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Thursday, 20 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pectoral Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gulls x 520 at Breydon Water
Pectoral Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 11 at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 5 (fem. + 4 juvs), Cattle Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Quail singing at Kelling Water Meadows
Spoonbills x 2 at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
 

Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Pectoral Sandpiper, Great White Egrets x 2, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 12, Spotted Redshanks x 5 at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egrets x 2 at Burnham Overy Harbour
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbill flew over Holme NOA
Black Tern, Little Gull at Breydon Water
Quail at Walsey Hills NOA
Little Gulls x 2 at Salthouse
Little Gulls x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows
Caspian Gull, Little Gulls x 8 at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 5 (2+ juvs) at Marham

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 12th to 18th July!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-29.aspx?s_id=922984473

MASSIVE LITTER RANT!

I never seem to catch anyone dropping litter and yet there seems to be tons of litter everywhere I go: on beaches, public places, roadside verges, town centres and the list goes on. I simply don't understand why – obviously there are many people that have no respect for others, for wildlife, the environment and are totally and utterly lazy. I am ashamed to say that there are many people who discard litter in the grounds of my local hospital, ranging from plastic drinks bottles and cans, sandwich wrappers, cartons, chocolate and crisp wrappers, paper coffee cups, cigarette butts, plastic bags and the list goes on.

My father used to have a cartoon poster on the window at Holme Bird Observatory, which read "For Pete's Sake Don't Drop Litter" Pete was a man with a peaked cap, dressed in green and placing litter in a bin. I remember being amused by this as a child, as I saw 'Pete' as my father Peter! I'm pretty sure no one out there from the 'old days' remembers this little poster on the window – well maybe Malcolm and Eileen W. do! There was far less litter in those days! Perhaps we need to bring back the "For Pete's Sake Don't Drop Litter" posters! Sadly though, I don't think it would make any difference whatsoever.


MY TOP TEN LITTER RANTS (in no particular order)

1.
Dog's mess either not cleared up, or the poop bags slung in undergrowth or hung ornately on bushes, expecting someone else to clear it up! Well, they don't get cleared up – they fester here for months on end, until the plastic disintegrates into tiny fragments and releases toxic chemicals, which then break down into the soil and is ingested by wildlife who often choke and die! I have also noticed in recent years a new trend of dogs being allowed to soil beaches – this never occurred when I was a youngster! Its an awful thought that you can't simply sit down on the shingle or sandy beach, without checking for dog crap first!

2.
Discarded cigarette butts – I genuinely don't think some smokers view these as 'litter', but they very much are and what a disgusting sight! I especially get annoyed when they are thrown from a car window, as these are at risk of setting dry grassland alight – this does happen! I also find it incredibly annoying and rude to have a burning cigarette butt thrown from a moving vehicle to land on your car bonnet, as it did to me recently!

3.
Rubbish piled up next to a minuscule public litter bin – and yes, the public bins are too small for the ever increasing tourists to Norfolk, but do you really need to leave it behind?! NO, you don't! TAKE IT HOME and place in your OWN bins – not difficult, is it!

4.
Nappies left alongside over-filled litter bins – absolutely disgusting – TAKE HOME!

5.
Barbecue remains left on beach and picnic areas – beer cans, wine bottles, cardboard packaging from burgers, glass bottles which are often broken etc.

6.
Human excrement and toilet paper! If you have to go, at least cover it up!

7.
Deflated balloons and fragments of – dangerous to wildlife and environment. DON'T RELEASE BALLOONS into the sky! They may look pretty at the time, but only for minutes, once out of sight they will destroy life! Instead of releasing balloons in memory of a loved one or for a cause, plant a tree instead: create life, don't kill it. Ditto with Sky Lanterns.

8.
Fly-tipping – anything goes, anywhere, any time!

9.
Chewing gum stuck on seats and under tables!

10.
Fishing tackle: lines, hooks left to strangle and be swallowed by birds, often resulting in death.


READ THIS IMPORTANT ADVICE FROM THE RSPCA
https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter

"FOR PETE'S SAKE – DON'T DROP LITTER"

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Owl Hands On Deck! East Winch Wildlife Centre Takes In Surge of Baby Owls!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/owl-hands-on-deck-east-winch-wildlife-centre-takes-in-surge-of-baby-owls-1-5107942

If you would like to help RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre continue rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife with a donation of just £3, simply text RSPCA3 to 70007‘ (Texts cost £3 + standard network rate).

