept at all last night – she doesn't often get a full night's sleep nowadays, which does worry me. The cat has now got another favourite chair – its amazing how much room one cat can take up! Got back to King's Lynn after 9pm. A 'cracking' day all round!

Happy Birthday Eddie!

Hope you had a lovely birthday!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Bewick's Swans x 28 at Breydon Water
Iceland Gull, Long-tailed Ducks x 7, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Lapland Buntings x 8 at Weybourne
Russian White-fronted Geese x 315 at Heigham Holmes
Black Brant, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Common Cranes x 2 at Upton Fen
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 2, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 2 at Holme
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Bittern at Glandford
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 6, Mealy Redpolls x 6 at Kelling
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
Bittern flew over Blakeney Freshmarsh
Jack Snipe between Wymondham and Kimberley
Mealy Redpoll at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hen Harrier at Roydon Common
Twite at Thornham Harbour
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS 
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT fem.
probable (for 5th day), 1 mile NNW of Barnby Dun, Yorkshire
FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Friday, 16 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
White-fronted Geese x 4 along Stone Road, Halvergate
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 15 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 275, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Caspian Gull at Buxton
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Lapland Buntings x 7 at Weybourne
Twite x 10 at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Hawfinch at Holkham Park
Jack Snipe, Bittern in Glaven Valley, Glandford
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 5, Lesser Redpolls x 25 at Kelling
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Tundra Bean Goose at Welney WWT
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Short-eared Owl at Holme NWT

MEGA NEWS 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Achill Island on Keel Beach, County Mayo, Ireland

Thursday, 15 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Great White Egret near greyhound stadium Caister-on-Sea
Tundra Bean Goose at Thornham
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 16 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Caspian Gull, Iceland Gulls x 2 at Buxton
Iceland Gull, Caspian Gulls x 3, Little Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 2 at Fisherfleet, King's Lynn
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Buntings x 60 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Black Brant, Little Stint at Cley NWT
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Water Pipits x 2, Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll at Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island

MEGA NEWS 
None

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Little Stint, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Hooded Crow NNE of Docking
Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull at Buxton
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 19 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Snow Buntings x 70 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpolls x 5 at Kelling
Black Redstart at South Beach, Heacham
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
Hen Harrier at Acle

MEGA NEWS 
None

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

Andy Stoddart
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-07.aspx?s_id=508330933

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Snow Bunting at Thornham Point
Little Stint, Water Pipit, Black Brant, Iceland Gull at Cley NWT
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Snow Buntings x 100 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull at Buxton
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 5 at Kelling
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 2 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham

MEGA NEWS 
None

Monday, 12 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Water Pipits x 3, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 3 between Holme and Hunstanton
Black Brant, Water Pipit, Caspian Gull (German ringed) at Cley NWT
Great White Egret by greyhound stadium at Caister-on-Sea
Hen Harrier at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Tundra Bean Goose in field st Bluestone Farm, Ringstead
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Kittiwake at Great Broad, Whitlingham Country Park
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 17 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Hen Harrier at Warham Greens
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stiffkey
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Buxton
Hooded Crow east of Choseley Drying Barns
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Snow Buntings x 70 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hawfinches x 2 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 5 at Kelling

MEGA NEWS 
None

Sunday, 11 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Snow Bunting at Thornham Point
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Iceland Gull at Buxton
Tundra Bean Goose in field st Bluestone Farm, Ringstead
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 20 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Great White Egret by greyhound stadium at Caister-on-Sea
Hooded Crow east of Choseley Drying Barns
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, near Letheringsett Mill
Scaup on lake at Holkham Park
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Caspian Gull, Water Pipit, Bittern at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS 
None

Saturday, 10 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Tundra Bean Goose in field st Bluestone Farm, Ringstead
Twite x 25 at Thornham Harbour
Mealy Redpolls x 3 south of Little Broad at Whitlingham Country Park
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Snow Buntings x 70 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 11 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Black-throated Diver, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
Hooded Crow east of Choseley Drying Barns
Caspian Gull at The Nunnery, Thetford
Hen Harrier at Stiffkey
Great White Egret by greyhound stadium at Caister-on-Sea
Hawfinches x 17 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS 
None

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY LUCY!

