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Old Sunday 20th June 2010, 18:13   #9276
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I drove into the car park at the Cley NWT VC with some surprise. Just before, two pink blobs had penetrated my consciousness. Had the Trumpeter returned and been joined by its twin. No ! The 2 Chilly Annes (yes, it was cold) were still present, although not announced pager-wise. (This, they shared with a Red-necked Phalarope, which recently had graced Holme for a couple days- the news remaining ‘private’. I also heard of TWO recent Rosefinches in the birding Bermuda Triangle around Kelling.)
May I, herewith, apologise if a recent 'unsavory' conversation that I, ashamedly, was party to had any bearing or influence on decisions made in the reasoning behind this news not being widely available. I apologise to anyone who witnessed this (although not for the hitherto content) and here abide to keep my mouth shut (as if) and not give suppressors any more reason than they already have. Thus end-th my self flagellation.
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Old Sunday 20th June 2010, 19:30   #9277
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May I, herewith, apologise if a recent 'unsavory' conversation that I, ashamedly, was party to had any bearing or influence on decisions made in the reasoning behind this news not being widely available. I apologise to anyone who witnessed this (although not for the hitherto content) and here abide to keep my mouth shut (as if) and not give suppressors any more reason than they already have. Thus end-th my self flagellation.
Sorry to disappoint those who like to jump to conclusions, but the details are. A bird thought to be rosefinch was heard distantly from Weybourne car park about 10 days ago, it only called twice. The following day there was a Rosefinch around Moss`s ringing area on weybourne camp, briefly. The second record I can only think was of a claim of Rosefinch calling, by persons unknown near Kelling Hard last week. We heard about it the following day, but could not find anything. As the Kelling weather station emits a strange noise that has in the past been attributed to Rosefinch, I would not put too much credance on the claim. Would have loved a viewable bird to have been there for my Kelling list.

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Old Sunday 20th June 2010, 20:14   #9278
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After many weeks of watching at last I saw a honey buzzard at Swanton Novers this afternoon. At 2.00 pm an intermediate phase bird ( pale under parts with heavy black barring ) flew north low overhead along the woodland to the west of the watch point as I was driving through the wood from my office. It may have been present all day as one of the vol wardens had a suspected sighting in the morning while I was at the Wensum Valley watch point.

This bird was not one of the pair that was present last year. It remains to be seen if it settles down or was just a passage bird ? Interestingly One was also reported from Wykham Woods in Yorkshire today only I think the third or forth report this year. Are these late birds struggling in against adverse winds ?



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Swanton Novers
Common Buzzard 10 +
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 4
Honey Buzzard 1
Hobby 2
Goshawk 1 male + 2 birds calling at dusk

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Common Buzzard lots
Kestrel several
Sparrowhawk 3
Marsh harrier 2+
Hobby 2
Harris hawk 1
Little Egret 2
Med gull 4
Curlew 4
Barn owl 1
Little owl 1

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Old Sunday 20th June 2010, 20:57   #9279
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Sorry to disappoint those who like to jump to conclusions, but the details are. A bird thought to be rosefinch was heard distantly from Weybourne car park about 10 days ago, it only called twice. The following day there was a Rosefinch around Moss`s ringing area on weybourne camp, briefly. The second record I can only think was of a claim of Rosefinch calling, by persons unknown near Kelling Hard last week. We heard about it the following day, but could not find anything. As the Kelling weather station emits a strange noise that has in the past been attributed to Rosefinch, I would not put too much credance on the claim. Would have loved a viewable bird to have been there for my Kelling list.

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ps nice pics on Surfbirds of a bird near Eccles.
Thanks for explaining that, John.

I was walking in the area a couple of months a go with another birder who heard the noise emitted by the weather stations and even he enquired whether it was being made by something living, until I expalined it to him!

Nice pics from Eccles, but not exactly a nice plumage! Oh for another one like the Weybourne 'car park' bird, now that was a sight to see! And another occasion where a second good bird was found, as I was part of the id'ing of the Marsh Warbler there at the time.