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre will also be hosting an Open Day on Sunday 23 July from 10am until 4pm.

Rare Caterpillars and Plants Stolen from Hickling Broad Nature Reserve!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/rare-caterpillars-and-plants-stolen-from-hickling-broad-nature-reserve-1-5109963

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pectoral Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 5, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Roseate Tern at Horsey Gap
Little Gull, Spoonbills x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows
Sooty Shearwater flew past Kelling Hard
Little Gulls x 2 flew past Weybourne Camp
Caspian Gull at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS
AMUR FALCON
 

NNW of St Buryan, Cornwall

Monday, 17 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Spotted Redshanks x 4, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB
Ruddy Shelduck (or hybrid) at Colton, near Marlingford
Hawfinches x 5 at Lynford Aboretum
Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 3, Spoonbill, Little Gulls x 2, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Spoonbill, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Little Gulls x 3 at Breydon Water
Roseate Tern at Waxham
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Stiffkey Fen
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gulls x 5 at Salthouse

MEGA NEWS
AMUR FALCON

NNW of St Buryan, Cornwall
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
South of Black Dog, Aberdeen

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cley NWT!

Sunset from the East Bank, Cley NWT


Bad day, dipped the Long-billed Dowitcher by minutes! Didn't arrive at Cley until late for various reasons. As I pulled in the East Bank car park I saw Eddie and Pete S. arrive back from seeing the Long-billed Dowitcher. I chatted with Pete for no more than a couple of minutes and then started to walk along the East Bank – bumped into Dave Appleton. who had just seen the bird flew west towards the NWT hides! I couldn't believe it!!! Phoned Eddie and whilst on the phone, he watched the Long-billed Dowitcher fly briefly over Pat's Pool and then head towards North Scrape!

I retraced my steps and flew round to Coastguards. Dave Appleton and Jake Gearty joined me and we walked across the shingle to North Scrape. Med Gull flying along the shore and a massive flock of Starlings were along the fence line. No sign of the LBD on North Scrape. Walked back to the car park and I returned alone to the East Bank car park. Spent the rest of the evening here with no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher. I felt very very fed-up – only myself to blame though. Watched a Stoat running along the path. Congratulations to Jake Gearty who found this bird on The Serpentine off the East Bank this morning! The last one in Norfolk was at Titchwell RSPB on 21st September 2007, which luckily I saw! It stayed until 2nd October. Here is the link to my sighting on Birdforum and read Post 2001 – Birdforum was where I posted all my bird sightings, until I started my blog in 2010.

I had to drive via Holme along the coast road to deliver something. Saw a Barn Owl at Stiffkey and a Little Owl fly over my car at Knight's Hill Hotel, by the farm shop.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove at Seething
Hawfinches x 6 at Lynford Aboretum
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Long-billed Dowitcher (J.G.), Continental Black-tailed Godwits x 2, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret flew over freshmarsh at Holme
Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshanks x 7, Little Gull at Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egret at Burnham Overy Staithe
Little Gulls x 6 at Salthouse
Quail singing in field east of Walsey Hills NOA

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
 

South of Black Dog, Aberdeen

Saturday, 15 July 2017

FESTIVAL TOO FINALE!!!

Kindly taken with my iphone by Festival Too Chairman Alan Taylor
You can just see me in the bottom left hand corner!


At the last minute, I decided to go into town and see boy band BUSTED, who were the headline act for the final night of Festival Too. I always get lucky with parking and got a space that someone had just vacated in the car park near St Nicholas's church. However, I was not allowed to get into the Festival via that end of the market place for security reasons, so had to run round to the opposite end via MacDonalds to get in!

The market place was packed out solid and I realised that I had no hope of getting where I needed to be in order to get pictures of the group – I should have arrived three hours ago! I headed along the Dukes Head Hotel side of the stage and sneaked past a barrier in order to get a side view, as close to the front as possible – this I achieved, but it was very much a side view and my attempts at photographing band members over tall people and a metal barrier were pretty poor, as you will see below! However, I did get a decent picture of local DJ Mark Stanford. My best footage was videos of the crowd with my iphone.