I can't believe my sister Lucy is 50 today, she doesn't look more than 35! The weather was atrocious and it rained for most of the day, which wasn't helpful at all! I stuck a 50th banner on my dashboard to surprise Lucy when I picked her up to head for Holme – she loved it!

I have bought Lucy a very exciting present, which was produced and shipped over from America, a throw/blanket to put on a sofa or bed, which is covered in music notes with a big violin in the middle and words which I added for a personal touch. I spent several hours last night, making her a very special birthday card, which mother had too.

We celebrated with birthday lunch at Briarfields Hotel, Titchwell. I had organised for the staff to make Lucy a 50th birthday cake with a musical theme earlier in the week. On arrival, one of the staff took me discretely away to look at the cake, leaving Mother, Lucy and Vivien sitting at our table. I was overcome with emotion when I saw the cake! It was stunning to say the least, way beyond what I had envisaged – it was almost breathtaking! Lucy's favourite cake is chocolate, so they had made a chocolate cake, but it had been entirely iced with white icing to represent paper and then around the sides of the cake and on top was the most intricate black piping of music notes and bars and a violin had been created from icing with so much detail – it was incredible and I am so grateful for the work they had put into making this.

We had a wonderful lunch and dessert and then the cake was brought out, as we all sang Happy Birthday – Lucy looked really surprised and was very impressed with her musical cake – it was far too good to cut, so we didn't! We took the cake home, where I took several photographs and later on we succumbed and had some for tea and very nice it was too!

Helped Lucy arrange her cards, flowers and banners in her room after I took her back to King's Lynn – I was exhausted by the time I got home, but it had been a lovely day and Lucy said it was the best birthday she had ever had, so all the hard work paid off.

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

Friday, 9 February 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday to My Dearest Mother

Spent the evening with mother – we had fish 'n' chips for tea, which was mother's request. Mother had some lovely presents including: perfume, chocolates and books from Vivien, a lovely cast iron bird bath from Ray, lambswool socks x 6, chocolates and cake from me, books, chocolates, scarf, cardigan and more from Lucy! Some nice birthday cards from Malcolm & Eileen, Helen who lives a few doors away and a couple of distant relatives – thank you all.

Spending the evening with mother mean't that Lucy had to get a taxi to her rehearsal, but after leaving mother's at 9am, I picked Lucy up later on at 10pm and took her home. Back at my house at 10.30pm and now cream-crackered after working 6 days as well! Busy day tomorrow as its Lucy's 50th! Expensive time for Vivien and I!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Tundra Bean Geese x 2 in field at Ringstead 
Great White Egret by greyhound stadium at Caister-on-Sea
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 4 at Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Shorelarks x 4 at Gore Point, Holme
Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour

MEGA NEWS 
None

Thursday, 8 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Snow Buntings x 80 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Snettisham RSPB
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Tundra Bean Goose near Bluestone Farm between Thornham and Ringstead
Iceland Gull NW of Buxton
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Santon Warren, Santon Downham
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stiffkey

MEGA NEWS 
None

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Geese x 350, Water Pipit, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Bowthorpe Marsh
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL, Mealy Redpoll near Letheringsett Mill
Snow Buntings x 20 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Great White Egret near greyhound stadium, Caister-on-Sea
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpolls x 2 at Kelling
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddisoe Island
Goshawk at Ludham
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS 
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 31st January to 6th February!

By Andy Stoddart
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-06.aspx?s_id=343441128

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Hawfinch in Norwich
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Black Brant at Salthouse
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Velvet Scoters x 2, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Lapland Bunting, Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Great Northern Divers x 2 at Blakeney Harbour
Snow Bunting, Long-tailed Duck at Holme
Great White Egrets x 2 near South Park, Bowthorpe
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 4, Mealy Redpolls x 5 at Kelling
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL near Letheringsett Mill
Shorelarks x 7 at Happisburgh
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens

MEGA NEWS 
None

Monday, 5 February 2018

A New Life! Planning My Way Out Of 'The System'!!