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Old Monday 21st June 2010, 17:07   #9280
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Titchwell June 21st

Today's highlights

Spotted redshank - 2 on fresh marsh
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
Ruff - 1 on fresh marsh
Little gull - 3 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard - pair on reedbed pool
Bittern - 1 over reedbed

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Old Monday 21st June 2010, 22:17   #9281
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............with a Red-necked Phalarope, which recently had graced Holme for a couple days- the news remaining ‘private’. ..................
Great!!!!! (Sarcastic 'great') nice of someone to not to bother to tell anyone else, especially if the bird was on the NWT Wader Pools (guessing here). After all I only pay membership to several organisations in Norfolk including NWT, NOA, RSPB, etc etc and expect birds to be suppressed on nature reserves!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not!!!!)
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Old Monday 21st June 2010, 22:53   #9282
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Great!!!!! (Sarcastic 'great') nice of someone to not to bother to tell anyone else, especially if the bird was on the NWT Wader Pools (guessing here). After all I only pay membership to several organisations in Norfolk including NWT, NOA, RSPB, etc etc and expect birds to be suppressed on nature reserves!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not!!!!)
i agree with you Penny its nice to find out at the time a bird is their
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Old Monday 21st June 2010, 23:36   #9283
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Do not forget the birds and their welfare should come first on a Nature Reserve or any where else. Only if there is no likelyhood of disturbance to the bird or any other birds nearby should any news be released.

I sometimes think we forget the meaning of the words Nature reserve = A reserve for nature . Not a place for public entertainment. Has anyone ever wondered why almost all the large forest raptors in Norfolk nest in private woodlands and not in areas open to the public. Answer simple nobody disturbes the woodland .

I pay my membership to conservation bodies because of the work they do not to have access to their reserves and I certantly do not expect them or want them to find my birds for me.

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Old Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 17:10   #9284
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Titchwell June 22nd

Today's highlights

Montagu's harrier - male NW @ 11:50
Spoonbill - 2 immature east @ 12:00
Green sandpiper - 1 west over reserve
Spotted redshank - 1 on saltmarsh
Med gull - 4 west over saltmarsh
Greenshank - 1 on brackish marsh
Knot - 2500 roosting on fresh marsh

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Old Wednesday 23rd June 2010, 06:16   #9285
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Bridled at lack of news of Sunday's Tern

Can anyone elucidate, now that one's been ID'd up Northum ?

I find it surprising that no-one has commented/asked/lamented etc.

RBA had a report of one go past Cley at 3 p.m.- and that's it !

Who knows more ? (Not that I'll be bridal gown that far.)
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Old Wednesday 23rd June 2010, 17:07   #9286
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Titchwell June 23rd

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Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh
Ruff - 3 on fresh marsh
Little gull - 3 on fresh marsh
Hobby - 1 over reedbed
Red crested pochard - pair on pool from Fen Hide

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Old Thursday 24th June 2010, 19:22   #9287
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Like a Lesser Black-backed Gull- but a tern !

It seems that this is the gist of what two visiting birders were overheard discussing at the Swanton Novers raptor watch point, the other day.

This was, apparently, BEFORE any news of the Northumberland bird was released, which might make it more credible.

Unless the creature returns and, more importantly, is seen and ID'd, that could be a missed 1st for Norfolk.

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Old Friday 25th June 2010, 17:05   #9288
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Titchwell June 25th

Today's highlights

Montagu's harrier - male south over reserve @ 12:20
Spotted redshank - 6 on fresh marsh
Ruff - 3 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard - drake on grazing marsh pool
Hobby - 1 over fresh marsh

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Old Friday 25th June 2010, 17:22   #9289
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It seems that this is the gist of what two visiting birders were overheard discussing at the Swanton Novers raptor watch point, the other day.

This was, apparently, BEFORE any news of the Northumberland bird was released, which might make it more credible.

Unless the creature returns and, more importantly, is seen and ID'd, that could be a missed 1st for Norfolk.
Humm! Bit big and white-headed!!

Sounds a bit like Norfolk's '1st' Audouin's Gull, another one that got away (to the Humber?!?)