The crowd were in good spirits and people were jumping up and down, phone lights were flashing – a tremendous atmosphere! Lots of security staff, police and St John Ambulance were in place. I spotted Festival Too Chairman Alan Taylor, who I cheekily asked to climb the stairs up to a vantage point (public not allowed up there) and take a video of the crowd with my iphone, which he kindly did – thanks Alan! I worked with Alan at the Lynn News for seven years, he is now Director of Your Local Paper (link to tonight's festival).


 CHARLIE SIMPSON
B U S T E D


JAMES BOURNE
B U S T E D


DJ – Mark Stanford



NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Burnham Norton
Garganey, Spoonbills x 4, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Little Gulls x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Common Crane flew over Babingley
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holme Marsh
Spoonbill flew over Heacham
Spoonbill at Kelling Water Meadows

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN

Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford, Ireland

Friday, 14 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshanks x 3, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 4 at Titchwell RSPB
Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Caspian Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank, Garganey, Bittern at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 35 at Stiffkey Fen
Turtle Doves x 3 at Seething

MEGA NEWS
SWINHOE'S PETREL

Fair Isle
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED BLACK SCOTER

South of Blackdog, Aberdeen

Thursday, 13 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gull at Gorleston-on-Sea
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 2, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egrets x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 9, Little Gull, Spoonbills x 2, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 3 at Holme
Little Gull at Breydon Water
Garganey x 2, Spoonbills x 7, Caspian Gull, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Cley NWT

MEGA NEWS 
ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE or Collared Pratincle
West side of town marsh at Aldeburgh, Suffolk
SOOTY TERN
Reported at Valley, Anglesey
AMUR FALCON
Unconfirmed report, NE of Crackington Haven, Cornwall
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED BLACK SCOTER 
South of Blackdog, Aberdeen

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Titchwell RSPB – Hundreds of Birds!!!

AVOCET
Island Hide, Titchwell RSPB


Both mother and I have been very low in mood lately and both stressed with a number of issues, so I decided we needed to go out for the evening. So after work, I whizzed over to Holme, picked mother up and we spent the evening at Titchwell RSPB. After rain all day yesterday, it was nice to see the sun out again and it was a beautiful evening.

We watched and listened to a Turtle Dove purring in the car park. Chatted to a lovely couple who had been photographing some Blackcaps in the scrub, but we didn't see any. A couple of Greenfinches were perched in an elder along with a Hedgesparrow and there were lots of Swifts overhead.
Avocet at Titchwell RSPB

Headed along the main path to Island Hide. Mother has not walked this far for a very long time and nearly didn't make it – we got there in the end though! I have never seen so many birds from this hide – it was an incredible sight! Hundreds of birds in stunning light – there was so many, that I didn't have time to look at every bird, as mother got chilly and wanted to go home. There were hundreds of Avocets, loads of Black-tailed Godwits, several Ruff, Spotted Redshanks, several Redshanks, 6 Spoonbills, Little Egrets, Heron, found the Garganey asleep, Teal, several Med Gulls, loads of Black-headed Gulls + teenagers, Little Gulls x 2, Herring Gulls, Common Terns, Sandwich Tern, Shelducks with young, Lapwings, 1 Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Harrier, 33 Dunlins, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler. There were some Cinnabar Caterpillars on Ragwort alongside the path on route to the hide and lots of friendly mosquito's on the way back!
Sunset looking west towards Thornham


MORE PICTURES TO BE ADDED

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pomerine Skuas x 2, Sooty Shearwater, Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Little Gull, Velvet Scoter, Spoonbills x 5, Garganey at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 2, Great White Egret, Garganey, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbills x 6, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull, Arctic Terns x 2 at Breydon Water
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull at Snettisham Coastal Park
Pomarine Skua, Little Gull at Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED BLACK SCOTER

Blackdog, Aberdeen

RBA Weekly Round-Up 5th to 11th July!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-28.aspx?s_id=758081403

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Little Gulls x 2, Garganey, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 5 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Quail at Grimston Heath

MEGA NEWS
FEA'S/ZINO'S/DESERTAS PETREL
 

Flew south past Berry Head, Brixham, Devon

Crowd Funding Appeal to Replace Hides Wrecked By 2013 Storm Surge at Snettisham RSPB Reserve