Whilst napping on the sofa on Saturday, I suddenly had an brilliant idea to change my situation! I don't like complying to the system that nearly all of us are in, but some people are brave enough or crazy enough (depending which way you view it) to get out of the rat race and do something different. Time is ticking away and I'm not getting any younger! Life is so incredibly short, you simply don't think about this when you are in your 20's.

So here is my dilemma – I purchased my house in 2001 which is now worth far more than what I paid for it, which is obviously brilliant! But, the downsides: I hate living in a town and aside from a few people in my street, I won't miss the rest when I leave! The biggest issue is my house needs re-wiring (desperately) and the boiler is 29 years old and that's just the major work that needs doing. I simply can not afford to maintain this house, without going into every detail. It is incredibly depressing trying to search for a small property/flat in Norfolk, to find that I can't afford to buy another property in a nicer area – certainly not on the coast and not inland either. Even if I did, I take the risk (as we all do) of potentially ending up with noisy or troublesome neighbours and barking dogs.

It seems that in order to survive financially when at the lower end of the wage scale, you have to be in a relationship – well currently I'm not and in any case I don't want to be in the situation where I have be reliant financially on somebody else, so here is my crazy idea!

Sell my house and return car to Skoda garage. Put small amount of belongings into storage and sell/throw rest. Live with my mother temporarily! Buy a new Motorhome, cash (small enough so that I can drive it on normal car licence) and live in it permanently! Put remainder of money made from house sale into savings/premium bonds for 'old age'! I can see far more positives points to this idea than negatives! I could also do what the lady has done in the youtube video below and buy a van and pay someone to design it how I want it, which would be cheaper than buying a new motorhome.

I have thought about the logistics of this already and have spent alot of time researching on the net, watching other motorhome videos etc. So I could spend Monday to Friday parked up close to work (or at work). Book a campsite once/twice a week for electrical hook-up, disposal of 'things'!, long shower so I can wash my hair, do laundry etc. Friday night, drive to wherever I please for the weekend eg park up at my mother's or anywhere along the coast! Return to King's Lynn area on Sunday evening, ready for work on Monday. Autumn 2018: drive to Aberdeen, ferry to Shetland and spend two weeks birding in my new Motorhome!

I certainly wouldn't consider doing this without being able to connect to the internet effectively – not giving up the blog! So I need to do lots of homework on having the maximum internet connection that money can buy. I would keep my bike in the back storage area of the motor home, allowing me to nip to shops when I need small amounts of food shopping. I have read that solar panels on the roof can also boost the batteries for electricity/gas. Obviously I will have to allow for much higher insurance, cost of running the motor home (minimal) and campsite fees a couple of times a week and the cost of fuel. I have tried to find a motorhome that is petrol, but I haven't found one yet, which is obviously a big downside as far as the environment is concerned.

I also need to check about my state pension (if I make 67!) – I'm pretty sure you can still receive this with 'no fixed address', but need to clarify that.

Advantages:
  • Freedom of movement
  • No council tax, no water rates, no gas/electric bills, no mortgage payments, no car payments etc!
  • Aside from fuel costs, freedom to travel anywhere, including very cheap holidays!
  • Never having to pack to go away or on holiday
  • Twitching: arrive on site to see mega and instead of travelling all the way back home, stay there!
  • No problem neighbours
  • Minimal housework!
  • Loads more cash spare each month to add to 'old age' pot!
Disadavantages:
  • Having to go to a campsite regularly in order to run the motorhome, which will cost and also run the risk of not being able to get into a campsite in the main Norfolk holiday season!
  • Laundry and washing
  • Parking up in a 'safe' place
  • Having to use someone else's address eg relative/friend in order to have a driving licence, motor insurance, passport etc
  • Risk of water tank freezing in extreme cold!
  • Using Diesel
  • Cost of storage rental (if used)
  • Not being able to park up in a tight spot at a mega twitch!
  • Me having to drive slower – actually that's a good thing!