Oh well, hopefully there will be 'another one' and those of us who enjoy seeing birds like this, will be able to catch up with it (or even find it...if we get pictures and witnesses etc!!)
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Old Saturday 26th June 2010, 23:18   #9290
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Incredibly cute Tawny Owl Chick sitting in tree in Titchwell carpark today!

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Old Saturday 26th June 2010, 23:41   #9291
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Incredibly cute Tawny Owl Chick sitting in tree in Titchwell carpark today!

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yes it was cute & the male Ruff & Spotted Redshank in breeding plumage look cool as well
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Old Sunday 27th June 2010, 12:05   #9292
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I had a few days in north Norfolk last week and enjoyed some good birds.

The spoonbill(s) at Cley and elsewhere on 22nd/23rd were good, as were the large number of migrant waders and a bittern at Titchwell on 25th. It was great to see nesting terns at several locations too - you don't know how lucky you are to have these lovely birds!

Visits to the honey buzzard viewpoints on 23rd proved fruitless (common buzzard, sparrowhawk and barn owl only), but the female montagus harrier was showing well on the morning of the 25th. An RSPB worker had seen food passes and an extra male earlier that morning.

Hoping I'm not re-opening a hornet's nest here, but it was easy to find the location of the latter....stroll into Cley visitor centre, browse a couple of books and Bob's your uncle!

Lots of little owls in the area south of Kings Lynn during daylight hours of the evening, all perched on posts and cables. I suppose they've all got large families to feed

Incidentally I thought I may have seen a great white egret flying west -> east across the marshes north of Burnham Overy Staithes on Friday 25th about lunch time. Did anyone else see one?

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Old Tuesday 29th June 2010, 20:22   #9293
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At last after 13 years in N norfolk, managed to catch up with one of these beasts. Worth visiting Titchwell for.

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At last after 13 years in N norfolk, managed to catch up with one of these beasts. Worth visiting Titchwell for.

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Well done John It has been so exhaustingly hot at work, all I have been capable of doing when I get home, is to collapse into a chair - if its still there tomorrow I will try and make the effort to go and have a look.

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Old Wednesday 30th June 2010, 08:19   #9295
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Thanks for posting those pictures. I too was there yesterday and had stunning views through binoculars but couldn't get the scope on it for a picture. Yours are a momento of a truly wonderful day so thank you again.

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Old Wednesday 30th June 2010, 21:54   #9296
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Excellent views of a Black Kite at Strumpshaw tonight (around 7.00)
It flew East - West and then back again towards Buckenham.
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Old Thursday 1st July 2010, 08:35   #9297
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Titchwell Wednesday 30 June 2010

Camberwell beauty picnic area
Little gull 3
Ruff 11
Spotted redshank 15
Common crane 4 west
Tree creeper 1 start of fen trail...one of our rarest birds of the year..... so far!
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Buff breasted Sandpiper this evening at Titchwell on the fresh marsh. Don't know who found it, but Andy W. sent me a text to say he saw it along with Justin L. around 8.20pmish on Friday evening.
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Apparently a single birder saw the Buff breasted Sandpiper at 5.15am and it's not been seen since. I arrived at 6.40am. Massive flock of Knot on the scrapes, little ringed plover, greenshank, several ruff, several linnets. No sign of the Camberwell Beauty! Now sitting having a cup of tea in the shade by centre.

Just come up on the pager (RBA): green sandpiper and a spoonbill on front of island mere hide - 10.35am.

See blog for rest.....

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Titchwell Marsh RSPB Saturday 3rd July
Ruff 8
Dunlin 21
Knot 2000
Bar tailed godwit 10
Black tailed godwit 20+
Little ringed plover 1
Spotted redshank 22
Greenshank 1
Golden plover 1 sum plum
Avocet 95
Spoonbill 1
Little gull 2
Bittern 1
Marsh harrier 1st juv of the year yesterday
Stoat a party of 6 acrosss the west bank path
Buff breasted sandpiper reported this morning at 5.15am only
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