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/crowd-funding-appeal-to-replace-hides-wrecked-by-2013-storm-surge-at-snettisham-rspb-reserve-1-5099550

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/snettishamhide

Monday, 10 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 2, Great White Egret, Spotted Redshanks x 10, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 4, Garganey, Avocets x 557 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gulls x 3, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 12, Spotted Redshank at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 3, Common Cranes x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Honey Buzzard flew over Halvergate

MEGA NEWS
AMUR FALCON

Wholly unconfirmed report at St Levan, Cornwall

BUSTED Headline King’s Lynn Festival Too – Saturday 15th July!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/busted-to-perform-on-final-weekend-of-king-s-lynn-festival-too-2017-1-4975868

http://www.festivaltoo.co.uk/LineUp

https://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/klfm-news/2268371/busted-to-headline-festival-too/

Sunday, 9 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Dove, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Little Gulls x 4, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Tree Pipit by pond at Ingoldisthorpe
Little Gulls x 2, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 31 at Stiffkey Fen
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret, Spoonbills x 20 at Burnham Deepdale/Norton Marshes
Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Turtle Doves x 3 at Seething
Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum

MEGA NEWS
None

Saturday, 8 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Redshanks x 8, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 5, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gulls x 5 at Breydon Water
Arctic Skua pale morph at Thornham Point
Little Gulls x 3 on beach at Gorleston-on-Sea
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Spoonbills x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Doves x 2 at Seething
Spoonbills x 20 at Stiffkey Fen
Little Gull, Yellow-legged Gull at Cley NWT
Great White Egret at Holme NOA

MEGA NEWS
None

Thank You from Holme Bird Observatory!


Back in February/March, you kindly donated to our Window Appeal, which Penny Clarke advertised on her blog to great effect.

I’m delighted to tell you that thanks to the wonderful response, the new windows and door have now been fitted and are shown in all their splendour on the home page of our website, www.noa.org.uk

Please accept our thanks for helping to make this happen. We hope you will come and see the windows for yourself before too long.

With very Best Wishes
Sophie Barker, Warden at Holme Bird Observatory


On the NOA Website Sophie writes the following:
"Further to the superb response of NOA members and supporters, work to replace the windows at the Observatory has now been completed successfully, and makes the whole building look brand new !
Our thanks to everyone who donated towards this work, to the family of Peter Clarke, the Goldcrest Charitable Trust, to Timber Windows Norfolk for their fabulous new windows, and Steward Safety signs for finishing off the work with a great new sign for the building. The Observatory will now be dedicated to the memory of founder warden Peter Clarke."

BLOODGATE HILL – Andrew Bloomfield's Gig Tonight In Fakenham!

Bloodgate Hill – a North Norfolk rock band's debut album of 13 self written songs, with style influenced by 70s rock, old school punk, post punk is available via their facebook page and only £5! https://www.facebook.com/bloodgatehillofficial/

HEART IN A VICE
One of the songs from the album

The lead singer Andrew Bloomfield, is Warden for Holkham Estate and a well known and much respected Norfolk birder. I had no idea he was in band until fairly recently! One of the songs is written to highlight the ongoing atrocities of the dolphin slaughter in Japan (Killer's Cove).

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM

BLOODGATE HILL
The Rampant Horse, Fakenham 
[The Rampant Horse, 3 Queen's Rd, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 8BS]

Tonight! Saturday 8th July – 8.30pm-11.30pm!

Bloodgate Hill's first gig in one of Fakenham's oldest music pubs,
come and give us a look ! Free entry!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Friday Night Update!

Stopped to assist in an accident today along the Lynn Road, B1145, by the C of E School at Gayton, whilst on my way to see a patient in community. A young lad had fallen off his bike and had two grazed knees and he was in a bit of a state of shock and very upset – the blood looked worse than it probably was. I pulled the car over and walked back to find two adults supporting him either side, but he was still standing, so I took control a bit and got him to sit down on his rucksack in a shady spot and got him to breath in and out deeply to calm him down – he followed my instructions and immediately calmed down a bit. A lady from the school arrived with a first aid box and took over – I'm sure he will be ok in a few days time. Good job he was wearing a cycle helmet! This is the second time this week I have assisted in incidents. Cilla and I helped someone that was potentially going to collapse outside the QEH earlier this week!