I also found interesting information about Internet access from a motor home here: http://myselfbuildcamper.co.uk/internet-access-motorhome/ 

Also lots of reviews here: https://www.practicalmotorhome.com/

I have just discovered that "The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show" is at the NEC, Birmingham on 20th to 25th February – this will give me the perfect opportunity to look at a big range of motorhomes, so I will be going to this – exciting times!

Any advice from any motorhome owners will be very gratefully received!

HORIZON "My Amazing Brain: Richard's War" – Recovery Story of a Catastrophic Stroke

Very interesting documentary on BBC2 this evening: HORIZON “My Amazing Brain: Richard's War" – Horizon follows the story of Richard Gray and his remarkable recovery from a life-changing catastrophic stroke.

Here is the iplayer link available for the next 29 days: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09rdg0z/horizon-2018-1-my-amazing-brain-richards-war

It was very interesting indeed to watch a rehab team rehabilitate a stroke patient and to compare it to our service. I wasn't impressed with their handling skills when attempting to mobilise the patient at all – our physio's/staff are far superior! Nobody was assisting with foot placement, no prompts to maintain a mid-line position, no assistance or prompts to bring more weight onto the affected side to achieve a normal swing phase movement with the non affected leg etc. Maybe the film missed this out? But, he did eventually recover to walk more or less normally, which was indeed a remarkable recovery, but he did receive very intense therapy, which sadly is not available to the majority of stroke patients for a number of reasons. Obviously if you have the pennies to pay for private therapy then this would potentially help a patient's recovery outcome. I was impressed by the 7 day service he received (we cover 6 days), but our service can not provide this for one simple reason, there is not enough staff to have a 7 day service, but this will more than probably be in place eventually! But, then on the other hand, we find that stroke patients are constantly fatigued (common after stroke) and that one day off a week can give them a rest from therapy.

What the documentary didn't show, was the massive struggle families go through on a daily basis, once the patient is home: the constant assistance that the patient requires throughout a 24 hour period, toileting and the logistics of this eg bed pans, commodes, method of transferring for toileting: hoisting, sturn transfer etc etc, washing, dressing and general personal care, cooking meals and trying to run the household at the same time – the list goes on........ Also, Social Services provide a maximum of 4 x a day call outs for carers to assist patient's in their homes. If the family can not physically care for their relative, carers are needed and if this does not work inbetween these visits, the only other options are residential placement, which is incredibly difficult for patients to cope with emotionally and psychologically, especially at the younger end eg in their 50's/60's and sometimes younger, or the most expensive option is to pay privately for a 24 hour carer, which will cost you more than the average person earns per week!

It was a very emotional story from beginning to end and Richard's wife was there for him constantly in body and soul. It brought a tear to your eye at the finish – I won't give it away, watch the documentary!

Monday Update!

I didn't get the chance to go birding this weekend, due to the following: Saturday was a recovery day from work (watch the NHS issues on TV!) – I had all my birding gear ready by the door and was going out, but felt too exhausted. Also the weather was atrocious with grey, depressing skies and rain. Sunday naturally was a gloriously sunny day, but I was at work all day again.

My mother's birthday is this coming Friday and Lucy's 50th Birthday is on Saturday, with lunchtime celebrations planned! Birding on Sunday will hopefully be part of the weekend!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT
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Glossy Ibis at Bure Park at Great Yarmouth
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hawfinch at Holkham Park
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 20 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Toft Monks Hill
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum
Hen Harrier at Acle Bridge
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 at New Cut, Haddiscoe
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Island

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CAPE GULL
probable Kelp Gull juv on Saturday at Crosby Marine Park (but no sign yesterday), Lancashire and North Merseyside