Its been sooooo hot today. After doing the laborious weekly shop and returning home – I flung open all the windows in the house to let some of the heat escape. Within half an hour of doing this, a very selfish neighbour lit a big bonfire – all the smoke billowed in my direction! Of course the smoke won't affect his house at all! Had to shut all my windows, not happy! Why did he light a bonfire on the hottest evening so far?! Utterly selfish!

So, the Amur Falcon has departed Cornwall – I wonder if it will pop into Norfolk on route?!!!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Spotted Redshanks x 8, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 3, Garganey, Wood Sandpiper at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove yesterday in garden SE of Reepham
Spotted Redshanks x 5, Little Gull at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Seething
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
Caspian Gull in village at Winterton
Little Gull on beach at Gorleston-on-Sea
Spoonbills x 3, Spotted Redshank, Little Gulls x 6 at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 2 offshore, Spoonbills x 3 at Kelling Water Meadows

MEGA NEWS
AMUR FALCON 1s Female
1 mile NNE of Porthgwarra until 11am only, Cornwall

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hot Evening and Hot News!

Mother had gone on the bus to the hairdressers in Old Hunstanton late this afternoon. Lucy and I went to pick her up after I finished work and then went to Eric's Fish n Chips for a take-away. I could not believe it – they recently put the prices up and now they have been hiked up again!!! At the beginning of the year, medium sized fish 'n' chips was £5.50 and large was £6.00, then went up to £6.00 and £7.00 not long ago and NOW its £7.00 for a medium portion and £8.50 for a large portion! Its a bit like the house prices along the coast – none of the locals with average wages will be able to afford these prices! I begrudgingly paid for them!

We sat in the garden after our POSH fish 'n' chips and had a lemon tart for dessert. It was a beautiful evening and a lovely temperature in the garden – not too hot and certainly not cold!

Did a few jobs for mother: de-flead the cat, which was not an easy job! Cleaned and re-filled all mother's many bird ponds. Soaked, creamed and massaged mother's poorly looking legs, that needed some TLC! Watched some of Wimbledon. Drove home and hoped to spot the Little Owls on the fence by the Knight's Hill roundabout, but sadly no dumpy birds on posts at all!

News of an AMUR FALCON at dusk in Cornwall this evening! Why do the very best birds have to be at the extreme end of the country – 2nd for Britain too! Don't really fancy doing Cornwall in a day when I'm at work on Sunday! Although I did do this once for an American Bittern and Green Heron with Andy Andrew Wilkinson, Justin Lansdell and Chris Baker in October 2010!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

SUMMARY OF TODAY'S BIRD NEWS VIA "RARE BIRD ALERT"
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Spotted Redshanks x 4, Little Gulls x 3 at Breydon Water
Corncrakes x 2 (released) east of North Elmham
Spotted Redshanks x 7, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill, Garganey at Titchwell RSPB
Turtle Dove at Seething
Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 4 at Cley NWT
Little Gulls x 25 at Salthouse
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes

MEGA NEWS
AMUR FALCON 1s Female

1 mile NNE of Porthgwarra, Cornwall
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
At Blackdog, Aberdeenshire

STOP PRESS! MEGA! AMUR FALCON 1s Female!!!

Second for Britain!
15th for Western Palearctic!

CORNWALL – 2.5 miles south east of Land's End + 1 mile NNE of Porthgwarra at Raftra Farm crossroads this evening + showing well. Flew south at 9.40pm.

Discussion here:
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=347229

Pictures here:
http://www.cornwall-birding.co.uk/recent-sightings/thursday-6th-july-2017-cornwall-bird-sightings/

First for Britain was a first-summer male at Tophill Low Nature Reserve, Yorkshire on 14th September to 15th October 2008.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 4 at Seething
Garganey, Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Spotted Redshanks x 6, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Velvet Scoters x 4 at Thornham Point
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Garganey, Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Savi's Warbler by Weavers' Way, at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Spoonbills x 10 at Cley NWT
Little Gull, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water
Honey Buzzard at Wolterton
Spoonbills x 8 flew over Brancaster Harbour
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holme

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AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
 

Off car park at Blackdog, Aberdeenshire

RBA Weekly Round-Up 28th June to 4th July!

By Mark Golley
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2017-27.aspx?s_id=593207409

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Turtle Doves x 3, Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 2, Garganey, Spotted Redshanks x 5, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Breydon Water
Little Gulls x 2 at Cley NWT
Brocade Moth trapped at Natural Surroundings and on view in cafe, Bayfield Hall
Turtle Dove at Seething
Wood Sandpiper, Little Gulls x 7, Spoonbills x 2 at Salthouse
Roseate Tern on Friday at Blakeney Point
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Great White Egret, Spoonbill at Holme

MEGA NEWS
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER

South of Blackdog, Aberdeenshire

Exciting News! The Norfok Bird & Mammal Reports Are Now Available On-Line to View!!!

1954 to 2002 reports available on-line to view free!
2003 to 2015 copies of the report are available to buy on-line
http://norfolknaturalists.org.uk/wp/publications/bird-and-mammal-report/

An extract in the 1954 report on page 15 reads "...and Peter Clarke ringed forty-five Nightingales and thirty six Red-backed Shrikes, a remarkable achievement......" and "...."There is accommodation at The Hood for two men students from April to October inclusive, at a charge of 4s per day........"

"Scops Owl – A female found exhausted at Horsey on August 27th (DG), died the following day and now in the collection of Norwich Castle Museum...."

"Aquatic Warbler – One trapped and ringed at The Hood, Blakeney Point on August 6th (RAR)"

These old reports make fascinating reading from years gone by – enjoy!

Monday, 3 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 8, Little Gulls x 2 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Little Gull, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water
Savi's Warbler by Weavers' Way, Spoonbill at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Turtle Doves x 3, Little Gull, Garganey, Spotted Redshanks x 4, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 32 at Stiffkey Fen
Spoonbills x 3 NE of Warham Pits
Honey Buzzard at Holt

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AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
On sea at Blackdog, Aberdeenshire

UFO or Planet Viewed From My House!?

I phone-scoped this between 3.20am to 3.27am this morning, hand holding the telescope on my bedroom windowsill and holding up the phone to the eye piece! My tripod was in the car – should have really made the effort to get it out of the car, to steady the scope and attach the Kowa TSN-IP6 Photo Adapter!

What were you doing up at that time of the morning I hear you ask? I had just been to the bathroom and when I returned, I peaked out of the curtains – I often do this to see if anything interesting or dodgy is going on eg: fox, hedgehog, drunks falling into hedge, burglars etc!

This large round object was very bright indeed, so I went to get my binoculars for a better look – these were not powerful enough, so had a look through my telescope. This does not show in the pictures at all, but what I witnessed was this: an almost white ball that appeared to stay in one place, but was spinning round at a great speed with very small sparkly lights, which seemed to be pulsating back and forth. I attempted to video it, but was unsuccessful. Holding my phone compass up to the object, it read that it was 55° North East in the sky. To the naked eye it looked like a very large star. Before anybody asks, it was not the moon as this is behind my house. I was baffled and mystified and simply didn't know what it was – UFO or Planet?!

Here are the pictures – where you can see the tiny circles – these are the things that pulsated, but the entire thing was much whiter and brighter than you can see here. The circle of light around the object is the outer edge of my telescope.
Phone-scoped with Swarovski ATS 65mm HD Telescope with 25-50x w eye-piece & Apple iphone 6 – both handheld!


I started googling Planets on the internet and came across a site, of which I have done a screen shot here – so maybe it was a Planet? Or maybe it wasn't!
So – was I witnessing Planet Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune OR a UFO!!!? Any Astronomers out there to assist me with my mystery sighting please?

Further googling: https://www.space.com/33619-visible-planets-guide.html reveals that it may be Planet Venus?

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Holme, Holt Country Park & Cley NWT!

A Gloriously Sunny Day & Butterfly Bonanza!
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Mother's Garden at Holme
 
Holme
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth appeared on my mother's Buddleias, which I managed to get some pictures of! Lots of Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Commas, Peacocks and lots of Bees including mother's Honey Bees (nest near her kitchen). I tried to persuade mother to come out with me for the day, but she felt too tired – so I left her reading the Eastern Daily Press, accompanied by the cat.