Sunday, 4 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glossy Ibis at Bure Park, Great White Egret near greyhound stadium at Great Yarmouth
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at St Helen's Picnic Site at Santon Warren, ESE of Santon Downham
Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver at Cley NWT
PINE BUNTING, Little Bunting on 20th January in area with no general access [access requested, but not granted] but no sign since – near Holt
Shorelarks x 3, Slavonian Grebes x 2 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, Scaup, Red-crested Pochard on lake at Holkham Park
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Snow Bunting, Velvet Scoter at Winterton
Long-tailed Duck at Gorleston-on-Sea
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Black Brant at Salthouse
Common Cranes x 16 flew over Potter Heigham
Great White Egret at Caister-on-Sea
Common Cranes x 14 at Repps

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FORSTER'S TERN
Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Saturday, 3 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glossy Ibis at Bure Park, Great White Egret near greyhound stadium at Great Yarmouth
Common Cranes x 27 between Acle and Ormesby
Bewick's Swans x 2 along A48 Acle Straight
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island
Shorelarks x 9, Slavonian Grebes x 2 at Holkham Bay
Scaup on lake at Holkham Park
Hen Harrier at Cley NWT
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Burgh St Peter Marshes
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Great White Egrets x 2, Russian White-fronted Geese x 161, Bittern at Holkham Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moore Nature Reserve
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 20 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Berney Marshes RSPB
Shorelarks x 7 at Happisburgh
Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham

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Friday, 2 February 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Glaucous Gull at Overstrand
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park, Great Yarmouth
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Mealy Redpoll at Kelling
Twite x 15, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret north of sewage works at Wymondham
Snow Buntings x 10 at Winterton Beach
Great Skua flew past Titchwell RSPB
Hawfinch at Great Massingham
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Great White Egret, hybrid Black Brant at Holkham Freshmarsh
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Cley NWT
Purple Sandpiper at Salthouse
Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Caspian Gull at Blakeney Point
Lapland Bunting at Stiffkey
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island

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NORTHERN HARRIER
North Ronaldsay, Orkney

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Norfolk Team to take part in International Bird Race In Israel

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/team-from-norfolk-to-take-part-in-champions-of-the-flyway-in-eilat-israel-1-5377229

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Twite x 15 at Thornham Harbour
Hawfinches x 2 at Felbrigg Hall NT
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose hybrid at Cley NWT
Glossy Ibis at Bure Park, Snow Buntings x 9 at South Denes, Great Yarmouth
Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Snow Buntings x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Long-tailed Ducks x 8, Water Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Welney WWT
Hawfinches x 3 at Lynford Aboretum
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Short-eared Owl at Breydon Water
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh

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AUDOUIN'S GULL
Gannel Estuary, Newquay, Cornwall

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-thoated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoter, Little Gulls x 30 at Titchwell RSPB
Twite x 30, Hen Harrier at Thornham Harbour
Velvet Scoter off South Dunes, Snow Buntings x 17 at North Beach, Winterton
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Hawfinches x 3 in churchyard at Great Massingham
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Water Pipits x 3 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island

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RBA Weekly Round-Up 21st to 30th January!

By Jon Dunn
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-05.aspx?s_id=178544694

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

‘An Act Of Crass Stupidity’ – Man Poses For Pictures While Petting Seal Pup!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/man-pets-seal-pup-in-horsey-1-5375025

Selfish, stupid, cruel and irresponsible. These are not dogs or cats – these are wild animals and should NOT be disturbed, stressed or approached so closely, just so someone can take a bloody selfie – for goodness sake!!! LEAVE THEM ALONE!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-necked Grebe at Barton Broad
Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Hen Harrier, Red-crested Pochard at Titchwell RSPB
Black Brant at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Hawfinches x 16 in churchyard at Great Massingham
Firecrest at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Hooded Crow at North Dunes, Velvet Scoter off South Dunes, Snow Buntings x 6 on beach at Winterton
Great White Egret between Nar Valley Fisheries
PARROT CROSSBILLS x 8 at Santon Warren, ENE of Santon Downham
Whooper Swans x 6, Hen Harrier at Horsey Mere
Water Pipits x 4, Common Cranes x 3, Mealy Redpoll at Potter Heigham Marshes
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl
Glaucous Gull at Mundesley
Glaucous Gull flew over Whitlingham Country Park
Glossy Ibis flew over A47 at Tilney All Saints