Cley and Walsey Hills
Headed east along the coast road. Had lunch at the Cley Visitor Centre NWT, where I bumped into Julian and Sarah B., Ian B., Chris S., Richard and Paul. It was lovely sitting here, looking out over the marshes and sea and the cafe wasn't full, so fairly chilled.

Walsey Hills NOA was very quiet, but saw a Comma and a few Red Admirals along the bottom path and heard a Blackcap.

Holt Country Park
Holt Country Park cost me £1.50 to park. Note: the pay and display machine does not take the new £1 coins yet and doesn't give change. I spent nearly half an hour helping two staff in the visitor centre to get a Robin out of the building – it had been in there for nearly two hours and they had tried everything to get it out, including enticing it with food, playing a Robin singing outside the door – it obviously wasn't the sharpest of birds – it had a massive door opening to fly out of, but it seemed quite happy flying around and hopping from wooden beam to another and then onto the reception desk etc etc. I was a little worried, as the lady said they had to lock up at 4pm and it would have to stay in there overnight if it didn't fly out. Eventually it departed, with 10 minutes to spare before locking up! They thanked me for helping them.
 Silver-washed Fritillary
Holt Country Park

Silver-washed Fritillary – Valesina
Holt Country Park

White Admiral
Holt Country Park

There were tons of butterflies here, including lots of Silver-washed Fritillaries – never seen so many in one day! Also got very lucky and saw two 'Valesina' forms – one ragged one and one perfect one, together at the same time! These were a few yards along the path to the right, just before the pond (walking from the car park). Watched these with Matthew S. and Alan P, but we only saw them for about a minute before they disappeared. There were several White Admirals, Commas, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, a Ringlet and lots of bees, hoverflies and other insects. Sadly I didn't see any Broad-borded Bee Hawk-moths in the usual spot by the brambles in the car park, even though others had seen them – but here are some pictures from three years ago. I walked up to the pond and saw a Chiffchaff, Great Tit and a family of Moorhens, but didn't see a single dragonfly! Amphibious Bistort was abundant in the pond, along with some picturesque Water Lilies. Sat in the car park and had a cup of tea and a snack and then returned to Cley.
 Bumble Bee at Holt Country Park

 Red Admiral at Holt Country Park

 ? at Holt Country Park

Red Admiral at Holt Country Park
Water Lily at Holt Country Park


East Bank, Cley NWT and Glandford
Parked up in the East Bank car park. A tame Magpie posed on the fence by the sluice. Reed Warblers singing and seen on the west side of the bank and also saw a pair of Reed Buntings, Lapwings with three chicks were on 'The Serpentine' along with some Redshanks. On 'Arnold's Marsh' there were a good number of Black-headed Gulls, 1 Little Gull, Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, more Redshanks, Little Egrets, Shelducks, Teal, Grey Heron etc.
 Magpie along the East Bank
Sunset at Cley

I sat on the shingle with the waves lapping at my feet, watching a beautiful sunset. I was attacked by midges on the way back, but just about managed to fight them off by constantly waving a few grasses back and forth across my face! At the end of the East Bank a Hobby flew over and then headed south over Walsey Hills and the fields beyond!

Stopped at Glandford Ford for a coffee. I disturbed a Heron fishing as I walked over the bridge – we both startled each other! Headed home and arrived back late.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Little Gulls x 2, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Titchwell RSPB
Little Gulls x 5 at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 7 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Turtle Dove at Seething
Spoonbill on Broadwater at Holme
Spoonbills x 19 at Stiffkey Fen
Garganey at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB

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PACIFIC SWIFT 
NE of Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 
South of Blackdog, Aberdeenshire
FORSTER'S TERN 
Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

Saturday, 1 July 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Great White Egret, Little Gulls x 3, Spoonbill, Garganey, Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter at Titchwell RSPB
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew west over Hingham
Little Gulls x 2, Arctic Tern, Spoonbill at Cley NWT
Black-winged Stilts x 6 (male, fem., 4 young), Spoonbills x 10, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Common Crane at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 30 at Stiffkey Fen
Arctic Skua, Spoonbill at Thornham Channel
Camberwell Beauty butterfly near Mile Cross Bridge, Norwich
Turtle Dove, Spoonbills x 2, Great White Egret, Osprey at Holme
Little Gulls x 3 at Breydon Water
Turtle Dove at Seething

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN

Tacumshin, County Wexford, Ireland

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