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RSPB Minsmere Winter Starling Murmuration!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-suffolk-42881898/rspb-minsmere-winter-starling-murmuration#

Monday, 29 January 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 104, Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
Hen Harrier at Blakeney Harbour
Bewick's Swans x 22, Whooper Swans x 4 between Ingham and Sea Palling
Iceland Gull on golf course at Cromer
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4 flew over Cantley
Black Brant at Cley NWT
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 3 at Haddiscoe Island
Great White Egrets x 2, Smew redheads x 2 at Nar Valley Fisheries
Common Cranes x 5 NE of Billockby
Black-throated Diver off Weybourne Camp
Caspian Gull at Happisburgh
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour

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RED-THROATED THRUSH
Wholly unconfirmed report, recently in garden at north end of Sanday, Orkney

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Great Massingham Churchyard!

 St Mary's Churchyard, Great Massingham


You know that moment, when you arrive on site and someone says 'it was just showing brilliantly, right out in the open, for a good while'. We've all heard it, so many times! So, I waited patiently in the beautiful sunshine for one of the Hawfinches to reappear in the yew trees in the churchyard at Great Massingham, but I was unlucky and didn't even see one, never mind get a picture. Only other birds seen were a Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Robin and a Sparrowhawk sped through late afternoon.

Bumped into some blog readers – one of them was a very nice lady called Mo, who lives in Taverham, chatted to an elderly lady I met later who lives in Pott Row and who went to the same school as me in Hunstanton and another man turned up to ask 'are you hot Penny?' to which I replied 'no, I'm Penny'!!! Also bumped into Gary Elton (AW at HBO) which was nice, it was Gary who had found the Hawfinches in the churchyard. There were lots of Snowdrops amongst the gravestones which was lovely to see. Great Massingham is a beautiful village – I looked at houses for sale here when I got home – all way out of my price bracket sadly. Most of Norfolk is out of my price bracket – really don't what to do.
Snowdrops – Spring is on the way!


The fallen tree in my garden was removed yesterday by tree surgeons and all other trees have been removed from both my boundary and other neighbours' boundaries – trees that were sturdy and healthy and didn't need to be cut down. When Spring arrives there are now no trees to view from my kitchen, no buds, no blossom, no nothing, aside from the rest of the distant humongous willow tree that still remains. No Blackbirds, Chiffchaffs or Goldcrests will be flitting around in the trees that lined my garden any more – how sad.

I spent the evening making a Victoria Sandwich for my work colleagues – as is usual when its someone's birthday, we all bring cakes in – the sides of the sponge collapsed a bit, but I'm sure they will still enjoy it!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Hawfinches x 30 at Lynford Aboretum
Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island
Water Pipits x 4, Hen Harrier, Russian White-fronted Geese x 25 at Haddiscoe Marshes
Iceland Gull on golf course at Cromer
Smew redhead at Setchey Farm Reservoir, SE of West Winch
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (for 2nd day), Mealy Redpoll at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS x 2, Mealy Redpoll still at Kelling
Great White Egret, Whooper Swans x 8 between Blackborough End & Wormegay
Black Brant, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Black-necked Grebe at Barton Broad
Shorelarks x 9 at Holkham Bay
Hen Harrier at Breydon Water
Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour
Hawfinches x 2 in churchyard at Great Massingham
Snow Buntings x 100 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Hawfinch at Holkham Park
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh
Mealy Redpoll at Beeston Common, Sheringham
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham
Hen Harriers x 2 at Warham Greens
Russian White-fronted Geese x 26 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Snow Buntings x 5 at Snettisham Coastal Park
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owl at Fritton Marshes

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